Specialist III - EPI Lead for Contact Tracing Program (Temporary, 10-12 positions to be filled)
Specialist III - EPI Lead for Contact Tracing Program (Temporary, 10-12 positions to be filled)FLSA status:
$2,880 per month (This is a temporary, full-time, benefits eligible position expected to end on or before 8/31/2021. This is a grant funded position. Continuation of the position is contingent upon continued funding.)Occupational Category:
Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP)Open Date:
09/08/2020Open Until Filled:
YesEducational and Experience Requirement:
Associates degree in related field. Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in epidemiology, microbiology, infectious diseases, biostatistics, or related field preferred. Three years related experience in the field of epidemiology, communicable disease control, or a related field. Experience performing public health contact tracing functions preferred. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.Nature & Purpose of Position:
Under the supervision of a Contact Tracing Supervisor, the Epidemiology (Epi) Lead will lead a virtual team of case investigators and contact tracers and liaise with community resource specialists to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, call every contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess for symptoms, and refer to testing and connect to quarantine/isolation resources as needed. The Epi Lead and team will use the Texas Health Trace web-based data management platform to perform activities.Primary Responsibilities:
Leads a team of case investigators and contact tracers. Using the Texas Health Trace web-based data management platform, performs the following activities: triage and escalate issues from the team, brainstorm and implement solutions, liaise with local health entity partners and maintain daily contact with supervisor. Performs case investigation and/or contact tracing duties for the team as necessary based on team workloads. Provides contact tracing subject matter expertise to the team. Performs other related duties as needed.Other Specifications:
Experience in the field of epidemiology, communicable disease control, or a related field. Experience performing public health contact tracing functions preferred. Knowledge of the principles and methods of epidemiology. Experience working in a health, human service, or community-based organization or institutional setting is strongly preferred. Previous experience leading remote staff and/or in a complex environment preferred. Ability to speak, read, and write English fluently. Fluency in second or multiple languages would be helpful. Ability to work remotely. Ability to exhibit a professional, positive attitude and work ethic. Ability to manage and adapt to change. Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to show empathy and interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Critical thinking and sound judgment required. Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism. Ability to work through conflict. Proficiency with computers and data entry into electronic tracking systems.
Ownership of or ability to acquire a personal computer and broadband internet access. A headset is preferred. Texas resident preferred and familiarity with Texas’ geography.
Individuals selected for employment are required to follow all scripts, policies and procedures provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and comply with DSHS training regarding confidential information related to personal information. Must complete the following as part of onboarding: “Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers” offered by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Texas Health and Human Services HIPAA training or approved equivalent, Texas Health and Human Services Cybersecurity training or approved equivalent, Texas Health Trace data system training with a minimum passing score of 80% on the Texas Health Trace Knowledge Assessment, and Texas Health and Human Services Acceptable Use Agreement. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Must meet minimum requirements for personal computer hardware and software and broadband internet.
The contact tracing call center will operate 7 days a week between the hours of 8am and 8pm Central Standard Time. Evening and/or weekend work may be required, as well as some Holidays.
This is a grant funded position expected to end on or before 8/31/2021. Continuation of the position is contingent upon continued funding.Full Time Part Time:
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.