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Public Health Analyst (COVID-19 and Communicable Disease) (Project/Temporary)

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

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Public Health Analyst (COVID-19 and Communicable Disease) (Project/Temporary) Req #:203110Department:Env Health & Safety Campus Preventive HealthAppointing Department Web Address: Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date:02/22/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. Shift:First Shift The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) works in partnership with the University’s organizational units to meet occupational and environmental safety standards to provide a healthy and safe place of employment, and to protect our environment.

EH&S’ Campus Preventative Health has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Program Operations Analyst.

This position will directly contribute to and be accountable for creating and sustaining a culture of service, accountability, and excellence within the Department. Additionally, this position will help to adopt strategic planning initiatives and support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met. This position will adopt and align work processes and practices to support the values of the EH&S department: accountability, collaboration, diversity, efficiency, and excellence.

This one-year, Full-Time Program Operations Analyst will help implement the University's COVID-19 prevention and response activities, including: overseeing data and database management and quality, informatics and analysis, testing verification and technical assistance, contact tracing, and coordination with University units to develop and implement COVID-19-prevention measures. This position will participate in department-wide efforts to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission, as required by University, state, and local policies and guidance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Information and Data Analytics:

•Conduct epidemiological and statistical analysis using University databases to support disease investigations and determine trends, incidence and prevalence of disease to inform University decision making and COVID-19 prevention measures.
•Design and create data visualizations and dashboards (e.g., using Tableau) for internal and external audiences.
•Update public facing dashboard daily
•Conduct data analysis and data interpretation, including the development of reports and written summaries for internal and external audiences.
•Present findings to technical and lay audiences.
•Provide technical supervision of potential assigned staff involved in data analysis and reporting.


•Lead and coordinate the collection of data-building partnerships, coordinating the exchange of data with state and local public health departments and University units, designing and maintaining databases, developing surveys, and implementing data collection strategies.
•Design, implement, and supervise data integration efforts by matching/merging records across complex data sources (e.g., disease reports in local/state notifiable condition systems, laboratory data, Medicaid claims, and electronic health records data).
•Supervise and conduct data quality assurance, including data cleaning and developing data quality reports.

Public Health Response:

•Conduct contact tracing for members of the UW community who test positive for COVID-19, and track those who are being tested.
•Gather information from those who tested positive.
•Communicate with UW close contacts.
•Give health-related guidance to UW cases and close contacts.
•Send notifications, per the UW contact tracing protocol.
•Follow up with cases and close contacts.
•As needed, communicate with campus partners, such as Housing & Food Services and UW Facilities.
•Enter all information gathered into a REDCap database.
•As needed, collaborate with other team members on response and guidance.
•Collaborate with EH&S colleagues and campus partners on all aspects of COVID-19 prevention at the University, including researching current regulatory information and creating guidance documents and online information.
•Develop and maintain policies and procedures in support of the UW COVID-19 vaccination policy.
•Review and process COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption requests.
•Consult with EH&S medical director on decisions related to medical exemption requests.
•Communicate quickly with UW community members who submit medical exemption requests.
•Collaborate with other EH&S nursing and public health staff to ensure compliance goals COVID-19 vaccination and testing records.
•Maintain privacy and confidentiality according to state and federal standards and policies.
•Provide education, technical assistance, public health guidance, and regulatory compliance advice to UW employees and students.
•Share information about emerging environmental health concerns with EH&S leadership and partners.
•Participate in Environmental Health & Safety teams, meetings, and trainings.
•Other duties, as assigned.
•Help develop and maintain standard operating procedures, in support of the UW COVID-19 vaccination policy.
•Respond to questions from University departments and community members regarding the COVID vaccination and testing verification processes.
•Monitor inbox and respond to inquiries related to unvaccinated weekly testing program, with questions from unvaccinated participants, their supervisors, University administration, and general public.
•Track and report UW employee and student compliance with vaccination and testing requirements.
•Developing and share reports on weekly testing metrics.
•Troubleshoot and provide technical assistance when participants experience difficulties uploading test results.
•Collaborate with EH&S nursing and public health staff and other UW colleagues (including UW IT, Hall Health/student health center, University unit leaders, and Human Resources to) ensure compliance with University and State COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements.
•Maintain and use program-based systems to track COVID-19 vaccine and testing status reports and maintain accurate records.
•Assist with developing and updating COVID-19 vaccine and testing verification procedures and practices.

Other duties as assigned:

•Attend department and University meetings
•Support other EH&S programs as needed and as time allows.
•Special projects

Required Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental health, biological sciences, nursing or related field
•Two years of experience in public health, environmental or occupational health
•Experience maintaining databases, statistical computing, data management, data analysis, and reporting
•Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate information clearly and concisely in a professional and service-oriented manner
•Demonstrated ability to use sound judgement while interacting with colleagues and clients
•Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and platforms
•Demonstrated ability to work accurately and attend to details
•Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing and shifting demands and deadlines

Desired Qualifications:

•Masters degree in public health, informatics, or a related field
•Five years of experience in public health, epidemiology, statistics or informatics
•Knowledge of federal, Washington state, and local immunization guidelines
•Knowledge of and experience with privacy and confidentiality standards and policies.
•Demonstrated knowledge of vaccination protocols and vaccine medical contraindications
•Experience with RedCap and Tableau, R-script coding
•Design and create data visualizations and dashboards for internal and external audiences.
•Demonstrated written communication skills, including the ability to prepare concise and accurate correspondence and reports conveying professionalism and diplomacy.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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