Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Epidemiologist II

Recruitment #20-5785-01

Introduction

READ THIS ENTIRE BULLETIN FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO REAPPLY FOR THIS RECRUITMENT.

THIS IS A REOPENING OF A CONTINUOUS EXAMINATION. If you have previously applied or started an application for Epidemiologist II, Examination #20-5785-01, read this entire bulletin. There are specific instructions on how to reapply for this position.

PLEASE CONTACT THE EXAMINATION ANALYST, ANGELICA CUEVAS AT ANGELICA.CUEVAS@ACGOV.ORG TO HAVE YOUR PREVIOUS APPLICATION RELEASED BACK TO YOU.

The scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants. If you have previously submitted an application and choose to reapply, you new score/disposition will replace your current disposition.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted online.

DESCRIPTION

HEALTH CARE SERVICES AGENCY
Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents.

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The mission of the Alameda County Public Health Department is to work in partnership with the community to ensure the optimal health and wellbeing of all people. Alameda County Public Health Department has worked for over 80 years to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in. The Public Health Department staff are committed to the following values:

 
Healthy People in Healthy Communities
Equity and Social Justice
Accountability and Quality
Leadership and Innovation
Trust and Transparency
Humility and Respect

 

Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care are compounded by contemporary concerns such as: economic disenfranchisement and homelessness, racism, sexual and reproductive health and rights, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each of these poses a threat to public health and wellness and calls for innovative solutions, in close partnership with impacted communities.. For more information about our Alameda County Public Health Department, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department Website and latest Annual Budget document found on www.acgov.org

  
THE POSITION

Under general supervision, plans, conducts and evaluates epidemiological research studies; determines disparities in health outcomes or patterns of disease in a community; designs data collection tools; conducts data analysis; assists in the management of disease surveillance systems and health status measurements, conducts epidemiologic investigations or program evaluations, and performs related work as required.

 

THE VACANCY

The current vacancy for this position is located within the Health Care Services Agency. The immediate vacancies are found in the Public Health Department's Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (DCDCP). However, the eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in other program areas. 

 

DIVISION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (DCDCP)

The mission of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (DCDCP) is to work in partnership with the community to promote health and quality of life and to protect the public from the spread of communicable diseases and the health impact of emergencies. DCDCP has 6 major division components; Surveillance; Acute Communicable Disease Program; Immunization; Public Health Laboratory; Education and Prevention; and Tuberculosis Control and Prevention.

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications below, the ideal candidate will be an epidemiologist well versed in principles and practices of public health including, but not limited to disease surveillance, epidemiologic methods, and data analysis; will possess a keen attention to detail, and commitment to meeting objectives. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in:

  • Manipulating, analyzing, and synthesizing data for reports, presentations and publications.
  • Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner. 
  • Integrating information from a variety of sources; detecting trends, associations, and cause-effect relationships.
  • Delivering presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience.
  • Gathering and interpreting pertinent data from a variety of sources and identifying trends available through regular channels and alternative sources. 
  • Leveraging resources – taking advantage of available resources to complete work efficiently, while prioritizing more critical and less critical activities and assignments and adjusting priorities as appropriate.
  • Using formal, informal and systematic methods to impart information to others that increases organizational effectiveness.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EITHER I

Experience:  

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Epidemiologist I in the Alameda County classified service.   

OR II 

Education:

Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, bio-statistics, social/behavioral sciences or another closely related field.

AND

Experience:

The equivalent of four years full-time, professional-level epidemiology experience, preferably in a public health, health care delivery, or academic institution setting.  

OR III

Education:  

Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in epidemiology, bio-statistics, social/behavioral sciences or another closely related field.

AND

Experience:  

The equivalent of two years full-time, professional-level epidemiology experience preferably in a public health, health care delivery, or academic institution setting.  

 

Substitution:

Possession of a Ph.D. or DrPH in epidemiology, bio-statistics, social/behavioral sciences or another closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience in either pattern II or III.  

License:

Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license.  

 

NOTE:     The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Epidemiological methods and study design.
  • Data collection tools and methods.
  • Public health surveillance methods.
  • Data management principles and methods.
  • The Ten Essential Public Health Services.
  • Disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations and the role and influence of socio-economic, behavioral, and environmental factors affecting health risks and status.
  • Principles and practices of program evaluation.
  • Data processing and statistical analysis methods.
  • Statistical analysis software, e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA, R.
  • Database software, e.g. ACESS, SQL.
  • Principles and practices of program evaluation.  

 Ability to:

  • Develop data collection tools and procedures.
  • Process and clean data for analysis.
  • Design and conduct program evaluations.
  • Access and maintain surveillance and data systems.
  • Conduct statistical analysis using statistical software.
  • Summarize and interpret data analysis for reports and publications.
  • Prepare clear, accurate, and effective reports, correspondence, policies, protocols and other written materials.
  • Represent the department and the County in meetings with other agencies.
  • Identify and collect valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data and information.
  • Maintain accurate records and documentation.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Operates a variety of standard office equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, with attention to linguistic preference and cultural proficiency.
  • Understand and incorporate the Agency and Department’s core values and ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process;
  2. A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process;
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.  

** CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. **  

We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.

Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline for Filing:    

5:00PM, Monday, May 23, 2022

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

*TBD

Screening for Best Qualified:

*TBD

Civil Service Oral Examination**:

*TBD

* updated as of 6/15/2022

**If designated a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

*WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN*

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Notices will be sent from Noreply@jobaps.com.  Please add @jobaps.com and Noreply@jobaps.com as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page and clicking on the link 'last notice sent' for the respective recruitment.

 

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

 

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box NoReply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

  

Angelica Cuevas, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 271-5154 or email Angelica.Cuevas@acgov.org

 

DISASTER SERVICE WORKER

All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.