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COORDINATOR SPECIAL PROGRAMS HEALTH SERVICES III, Health Services

Southern Region DIS (FULL-TIME CONTRACTUAL)

Recruitment #20-000484-0012

GRADE

14

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Center for STI Prevention, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The mission of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) is to improve the health of Marylanders by reducing the transmission of infectious diseases; helping impacted people live longer and healthier lives; and, protecting individuals and communities from environmental health hazards. PHPA works in partnership with local health departments, providers, community-based organizations, and public and private sector agencies to provide public health leadership in the prevention, control, monitoring, and treatment of infectious diseases and environmental health hazards.

This position will serve as the Southern Regional Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) in the Center for STI Prevention, within PHPA's Office of Infectious Disease Prevention and Care Services. The Center for STI Prevention is dedicated to surveillance, partner services and the prevention of STIs and HIV transmission in Maryland. In partnership with impacted communities, the Center for STI Prevention develops, funds and evaluates effective STI prevention interventions. The Center also provides training, support and technical assistance, in order to develop the capacity of agencies and individuals to successfully deliver those prevention interventions.

This position will notify, counsel and recommend treatment for people who are identified as having, or are at risk of receiving, sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV, for cases reported to local health departments in the Southern Region of Maryland. This particular region includes Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County. This position will report to the HIV Partner Services Division Chief in the Center for HIV Prevention and Health Services, and will be physically located in the Charles County Health Department for coverage of the three-county area. 

Additionally, this position will help lead cluster investigations within the Southern Maryland region. This position may also be responsible for conducting Statewide Internet Partner Services for all Maryland counties. Furthermore, this position will conduct field investigations, in order to locate, notify and refer identified at-risk community members for appropriate medical evaluations, as well as recommended treatment services which are deemed necessary through the provision of early intervention, case management and disease investigation services related to STIs and HIV. Case management and disease intervention activities include a process of identifying and evaluating affected people; initiating client-centered counseling; eliciting information to facilitate partner management; developing client-specific risk reduction plans; and, evaluating people exposed to, or at increased risk of receiving, STIs and HIV. 

Finally, this position will work collaboratively with health department and private health care providers, as well as community partners and other disease intervention staff members throughout the State of Maryland, to ensure the proper management and delivery of effective and timely intervention services for clients and their respective at-risk social networks.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in health services, two years of which must have been in professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services, in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions.

Notes: 1. Applicants may substitute a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the option must be as follows: professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services, in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions.

3. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field, plus one additional year of professional experience in health services, may be substituted for the specific degree.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health-related field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should have contact tracing experience, as well as experience with disease investigation services. The desired candidate should also have experience working for a local health department.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract, and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. 

You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12-month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.



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