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Acute Disease Service Director

Recruitment #181205-UNCX-441



The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. Our mission is to protect and promote health, to prevent disease and injury, and to cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy.

OSDH is seeking a full time Acute Disease Service Director providing support to Acute Disease Service. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City.  
OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packetincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].
The annual salary for this position is up to $92,000 based on education and experience.

Position Summary
This position provides management, supervision and direction of the Acute Disease Service.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Provide oversight and direction to infectious disease surveillance, investigation, and control program activities.
• Monitors disease trends and direct response to suspected or confirmed disease outbreaks in Oklahoma.  Provide oversight and direction for investigations of outbreaks and urgent public health events, including after-hours, weekends and holidays.
• Determine strategies to address the public health impact of infectious diseases, including but not limited to foodborne, waterborne, vectorborne, vaccine-preventable, respiratory, and emerging infectious diseases.
• Collaborate with other OSDH services and city-county health departments in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties to achieve surveillance, investigation, and control activities.
• Administer state and federal funds, secure funding for programming activities, and negotiate and provide oversight of contracted services.
• Coordinate adoption and revision of administrative rules that are needed to advance the work of disease reporting, surveillance, investigation, and disease control.
• Provides telephonic and written medical consultation about infectious diseases of public health importance to physicians and other healthcare provider.
• Responds to media inquiries.
• Develops and implements grants to include writing grants and developing requests for proposals and contracts to accomplish grant-related goals and objectives.
• Assists with public health emergency responses, and conducts descriptive and analytic studies of infectious diseases to provide a basis for program planning and policy formulation.
• Other Duties as assigned.

Education and Experience
Education requirements include Masters of Public Health or Masters of Science degree in epidemiology.  Eight or more years of experience with management of a public health program, including federal grant writing and reporting, budget development and implementation, personnel supervision, partnership engagement, and use of epidemiological methods and biostatistical analysis.

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities
• Thorough knowledge of infectious diseases and their appropriate treatment and control demonstrated through the ability to effectively communicate infectious disease prevention and control recommendations to other epidemiologists, healthcare providers, and the public using a variety of communication methods.
• Knowledge of infectious disease surveillance and the epidemiologic investigation design process, including conducting a review of existing literature and data in a scientific area, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments is also required.
• Ability to plan, coordinate and evaluate the activities of an infectious disease epidemiology work unit.
• Ability to effectively participate on internal and external committees and workgroups related to areas of infectious diseases and epidemiology is also necessary.
• Ability to advise and mentor program managers and staff on program development, problem solving, and improving program delivery.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; to work on multiple projects simultaneously, including during times of public health emergencies; exercise sound judgment; work discreetly and maintain confidentiality.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
This position is set in an office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach.  Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.



Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.



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