Surveillance Coordinator–Waterborne Diseases in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/28/2021

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Job Description

The position of the waterborne disease surveillance coordinator is a full-time position within the Acute Communicable Disease (ACD) program of the Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The ACD program is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases with the exception of tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant organisms, and sexually transmitted diseases. The position requires working in a multidisciplinary team with disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, and epidemiologists and acting as a liaison to the Philadelphia Water Department in addressing water-related concerns.


This position is a term-limited position funded by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and requires availability after-hours. The person filling this position will participate in disease investigations, epidemiological and scientific studies, and educational outreach efforts specific to waterborne diseases and conditions such as cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, legionellosis, vibriosis, and chemical contaminants among others. The Surveillance Coordinator will be the primary liaison with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). Key activities of this position include:

  • Coordinating surveillance and investigation for waterborne diseases by reviewing completed case investigations for appropriate case classification and public health management
  • Performing trend analyses for waterborne diseases
  • Attending and participating in annual message development and communication training and exercises at PWD
  • Participating in ongoing developments of PWD’s Contamination Warning System (CWS) Dashboard
  • Participate with PWD in drills and exercises on emergency response
  • Producing quarterly waterborne disease surveillance reports to share with PWD
  • Leading and participating in disease outbreak investigations including those associated with drinking water contamination, healthcare associated infections linked to water, and recreational water
  • Developing and distributing disease control guidelines and educational materials for prevention and control of waterborne diseases and conditions in various settings
  • Representing the Health Department on the Philadelphia Water Department’s Water Quality Committee
  • Assisting with preparedness planning for a water-related emergency and developing joint exercises between Water and Health departments (including Environmental Health Services)
  • Leading public health education campaigns such as Healthy Swimming and Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals
  • Developing, executing, and overseeing special projects related to the epidemiology of waterborne diseases
  • Participating in initiatives to establish a cooling tower registry
  • Supervising the Waterborne Disease Program Associate
  • Assisting PWD in addressing emerging concerns such as mycobacterial biofilm in plumbing systems and pharmaceuticals in PWD’s source waters
  • Updating Philadelphia’s Health Alert Network to help facilitate better communication with facilities during drinking water disruptions
  • Working with PWD and PDPH communications team to update public website
  • Participating in telephone duty during normal business hours in DDC, including receipt of called-in case reports, and provision of clinical or public health consultation or recommendations to healthcare professionals and the general public, as appropriate to control the spread of infectious diseases
  • Participating in emergency preparedness exercises and response activities including activities related to COVID-19 response

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The applicant must have a Master’s degree, preferably in epidemiology, nursing, or related public health field.
  • The position requires familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Access and Excel or similar data management software.
  • Knowledge of SAS and/or GIS software or previous data management experience is also favorable. A valid driver’s license is required in order to facilitate local travel for investigative and project activities.
  • The individual in this position should have excellent communications skills, both oral and written, and ability to work well in team-settings. He or she should be able to work with databases currently used by Division of Disease Control, and enjoy challenging work that requires both meticulous attention to detail and the opportunity to work in a dynamic urban health department.


  • $55,000-$65,000 (commensurate with experience)