Surveillance Coordinator – Vectorborne Diseases and Respiratory Viruses in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/28/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The 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, multi-drug resistant organisms, and sexually transmitted diseases. The position requires working in a multidisciplinary team with disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, and epidemiologists.

Specific Duties:

This position is a grant-funded position and requires availability after-hours. The person filling this position will participate in disease and outbreak investigations, epidemiological studies, training initiatives, and educational outreach efforts for all acute communicable diseases but have a specific focus on vectorborne diseases (i.e., West Nile virus, Lyme disease, rabies, and rickettsial infections) and non-influenza respiratory viruses (i.e., enterovirus, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, novel coronaviruses other than COVID-19). Key activities of this position include:

  • Coordinating surveillance, laboratory testing, and investigation for vectorborne diseases and respiratory viruses other than influenza and COVID-19 including completion of case interviews or medical record abstractions and reviewing completed case investigations for appropriate case classification and public health management
  • Performing trend analyses for vectorborne diseases (human surveillance and ecologic data) and non-influenza respiratory viruses along with producing seasonal surveillance reports for arboviruses and respiratory viruses
  • Leading or assisting with investigations of non-influenza respiratory virus outbreaks in high-risk settings and, as needed, contact tracing for emerging respiratory viruses. Create a toolkit for the investigation of such conditions
  • Serving as a liaison with the PDPH Vector Control Services Program, PDPH Public Health Laboratory, and Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team
  • Developing and executing special projects related to the epidemiology of vectorborne diseases and non-influenza respiratory viruses
  • Writing grant renewals and progress reports
  • Developing, distributing, and evaluating disease control guidelines and educational materials for specific audiences (i.e., healthcare providers, high risk groups, etc.)
  • Supervising the PDPH Tickborne Disease and Varicella Surveillance Coordinator jointly with the Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance Coordinator
  • Supporting Vaccine-Preventable Disease Coordinator in acute flaccid myelitis surveillance
  • 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 public health (epidemiology), science, or nursing.
  • The position requires familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Access and Excel or similar data management software.
  • Knowledge of SAS software or previous data management experience is also favorable.
  • 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.

Salary:

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