COVID-19 Outbreak Surveillance Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 7/28/2020

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Job Description

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Acute Communicable Disease Program (ACD), is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases in Philadelphia with the exception of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. The ACD program is made up of disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, and laboratory technicians who coordinate regularly with local healthcare facilities, laboratories, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Philadelphia residents to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

The COVID-19 Outbreak Surveillance Coordinator will take a lead role in working with healthcare and non-healthcare congregate settings (e.g., long-term care facilities, behavioral health facilities, shelters, group homes, etc.) to prevent, investigate, and contain outbreaks of COVID-19. This position will identify and monitor outbreaks in high-risk settings congregate settings and work closely with our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program to provide infection control guidance to these facilities. This position will work with Disease Control Investigators, the ACD Program Manager and Program Assistants to coordinate testing, identify transmission among contacts, manage data and closely monitor outbreaks. This position will also work closely with Infection Preventionists or staff responsible for infection prevention at facilities to provide advice on best practices and help them implement strategies to contain outbreaks.

This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

Specific Duties:

  • Monitor individual case reports and internal reports to identify cases associated with congregate setting
  • Coordinate ongoing surveillance and investigation with facilities experiencing COVID-19
  • Quickly provide guidance on implementing infection control strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Work closely with the HAI Program to communicate with healthcare facilities about materials or support needed for COVID-19 infection control and prevention.
  • Perform trend analyses for COVID-19 and develop and execute data management reports to assess completeness and timeliness of COVID-19 investigations
  • Coordinate laboratory testing with public health reference laboratories
  • Promote COVID-19 prevention activities within healthcare facilities
  • Participate 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

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s or nursing degree, preferably in epidemiology or a related public health or laboratory field
  • Excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to organize and present information effectively
  • Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills, excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Access and Excel or similar data management software.
  • Knowledge of SAS software or previous data management experience is highly desirable
  • Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes
  • Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in a dynamic urban health department
  • Valid driver’s license is required in order to facilitate local travel for investigative activities

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions.  The position requires responding to public health emergencies and at times requires rapid turnaround of communications on short notice.


  • This position reports directly to the Program Manager of the Acute Communicable Disease Program or Healthcare-Associated Infection Program.  

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package consisting of medical and dental coverage, paid sick, vacation, and personal time, and a retirement plan.