Chelan Douglas Health District
PHPSII Lead Disease Investigator
Chelan Douglas Health District, based in beautiful Wenatchee, Washington, is currently revamping local public health through system modernization and forging long-lasting partnerships. Our goal is to offer top-notch public health services to Chelan and Douglas Counties in North Central Washington. With renewed backing from the state and the local populace, we are all set to expand and create evidence-backed programs that elevate the health and wellness of the people we serve. We prioritize our staff’s growth and development, and actively seek avenues to transform our agency into one of the most comprehensive health districts in Washington State.
Why work for us?
• Compensation – $33.37/Hr. – $43.87/Hr. – Position is full-time, non-exempt.
• Health, Dental, Life Insurance – The Health District pays 100% of the employee’s monthly premiums, and 50% of any dependent or Family premium.
• Pension Plan.
• Tuition reimbursement for approved courses.
What you will do
The Lead Disease Investigator oversees investigations, response, and recovery of communicable diseases and other notifiable conditions of the Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD). This position will follow the Washington Department of Health Notifiable Conditions reporting and investigation process to gather information necessary for public health case investigation and contact tracing.
Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
- Conducts/oversees investigations to locate cases and contacts of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted disease, human immunodeficiency virus or other communicable diseases and notifiable non-communicable diseases.
- Interviews patients to determine contacts, locating and tracing contacts.
- Educates individuals who suffer from a communicable or non-communicable disease on the nature and control of their disease and on risk reduction techniques and behaviors.
- Respond to communicable disease outbreaks, including but not limited to, assisting agency staff with emergency preparedness within the Chelan-Douglas Counties, participating in coverage of the 24-hour phone, and other duties as assigned by the Administrator.
- Maintain knowledge of current guidance on the outbreak disease, including mitigation strategies such as isolation and quarantine, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak investigation.
- Assesses, evaluates, plans and coordinates clinical and community service linkages in the areas of communicable disease, establishing program goals, policies, procedures and guidelines under direction of Communicable Disease/Epidemiology Manager.
- Assist agency staff with developing a variety of partnerships to be more prepared for the stresses and shocks that a community experiences in response to public health emergencies or incidents to include natural or human caused hazard.
- Subject matter expert for notifiable conditions, generating synthesized key messages and information to give to Public Information Officer (PIO) during emergency response situations.
- Represent CDHD in local, regional, and state forums and workgroups.
- Serve as part of the CDHD Incident Command System during an emergency.
- Works with Associate Administrator to assess fiscal needs, develop budgets, and monitor expenses.
• Knowledge of the principles of public health and communicable disease control.
• Meeting facilitation.
• Motivational Interviewing skills.
• Effective public relations.
• Ability to further individual education by staying informed of industry trends, learning new skills, and sharing relevant information with others, taking advantage of professional development activities when possible.
• Personnel Development.
• Effectively communicate information, both verbally and in writing, to support agency objectives.
• Ability to interact with all levels of personnel in a positive and cooperative manner.
• Ability to prepare reports.
• Ability to supervise and support employees.
• Ability to represent CDHD on local, regional, and state levels.
• Ensure that the time and attendance policy is adhered to.
o Ensure overtime is monitored and team members are scheduled according to operational needs. Minimize overtime when possible.
o Ensure that all working hours, including overtime, have been approved and recorded accurately and truthfully for each time period worked.
• A bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health or equivalent. Additional experience in public health or closely related field.
• Valid Washington State driver’s license or ability to obtain one within two weeks of date of hire.
• Demonstrated experience in disease control, community engagement, and supervising/mentoring.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
• Visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess distance, color and depth, required to regularly
communicate with others and exchange accurate information.
• Able to operate a computer and other office productivity equipment; able to remain stationary at
a computer for extended periods of time and move around their assigned work space.
• Ability to comply with the health policy or requested accommodation.
• Frequently move up to 25 pounds and occasionally move up to 50 pounds.
• PPE for this position includes facemask and/or respirator.
East Wenatchee, WA.
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