Disease Intervention Specialist
Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the planning, development and implementation of disease control and prevention programs and activities, including and consultation, investigations, training and counseling concerning sexually transmitted diseases, and programs related to other communicable diseases.
The functions within this job family will vary by program and level, but may include the following:
- Provides treatment consultation to clinics and county health departments on sexually transmitted diseases, and other communicable diseases.
- Consults with local health officers, private physicians, school officials, and others on the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
- Participates in the development of various programs, preparation of field procedures and information, and other activities related to program direction.
- Provides training and information on assigned programs in schools, public and private facilities, and to the general public.
- Interviews patients and contacts to gather information concerning infections or exposure to various types of communicable diseases; consults with private physicians to stimulate case reporting, obtain information on treated cases, provide information on diagnostic and treatment techniques, and secure permission to apply epidemiological process to private patients.
- Assists in statewide screening programs on sexually transmitted diseases through coordination of laboratory efforts to assure timely reporting of positive findings indicative of such diseases.
- Participates in special projects with federal and local public health agencies; cooperates with volunteer health groups in disease prevention and control programs.
The Disease Intervention Specialist job family consists of three levels which are distinguished by the complexity of work assignments, the expertise required to complete assigned duties, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.
Level I: Code: X38A Salary Band: I
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing entry level work in a training status. In this role they will primarily be assigned responsibilities for conducting routine investigations and other activities to gather information concerning the treatment of various diseases, and assisting in the completion of other program activities related to the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of various types of communicable diseases; of state and federal laws concerning the treatment and reporting of various types of infections or exposure to various diseases; of medical and epidemiological aspects of diseases; of laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis of disease or infections; and of the principles of interviewing and training. Ability is required to work with groups and individuals; to provide information concerning communicable diseases; and to interview and gather information.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in a biological science, health science, social science, or a closely related field or four years of experience in performing duties such as public health inspections and investigations, preventive health programs, or as a public health nurse or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Level II: Code: X38B Salary Band: K
This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing a full range of duties at the full performance level in administering and implementing a disease prevention and control program. In this role they will perform all essential functions related to the position to which assigned in providing medical and clinical services in schools, county health departments, clinics or other areas. This includes scheduling and conducting various types of clinics, gathering information about various infections or exposure to various diseases, conducting required investigations and inspections, and completing other related activities as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of research and survey methodologies; of existing programs related to the area to which assigned; and of community resources available for diagnosis and treatment.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two additional years of qualifying experience.
Level III: Code: X38C Salary Band: L
This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibility for the supervision of other employees in planning and implementing disease prevention and control programs. In this role they will provide supervision and training to staff, review and monitor program activities within an assigned area of responsibility, consult with local officials on program needs, and perform related administrative tasks as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability is required to supervise and direct the work of others and to plan and implement various disease prevention and control programs.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience.
Some positions may require education or experience in a specified area of disease prevention and control.
Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.