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Job# 6115 - Epidemiologist II (Seattle, WA)
Full Time
Posted: March 13, 2013
Closes: March 22, 2013

SALARY: $34.81 - $44.13 Hourly
ISSUE DATE: 03/08/13

FINAL FILING DATE: Fri. 03/22/13 4:30 PM Pacific Time

THE POSITION: The Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit is seeking an individual to provide analysis of population health and program data to assess trends and variations by place and demographic characteristics; design and evaluate the impact of public health initiatives and programs on health and costs; contribute to grant-writing; and prepare findings, tables, figures, and maps for presentations, reports, and publications.

The successful candidate will have a strong grasp of descriptive epidemiology, survey design and analysis and cost & outcomes evaluation methods; communicate effectively with both technical and lay audiences; and thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment and in an organization that values learning, creativity, fairness, and social justice.

WHO MAY APPLY: This full-time, career service position is open to all qualified applicants. This recruitment will remain open until filled; however, the filing deadline for the initial review of applications is March 22, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.

WORK SCHEDULE: The standard work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CONTACT: For more information about the application process, please contact Sarah Fish at (206) 263-8738 or sarah.fish@kingcounty.gov.

To view samples of APDE reports, please visit our website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/data.aspx


  • Prepare and analyze large datasets (e.g. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Healthy Youth Survey, birth certificate, death certificate, hospitalization, Census, public health program data, etc.), including testing for accuracy, developing survey weights, providing statistical analyses, maintaining and organizing complex sets of related files, and interpreting results.
  • Design and implement evaluation (e.g. process, outcomes, cost) of public health program and policy interventions.
  • Design and oversee data collection and analysis, including development of data collection instruments, analytic plan, database, protocols, training, quality control, and technical supervision of project team.
  • Respond to and track requests for data, technical assistance, and literature reviews from within the department as government agencies, university researchers, community organizations, etc. for development of grant proposals or policy options to influence determinants of health and health equity.
  • Serve as a consultant for analytic and statistical questions; provide technical assistance, feedback and materials review for researchers, analysts and community partners; train others on technical topics such as survey and other analytic dataset use.
  • Interpret findings and prepare materials (such as briefs, papers, and factsheets) to clearly communicate results to the Office of the Director, department, general public, elected officials, and research scientists.
  • Communicate with and make presentations to policymakers, public health professionals, health care providers, community organizations and the public on findings and proposed activities.
  • Maintain accurate records and files related to work performed; prepare and update documents regarding assigned projects.
  • Ensure compliance with human subjects protocols for research projects.
  • Manage ongoing projects in an environment of changing priorities with time and budget constraints.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of: public health practices and principles; the determinants of population health; epidemiological, biostatistical, outcomes and cost evaluation principles and methods; survey design, data collection and computerized database systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement complex assignments with multiple dimensions; monitor and redirect efforts to achieve task/project objectives or for quality improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as part of a multidisciplinary team and in collaboration with diverse stakeholders (e.g. Public Health, local community groups, industry, and institutions); and knowledge of team dynamics and supervisory practices to ensure successful team interaction.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct outcomes evaluation and epidemiological research, drawing sound conclusions from quantitative and qualitative data; prepare and present data and conclusions; translate research findings and conclusions into clear and concise public health information for non-technical audiences; conduct projects within timeline and budget; contribute to major funding proposals and grants.
  • Demonstrated ability to manipulate and analyze data using sophisticated statistical software (e.g. Stata, SPSS, R, and GIS packages).
  • Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office products to complete daily assigned tasks, including: spreadsheet development, data base creation and maintenance, word processing, presentations, and scheduling meetings.

Desired Qualifications

  • The most competitive candidates will have a PhD in public health or social sciences (e.g. epidemiology, sociology, health services, health economics, or public policy) or a closely related public health field and 3-4 years of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative, or research capacity in a relevant field. Competitive candidates will have experience in demography, outcomes evaluation (e.g. ROI and cost benefit analysis), modeling and forecasting.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This position is represented by Union Local 21HD. Union membership is required within 30 days of employment.

The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.

Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers can not be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.

This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/jobs/hiring.aspx

Public Health relies on Office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations.

Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.

Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.

If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

For more info please see http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kinghealth/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=614396

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