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Director Science Surveillance and Technology

Houston, TX

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Position Description
The Director will work collaboratively as a key member of the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Public Health (HCPH) Executive Leadership Team and will actively participate in department-wide initiatives such as strategic planning and implementation.

Surveillance and Epidemiology:
Investigates reportable conditions, analyzes disease trends, and responds to outbreaks. Monitors the occurrence of reportable and emerging diseases, analyzes infectious and chronic disease trends, and combines surveillance data along with social determinants of health data to create a thorough and comprehensive picture of the health of the community. Builds capacity to collect and analyze data for other important population health metrics such as infant mortality, years per life lost, obesity rates, cancer rates, and drug overdose rates. Combines surveillance data with social determinants of health data to provide HCPH with a more complete picture to address health problems that have been up until now intractable. Synthesizes their core roles and responsibilities with a focus on the community. Constantly mentors future public health leaders by rotating interns through the department, allowing them to apply theories to real issues in **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. regarding disease outbreaks, investigation, data analysis, and public health outreach.
Science / Research:
Guides scientific and analytical staff, managers, and supervisors and is encouraged to incorporate research activities such as writing papers and submitting abstracts for presentation into staff performance evaluation plans. Provides scaffolding for staff to grow and develop professionally and academically. Oversees the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Public Health Journal Club, which brings together staff to learn and discuss the latest advances in public health. Supports special projects, such as, our Drug Abuse Prevention task force, Maternal & Infant Mortality task force and Hurricane Harvey analysis team.
Technology & Innovation
Develops and deploys mobile units. Provides innovative, technological solutions to the problems identified by SEU, other departments, and strategic plan. Leads creative solutions ranging from procedural/policy changes, to strategic partnerships, to development and deployment of new technologies.
Performs other duties as assigned including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Master's degree from an accredited college or university. 
Minimum of ten (10) years of Public Health experience. Intermediate skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
To qualify for this position, required experience, education, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history.  Resumes are welcome, but  we do not use
 any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.
Master's degree in Public Health. Lean Six Sigma or Project Management Certification. Experience in Epidemiology or Academic Appointment. Maven and Stata computer skills.
General Information
40 Hours per Week
Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview Based on 26 Pay Periods
Additional Information - Core Competencies
Organizational Leadership
Understands the organizational mission. Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust. Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.
Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group. Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs. Establishes collaborative relationships and projects.
Ability to adapt to change. Able to manage change. Adept at framing issues.
Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics 
Uses sound judgment. Self-motivated. Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity.
Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Written and verbal English competency. Able to read and follow directions.
Analysis/Research Skills
Understands cost-benefit analysis. Understands decision analysis. Able to conduct budget/fiscal analysis/financial management.
Understands spatial analysis (physical, social, economic, demographic). Understands systems analysis and design. Knowledgeable about project design and planning.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan.
The following list of benefits is offered 
 to employees in  regular
Medical Dental Vision Wellness Life Insurance Long-term disability Employee Assistance Program 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service. 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday Professional development opportunities Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan Healthcare Reimbursement Account 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:
Retirement pension (TCDRS)  Flexible schedules (varies by department) Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)
In accordance with the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County's behalf as needed.
For plan details, visit the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. benefits website:
Which of the following best describes your education as it relates to this position?
Master's degree in Public Health, Community Health, or related health field
Master's degree in an unrelated field
Doctorate degree in Public Health, Community Health, or a related health field
Doctorate degree in an unrelated field
None of the above
Please describe your educational background including the level of education completed, area of study, completed major and minor programs and/or relevant coursework as it relates to this position.
Do any of the following certifications apply to you? Check all that apply
Lean Six Sigma Certification
Project Management Certification
None of the above
Which of the following best describes your verifiable paid Public Health experience? (To be considered, qualifying experience must be documented on your application's employment history).
Less than ten years
Ten years or more, but less than eleven
Eleven years or more, but less than twelve
Twelve years or more, but less than thirteen
Thirteen or more years
I do not have this experience
Please describe your Public Health experience and type of work you performed as it relates to this position. Please include your role, type of organization and scope of duties and responsibilities. You can make reference to your employment history, but please do not use See Resume, as we do not use resumes for qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type none in the space provided.
Do you have experience working in Epidemiology or Academic Appointment? (To be considered, qualifying experience must be documented on your application's employment history).
Please describe your experience working with Epidemiology or Academic Appointment. If you do not have this experience, type none in the space provided.
Which of the following describes your level of proficiency using a personal computer and common office software? Please select your level of proficiency based on the following descriptions: Advanced: A person with this level of skills is able to produce very large, complex formal documents that require a table of contents, footnotes, endnotes, bookmarks, and other special elements; a wide range of graphic effects, and use advanced techniques for analyzing and manipulating data. Has full mastery of Macro commands and skills to tie the objects together into a cohesive system by using Macros and Visual Basic for Applications code. Makes interactive presentations by using hyperlinks and action buttons. Intermediate: A person with this level of skills is able to customize toolbars, import and insert graphs, embed Excel data, and elaborate reports. Understands the concepts of databases and is able to work with charts and to use the list management capabilities of Excel. Able to use complex query techniques, create efficient forms and reports, and create Macros to automate these forms. Makes interactive presentations by using hyperlinks and action buttons. Basic: A person with this level of skills is able to use basic formatting, editing, printing functions, and understands the document page setup. Has the ability to enter and correct data, modify a workbook, format a worksheet, and use printing functions. Understands the different database concepts and structures and is familiar with data validation and is able to create a simple presentation in PowerPoint, run it, and print it. Entry Level: A person with this level of skills has the ability to open, create, save and modify documents in Word, send and receive email in Outlook and create spreadsheets in Excel. Format documents for printing, comfortable using the printer menu to preview documents. Has ability to change the font, the margins, insert or delete pages and use the built-in spellchecker and grammar check.
Entry Level
Not proficient
Which of the following Microsoft Office programs have you used proficiently during your previous employment? Select all that apply
None of the Above
Required Question
1310 Prairie Street, Ste. 240
Houston, Texas, 77002
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