Healthcare Associated Infection Program Lead - Project Program Manager III

King County    Seattle, WA
Job Description

Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are seeking a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program Lead (PPM III) for the Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section (CD-Imms) of Public Health- Seattle & King County. This position is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) and program lead of the HAI Program- directing and overseeing communicable disease surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, response and prevention activities- ensuring that they are timely and quality. This work also involves developing and maintaining Section investigation and response protocols, creating internal and external communications, and overseeing and leading grant activities. Work is performed in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment with sensitive deadlines. The HAI Program Lead reports to the Personal Health Services Supervisor (PHSS) and supervises staff such as Public Health Nurses (PHN) and Disease Research and Intervention Specialists (DRIS). Work is performed closely with the Analytics and Informatics Team to ensure epidemiological data are collected, managed, analyzed and reported to support CD-Imms mission. Work Location: Chinook Building- 401 5th Ave in Seattle Work Schedule: The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This position participates in the section s response during outbreaks and emergencies as approved by supervisor, and participates in after-hours and weekend call coverage for communicable disease reports from healthcare providers, approximately 6-8 weeks per year. This position is FLSA Exempt and ineligible for overtime pay. Contact: For questions about the application process, you may contact Angela Brown, HR Analyst at or 206-477-5877. Application process:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application
  • Thorough and complete supplemental questions.
  • Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state see my resume or see my personnel file are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your cover letter or resume to your application. Your options are:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of your application
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section
  • Please note the advertised salary reflects 2018 rates. The salary range for this position is anticipated to be adjusted upwards in 2019 pending labor contract ratification. If you have any questions about this, please contact the human resource representative listed in this posting.

    Job Duties

    Supervise communicable disease case and outbreak investigations, investigations of reports of infection control breaches, surveillance activities, and implementation of disease control measures, primarily for healthcare associated infections:

  • Ensure reports are prompt and appropriately investigated and documented.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to team members.
  • Create, maintain and regularly update investigation protocols as assigned.
  • Consult with leadership when managing complicated, unusual, or high-priority cases, investigations and activities, or when additional resources are needed.
  • Oversight and Program Lead (SME) for HAI activities.
  • Communicate pertinent information and data to Public Health leadership, colleagues, health care providers, and the public in a timely manner:
  • Inform leadership when media attention is anticipated regarding cases, clusters, and outbreaks.
  • Collaborate and communicate with internal and external partners, writing, editing, and/or supervising a variety of communications for a wide audience
  • Collaborate on the design and maintain electronic tools to facilitate and create internal communications on disease investigations, outbreaks, and emergency response activities.
  • Represent the CD-Imms section at internal and external meetings as requested.
  • Respond to information and data requests
  • Contribute to grant applications related to HAIs. Support, participate in, and provide Program lead (SME) oversight of grant related activities
  • Collaborate with the Analytics and Informatics Team (and other Program Lead SME staff) to ensure that communicable disease surveillance data are collected, analyzed, interpreted, and summarized in a timely manner:
  • Keep data entry protocols up to date.
  • Summarize and present communicable disease data and performance indicators to public health staff, the medical community, and general public
  • Use the results of epidemiological analysis to help formulate public health policy and recommendations, guide program planning, and identify problems needing additional study.
  • Supervise and coordinate data collection and management tasks as assigned.
  • Participate in research activities and complete administrative tasks as assigned
  • Work with other SMEs to enhance the Section s capacity to respond to public health emergencies:
  • Participate in Incident Command Section (ICS) as Ops Lead or provide back-up for other SMEs during events
  • Respond to and assess reports of suspicious substances.
  • Design and maintain paper and electronic tools to facilitate communications during emergency response activities.
  • Collaborate with first responder agencies and health care facilities to enhance identification and reporting of suspected bioterrorism or other communicable disease emergencies.
  • Train staff in emergency response procedures.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of drills to assess surveillance capabilities and epidemiological response.
  • Participate in after action reviews of outbreak response.
  • Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • General knowledge of communicable disease epidemiology, prevention and control measures
  • Skill in translating medical information in a clear and concise manner for non-technical audiences
  • Strong skills in investigations (case and outbreak) and conducting interviews.
  • Background and experience in clinical work or infection control (Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, or CIC®, is desired but not required).
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills and experience including development, implementation, and oversight of multi-dimensional assignments
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, including working as a part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Skill in working with the public and persons of different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Skill in developing and giving presentations.
  • Knowledge and experience working with spreadsheets and electronic databases, and familiarity with statistical analysis software.
  • Knowledge and experience working with survey instruments.
  • Supplemental Information

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.
  • The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.
  • UNION AFFILIATION:This position is not represented.

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