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$ 22.39-$ 32.95 hourly, $ 46,750-$ 68,800 annually

Date Posted:   08/28/2014
Closing Date:   09/08/2014
Working Title:   Epi Intermediate Influenza
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   IDEPC/VPD Section/VPD Unit
Location:   Freeman Building, St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open only to current employees in this agency
Posting Number:   14HEAL000345
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   Health Care & Human Services
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This position is located in the Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Suveillance Unit of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Section within the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division.

This position exists to coordinate statewide surveillance activities for vaccine-preventable diseases, focusing on hospitalized influenza cases. Responsibilities include collecting, summarizing, and disseminating epidemiologic data; coordinating outbreak investigations and implementing control measures; conducting special studies; providing epidemiologic consultation for health care providers, other professionals, and the general public; developing and disseminating information and standard recommendations regarding the epidemiology, prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases; and supporting the general functions of the VPD Section and the IDEPC Division.
Minimum Qualifications:   - Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Microbiology, Epidemiology, or closely related public health field AND
Two years experience as an Epidemiologist, which includes responsibility for designing and conducting a variety of investigations of acute and/or chronic diseases or related professional experience.
- Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Microbiology, Epidemiology, or closely related public health field, AND
Three years professional experience with responsibility for providing difficult or complex consultation, training, planning, research, or investigative assistance within a health program/field.

A Master's degree in the above fields will count as:
- One year of Epidemiologist experience as described above
- Eighteen (18) months of professional experience in a health program/field as described above.

Required Coursework for all candidates:
Successful completion of a minimum of 4 graduate quarter credits or 3 graduate semester credits in each of the following two areas: Epidemiology and Statistics. Candidates must provide evidence of course completion prior to consideration for employment.
Applicants must also provide proof on completion of Master's degree (coursework and project/thesis).

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Preferred Qualifications:   Master's degree with graduate school-level training in epidemiology and biostatistics/statistics (at least six quarter credits each).

Previous experience facilitating and monitoring a disease surveillance system, especially in the context of influenza and other vaccine preventable diseases.

Previous experience in communicating and collaborating with local public health regarding changes in vaccine preventable disease reporting requirements, trends, outbreak response and guidelines.

Ability to determine work priorities, and accurately assess workload capacity and progress.

Experience working with and maintaining data in the Minnesota Electronic Disease Surveillance System (MEDSS) and other study specific databases. This includes facilitating training on electronic reporting tools, encouraging reporting sources to maintain a consistent and high level of reporting, abstracting information from medical and laboratory records, periodically examining surveillance and study data for data quality trends over time, and summarizing surveillance data in written reports.

Familiarity with data management and the ability to provide guidance and direction to data entry personnel and others assisting with the collection, entry, editing, cleaning and preliminary analysis of data.

Knowledge of computer software applications including office software (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint); database management software (Access, Oracle); and statistical software (SAS, STATA, SPSS, or EPI-INFO). Ability to troubleshoot new software and unfamiliar file types.

Verbal communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to accurately convey medical and technical information with health professionals, other professionals and the general public; and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and create linkages among public health personnel at all levels.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation. Note that all vacancies will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions.

Certain Disabled Veterans - Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This position is open for bids and for current Minnesota Department of Health employees simultaneously. This vacancy will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions. Current employees of the Minnesota Department of Health who are currently in an Epidemiologist Intermediate position and who are eligible to bid will be considered prior to filling the position via other means.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#14HEAL000345) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#14HEAL000345) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Cynthia Kenyon, 651-201-5569 /