Kansas State Employment Center

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Job Title:   Senior Epidemiologist

County:   Shawnee

Req. No:   187277

Agency Name:   Dept of Health & Environment

Posting Type:   External  --> Click here for Definition of Posting Type

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Job Description:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment verification document upon hire. KDHE participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Senior Epidemiologist (K0227143) in the Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is seeking qualified applicants for a Maternal and Child Health Senior Epidemiologist position. The position will serve as team leader in assessment and monitoring of MCH populations to identify and address problems and for priority setting, planning and policy development. Applicants should have at least 3 years of experience in applied epidemiology, preferably working with maternal and child health issues.
This position provides epidemiological support to the various programs within the Bureau of Family Health. Serves as team leader in assessment and monitoring of MCH status to identify and address problems and for priority setting, planning and policy development. Develops frameworks, methodologies, and tools for standardized MCH data. Implements population-specific accountability for MCH components of data systems. Leads the development and conduct of epidemiological studies for program planning or to address important and practical MCH public health problems. Conducts advanced descriptive and comprehensive analyses of primary and secondary epidemiological data related to MCH (e.g., PRAMS, BRFSS, YRBS, live birth, fetal death, abortion, linked live birth/infant death data, etc.), interprets, and prepares reports to address state- and local-specific knowledge based gaps and trend information for use in policy and program development. Mobilizes community partnerships between policymakers, health care providers, families, the general public, and others to identify and solve MCH related problems. Actively promotes the use of scientific knowledge base in the development, evaluation, and allocation of resources for MCH policies, services, and program. Work with senior staff to advise public health officials on control and prevention strategies. Provide data and information concerning corrective actions or programs, and propose practices or policies based on such data and information that will promote and protect public health.

A complete position description can be emailed upon request.

Minimum Requirements:
Senior Epidemiologist: Master’s in Public Health or Master of Science degree and three years of experience in applied epidemiology. 

Necessary Special Requirements:
Certificate of training in specialty area of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) epidemiology.
Valid Driver's License - Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver's license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Criteria: 
• Master’s degree in Public Health
• Ph.D. in Epidemiology or related
• 3+ years of independent work experience as a MCH epidemiologist.
• Statistical software: Advanced knowledge of SAS or Stata
• Professionalism and a good work ethic
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Experience working in a team environment successfully
• Can demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving
• Experience in research, scientific writing, data collection and analysis, manipulation of complex data
• Work experience in a public health related organization, preferably in MCH area.
• Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
• Proofreading, editing, attention to detail

$29.73 hourly; can vary depending upon experience and qualifications.

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form  (https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/register-personal-data)
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form (https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center/sec-home/state-employment/apply) and submit to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

STEP 3:  Email these additional documents to recruiter@ks.gov Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line. 

• Resume
• Cover Letter
• Copies of Official transcripts if a degree is required or preferred
• Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at http://www.ksrevenue.org/taxclearance.html  A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:
KDHE – Office of Personnel Services
ATTN: Recruiter
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 580
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-4486
Fax: 785-559-4271
Email: recruiter@ks.gov

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position. 

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Veterans Preference’ Eligible (VPE):
Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran" under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the competency factors of the position, including any preferred selection criteria established in accordance with K.A.R. 1-6-3. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. See jobs.ks.gov for additional Veterans' Preference Information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KDHE encourages applications from all persons. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 785-296-1539 if accommodations are needed in completing an application, interviewing and any other aspect of the employment process.  EOE

The mission of KDHE is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

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Class/Uncl Full/Part Time: Grade: Hiring Rate: Pay Frequency:
U F 001 $0.00 Biweekly

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