Community Epidemiology Services Manager

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Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD), located in Portland, Oregon, is a progressive, forward-facing, world-class health department guided by its vision of "Healthy People in Healthy Communities." The mission of the Health Department is to assure, protect, and promote the health of the more than 735,000 people of Multnomah County, working in partnership with the diverse communities we serve. We place a special emphasis on underserved populations and are dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities. The Public Health Division of MCHD is responsible for systems that promote and protect health and prevent disease of all residents and diverse communities within Multnomah County. Strategies include direct services, policy interventions, community partnerships, planning, and assessment. The Public Health Division collaborates with community-based partners to identify population health issues and work to create conditions that promote the health and well-being of everyone in our community. Programs in the Public Health Division deliver public health through clinical, technical field-based, outreach, primary and secondary disease prevention, and community engagement operations. These programs work with a broad range of groups inside and outside the Health Department, including other MCHD agencies and non-County entities such as private health care providers, health care organizations, community and neighborhood groups, law enforcement, elected officials, etc. As our programs move into the future, staff will be increasingly focused on designing policies, convening coalitions, and accessing and analyzing real-time data. Through these efforts, the Public Health Division will play a vital role in protecting and assuring the health of the public and promoting the reorientation of the health care system towards prevention and wellness. The Position The Health Department is seeking a visionary public health professional to play a strong role in leading the Public Health Division through the evolving environment of local public health. The Principal Investigator Manager in Community Epidemiology Services (CES) serves as a chief administrator and scientific expert, directing and providing management oversight of public health surveillance, assessment, and analytic projects. This position oversees data reporting, providing information relevant to Public Health Division planning, programs, and policies. The position manages, leads, and mentors the CES team, a highly technical team of analysts. This position also establishes the framework, scopes analytic projects, and provides technical, scientific oversight and leadership for all research analysts and epidemiologists in the Public Health Division. The focus of the work is on the oversight and support of applied surveillance and assessment projects in the Public Health Division. Responsibilities include providing high-level technical support and leadership on quantitative and qualitative research methods, guidance in the areas of traditional epidemiological analysis, social epidemiology, and equity-focused and trauma-informed approaches in research and evaluation, data management, and designing metrics related to health care transformation and public health modernization. This position also provides oversight in disseminating analytic findings, including public health data reports, policy briefs, web-based reports, and presentations to county leadership, programs and community partners. In addition, the CES manager provides public health practice recommendations to Public Health Leadership based on needs identified from local data, evidence-based and promising practices identified through literature review. The position serves as a scientific consultant to internal programs and to our many community partners – empowering them with the information needed to address the health needs of their community. The position provides leadership that serves to authentically partner with communities most affected by poor health and health inequities, including integrating community and stakeholders into process and outcomes development and prioritizing culturally-specific, non-dominant worldviews into research, epidemiology and evaluation. Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:
  • Four years of post-doctoral research/evaluation experience in public health or related field; additional experience preferred.
  • Four years of effective project/program leadership managing diverse teams of researchers and scientists to meet program objectives; additional experience preferred.
  • Minimum Education: PhD or DrPH in epidemiology, public health, social science, or related field or, M.D. with training in public health.
Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify.  However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.
  • Work experience that demonstrates broad knowledge of health care service delivery and health care transformation and use of Information Technology systems and processes to support effective service delivery and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience in applied public health research and evaluation methods.
  • Significant administrative experience in a public health or related setting.
  • An established record of working with public health and other governmental organizations at multiple levels and the demonstrated ability to work with various partners and agencies.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis methods. Strong interpersonal, communication and facilitation, and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health. Advanced knowledge of principles of equity, empowerment, and cultural humility.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed and equity-focused processes and methods of data collection, research, and evaluation.
  • Experience working in a management/supervisory capacity in the field of community health is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with outside partners including local and national public health departments and community organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience using data to inform policies and programs. Demonstrated experience working effectively across diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the political environment surrounding public health and the ability to diplomatically navigate and succeed in that environment.
  • Experience with methodologies for analyzing health inequities.
  • Must be willing to travel periodically.
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