El Paso County Program Manager- Disease Prevention and Epidemiology in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Program Manager- Disease Prevention and Epidemiology



Program Manager- Disease Prevention and Epidemiology


Depends on Qualifications


Colorado Springs, CO

Job Type



Health Department

Job Number



4/22/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Essential Job Functions

Responsible for managing the Disease Prevention and Epidemiology programs for El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH), including the monitoring, surveillance and response efforts. Leads efforts of collecting data and conducting epidemiologic analyses of diseases, conditions and agency program assessments. Provides oversight of Tuberculosis (TB) investigations, testing and screening clinics. Supervises and guides teams to maintain quality control and proactively prevent the spread of diseases in the community through education outreach and working with community partners. Develops and manages reports, work plans, budgets and contracts.

  • Establishes and implements specific policies, procedures, trainings and standards for efficient and effective program operation and maintenance. Monitors progress and directs changes in priorities as needed.

  • Guides, leads and supervises infectious disease surveillance and investigations, including providing day-to-day consultation and direction of epidemiological activities.

  • Supervises, coordinates and evaluates epidemiologists, public health nurses and support staff. Conducts performance appraisals, disciplinary actions and motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Participates in the hiring and termination of employees.

  • Monitors Colorado Electronic Disease Reporting System (CEDRS).

  • Conducts routine infectious disease case surveillance activities. Receives and interprets laboratory reports and interview cases, contacts medical providers and leads public health response and patient education as appropriate.

  • Takes responsibility for outbreak detection, investigation and control. Manages outbreak investigations including data collection, laboratory testing, coordination of foodborne illness outbreaks with Environmental Health Division , data analysis, implements control measures, risk communication, and develops reports and action plans.

  • Maintains up-to-date and relevant disease control protocols, procedures and manuals. Consults with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Disease Control program as appropriate for references and recommendations.

  • Manages day-call and on-call schedule for Disease Prevention and Epidemiology staff. Provides support for staff taking night/weekend call, in conjunction with Medical Director.

  • Manages surveillance data collection, analysis, and preparation of reports. Assures quality control, thoroughness and accurate disease reporting to CDPHE and compliance with state requirements.

  • Integrates Regional Epidemiologist into surveillance activities, when appropriate.

  • Works with other EPCPH program areas (i.e. Environmental Health Division) to coordinate infectious disease activities, particularly outbreak investigations.

  • Serves as liaison to CDPHE Disease Prevention and Control and Environmental Epidemiology programs.

  • Serves as liaison and infectious disease leader to local hospitals, infection control practitioners, military, clinical laboratories and healthcare providers, and other relevant partners. Participates in relevant committees for infectious disease and epidemiology activities.

  • Guides and supervises TB prevention and control activities in conjunction with Medical Director.

  • Evaluates persons reported with active TB or latent TB infection. Consults with TB clinic physician on patient management and treatment. Coordinates contact investigation.

  • Manages TB skin testing clinic.

  • Manages data collection and data entry into CDPHE TB database.

  • Serves as liaison to CDPHE Tuberculosis Program; provides reports to CDPHE and manages contract for support of clinic.

  • Guides, supervises and provides oversight of Refugee Screening Program as it relates to TB.

  • Provides oversight of training, identifies training and workforce development needs, and facilitates staff educational and training activities.

  • Provides education about infectious diseases and epidemiology to the public to include preparing educational information relevant to disease prevention and health promotion.

  • Attends seminars, workshops, classes, and trainings on infectious diseases and disseminates information.

  • Assists with media requests to include providing interviews and developing content for publications/articles and public presentations.

  • Manages the EPCPH infectious disease reports/situation awareness updates and various program reports. Facilitates preparation and dissemination of Health Alert Notifications (HAN).

  • Develops, manages and maintains program area budgets and contracts.

  • Participates and maintains training for EPCPH emergency planning and response activities.

  • Provides epidemiological support to all programs and divisions within the agency to ensure success of Community Health Improvement efforts.

  • Promotes public health within the community.

  • Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Public Health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Public Health or related field required.

  • Minimum two (2) years direct supervisory or leadership experience.

  • Minimum five (5) years progressively advanced experience in infectious disease epidemiology and general epidemiology.

  • Ability to envision the Department's future in infectious disease activities, develop and implement steps to move the Department toward that vision.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of epidemiology, disease surveillance, investigative techniques, outbreak investigations and data management.

  • Knowledge of epidemiological data analysis.

  • Knowledge of relevant resources applicable to infectious disease prevention and control.

  • Ability to provide expertise and training in infectious disease management.

  • Skilled in training and presentation; ability to do quality oral and graphical presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Ability to translate technical and quantitative concepts into plain language.

  • Ability to communicate, motivate, and organize projects among a broad spectrum of personnel, frequently under deadline pressure.

  • Skill in demonstrating a cooperative, professional attitude to cultivate relationships both within and outside the organization.

  • Skill in prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner. Ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change.

  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Ability to identify problems and work creativity to resolve them, considering the impact of actions on Public Health.

  • Ability to identify results of efforts and problems identified/potential problems and to develop and recommend corrective actions to supervisor.

  • Knowledge and understanding of company policies and procedures.

  • Ability to write and maintain accurate records and reports to meet management objectives.

  • Ability to maintain the security of sensitive and confidential information.

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to perform under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

  • Skill in using a personal computer and various software packages including Microsoft Office.

  • An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.

  • Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, drug screen and motor vehicle check.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.

  • Valid CPR Certification.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE. For inquiries please call: 719-520-7401.

Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Any new employee and rehires must provide documentation of authorization to work as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (PL99-603).


Work Conditions

Work environment may contain potential exposure to infections, blood, and contagious diseases; potential exposure hazards including, but not limited to, electrical, chemical and biological. Ability and willingness to respond to new or emerging infectious diseases, twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Rotates on-call duty including days, nights and weekends to cover surveillance activities with other staff. Some travel may be required; work may be assigned in various locations.