Job Description

This position is located in the District of Columbia DC Health, Center for Policy Planning and Evaluation (CPPE), Data Management and Analysis Division, (DMAD). The incumbent of this position serves as an Epidemiologist and will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the District of Columbia (DC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), including the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CSC) PRAMS grant.

This position is grant funded. Continued employment under this appointment is contingent upon availability of funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent monitors data collection and management procedures of the DC PRAMS survey, including ensuring the quality and timeliness of the data and preparation and dissemination of routine reports. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and managing the DC PRAMS Surveillance System. The incumbent participates in CDC PRAMS site visits, training programs, workshops, and calls. Incumbent trains PRAMS staff, including telephone interviewers and web-CATI training, PRAMS software training, human subjects training. The incumbent serves as a liaison between DC PRAMS and the CDC. Coordinates PRAMS program activities with other DC Health Administrations and with other agencies and outside organizations. Participates in PRAMS Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Advisory Committee meetings. The incumbent develops and revises the PRAMS protocol's state-specific sections and participates in the development of state's questionnaire in collaboration with the PRAMS Principal Investigator (PI) and CDC. Incumbent coordinates the development of the PRAMS policy and procedures manual in collaboration with the PRAMS PI, Bloustein Center for Survey Research (BCSR), and sampling statistician.

The incumbent organizes and guides the implementation of program evaluation, planning and capacity building activities related to PRAMS. The incumbent coordinates and guides the promotion of PRAMS among the target population and the execution of strategies designed to increase response to the PRAMS survey. The incumbent works with PI and BCSR to conceptualize, design, and field-test new PRAMS survey questions. Facilitates epidemiologic, statistical, and other training in public health methodology for PRAMS staff. The incumbent maintains the PRAMS data management system to produce descriptive statistics. Produce routine PRAMS surveillance reports, tables and newsletters. The incumbent works with CPPE and MCH program staff and live course epidemiologists to facilitate the use of PRAMS data for epidemiological investigations. Incumbent fulfills requests for PRAMS analytic datasets from internal and external researchers according to CPPE and CDC data use policies and procedures. The incumbent conducts data quality control activities to ensure completeness, accuracy and compatibility. Monitors and maintains security and confidentiality of PRAMS data.

This Vacancy Announcemnt is open for 30 days. Application screening dates are as follows:

June 27, 2019

July 8, 2019

July 17, 2019

Qualifications and Education

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an education program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Individual must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 12 level. Specialized experience is work which is directly related to the position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as methodologies, analytical and epidemiological theories and/or applying complex analytical mathematical or statistical principles.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Public Health or related field is highly preferred.


None required

Working Conditions/Environment

Work is performed in an office setting. However, field work may occasionaly be required during investigations. Locations to visit may include homes, schools, shelters, clinics, daycares, restaurants, hospitals, etc., throughout the District of Columbia at various times of day and/or night.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday - 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

Promotion Potential: No Known Promotion Potential

Duration of Appointment: Term Appointment - Not-to-Exceed 13 months

Pay Plan, Series and Grade: CS-601-13

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by SEIU Healthcare Workers Local 1199, and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Position Designation : This position has been designated as Security Sensitive. Pursuant to section 410 of Chapter 4 of the D.C. Personnel Regulations; in addition to the general suitability screening, individuals applying for or occupying security sensitive positions are subject to the following checks and tests:

(a) Criminal background check;

(b) Traffic record check (as applicable);

(c) Consumer credit check (as applicable);

(d) Reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol test; and

(e) Post-accident or incident drug and alcohol test.

Essential Designation : This position has been designated as Essential. Employees occupying positions designated as Essential are required to:

  • Report to work, and/or remain at work, in order to carry out responsibilities outlined in the "Critical Operations - Essential and Emergency Designations" section shown above.
  • Remain at their duty station, or alternate work location (approved by their supervisor) when a situation or condition arises and results in the declaration or announcement of an early dismissal for non-essential/non-emergency employees.
  • Report to their duty station on time and as required when a situation or condition occurs which results in a declared emergency resulting in a late arrival or unexpected closing of District government offices for non-essential/non-emergency employees.
  • Carry or wear their official District government ID card during the period of the declared emergency, if not teleworking.
Job Type Full-time