Surveillance Coordinator – Vaccine Preventable Diseases

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The position of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance Coordinator is a full-time position within the Acute Communicable Disease (ACD) program of the Division of Disease Control (DDC), Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). The ACD program is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases with the exception of tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant organisms and sexually transmitted diseases. The position requires working in a multidisciplinary team with disease surveillance investigators, healthcare professionals, and epidemiologists along with acting as a liaison to the Immunization Program.


This position is a grant-funded position and may require availability after-hours. The person filling this position will participate in disease investigations, epidemiological studies, and educational outreach efforts for all acute communicable diseases but will have a specific focus on vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) such as pertussis, mumps, measles, varicella, and meningococcal infection among others. The Surveillance Coordinator will take the lead role in VPD outbreak investigations. Key activities of this position include:

· Coordinating surveillance and investigation for VPDs by completing case interviews and reviewing completed case investigations for appropriate case classification and public health management

· Performing trend analyses for VPDs

· Coordinating VPD laboratory testing (e.g., confirmatory testing, serotyping, serogrouping, whole genome sequencing) with public health reference laboratories

· Developing and executing data management reports to assess completeness and timeliness of VPD investigations

· Leading and participating in disease outbreak investigations including coordination of post-exposure prophylaxis clinics with facilities and other DDC programs

· Overseeing active varicella surveillance in schools

· Completing annual grant applications and associated reports

· Developing and distributing disease control guidelines and educational materials for specific settings such as childcare programs, schools, shelters, and other high-risk situations

· Promoting VPD prevention activities including immunizations

· Participating in telephone duty during normal business hours in DDC, including case report collection and provision of clinical or public health recommendations to healthcare professionals and the general public, as appropriate to control the spread of infectious diseases

· Participating in emergency preparedness exercises and response activities



· Master’s or nursing degree, preferably in epidemiology, public health, or laboratory field with at least 3 years of work experience in an applied public health setting

· Excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to organize and present information effectively

· Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills

· Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel) and REDCap or similar data management software.

· Basic SAS programming skills or demonstrated experience working with other analytic software

· Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes

· Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in a dynamic urban health department

· A valid driver’s license is required in order to facilitate local travel for investigative activities.

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