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Public Health Scientist (PCN 06-1691-Toxicologist)

at State of Alaska

Posted: 11/6/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2898736
Keywords: research

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Overall Job Objective

Job Description




What you will be doing:
This Public Health Scientist position serves as the primary subject matter expert in public health toxicology and health risk assessment for environmental contaminants and provides toxicological expertise to state and federal agencies, public health partners, physicians, and the public. Drawing on academic training and experience that spans field, laboratory, and regulatory aspects of toxicology and the environmental health sciences, this position is responsible for planning, conducting, and disseminating health assessments and research aimed at identifying and reducing population exposures to environmental toxins. This position is also responsible for supervising and mentoring at least one staff member of the Environmental Public Health Program.

Our organization, mission and culture:
The mission of the Section of Epidemiology is to keep Alaskans safe from communicable diseases; injuries; as well as environmental, occupational, and other health hazards. You will help us meet this mission by supporting the Section of Epidemiology's Environmental Public Health Program with your expertise in toxicology.

The benefits of joining our team: 
This position is an essential part of the team within the Environmental Public Health Program, which is a small and highly collaborative group that is committed to protecting Alaskans from exposure to environmental hazards. Our team is comprised of high-performing professionals who value teamwork, innovation, efficiency, and a growth mindset.

The working environment you can expect:
This position is located in mid-town Anchorage. Our offices overlook the Chugach Range and we have abundant parking available onsite in a covered parking garage. Cuddy Park, which has paved walking trails and a speed/ice skating oval, is within easy walking distance from the office.
This position is scheduled for a 8 hour work day and is within the Supervisory Unit.

Who we are looking for:
To be successful in the position the candidate will need the following core competencies::
  • Public Health: Applies knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, methods, and tools associated with protecting and improving the health of people and their communities, including promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious diseases.
  • Research: Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
  • Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

This position requires occasional travel to remote areas of the state. Travel by small plane, boats, and ATVs may be necessary

A cover letter is NOT required for this position. Your complete application, including supplemental questions will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

To view the general description and example of duties for an Public Health Scientist  please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs

Minimum Qualifications

A Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), or Ph.D. from an accredited college in public health, health administration, nursing, epidemiology, toxicology, health sciences, education, health education, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, computer sciences, biostatistics/statistics, mathematics, or a closely related field;

AND EITHER
Two years of  any combination of full performance or journey level specific experience conducting a range of surveillance, investigative, research, analytical, and reporting activities related to the surveillance, investigation, and evaluation of acute and chronic diseases, injuries and other morbidities, mortality, and other health related issues; developing, implementing, and administering programs to ensure appropriate and effective public health care delivery systems, services, and operations in the State of Alaska; and/or serving as consultants and subject matter experts in distinct clinical and/or technical health specialty areas to promote health education, effective administration and delivery of health care services, and healthy lifestyles to diverse stakeholders. This may be met by service as an Epidemiology Specialist II, Health Program Manager II, and/or Public Health Specialist II with the State of Alaska or its equivalent with another employer.
OR
Three years of experience administering or providing specialized health care or public health services or programs. The required professional experience includes work such as a Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Public Health Specialist, Health Program Specialist or Manager, Health and Social Services Planner, Health Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Physician's Assistant, Public Health Representative, or the equivalent. Service as an Analyst/Programmer, Education Specialist, Research Analyst, or other job class may qualify if the work performed was specifically related to the collection, analysis, and maintenance of data concerning conditions of public health importance, such as incidence/prevalence of disease or injuries, social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, environmental risk factors, and/or demographic characteristics. The required work experience may also include graduate level work conducting/assisting in specialized scientific research studies related to public health.
 
OR
 
A master's degree from an accredited college in public health, health administration, nursing, epidemiology, toxicology, health sciences, education, health education, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, computer sciences, biostatistics/statistics, mathematics, or a closely related field;
AND EITHER
Four years of  any combination of full performance or journey level specific experience conducting a range of surveillance, investigative, research, analytical, and reporting activities related to the surveillance, investigation, and evaluation of acute and chronic diseases, injuries and other morbidities, mortality, and other health related issues; developing, implementing, and administering programs to ensure appropriate and effective public health care delivery systems, services, and operations in the State of Alaska; and/or serving as consultants and subject matter experts in distinct clinical and/or technical health specialty areas to promote health education, effective administration and delivery of health care services, and healthy lifestyles to diverse stakeholders. This may be met by service as an Epidemiology Specialist II, Health Program Manager II, and/or Public Health Specialist II with the State of Alaska or its equivalent with another employer.
OR
Five years of experience administering or providing specialized health care or public health services or programs. The required professional experience includes work such as a Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Public Health Specialist, Health Program Specialist or Manager, Health and Social Services Planner, Health Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Physician's Assistant, Public Health Representative, or the equivalent. Service as an Analyst/Programmer, Education Specialist, Research Analyst, or other job class may qualify if the work performed was specifically related to the collection, analysis, and maintenance of data concerning conditions of public health importance, such as incidence/prevalence of disease or injuries, social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, environmental risk factors, and/or demographic characteristics. The required work experience may also include graduate level work conducting/assisting in specialized scientific research studies related to public health.
 
Special Note:
All positions in this class require expertise in a specific health specialty field. Recruitment and selection for these positions will be from among only those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate specialty background and experience. The specialty areas include, but are not exclusively limited to, the surveillance, control, and prevention of one or more of the following specific areas of public health: toxicology and related environmental health; communicable and chronic diseases of public health importance; domestic violence; intentional and unintentional injury; neurological development and diseases; and maternal and child health.
 
Some positions require security clearance. The essential functions of some positions may involve exposure to infectious disease and/or biohazards. Some positions may require eligibility for professional registration or licensure within their specific health specialty field.
 
The social sciences include anthropology, economics, sociology, history, political science, geography, psychology, and demography. The biological sciences include botany, biology, entomology, ecology, forestry, and zoology. The physical sciences include chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, and soil science.

Additional Required Information

At time of interview applicant must submit:

  1. Three (3) professional references with current contact information;
  2. A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts) to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.

Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.


SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS
For your application to be evaluated you must answer the Supplemental Questions.  Be specific in your answers and tell us how you acquired the relevant experience. Please use complete sentences and proof-read your submissions when answering the supplemental questions. Your responses will be considered a writing sample and will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process.

EDUCATION 
To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application.  (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview or if not provided, transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

WORK EXPERIENCE
When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application.  If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.  A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying. 

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level.  Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position.  This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.

MULTIPLE VACANCIES
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

APPLICATION NOTICE
You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as ALEXsys or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/help/

NOTICE
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains.  For information on allowing emails from the 'governmentjobs.com' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword.

EEO STATEMENT
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.

For applicant password assistance please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/OnlineApplication/User/ResetPassword

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:

Name:  Sarah Yoder
Phone: (907) 269-8054
Fax: (907) 561-7802
Email: sarah.yoder@alaska.gov