Communicable Disease Investigator

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Sep 24, 2020
Full Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $3,839.33 - $4,669.60 Monthly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Investigates reported cases of communicable disease including Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) patients to determine location of known contacts and trace persons who may be sources of acute communicable diseases.
  • Records content of interviews, explains procedures and treatments, Initiates treatment procedures.
  • Locates persons whose treatment is incomplete to secure their further examination or treatment.
  • Conducts field investigations, counsels patients and provides referral assistance as needed.
  • Plans and participates in educational activities and training programs for individuals and groups.
  • Provides pre and post HIV counseling which includes phlebotomy.
  • May be assigned to assist in various clinics, to collect and transport laboratory samples.
  • May be required to translate for Non-English speaking clients.
  • May provide Targeted Case Management services and engage in outreach and other activities to enhance services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:
One (1) year performing duties equivalent to those of a Community Health Specialist in Merced County.

Education:
Equivalent to graduation from a two (2) year college with coursework in each of the following areas: Psychology or Communications; Physiology, including the concepts and treatments of communicable diseases; Anatomy; and, Biology.

License:
Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.

Some positions require the possession of the CPR Certification and bilingual capabilities.

Desirable:
Certificate in Phlebotomy and/or Medical Technology is desirable.

SOME POSITIONS IN THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2, B
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate conclusions.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions; resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Conduct field activities on uneven surfaces under various environmental conditions.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Sit for extended periods of time.
  • Frequent public contact, concentration in noisy conditions, exposure to emergency situations.
  • Occasional exposure to hazardous materials, cold and heat.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.


Knowledge of:
  • Basic principles of epidemiology or communicable diseases.
  • Community health techniques and procedures.
  • Basic human anatomy and physiology.
  • First aid procedures.
  • Basic laboratory techniques.
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  • Counseling and investigative techniques.
  • Basic education techniques and data collection.


Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships.
  • Understand and follow instructions and procedures.
  • Obtain facts from client in sensitive situations.
  • Recognize pertinent information.
  • Organize and maintain a caseload.
  • Communicate effectively in order to make presentations.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Conduct investigations and to enforce/obtain compliance with legal standards.
  • Analyze situations and information accurately and adopt an effective course of action.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE

HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium.

LIFE INSURANCE

$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT

DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


Job Address

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