Requisition No: 229763
Agency: Department of Health
Working Title: HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM CONSULTANT II – 64051516
Position Number: 64051516
Posting Closing Date: 09/16/2020
This is work investigating the distribution and determinants of disease prevalence in populations to determine and describe means for detection, prevention, intervention and control of health problems. Working under the direct supervision of a Frontline Supervisor, the incumbent serves in a developmental capacity, providing direct disease and public health awareness intervention activities under the auspices of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program, including but not limited to Partner Services (PS), epidemiological cases analysis and investigations, notification, PreP referrals, counseling and referral services of individuals exposed to or at-risk of infection from Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), HIV/AIDS, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Syphilis and other bacterial, viral or biological agents. Incumbent will also be responsible for linkage to care and re-engagement to care activities. Participates in the State of Florida mandated “Test and Treat” program. Direct guidance and instruction on work methods, procedures, and techniques are provided. All activities are performed observing federal, state, department and CHD Information Security and Confidentiality statutes, rules, regulations, policies, Technical Assistance Guidelines (TAGs) and Internal Operating Procedures (IOPs).
This position requires that you have at least two years of experience working with a disease control program, social services program, or community based organization and conducting investigations, interviews, and/or counseling sessions that require the clients to disclose their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and social economic status. Must have experience organizing and analyzing data for the purposes of conducting interviews or surveys, linking clients to medical treatment services and conduct disease investigations by performing home visits or visits to other locations as needed. Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a private automobile to perform work related assignments and willing use your personal vehicle to perform field visits during daily work activities within the Miami-Dade County geographical area. Must be willing to perform home visits in high-risk areas of the County which may include homes, crack houses, shelters, jails, hospitals, and areas where the homeless population gather.
Preference will be given to individuals who have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Creole.
Coordinates and conducts timely personal interviews and re-interviews of patients infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) for: (1) educating patients regarding their infections and appropriate medical care; (2) developing plans to locate and refer their sex and needle sharing partners and others at risk for infection to a medical facility for examination and appropriate treatment. Performs cluster interviews on persons determined to be potential information sources for known cases.
Performs rapid/timely field follow-up to locate and refer infected persons, sexual and needle sharing partners, as well as others who are at risk, to an appropriate diagnostic facility for examination and treatment. Educate, and counsel high risk Men having sex with Men (MSM) and others at risk individual about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP). Link at risk individuals to PreP services in the community. Identifies at-risk populations and provides screening * (e.g., jails, migrant farm workers, public housing developments, bars, "crack houses, teen centers). Conducts educational presentations and in-service training as needed/required. Link newly identified HIV patients and previous positive returning to care to Test & Treat Providers in the community. Adhere to the locally established T&T procedures. Collaborate and coordinate with HIV testing linkage to care and patient care staff. Collaborate and coordinate with HIV testing and linkage to care staff. Works with community-based organizations in screening events.
Performs case management activities as directed in the process of discovering and/or identifying infected individuals. These activities will include but are not limited to: work prioritization and records documentation and management, clustering, HIV pre- and post-test counseling, visual case analysis and epidemiological techniques, data entry and/or other related activities. Utilizes STARS to ensure Linkage to care (LTC) and STD cases are entered in accurately and timely.
Consults with private physicians; private and public laboratory personnel, and other health care providers to: (1) stimulate case reporting; (2) obtain/provide information on treated cases or diagnostic determination. Conducts internet Partner Services using the internet and select mobile dating applications to notify persons exposed to, or at-risk for STD’s, including HlV. All partner notification activities will be carried out within established communication parameters as outlined in the Internal Operating Policy (lOP) 360-19- 17, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STO) and HIV partner Notification via Mobile Dating Applications
Assists supervisor in the completion of monthly team statistical data, maintenance of logs & files. Incumbent is expected to cooperate with supervisory staff in allowing quality assurance reviews as needed in the incumbent's/county vehicle, in the field or clinical setting. Provides supports services not considered routine or expected duties that facilitates STD control efforts and Emergency Operations functions required of the incumbent will include but are not limited to; Special Needs Shelter, Red Cross shelter, and other related work as required.
Collection of specimens by venipuncture, oral swabbing and/or urine-based techniques.
Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing and through empathic listening and to elicit information as
- appropriate to the needs of the audience.
- Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Asking questions as appropriate.
- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar.
- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including needs assessment techniques, quality service standards, alternative delivery systems, and customer satisfaction evaluation techniques.
- Ability to persuade others to change their minds or behavior.
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work activities.
- Ability to operate commonly used office equipment such as computers, printers, fax machine and paper shredder.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, knowledge of Access database software is a plus).
- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning
- Ability to multi-task and handle face-to-face public interactions
- Ability to educate patients
This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit.
Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:
• State of Florida Retirement package – 3% employee contribution required
• 9 Annual paid holidays
• Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
• Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
• Health insurance for individual or family coverage
• Life insurance
• Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
• Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
• Tuition waiver available
Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums. Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!
Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:
Single coverage is $50
Family coverage is $180
Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:
Single coverage is $15
Family coverage is $64
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.