Summary of Work
The main purpose of this position is to conduct data abstraction and quality assurance activities for the North Dakota Violent Death Reporting System (NDVDRS). The NDVDRS is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveillance system that monitors and collects information on violent deaths in North Dakota. This position is responsible for the timely collection and abstraction of specific information and circumstances of violent deaths. This position also participates in data validation activities to ensure timely data collection in accordance with the NVDRS data collection schedule.
The NVDRS links data on violent deaths from multiple sources into a usable, anonymous database. These sources include state and local medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement, toxicology, and vital statistics records. NVDRS collects information on violent deaths, including homicides, suicides, deaths of undetermined intent, unintentional firearm deaths, legal intervention, and terrorism. The NVDRS provides detailed information on circumstances precipitating violent deaths, combines information across multiple data sources, comprehensively describe violent deaths, and to link multiple deaths that are related to one another with the goal of reducing violent deaths in North Dakota.
This position will be housed in the Office of the State Epidemiologist (OSE) at the ND Department of Health (NDDoH) and will work on improving surveillance in North Dakota.
Major activities include:
Implementation of in-house and CDC databases to track and monitor data from the medical examiners, coroners, vital records and law enforcement agencies regarding violent death reports.
Subject matter expert of federal and state law, mandates, rules, requirements and policies regarding patient confidentiality and death reporting.
Knowledge of pharmaceutical coding classes and firearm identification coding.
Applying data quality control procedures, including application of manual and electronic coding and editing procedures and implementing methods and standards for national violent death reporting.
Ability to evaluate and assess OSE program processes and to present process improvement recommendations.
General epidemiology work, data analysis, program evaluation, report writing, etc.
Will need excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge and experience with medical and/or legal terminology.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in biology, mortuary science, pathology, public or community health, physical therapy, law enforcement or a related field and one year of work experience. A master's degree in public health, epidemiology or related field may be substituted for the experience requirement. This position is located in Bismarck, ND, but telecommuting may be considered.
Preference will be given to individuals with knowledge of and experience with medical records, crime reports, laboratory reports and other related documentation. Preference will also be given to individuals with experience writing reports, conducting data analysis, and using analysis tools (e.g., SAS, Epi Info, R, etc.).
All applications for open Department of Health positions must be made via the Careers site: http://www.nd.gov/omb/jobs. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM on the posted closing date. All potential applicants must attach and/or upload the following documents in .pdf, .docx, or.doc format:
Cover letter that includes a brief description of the applicant's background/qualifications
College transcript (copies or unofficial versions are acceptable)
Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran's preference must include Form DD214. Claims for disabled veteran's preference must include a current statement of disabled status from the Veterans' Affairs Office.
Please fill in all requested information, such as dates of employment, hours worked per week, credits earned, etc.
Applications will be scored against the minimum qualifications and preferences listed on the job announcement and qualifying military service. After the scoring is completed, a certified list of eligible candidates and the applications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview, based on the final scores.
For more information about the position, contact Tracy Miller, State Epidemiologist, at 701.328.2387. For assistance in the application or interview process, contact Stacy Hoffman, Human Resources Officer, at 701.328.3321 or TTY 800.366.6888.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
A valid driver's license is required. Occasional overnight travel in and out-of-state travel is required.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. 23-12-10.
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