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Public Health Program Coordinator - 8898

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Job Description:

Hiring Range

$76,400 - $88,000 annually

Job Closing Date

Applicant review will begin 07/28/2020 and remain open until filled.

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job

The UC Merced Campus Public Health Program Coordinator will manage the public health response efforts for the UC Merced campus community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be focused on COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts, and as the pandemic response winds down, the position will transition to public health activities. This role will report to Student Health Services. The UC Merced Campus Public Health Program Coordinator will serve as a key point of contact for contact tracing, testing and surveillance efforts, data management and will collaborate with various stakeholders on campus, Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and other agencies as needed.

Key Responsibilities

* Daily monitoring UC Merced Symptom Tracker to screen data, manage COVID Hotline, navigate students, faculty and staff for testing, manage testing results, and coordinate isolation/quarantine efforts on campus.

* Review disease reports to detect unusual patterns and or outbreaks.

* Recognize and isolate outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus and refine/create strategies and action-plans for prevention or containment of outbreaks.

* Collect and analyze data on the incidence infections and outbreaks and the success or failure of various prevention strategies.

* Analyze, prepare, maintain, and edit written reports on disease incidence, surveillance systems, and investigations.

* Compile monthly summary of COVID-19.

* Develop relationships with reporting sources including physicians, hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and others for the purpose of improving disease surveillance and control.

* Keep executive team informed of trends, outbreaks, and significant events.

* Identify and evaluate health risks and hazards and communicate information effectively and proactively.

* Improve quality results by studying, evaluating, and recommending changes in processes and implementing changes.

* Monitor and inventorying COVID-19 testing supplies; placing orders; verifying receipt.

* Document actions by completing forms, reports, logs, and client records.

* Understand, interpret and apply provisions of federal, state and local legislation, rules and regulations pertinent to the administration of appropriate programs and assure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; keeping patient information confidential.

* Update public health job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

* Serve as public health link to the local medical community and Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).

* Assist the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in public health development, administration, and updates of policies, procedures, and standards.

* Provide assistance to the MCDPH as needed on testing, surveillance, case investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak investigations.

* Coordinate communication activities with campus Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and other departments.

* Serve as a liaison between campus administration, student health, occupational health, EOC and MCDPH as well as university testing partners.

* Guide program evaluation and continuous quality improvement.

* Review and revise policies and procedures on a regular basis.

* Provide outreach and education to the campus regarding disease trends, epidemiology and prevention.

* Consult with campus and Merced County Department of Public Health as well as state and federal health officials to address and refine strategies.

* Serve on campus and county committees and task forces.

* Perform other related duties as assigned.



* Bachelor's degree in health related field and/or equivalent combination of experience/training and a minimum 3 years experience working in public health

* Must have current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.

* Current certification in BLS/CPR

* Board certified with the California State Board of Registered Nurses

* Thorough knowledge of the clinical and operational issues in infection control, including policies, regulatory requirements, surveillance and investigation methodologies, data collection, epidemiology, patient care, and related nursing issues.

* Thorough knowledge of data management, analysis, research, reporting, and documentation methods used in infection control, with the ability to contribute to studies, investigations, reports, presentations, and the development of new infection control prot

* Detail oriented, with proven organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage time, prioritize tasks, and see projects through to completion on schedule.

* Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to provide education, training, and resources, and to develop positive working relationships with patients, families, employees, and outside personnel.

* Strong ability to effectively convey complex clinical, technical, and educational information both verbally and in writing, and to collaborate productively in a team environment with all levels of internal and external personnel.

* Proven ability to work with management and staff across departments and to serve as an information resource, providing advice and recommendations on complex issues of functionality, clinical quality, efficiency, and program development.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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