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Surveillance Officer - 0235 

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About the Organization One of the nation's leading 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsors, PHFE has served nonprofit and government agencies since 1968. PHFE's staff provides a wide spectrum of nationally recognized infrastructure and support expertise. With Fiscal Sponsorship, Infrastructure Management, and Consulting Services, nonprofit and government agencies are able to reduce administrative overhead, improve accountability and spend more time and funding on programming and service delivery.

PHFE's services help make communities healthier and make a difference in the lives of millions of people served by our government and nonprofit clients.  
Location CAN005 - Oakland, CA  
Program Name California Emerging Infections Program  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range $52,763.70 per year  
Open Date 4/26/2017  
Travel Requirement 20%  


The California Emerging Infections Program (CEIP) is a program administered by Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc (PHFE) which is a non-profit public health research organization. CEIP functions under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is a collaborative effort involving the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and several local health departments.

The Surveillance Officer will assist with surveillance and related activities of the CEIP. The applicant should possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Work will be conducted at the Downtown Oakland office. Travel to hospitals and health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area may also be required. Duties will include, but are not limited to, medical chart abstraction, data entry, contacting hospitals and laboratories for information regarding cases, ordering medical records, and general organizational office work. The Surveillance Officer will also interact with local health departments regarding reportable conditions--ensuring necessary follow-up--and submitting reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Conduct public health interviews of case-patients as necessary The Surveillance Officer may lead special studies under direct project coordinator supervision as assigned.

Position Requirements


  • Establish/maintain surveillance system
  • Data collection, entry, and editing
  • Project protocol development and modification
  • Assist Project Coordinator in compiling reports including feedback to participating hospitals and labs
  • Attend general CEIP and core staff meetings
  • Conduct follow-up with local health departments (LHD) in disease reporting and ensuring necessary follow-up for reportable conditions; assist LHD and state health dept. in outbreak investigations


  • Obtain, transport and, when necessary, package laboratory supplies/specimens for mailing to testing laboratories


Brief Written Summary


Masters degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field.. This may be substituted with a Bachelors degree in Public Health or related Science (Microbiology, Statistics, Health Science) plus 2 years of public health experience. Microbiology or epidemiology coursework required.

Public Health Experience Requirement: Academic projects/research/internships in public health or if applicant does not possess masters degree, 2 years of public health experience plus educational requirement.

  • Experience with infectious diseases in either an academic, clinical, public health, or research setting.
  • Understanding of medical terminology.
  • Experience with basic data analysis (e.g., SAS/SPSS/STATA).
  • Possesses excellent attention to details and organizational skills. Candidate can demonstrate their skills in this area.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills particularly over the telephone.
  • Self-motivated person who has strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently or in a team setting.
  • Possesses a valid CA drivers license and proof of insurance.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel and Access.
  • Strong data entry skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge of public health practices and methodology.
  • Capacity to perform public health interviews and follow-ups.
  • Capacity to train and transfer skills to others such as phone interviewing and data entry.


Must have a valid California’s Driver License

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Experience working with protected health information and maintaining patient confidentiality preferred.
  • Experience interviewing patients with structured questionnaires for research purposes preferred.
  • Experience contacting patients for public health follow up purposes preferred.
  • Proficient in Spanish or Chinese languages preferred.
  • Experience preparing IRB submissions preferred.
  • Experience with database creation preferred.


Stand Frequently

Walk Frequently

Sit Frequently

Handling / Fingering Occasionally

Reach Outward Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally

Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

See Constantly

Taste/ Smell Not Applicable

Not Applicable Not required for essential functions

Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly (5+ hrs/day)


General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled

PHFE is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.


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