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Requisition No:803433

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number:64026311

Salary: 90,000-120,000

Posting Closing Date: 07/26/2023


Division of Disease Control and Health Protection

Bureau of Epidemiology

Section: Administration

Job Title: Chief of Medical and Health Services - SES

Work Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Position Number: 64026311

Requisition Number: 803433

Salary: $90,000 - $120,000

PendingAnticipated Vacancy

Your Specific Responsibilities

This senior management position and technical expert oversees the Bureau of Epidemiology in the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection. The position coordinates epidemiology, immunization, and refugee health program functions for the Division and the county public health programs. Responsible for the supervision of staff including appraisals, planning and directing their work approving leave, and having the authority for hiring and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions.

Supervises direct reports including motivating, training, providing guidance, and direction. Develops expectations and meets with staff regularly to discuss performance, complete performance reviews, and disciplinary action, if needed. Maintains vacation and work schedules to ensure proper coverage and completes timesheets. Ensures all staff complete required training and are offered additional training.

Takes a lead role in developing grant applications, legislative budget requests, and proposed statute and rule changes to initiate or expand disease control programs in the state.

Directs bureau participation in departmental strategic planning, long-range and business program planning, performance management, and quality improvement programs and initiatives. Functions as a member of the division's Performance Management Council and the agency/division Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology Program Council.

The incumbent directs programs in the surveillance and control of conditions and diseases of public health importance (excluding HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and hepatitis B and C) and develops policies and recommendations for the prevention and control of those diseases to support the mission of the agency to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Florida.

Oversees the development and operations of the statewide reportable disease system/application and the statewide syndromic surveillance system/application in support of overall disease surveillance, investigation, and control efforts.

The incumbent supervises epidemiologic studies of disease problems and recommends policy changes based on the result of these studies. Directs field investigations of outbreaks and clusters of communicable and non-communicable diseases and provides technical consultation and assistance to Central Office and county health department (CHD) investigations of cases, clusters, and outbreaks of such diseases.

Oversees the work of the Immunization Section in administering the federal Vaccines for Children Program and the development/operation of the statewide Immunization Information System. Also provides oversight and authorization of the approval of Yellow Fever Vaccination stamps for the State of Florida. Provides technical consultation, as needed, to Central Office, CHD, and private sector immunization staff and providers.

Oversees the work of the Refugee Health Program (RHP) Section, in its oversight of the funding and service delivery requirements for CHO refugee health programs, in coordination with the Department of Children and Families and the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. Provides technical consultation on RHP health assessment and immunization questions/issues. as needed.

Promotes agency initiatives to ensure that a learning organization for the science of epidemiology, immunization, and disease prevention and control is maintained. This includes providing epidemiologic peer review of all publications produced by the bureau and consultation on other scientific work within the agency, as requested, as well as, developing and delivering presentations regarding the science of epidemiology, immunizations, refugee health services, and other appropriate subjects at professional meetings and seminars.

Maintains oversight of the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service to provide fellowship opportunities to graduate level epidemiologists, to better maintain, improve, and develop the state's epidemiology public health workforce capable of responding to natural and manmade disasters and other public health emergencies.

Oversees the bureau's participation in the state's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program. Ensures quality and timely completion of all deliverables related to PHEP Capability 13 (Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation). This includes the bureau's participation in and/or provision of PHEP related training and exercises, as well as, providing technical consultation to the Bureau of Preparedness and Response, ESF8, and agency or state emergency Incident Management Teams. May be activated for various roles in the IMT and, as such, is available for indeterminate periods as needed for disaster response.

Provides epidemiologic back-up as needed to the Division Director for Disease Control and Health Protection and keeps the Office of the Secretary and State Surgeon General informed on investigation and disease control activities.

Participates, as required, to share on-call duty assignments to provide continuous 24/7/365 coverage for the Bureau of Epidemiology. On-call assignments will occur approximately every 4-6 weeks, depending on the number of staff involved. The incumbent will be expected to be available to accept all incoming after-hours calls and assess the urgency of each call. and provide an appropriate response. Calls regarding certain diseases and conditions may require extensive follow-up and coordination with other agencies.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Department's organizational structure.
  • Knowledge of statutes and rules that govern Bureau of Epidemiology programs.
  • Knowledge of the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection.
  • Knowledge of epidemiology, immunization, and refugee health programs.
  • Knowledge of administrative processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Department personnel policies.
  • Knowledge ok Bureau of Epidemiology data systems.
  • Skills in reviewing work products for accuracy, completeness, and adherence to Department best practices.
  • Skills in collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on Bureau projects.
  • Skills in oral and written communication.
  • Skills in program planning with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to employees.
  • Ability to draft legislative budget requests and grant applications.


  • 5 or more years of experience.

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be theHealthiestState in the Nation.


Innovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

Collaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

Accountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

Responsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

Excellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

Where You Will Work:

Tallahassee, FL

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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Please be advised:

Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

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:

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.

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

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.


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