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PD#: KF452822

Sequence#: VARIES

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EPIDEMIOLOGIST

GS-0601-12

Organization Title:

POSITION LOCATION:

Servicing CPAC: DHA

Agency: VARIES

Installation: VARIES

Army Command: VARIES

Region: NORTH CENTRAL

Command Code: VARIES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS USED IN CLASSIFYING/GRADING POSITION:

Citation 1: JFS PROF WORK IN MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE GROUP, GS-0600, SEP 2017

Supervisory Certification: I certify that this is an accurate statement of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and its organizational relationships, and that the position is necessary to carry out Government functions for which I am responsible. This certification is made with the knowledge that this information is to be used for statutory purposes relating to appointment and payment of public funds, and that false or misleading statements may constitute violations of such statutes or their implementing regulations.

 

Supervisor Name: SHAWN S. CLAUSEN, CDR

Reviewed Date: 08/12/2019

Classification Review: This position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.

 

Reviewed By: LINCOLN MITCHELL

Reviewed Date: 08/14/2019

POSITION INFORMATION:

Cyber Workforce:

  • Primary Work Role: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 1: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 2: VARIES

FLSA: EXEMPT

FLSA Worksheet: EXEMPT

FLSA Appeal: NO

Bus Code: VARIES

DCIPS PD: NO

  • Mission Category: VARIES
  • Work Category: VARIES
  • Work Level: VARIES

Acquisition Position: NO

  • CAP:  
  • Career Category:  
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Functional Code: 94

Interdisciplinary: NO

Supervisor Status: VARIES

PD Status: VERIFIED

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Drug Test Required: VARIES  

Financial Management Certification:

Position Designation: VARIES

Position Sensitivity: VARIES

Security Access: VARIES

Emergency Essential:   

Requires Access to Firearms: VARIES

Personnel Reliability Position: VARIES

Information Assurance: VARIES

Influenza Vaccination: NO

Financial Disclosure: VARIES

Financial Disclosure: NO  

Enterprise Position: VARIES

POSITION ASSIGNMENT:

Competitive Area: VARIES

Competitive Level: VARIES

Career Program: VARIES

Career Ladder PD: NO

Target Grade/FPL: 12

Career Pos 1:    

Career Pos 2:    

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POSITION DUTIES:

INTRODUCTION:

This position is located in the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under the policy guidance and direction of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD (HA)). The DHA is responsible for the effective execution and operation of the Department of Defense (DoD) worldwide medical mission, which is to provide medical services and support to specified categories of individuals entitled to DoD medical care, providing support to the Uniformed Services in the management and administration of TRICARE, administering and managing the Defense Health Program budget and the management direction and control of the military medical treatment facilities.

The mission of the DHA is to serve as a Combat Support Agency and lead the MHS integration of readiness and health to deliver the Quadruple Aim: improved readiness, better health, better care, and lower cost. The DHA Headquarters is geographically located in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia.

This position supports the mission of the Combat Support Directorate, Public Health Division, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB), Epidemiology & Analysis Section, U.S. Navy Satellite located in Portsmouth, Virginia with duty at Silver Spring, Maryland.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Public Health Division is to improve readiness, safety, and health through a standardized, highly effective, integrated, cost-efficient, and agile Public Health (PH) system. The Public Health Division accomplishes this through uniform PH methods and systems, reliable PH measures, and consistent programs, policies, and communications with supported organizations.

MAJOR DUTIES

The incumbent serves as a staff epidemiology subject matter expert/consultant. In this capacity, he/she provides expert consultation, technical assistance, and expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics and Statistical Analysis System (SAS) coding to staff and customers of the AFHSB and Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), EpiData Center Department (EDC). These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Develops and conducts epidemiologic studies in support of AFHSB, and Department of the Navy Occupational Health, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Population Health/Medical Management, Industrial Hygiene, and Environmental/Public Health Protection Programs. As an experienced SAS user, is able to write SAS code to pull and manipulate large datasets (>10,000 records). Able to choose the appropriate statistical method to analyze large datasets and then write the SAS code for that analysis. Oversees the analysis of data and ensures timely dissemination of the results of these studies. Duties may include development and review of study protocols, critical literature reviews, direct participation in data collection, and interpretation of study results. (40%)

2. Identifies critical outcomes measures, both morbidity and mortality based, for the evaluation of the effectiveness of clinical services, medical management initiatives, disease prevention programs, and health promotion activities for AFHSB, Navy and United States Marine Corps (USMC). Compares outcome objectives for disease prevention and health promotion programs which will enable comparison with other applicable benchmarks. (40%)

3. Assesses databases critical to NMCPHC and AFHSB mission to provide internal/external customer service support. Provides NMCPHC and AFHSB linkage to these databases, receives and provides training to develop professional skills for utilizing these databases. Utilizes these databases to design studies, answer inquiries, and produce reports. Provides lectures or briefings on epidemiologic and biostatistical procedures during workshops, seminars, field training, and technical courses for AFHSB and NMCPHC staff and customers. (20%)

Performs other duties as assigned

CLASSIFICATION FACTORS

FACTOR 1. KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION, FL 1-7, 1250 PTS

Expert knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology.

Knowledge, understanding, and expertise in epidemiologic and statistical principles, International Classification of Diseases (ICD) medical codes, data management and SAS coding.

Ability to coordinate and facilitate functions of cross-functional teams of professional and support personnel in conducting routine and non-routine epidemiologic evaluations and health surveillance.

Skill in written and oral communication and the ability to conduct lectures or briefings on epidemiologic and biostatistical procedures.

Experience with personal computer use, computerized database management and SAS coding for data manipulation and analysis.

FACTOR 2. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS, FL 2-4, 450 PTS

Works under the general supervision of the Chief, AFHSB, Epidemiology and Analysis Section, Navy Satellite Lead who sets the overall objectives and, in conjunction with the incumbent, determines timeframes and resources required for work projects. The incumbent is responsible for planning and carrying out the projects, including assessing project resource requirements, resolving most expected and unexpected roadblocks to project completion, integrating and coordinating the work of other team members, and interpreting Naval, DHA and DoD policy in support of project requirements. Incumbent exercises judgement in the conduct of health surveillance and epidemiological studies, independently selects appropriate study designs and tests of statistical significance, and assumes responsibility for the scientific validity and accuracy of study results. Completed work may be reviewed by the Navy Satellite Lead, with technical assistance as needed from subject matter experts assigned to or affiliated with AFHSB and NMPHC, for success in meeting requirements or expected results. Results are considered technically authoritative and should generally be acceptable without change.

FACTOR 3. GUIDELINES, FL 3-4, 450 PTS

General administrative guidance is available from standard military instructions. The incumbent must be generally familiar with standard biostatistics and epidemiology publications relevant to the discipline of public health. The incumbent must use initiative and resourcefulness in adapting existing methods to meet project requirements when complex, unusual, or unexpected problems are encountered.

FACTOR 4. COMPLEXITY, FL 4-4, 225 PTS

The work involves a variety of routine and non-routine epidemiologic evaluations of public health issues addressed by AFHSB and NMCPHC. Work projects typically involve a multitude of tasks requiring a thorough knowledge, understanding, and expertise in epidemiologic and statistical principles, International Classification of Diseases (ICD) medical codes, data management and SAS coding. Projects frequently require the adaptation or modification of work methods, procedures, or techniques in order to successfully overcome expected or unexpected problems.

FACTOR 5. SCOPE AND EFFECT, FL 5-4, 225 PTS

SCOPE: The purpose of the work is to provide epidemiologic and biostatistical expertise in conducting data collection, verification, and analysis in support of a variety of population health initiatives conducted by or coordinated with AFHSB and NMCPHC. Oversees the analysis of data and ensures timely dissemination of the results of these studies. Duties may include development and review of study protocols, critical literature reviews, direct participation in data collection, and interpretation of study results.

EFFECT: The ability of the incumbent to accomplish these duties will directly affect the success of these Navy and DoD-wide programs.


FACTOR 6. PERSONAL CONTACTS, FL 6-3, 60 PTS

Contacts are made by letter, telephone, electronic communication, and personal interactions with AFHSB and NMCPHC military, civil service personnel and contractors assigned similar work; DHA and personnel assigned to other DoD installations, and professional and non-professional staff affiliated with a variety of civilian institutions. The incumbent is considered an expert on matters of epidemiology and biostatistics and is expected to interact effectively with senior policymaking and technical personnel from other activities and agencies. He/she will work in a collaborative manner with colleagues from the DHA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and state/local health departments.

FACTOR 7. PURPOSE OF CONTACTS, FL 7-3, 120 PTS

Contacts are for the purpose of initiating, facilitating, or completing epidemiologic studies conducted by or with the support of AFHSB and NMCPHC. Contacts will emphasize ongoing information exchange and dissemination of pertinent feedback in order to optimally service internal and external customers.

FACTOR 8. PHYSICAL DEMANDS, FL 8-2, 20 PTS

The work is typically sedentary. The incumbent may occasionally be required to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs. (i.e., portable computers, data collection forms, manuals, etc.) for distances up to 100 feet. Bending, walking, and limited stair climbing may be required.

FACTOR 9. WORK ENVIRONMENT, FL 9-2, 20 PTS

Work is typically performed in an office environment, usually at a desk, and may involve a computer work station with a personal computer. Occasionally, work may be performed in non-office settings including medical treatment facilities, industrial activities, shipboard, or other operational environments where there is a potential exposure to dangers from thermal stress, electrical shock, operating machinery, noise, airborne contaminants, and ionizing/non­ ionizing radiation.

GRADE CONVERSION:

Total Points: 2820
Point Range: 2755-3150
Final Grade: GS-12

OTHER FACTORS:

1. Duty Station: Portsmouth, VA; Silver Spring, MD
2. Sensitivity: Non-critical sensitive
3. BUS Code: 7777
4. Status: Competitive Service
5. Identical Additional (IA): No
6. Supervisory Status: Non-Supervisory (Code: 8)
7. Drug Testing: No
8. Competitive Area: 0000
9. Career Program: DAWIA: No; Information Assurance Certification: No; FM: No
10. Competitive Level: 0AR0

***NOTICE TO SUPERVISORS: Assignment of major duties other than those identified on an employee’s PD for a period exceeding 30 days constitutes a misassignment and must be corrected immediately by appropriate operating official submitting a Standard Form 52, Request for Personnel Action, either to detail, temporarily promote or to permanently assign employees to the appropriate job. If the duties will not be added permanently to a PD, they should be rotated among other positions to prevent misassignment. Failure to follow this procedure constitutes a merit system violation.


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination = (EXEMPT)

 

1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).

 

2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)

 

3. Executive Exemption:

    

a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND

    

b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND

    

c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.

 

4. Professional Exemption:

    

a. Professional work (primary duty)

    

b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or

    

c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or

    

d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).

 

5. Administrative Exemption:

    

a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Exempt
  Non Exempt


FLSA Comments/Explanations:

FLSA Exempt - The incumbent frequently communicates in writing and in person with various levels of technical, professional, managerial, and administrative personnel which are consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the DHA or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

8/5/21- Updated Comp level code. FCG
9/8/20-Updated DHA intro/format; added Cursory Review. KRB
8/12/19 - Made minor pen and ink changes to PD including changing the duty location from Portsmouth, VA to Silver Spring, MD. LRM
4/19/18: Updated minor changes to the PD. DL
9/17 - MLM: Corrected PD. Removed language re: Statement of Difference. Linked to PD# K3-45822, GS-601-11. Added updated Intro statement.
JMGeorge edited PD to include citations 8/3/15; JoeP reviewed and verified.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & NOTES:

1. Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.

2. Approximately 5% travel may be required.

3. Education: Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

4. A degree in Epidemiology with at least 15 credit hours in basic and advanced biostatistics courses or a Public Health degree with at least 30 hours in courses in epidemiology and biostatistics is desired. Three years of work experience in the field of epidemiology is desired.



POSITION EVALUATION:

Not Listed.