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Epidemiologist 1

 

 

Competition # : 32981 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/28/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

 

The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on continual improvements within the Health System, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.

 

About Our Opportunity

 

As an Epidemiologist with the department, you will provide epidemiological support to the planning, design, and implementation of surveillance projects.  You will participate in multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate extensively with local and provincial public health officials to assess population health and monitor communicable and non-communicable diseases and the related risk factors and impacts of these diseases.

 

Primary Accountabilities

 

Reporting to the Director, Public Health Surveillance, you will provide epidemiological support to the planning, design, and implementation of surveillance projects.  You will participate in multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate extensively with local and provincial public health officials to assess population health and monitor communicable diseases and the related risk factors and impacts of these diseases.

 

This position contributes to policy and decision making within the Department of Health and Wellness, and the planning and management of Nova Scotia’s health system, through:

 

  • The collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological data;
  • Identification and assessment of appropriate data sources to support the Department and NS health system needs;
  • Literature reviews and statistical analysis;
  • The production of epidemiology reports suitable for the Department, the health system, and the public;
  • Monitoring of current regional, provincial, national, and international trends in communicable and chronic disease activity; and
  • Synthesis of information, which contributes to the formulation and implementation of evidence-based policies, standards, and practices.

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

Bachelor’s degree in science or social science plus three years of related experience, or a Master’s degree and one year of related experience, preferably in a public health or epidemiology setting.

 

Knowledge of statistics (quantitative and qualitative analyses); in-depth knowledge of research methods and techniques to support public health and population health activities are required.  Public Health knowledge and experience considered an asset.

 

Excellent interpersonal skills to support networking with stakeholders, and communication skills (verbal and written) are essential to the preparation of presentations, reports and correspondence. The ability to build strong partnerships will be key as well as strong collaboration skills.

 

Experience with literature reviews and techniques to process and synthesize analysis into meaningful modes of presentation is required.

 

The incumbent requires good working knowledge of statistics and statistical applications such as SAS or SPSS.

 

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

 

Equivalency

 

An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

 

Benefits

 

Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

 

Working Conditions

 

Located in a comfortable office environment, occasionally must travel by car or plane.

 

What We Offer

 

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

 

 

Pay Grade:  PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,588.45 - $3,155.27 Bi-Weekly

 

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

 

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

 

 

 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 

 

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 

 

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.