PUBLIC HEALTH- Communicable Disease & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

La Plata County   Durango, CO   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on May 28, 2024


Communicable Disease & Emergency Preparedness Coord:

Protects & promotes community health by performing disease surveillance, conducting epidemiological investigations, & monitoring & coordinating public health emergency & planning activities. Ideal candidate will have experience in conducting investigations & creating reports w/ strong communication skills. Requires BA & 1 yr of exper or any combination thereof. FT w/ medical, dental, vision, retirement, 38+ paid vacation/holiday days, 13+ paid sick days & paid parental leave benefits. Salary $26.71-28/hr DOE. Application deadline 4 pm 6/13/24. Apply online at or at computer kiosk @ La Plata County, 1101 E 2nd Ave, Durango. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.






DATE: 8/23, 5/24


The Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator protects and promotes community health by performing disease surveillance, conducting epidemiological investigations, and coordinating public health emergency preparedness and planning activities. The coordinator monitors conditions affecting the community’s health, maintains investigation and notification systems, and prepares reports for Public Health Department leadership and the community.


Essential functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. Reasonable accommodations, as defined under the American with Disabilities Act, will be made when possible. Locates and interviews cases and their close contacts to gather information and determine facts on infections or exposures to communicable disease. Analyzes case information, interacts with health care providers in coordination with the Chief Medical Officer and other Department programs, conducts computer/electronic record searches, conducts site assessments, and contacts clients by phone or in person. Provides guidance to priority populations and facilities. Collaborates with clients to gather information on an environmental risk history, or venues where the client or others may have been exposed to diseases. Maintains field supplies and complies with field safety plans. Provides education to community members, businesses and partner organizations in accordance with state and national guidelines. Performs basic epidemiological and statistical analyses on a variety of data and prepares results for review. Completes emergency preparedness and planning activities and ensures proper reporting of activities completed by others. Responsible for coordinating public health preparedness measures with other County and State personnel. Maintains notification and investigation databases and makes recommendations on improving data systems. Maintains inventory of emergency response supplies and nonpharmaceutical interventions. Serves as the lead for the Public Health On-Call Team, including scheduling, training, and logistics. Provides routine data reports to local public health partners, and maintains department protocols as well as agency reporting documents. Monitors and reports incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies. Develops and gives presentations and reports for dissemination to diverse audiences, using data to illustrate community health concerns. Disseminates results of investigations, special studies, routine surveillance, and analyses of health outcome data. Performs other duties as assigned. Regular and predictable attendance is required.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position would be: Education and Experience: At least one year of related experience, including disease investigation, mitigation, and control. Bachelor’s degree required, or substitute with four additional years of related experience. Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications: Valid Driver's License.


Knowledge of: Public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, data management, and infectious disease epidemiology. Epidemiological techniques, methods, and surveillance systems, particularly as related to communicable chronic or environmentally induced diseases, or injury control. Emergency preparedness and planning techniques, best practices, and databases. Familiarity with data management and analysis including data quality and validity. Principles of confidentiality and data privacy Statistical analysis and data visualization software. Using medical records and/or surveillance systems to collect disease or health outcome data. Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Skills in: Collecting, managing and analyzing data. Building and maintaining databases. Incorporating data from a variety of sources to create an overview of a community health issue. Conducting literature reviews and environmental scans. Maintaining records, reports and charts for completeness and accuracy Coordinating deadlines, prioritizing work demands and assigning/monitoring work performed. Providing attention to detail in assignments. Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations, guidance, and standards (based on assignment). Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. Communicating effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to: Use both quantitative and qualitative data to describe health issues. Apply principles of good ethical/legal practice as they relate to study design and data collection, dissemination, and use. Handle multi-faceted tasks, changing priorities, ambiguity, and complexity. Demonstrate excellent organizational skill and a high level of accuracy. Coordinate completion of work assigned to multiple parties. Work both cooperatively within a team and independently. Research, analyze, and evaluate programs, policies, and procedures. Develop and maintain positive, professional, productive relationships. Keep accurate and complete records and be a good steward of data, including the maintenance of sensitive and confidential client records information.


The conditions listed below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Please direct all requests for accommodation to the Human Resources Department. Environment: Work is primarily conducted indoors with occasional time spent in an outside environment. Incumbent experiences routine exposures and hazards of a typical office environment. Incumbent is occasionally required to work after normal work hours to attend governmental meetings. Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate verbally in response to inquiries, complaints, and to speak to groups of people or the media in an informational or training situation. Requires ability to lift and carry objects occasionally up to 25 pounds. Requires manual dexterity to operate computer and office equipment. Requires the ability to sit and perform administrative and computer work for significant periods of time.