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Public Health Program Specialist II (Disease Intervention Specialist)

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Public Health Program Specialist II (Disease Intervention Specialist)
Job Requisition Number COA077209
Position Number 112203
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name APH CD - Outreach
Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus one (1) year of experience in public health outreach/ investigation or related field. 

  • Related experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Valid Texas Class C Driver’s License at the time of hire and during employment, as required by position

Notes to Applicants

The purpose of the Disease Intervention Specialist is to intervene in the spread of communicable diseases. This position provides daily patient contact both in a clinic setting and in the field (patient’s home or relative’s homes,employers, physician’s offices, other community agencies, etc.). This position conducts partner elicitation. This position is required to meet deadlines required by State of Texas.

This position will be trained in phlebotomy.

When completing the City of Austin employment application :

  • A detailed, complete City of Austin employment application is required to evaluate your qualifications. Please be thorough in completing the employment application and list all experience that is relevant to this position.
  • The application and resume must include dates (month and year) for each job history entry. In addition, the resume information must match the information on the application.
  • Please describe your specific experience as it relates to the minimum and preferred qualifications when responding to the supplemental questions on the application.
  • This position must travel between various locations as a part of the regular job duties and the individual may be required to drive a City vehicle. The successful candidate must be in possession of a Texas Class C Driver’s License. A driving record verification will be conducted. Applicants for positions for which City driving is an essential function must meet the standards of the driving program: age 18 or older, current applicable driver’s license, proof of insurability, and no more than six points assessed on the driving record. This position falls under the City of Austin Safe Driver Policy.
  • This position will require a pre-employment Criminal Background Investigation (CBI).

If you are selected to interview:

  • If you are identified as a top candidate, verification of your education, which may include High School graduation or GED, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, will be required.
  • Veteran candidates will be required to provide a copy of their DD214 at the time of interview.
  • Each individual who submits an Application as provided in the Municipal Civil Service Rules and meets the Minimum Qualifications for a Competitive Position shall be considered a Candidate for that Position. Employees, in Good Standing, who are Candidates within the Department or division that the Position resides in and who meet the Minimum and Preferred Qualifications (if any) of the Position will be included in the initial interview.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this pool of applicants.
  • All Austin Public Health worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any Austin Public Health worksite – including parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.

Please note that the Department may close the job posting at any time after 7 days. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

Pay Range

$18.83 – $23.42 per hour


Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

This position requires occasional evenings and weekends.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Public Health
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Grant Funded
Category Professional
Location RBJ Health Center, 15 Waller
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of general public health programs, specifically those related to communicable diseases.
  • Skill in oral and written communications, especially interviewing techniques.
  • Skill in recording data from interviews and investigations accurately.
  • Previous experience (paid or unpaid)with diverse populations such as LGBTQ, MSM, homeless, etc.
  • Ability to work independently, but also work well in a team environment.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Counsel individuals on prevention of communicable diseases e.g. HIV, STIs, TB, etc.

  2. Conduct fact-finding or informational interviews.

  3. Refer citizens to appropriate agency or program.

  4. Answer citizen questions and provide assistance.

  5. Conduct public health investigations as required by position and/or program.

  6. Counsel physicians, laboratories, clinics, etc. about disease reporting requirements

  7. Research information as requested or needed.

  8. Compile data/information and prepare reports

  9. Perform program-specific outreach activities such as TB, HIV, STI education, testing and counseling.

  10. Perform phlebotomy and specimen collection

  11. Coordinate activities with other agencies/personnel as needed.

  12. Assist in training less experienced personnel.

  13. Provide public health follow up and linkage to care activities as required by position.

  14. Some positions may require employee to meet patients at home, work or elsewhere to perform testing or conducting interviews, as needed.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of general public health programs, specifically those related to communicable disease.

  • Knowledge of laws and regulations concerning communicable diseases prevention and control.

  • Knowledge of laws and regulations concerning communicable disease control.

  • Skill in prioritizing tasks and time management.

  • Skill in oral and written communications, especially interviewing techniques.

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with City employees and the public.

  • Skill in recording data from interviews and investigations accurately.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university plus one (1) year of experience in a field related to investigating sources of communicable disease. Related experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * If identified as the top candidate; do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * An essential function of this position is that you provide your own transportation to various sites. Can you provide insured vehicle and valid Texas driving license to drive on City business by the date of your employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you trained or willing to be trained in Phlebotomy?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please describe your experience working with diverse populations such as men who have sex with men, homeless, sex workers and various minority at-risk for HIV/STI populations.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Describe briefly outreach experience working with hard-to-reach or traditionally underserved populations.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Describe any experience you have working in the HIV/STD field.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * If you don't have applicable HIV/STD experience, please describe your public health experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * In the prior twelve months have you been employed by, owned any interest in, or been an officer or board member, for any business entity, including a non-profit organization, that is transacting any business with the City of Austin, including a recipient of any contracts, grants, or any funds of any kind from the City of Austin?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Don't know

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents