This senior leadership position will be responsible for acquiring and analyzing health data, communicating results of those analyses, and developing strategic data use and analysis strategies. The successful candidate will have strong epidemiologic expertise and strength in data analysis and interpretation. The Chief Epidemiologist must be a strong communicator comfortable directing staff, making community presentations, and working with diverse academic and research partners. The Chief Epidemiologist will not have primary responsibility for epidemiologic tracking of COVID-19 or control of this epidemic, but he/she will collaborate with and support other epidemiologists carrying this out. This position requires occasional evening or weekend work. This position reports directly to the Health Commissioner.
Education and Experience
Completion of graduate degree(s) from an accredited institution(s) of higher education in medicine, public health, or a closely related field. Master’s degree required, doctoral degree preferred.
At least five years’ experience in epidemiology, research, and/or public health.
At least two years’ experience working in federal, state, tribal, or local health departments.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Advanced skills in use of various data analysis software tools and analyzing various types of public health data.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including presentation skills making the results of complex public health analyses easily understandable by non-expert audiences.
Ability to supervise others and manage projects that require contributions of others.
Ability to mentor less experienced staff in epidemiologic analyses and presentation of results.
Ability to successfully collaborate with others within and outside the Department of Public Health on epidemiologic projects.
A record of publications that communicate complex health analyses clearly.
A commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace.
Internal Number: ChiefEpi2020
About Philadelphia Department of Public Health
The mission of the Department of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable.
The history of public health in Philadelphia reaches back to the city’s beginnings. William Penn’s “greene countrie towne” was the first American city to provide free hospital care for its poorest residents at the Philadelphia Almshouse, built in 1732. Our city is home to the nation’s first medical school, children’s hospital, and eye hospital.
The present Department of Public Health was created by an Ordinance of December 31, 1919 to succeed the Department of Health Charities.