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Communicable Diseases Specialist - HIV/STD Programs

County of Riverside
Riverside, CA 92501
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The Position:
The County of Riverside's University Health System seeks candidates for two Communicable Diseases Specialist (CDS) positions with the Department of Public Health's HIV/STD programs.
Positions are available with the PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis ) and syphilis prevention and intervention programs. These programs aim to prevent the spread of HIV, Syphilis and other STDs in high risk populations through the use of medication, education, and routine follow-up care.

What we are looking for:
Ideal candidates for these positions will have extensive knowledge of the methods of transmission, diagnosis, development, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection and other communicable diseases and have previous work experience working with consumers/patients diagnosed with HIV and/or other STDs.

Candidates certified in phlebotomy or having field testing experience are desirable. Experience with EPIC, LEO, ARIES, CalREDIE and Microsoft Suite at an intermediate level are also desirable skills.

This is an open recruitment and candidates are asked to provide a detailed resume highlighting their qualifying experience along with their application.

Meet the Teams:

Utilize a client-centered approach to educate and assess clients and to assist them with navigation through the entire community healthcare system. Interview patients to determine location of known contacts and to trace other persons who may be sources of acute communicable diseases, such as venereal disease; conducts field investigations and traces suspected communicable disease contacts using information from patients, acquaintances, public agency authorities, and other available sources.

Interview and counsel contacts, encouraging compliance to public health laws and observance of recommended health practices.

P erform community outreach and work with other agency navigators to find and support activities to engage new consumers in services. Conduct educational sessions with priority populations, providing HIV, STI, and general health and wellness related information using age appropriate, culturally sensitive, agency approved materials.

Conduct HIV testing and STD testing for clients in both clinic and mobile-testing settings, providing HIV prevention counseling, referring to appropriate programs and Health providers.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state and local health department personnel; maintain case files and reports.

Education: Graduation from a recognized college with a Bachelor's degree in biological science, public health, psychology, sociology, or social work.

Experience: Two years of experience performing communicable diseases investigation and control.

License: Possession of a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.

Knowledge of:The methods of transmission, diagnosis, development, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection and other communicable diseases; accepted techniques of venereal disease control; the principle public health laws and regulations relating to the control of venereal disease. Knowledge of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP and Prep).

Ability to: Prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence; deal effectively with a wide variety of personality types; obtain the cooperation of patients; communicate orally and in writing. A bility to conduct community outreach work, have knowledge of community resources and ability to use a client-centered approach;

Veteran's Preference
The County has a Veterans Preference Policy. Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veteran's preference. See the policy here:

Open Recruitment
This recruitment is open to all applicants. Qualified RUHS Public Health and County of Riverside employees may be given preference and considered first. This recruitment may close at any time and the candidate pool generated from this posting may be utilized to fill future Communicable Diseases Specialist positions.

For additional information, please contact Angela Levinson at alevinson@rivco.org .

MEDICAL/DENTAL/VISION INSURANCE: A choice of different medical, dental and visions plan are available to elect. The County provides a Flexible Benefit Credit contribution as governed by the applicable LIUNA Memorandum of Understanding to contribute towards the cost of these plans.

Note: Employees on assignment through the Temporary Assignment Program (TAP) receive different benefits. See the list here .
MISCELLANEOUS RETIREMENT: County of Riverside has three retirement Tiers through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

  • Tier I (Classic Member - Formula 3% @ 60): Applicable to current and former County of Riverside local miscellaneous employees hired prior to 08/24/2012 and did not withdraw CalPERS contributions. The employee contribution is eight (8%) percent.
  • Tier II (Classic Member - Formula 2% @ 60): Applicable to local miscellaneous employees 1) hired after 08/23/2012 through 12/31/2012; 2) Previously employed with another CalPERS contracting public agency or a reciprocal retirement system, with a break in service of less than six months between the separation date with the previous employer and the appointment date with the County of Riverside. The employee contribution is seven (7%) percent.
  • Tier III (PEPRA New Member - Formula 2% @ 62): Applicable to CalPERS local miscellaneous new members hired on or after the implementation of the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) which took effect January 1, 2013. As of July 1, 2020, the employee contribution is 7.25% and subject to change annually.

A new member is defined as any of the following:
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in any California Public Retirement System.
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who was a member with another California Public Retirement System prior to that date, but who is not subject to reciprocity upon joining CalPERS.
  • A member who first established CalPERS membership prior to January 1, 2013, and who is rehired by a different CalPERS agency after a break in service of greater than six (6) months.

  • CalPERS refers to all members that do not fit within the definition of a new member as "classic members".

    Contribution rates are subject to change based on the County of Riverside annual actuarial valuation.


    This summary is for general information purposes only. Additional questions regarding retirement formulas can be sent to retirement@rivco.org or by calling the Benefits Information Line at (951) 955-4981,
    Option 2.

    If you have prior service credit with another CalPERS agency or within agencies, please contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 to determine which retirement tier would be applicable to you. CalPERS is governed by the Public Employees' Retirement Law. The Retirement Law is complex and subject to change. If there's any conflict between this summary and the law, the law will prevail over this summary.
    DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary employee contribution with a choice between two 457 deferred compensation plan options.

    VACATION ACCRUAL (Bi-Weekly Accrual):

    0< 3 year = 80 Hours (10 Days)
    4< 9 years = 120 Hours (15 Days)
    10 or more years = 160 Hours (20 Days)

    Maximum Vacation leave accumulation is 480 hours.

    SICK LEAVE: Four (4) hours Sick Leave accrual per pay period with unlimited accrual.

    HOLIDAYS: Normally 12 paid holidays per year

    BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: Allowed 5 days (3 days are County paid; 2 additional days can be taken from accrued Sick Leave balance)

    BASIC LIFE INSURANCE: Equal to one times annual base salary not to exceed $50,000 of term life coverage. Premiums are paid by the County. Additional Supplemental Life plan is available for employee purchase.

    DISABILITY: Short-term Disability benefit pays up to a maximum of $461.54 weekly, payable up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

    POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL CONTRIBUTION: A monthly contribution is made by the County towards retiree health insurance offered through the County as governed by the applicable Memorandum of Understanding.

    OTHER: There may be other benefit provisions as specified in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding. Please contact the recruiter listed on the job posting directly for more information.

    Posted: 2021-09-11 Expires: 2021-10-10
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