Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the entire population as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending upon the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Clinical Laboratory Program Advisor to join the Division of Medical-Clinical Service, Public Health Laboratory located in Decatur, GA.

Won’t you join us?

This is a GRANT FUNDED position and is subject to available grant funds.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a liaison between the laboratory and the sentinel laboratories.
  • Maintains a current contact list for all sentinel laboratories in the state of Georgia.
  • Oversees the coordination of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) laboratory Preparedness Exercise (LPX) survey for the state of Georgia.
  • Coordinates and develops an exercise notification plan for the sentinel laboratories.
  • Coordinates site visits and maintains contact with the sentinel partners on a regular basis.
  • Communicates current public health related updates to sentinel laboratory procedures with partners.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for Georgia hospital laboratories.
  • Assists the laboratory training coordinator with Bioterrorism (BT) wet workshops, and packaging and shipping trainings.
  • Maintains Select Agent clearance to work with BT agents.
  • Maintains competency to work with the BT agents in an emergency event.
  • Coordinate covid sample pickups from hospitals and health departments to laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND five years experience performing work related to area of assignment


Master’s degree in a related field AND two years experience performing work related to area of assignment


One year at the lower level or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification as a medical technologist, MT(ASCP) or equivalent certification.
  • Experience in methods for training development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience coordinating hospital and/or public health laboratory responses to public health emergencies.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


  • The successful candidate for the position must undergo background check by the Department of Justice and get security clearance from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • This position directly supports the GPHL’s emergency response program and employees may be required to regularly work on various shifts, weekends and/or holidays as deemed necessary by the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.
  • Overnight travel will be required.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.