Public Health Investigator –

Ending the HIV Epidemic

Salary: $48,640.00





Pay rates are based on education, skill, experience level and internal equity. Internal equity considerations include an assessment of the applicant’s salary history and qualifications in comparison to the market rate and requirements for the job


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Position Summary

Perform duties related to controlling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/STD infection, and other public health risks within Mecklenburg County. This position, as the subject matter expert, is responsible for conducting personal interviews to obtain case-related information; educating clients regarding the disease process, treatment, prevention, and legal requirements; and analyzing epidemiological information to determine the need and priority for follow-up activities.

Essential Functions
·       Locate, notify, and counsel clients about positive laboratory test results

·       Interview clients with abnormal laboratory test results to provide information, risk reduction planning and to notify them of treatment recommendations

·       Refer clients with abnormal laboratory test results to appropriate psychosocial services

·       Arrange for and ensure testing, treatment as needed

·       Locate, notify, and counsel contacts who have been exposed to or at risk for HIV/STDs

·       Actively refer eligible clients to PrEP services

·       Enforce disease control measures as appropriate

·       Building new relationships with community stakeholders (ED, Plasma Centers, CBO, etc.) who have access to our population of interest

·       Advocate for clients and client services

·       Develop safe places for DIS/client communications

·       Attend EHE meetings

·       Be cooperative in providing necessary data supportive of Program


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of two years of related public health experience.


Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related field.

Combination of relevant education and relevant experience accepted?:  Yes

Licenses and Certifications
·   Requires a valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License
·   Requires County Driving Privileges

Preferred Qualifications
·   Preferred completion of Centers for Disease Control Disease Intervention Specialist Training

·   Knowledge/experience working in the NC Electronic Disease Surveillance System

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of
·   Principles and practices of public health
·   Local resources and services
·   The disease concepts of HIV infection, AIDS, Syphilis and other STDs
·   Person-centered planning

·   Client interviewing, disease management, and client centered counseling
·   Excellent oral and written communication skills
·   Basic computer programs, word processing, and data entry, and job specific software
·   Establish rapport and effective communication successfully among culturally diverse populations

·   Applied Learning: Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner
·   Collaboration: Working effectively and cooperatively with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships
·   Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the information provided
·   Leveraging Diversity: Working effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds; making the most effective use of the capabilities, insights and ideas of all individuals
·   Patient Education/Health Promotion: Supporting, explaining, and instructing patient and patient’s family in understanding the clinical procedures and equipment used to facilitate optimum health status; promoting the lifestyle changes required of the patient and the patient’s family to achieve optimum health status
·   Patient Relations: Meeting patient and patient family needs; taking responsibility for a patient’s safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence
·   Safety Intervention: Having knowledge of conditions that affect patient, self, and/or employee safety under normal conditions and conditions that occur in crisis situations; skilled in identifying conditions that might cause health or safety hazards and takes action to remove such hazards; understands all aspects of providing a safe environment for patient, self, and/or others in crisis

Computer Skills
·   Proficient in various computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite


Work Environment
Works in outdoor exposed to weather conditions

This classification has been identified as having a role in the development of ADA compliant technologies and for which the incumbent agrees to follow County policies to the best of their abilities in order to meet these obligations.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Disclaimer Statement
This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, requirements or working conditions. Other duties may be assigned based on business need and the supervisor’s request. Mecklenburg County reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. Designated positions may be required to assist in emergency and/or disaster situations.

Mecklenburg County requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new Mecklenburg County employees.


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