EDC Medical Director

State of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ3.6


150 N. 18th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans” is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). ADHS promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults and sets the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership. ADHS is an award winning, nationally recognized department and is one of the largest in Arizona State Government with a budget of 1.5 billion dollars and workforce of approximately 1550 employees.

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EDC Medical Director

Public Health Preparedness

Open until filled


Under the general direction of the Bureau Chief of Epidemiology and Disease Control, the position of the Medical Director will serve as the Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control as well as the State Deputy Tuberculosis Control Officer. In these capacities, the position will provide consultation, evaluation and expertise to the Bureau, local health departments and health care providers on medical aspects of public health issues primarily involving infectious disease. The Medical Director will be responsible for administration and direction of tuberculosis control activities in Arizona in consultation with the Tuberculosis Control Officer. The individual in this role will prepare proposals and manuals pertaining to medical aspects of legislation, rules, policies, standards of care and budgets. This position also assists in the education of healthcare providers on public health issues such as immunizations, emerging pathogens, antibiotic resistance, healthcare associated infections, bioterrorism, disease-specific policies, environmental health, medical marijuana and prompt case reporting.

The Medical Director will provide assistance in preparation of press releases and reporting on medical media issues, along with reviewing medical aspects of Health Consultation Program reports to ensure medical accuracy. The individual in this role will coordinate collaboration with universities for lectures and adjunct professorships, and make or approve decisions that are required as State Deputy Tuberculosis Control Officer. The Medical Director will strategize and collaborate with the Divisional Medical Director. The Medical Director makes or approves decisions pertaining to medical and public health aspects of communicable disease control, including consulting with other Bureau physicians, along with consulting on medical aspects relating to medical doctors within the Bureau. This role also coordinates intra-bureau collaboration on immunizations, infectious diseases, toxicity exposures, lead poisoning, and other medical issues.

All Arizona State employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Responsibilities include: –

Providing medical, scientific and technical consultation and education to physicians and public health officials on environmental health and infectious diseases of public health importance –

Supervising the development of manuals, protocols and procedures for effective surveillance and control of selected diseases and review for medical accuracy –

Administering and directing tuberculosis control activities in Arizona, in consultation with the TB Control Officer –

Reviewing medical aspects of Health Consultation Program reports to ensure medical accuracy –

Assisting in preparation of press releases and media interviews pertaining to medical issues –

Coordinating intra-bureau collaboration on immunizations, infectious diseases , environmental health, toxicity exposures, lead poisoning, and other medical issues –

Fulfilling grant objective and other duties within the Bureau as needed

Requirements include:

Must be a licensed physician with the Arizona Medical Board

Must have a highly specialized medical knowledge with emphasis on disease investigation, prevention and control, and principles of epidemiology and study design

Required to know basic scientific and medical information about infectious and chronic disease including diagnosis and treatment, immunization, food protection and environmentally provoked conditions

Expertise is acquired through degree programs in the sciences (B.S., M.S., doctoral); medical school and post-graduate medical training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health or equivalent; medical and professional journals, medical seminars and continuing medical education programs

Etiology and epidemiology of disease, particularly tuberculosis; clinical signs/symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment of disease

Application of epidemiologic and analytic principles and practices

Issues specific to subject area

Medical, scientific epidemiologic and laboratory methods

Application of public health principles and practices

Program planning, evaluation methods and cost-benefit analyses

Local, regional, national infectious disease trends, goals and objectives

Extensive knowledge in public health principles and practices; implementation and evaluation research; federal, state and local legislation and regulations as they relate to public health; quality assurance methodologies; and changing trends in public health and health delivery systems

Use of problem solving approach to decision making, while considering the impact of alternative solutions; effective oral and written communications; ability to market public health programs to decision makers; ability to plan and organize work and implement plans and execute decisions; to negotiate to achieve common goals and objectives; in using group process to achieve desired outcomes; skills in interpersonal relationships and media relations

Ability to effectively communicate in written and oral modalities; ability to make decisions and recommendations based on available information and evidence-based practice; ability to work as a member of a team; ability to adapt to changing environments

Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Preferred Qualifications:

Medical, epidemiologic and scientific skills to: consult with physicians, decision/policymakers and general public; design and conduct scientific studies and investigations required to identify disease agents, health conditions, and health risk factors; and plan interventions and communicate them to others

Analytic skills to interpret medical, epidemiologic and other health related data to identify program needs, and establish appropriate program goals and objectives

Interpersonal skills including public speaking and media interaction

These skills can only be obtained through formal science and medical training which include premedical education; medical school, and post-graduate residency programs, clinical practice experiences and continuing medical education programs

At least 2-3 years of clinical practice experience involving direct patient care, medical license in Arizona, and 1 or more years of experience in public health are also preferred


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans

Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans

Accrued vacation pay and sick days

10 paid holidays per year

Deferred compensation plan

Credit union membership

Wellness plans

Employment Requirements

Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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