Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) ILINet Program Specialist

Oct 13 2021
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Disease Outbreak Control Division

Disease Investigation Branch

Downtown, Oahu

ILINet Program Specialist

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC)

Up to $4,266 per month, salary commensurate with training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment. The Disease Surveillance & Informatics Section plans, develops, coordinates, and implements statewide infectious disease surveillance program; performs surveillance of infectious diseases of public health importance including zoonoses and bioterrorism agents; coordinates routine follow-up testing to determine disease status; maintains special disease surveillance databases; and implements active surveillance activities needed. The primary purpose of this position is to assist the DIB with the recruitment of providers to become participants in Hawaii's outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet), and for COVID-like Illness (CLI) Surveillance. These efforts are key to the success of Hawaii's respiratory illness surveillance. This two-component program includes, recruiting participating providers that will record and report the number of patients diagnosed with ILI weekly to the CDC, and CLI to the Department of Health, and submit laboratory specimens for influenza virus isolation and strain- typing, free of charge to the providers enrolled.



Minimum Qualification(s)


EDUCATION:  Graduation from an accredited (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.


Excess work experience as described under Experience below, or any other responsible administrative, professional or analytical work experience which provided knowledge, skills and abilities comparable to those acquired in four (4) years of successful study while completing a college or university curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. To be acceptable, the experience must have been of such scope, level and quality as to assure the possession of comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities.


EXPERIENCE:  One year of progressively responsible work experience, in administrative, professional, investigative, technical or other responsible work which demonstrates the ability to assimilate and analyze information to arrive at sound solutions to problems.


One year of specialized experience responsible for professional work in any field which involved work such as monitoring, evaluating, or conducting recruitment of subjects and/or participants in programs or projects.  Development of materials, revision of standards, policies, procedures, or techniques; gathering and analyzing data to determine conformance with standards and requirements and recommending improvement or developing training materials; giving technical advice and direction pertaining to program standards and surveillance requirements.


LICENSE:  Valid driver’s license is preferred.


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT:  The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Mail completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, cover letter, detailed resume, three (3) references, and salary requirements to:


Department of Health

Disease Outbreak Control Division

PO BOX 3378

Honolulu, Hawaii 96801-3378


Application packet at:  https://health.hawaii.gov/employme​nt/job-opportunities/

Other Information


For additional information, you may contact the Hiring Manager at [email protected]  


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position no. 123451.


This position is exempt. Employment in such positions is considered to be “at will.” This is a

12-month appointment, federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement for the budget period beginning August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. Continued funding is dependent on successful non-competitive applications prior to each grant year.


The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai`i. HDOH supports a diverse-multicultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels, and creates an inclusive work environment, free from discrimination.


 As a condition of employment with the State of Hawaii, all qualified candidates who have successfully completed and passed the recruitment process, must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at the time a conditional offer of employment is made. Departments will consider reasonable accommodations if requested by a candidate and it is determined through an interactive process that pregnancy, a qualifying disability, or a sincerely held religious belief prevents the candidate from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.



Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination policy above will apply to both new hires not currently employed by the State of Hawaii Executive branch, as well as current State of Hawaii Executive Branch Employees who are being considered for placement into another State of Hawaii Executive Branch position. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer