Full-Time (Physician) Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program (VPDIP)
The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is seeking applicants for the Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program (VPDIP) Medical Director position. The position will be responsible for oversight of all major program activities including surveillance and response to vaccine preventable diseases, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, and the Tennessee Immunization Information System (TennIIS). The position reports to the State Epidemiologist within the Division of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness.
The incumbent will have responsibility for statewide vaccine-preventable disease surveillance and response. The vaccine-preventable diseases program assists regional and metropolitan health departments in Tennessee, utilizing a team of epidemiologists and support staff, with case investigation, outbreak response, and implementation of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions. The program conducts statewide influenza surveillance using a Sentinel Provider Network and works closely with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and Community Health Services division to operationalize statewide influenza vaccination campaigns annually. The VPDIP Medical Director will have responsibility and oversight of the VFC program and the associated CDC cooperative agreements and reporting requirements. The Medical Director will oversee the administration of federal funding with the support of an administrative and business unit. The Director will work cooperatively with other TDH divisions and programs to ensure effective delivery of routine immunizations with the goal of increasing vaccine coverage rates statewide. Responsibilities will include supervision and direction of a team of Epidemiologists, support staff, and CDC assignees. The Medical Director will manage statewide vaccination data using TennIIS, the statewide immunization information system capable of producing validated Official Immunization Certificates. The TennIIS team maintains the registry with more than 94 million vaccinations reported by over 7,600 immunizing providers.
The Medical Director will contribute substantially in leading TDH’s immunization-related educational efforts, including COVID-19 vaccines. The incumbent will represent the Department with federal and state stakeholders, and in national activities pertaining to immunizations. As needed, they will work with the TDH legislative team, legal team, and public information office to respond to inquiries.
* Work experience in public health or MPH
* Three or more years of full-time
* Supervisory experience
* Experience preparing grant applications and managing budgets
* Strong oral and written communication, program management, and leadership skills
* M.D. with U.S. medical license