Position Title: Community Tracing Collaborative University College Liaison
Reports to: Community Tracing Collaborative Manager, Higher Ed
Location: Remote, Massachusetts
Position Type: Full-Time, Temporary, including evenings and weekends
The current COVID-19 pandemic exceeds the existing Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Local Boards of Health ability to perform contact tracing. As a result, many people are unaware that they are a contact of a person with COVID-19. Contacts may have asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic COVID-19 and can unwittingly spread the virus in the community. To break the chain of transmission, contact tracing and isolation must be scaled-up rapidly.
To support the Department of Public Health (DPH), Partners In Health (PIH) will hire, train and supervise a large team of community contact tracing staff across Massachusetts. The aim of this will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, gather their contacts, and proceed to call every contact in Massachusetts. In tandem with Commonwealth-wide effort to increase testing and improving communication and implementation of isolation and quarantine this will fortify efforts to control the pandemic in Massachusetts.
The Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC) University College Liaison will join a fast paced and dynamic team to help spearhead contact tracing for COVID-19 at institutes of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Liaison will be PIH’s key relationship manager with university and college administration, will be directly responsible to engage in high level communications with senior college and university administrators, and will join a group of several other liaisons who will work collaboratively with other teams in the CTC to assist the institutes of higher learning within the Commonwealth in the work to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This team of liaisons will be primarily responsible for reporting on cases, contacts and clusters as well as managing the internal and external relationships to successfully support efforts of contact tracing with all institutions that work with the CTC.
With these responsibilities, CTC University College Liaisons will be required to act independently, as well as use discretion required to move the work of the CTC forward in stopping the spread of Covid-19. CTC University College Liaisons will ensure this collaborative process goes smoothly, manage cluster investigations, perform data quality reviews, and trouble-shoot with Higher Ed Case Investigators in real-time. In addition, given the fast-paced and large-scale nature of the project, CTC University College Liaisons will be responsible for managing other pieces of work that may include calling people diagnosed with COVID-19 to give them their diagnosis and gather information about their contacts. They will be required to use their own phone and electronic equipment.
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