Research and Data Section Manager (Epi 3 Non-Med) - DOH4293
Posted on Nov 19, 2018 by Washington State Department of Health
Office of Community Health Systems, Research Analysis and Data Section
Reporting to the Deputy Director of the Office of Community Health Systems, the Research and Data Section Manager will independently propose and direct epidemiological investigations and act as the principal investigator on research projects. This position will supervise lower level epidemiologists and other research staff. The Research and Data Section Manager is responsible for managing the Research Analysis and Data Section programs, including health data collection, health systems analysis, quality improvement, and epidemiology surveillance projects. Develops, evaluates, and helps implement electronic health data collection systems in Washington. Gathers data and assists internal and Divisional programs with strategic planning efforts and establishing and meeting performance measures. Serves as the primary contact for policy matters related to health systems evaluation and quality improvement activities. Provides oversight and strategic planning assistance to various EMS and Trauma committees and workgroups. The Research and Data Section Manager supervises a staff of six (6).
The Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA) is responsible for oversight of Washington State's health care delivery system which includes licensing and regulating over 380,000 healthcare professionals and 7,000 facilities. HSQA also works closely with communities and local health partners to build strong health systems and prevention programs across the state to help ensure communities have access to good health care and emergency medical services.
The Office of Community Health Systems (OCHS) works to maintain and strengthen Washington State's health systems. We invite you to learn more about our programs' work by exploring the topic of interest. Within OCHS, the Research Analysis and Data Section promotes public health in Washington by providing the data management, research and analyses for multiple health systems.
This is a full-time permanent Epidemiologist 3 (Non-Medical) position.
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- Leads, directs, and manages the Research, Analysis and Data Section to prevent death and disability by developing and maintaining specific health care data systems.
- Serves as the office expert in data systems management and data system interoperability initiatives.
- Serves as principal investigator proposing and initiating epidemiological investigations on local, state or federal health research projects.
The ideal candidate is a leader who is able to problem-solve complex issues and work collaboratively to meet shared objectives while creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best work. Someone who is a self-motivated team player that models humility, has a passion to improve the quality of and access to statewide healthcare systems, and who understands how their words and actions affect others.
- Option 1: A Doctoral degree in epidemiology.
- Option 2: A Master's degree in epidemiology; AND two (2) or more years of experience collecting, managing, analyzing and evaluating health data.
- Demonstrated experience working with, and knowledge and understanding of the following:
- Modern epidemiologic principles and practices including the symptoms, causes, means of traumatic injury, and other non-trauma emergency services related illnesses.
- Basic medical terminology.
- Database management.
- Effectively using statistical software.
- Manages Conflict - Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum if noise.
- Ensures Accountability - Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
- Action Oriented - Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
- Communicates Effectively - Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
- Directs Work - Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
- Interpersonal Savvy - Relating openly and comfortable with diverse groups of people.
- Analysis and Problem Solving - Demonstrated ability to gather and analyze information in a clear, rational, objective way to understand issues, evaluate options, and form conclusions for informed decision making.
- Research - Demonstrated ability to design and conduct epidemiological studies, investigations, and analyses including the ability to conduct comparative studies, cross-sectional studies, meta-analyses, logistic regression modeling studies, cluster identification studies, and cohort studies. Ability to manipulate and analyze health care datasets including prescription data, hospital discharge datasets, prehospital datasets, injury surveillance datasets, and death certificate datasets. Ability to interpret, communicate and present data and research findings in a clear and concise manner to the general public and to a broad range of stakeholders including, physicians, hospital administrators, prehospital providers, government officials, and the lay public.
- Plans and Aligns - Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
- Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
- Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
- Work a 40 hour work week. A flexible work schedule or telecommunicating may be considered upon request and supervisory approval.
- Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
- Occasionally travel throughout the state and nationwide which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
- Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position.
- Interact and work with customers (some of whom may be frustrated or distressed) in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
- Participate as part of the DOH emergency response team during health emergencies and training events.