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Job Title: Research Specialist V
Job Number: Posting #399386
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 10/30/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $4,598.66 - $6,065.70/month
Position Description: Research Specialist V performs highly advanced (senior-level) research work by overseeing the development, implementation, and monitoring of data analysis projects for the Division for Community Health Improvement (CHI). Serves as program needs assessment specialist within the Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Unit (MCH Epi), with minimal supervision and with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Work involves overseeing, planning, and conducting needs assessments, statistical analyses, research studies, and other projects, and interpreting research findings to gauge the effectiveness of CHI programs, projects, and initiatives. Consults with research professionals, including staff both within and external to MCH Epi, to define and solve specific problems and to assure quality control for statistical analyses and research designs. Prepares reports, scientific papers/articles, and presentations for distribution and/or publication, including writing reports for federal and state partners. Performs scientific literature searches and reviews publications, research proposals, legislation, and state and federal policies to inform policy and practice related to CHI and public health. Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the impact of legislation, regulations, and policies affecting CHI programs. Provides data- related consultation and technical assistance to CHI program areas on needs assessment, health impact, research methods, survey development, and program evaluation/assessment of CHI practices, programs, and issues. Participates in cross-functional training and provides technical advice within MCH Epi and beyond. Represents MCH Epi and CHI on committees, workgroups, and projects to meet research and data analysis needs. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Essential Job Functions: (30%) Serves as needs assessment specialist within the Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology Unit (MCH Epi), with minimal supervision and with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Work involves overseeing, planning, and conducting needs assessments, statistical analyses, research studies, and other projects, and interpreting research findings to gauge the effectiveness of CHI programs, projects, and initiatives.

(25%) Consults with research professionals, including staff both within and external to MCH Epi, to define and solve specific problems and to assure quality control for statistical analyses and research designs. Prepares reports, scientific papers/articles, and presentations for distribution and/or publication, including writing reports for federal and state partners.

(15%) Performs scientific literature searches and reviews publications, research proposals, legislation, and state and federal policies to inform policy and practice related to CHI and public health. Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the impact of legislation, regulations, and policies affecting CHI programs.

(15%) Provides data-related consultation and technical assistance to CHI program areas on needs assessment, health impact, research methods, survey development, and program evaluation/assessment of CHI practices, programs, and issues. Participates in cross- functional training and provides technical advice within MCH Epi and beyond.

(10%) Represents MCH Epi and CHI on committees, workgroups, and projects to meet research and data analysis needs.

(5%) Other duties as assigned, which include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Qualifications: Initial Selection Criteria: 1) Graduation from an accredited college or university, with receipt of a Master or Ph.D. degree preferred in public health, epidemiology, statistics, economics, or a related field. 2) Experience analyzing large databases using SAS or other software used to conduct advanced statistical analyses. 3) Experience writing reports.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: Knowledge of: the array of research planning, needs assessment, and evaluation methods; scientific research methods, survey studies, statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; analysis of large datasets; computer software applications, especially SAS or other software used to conduct advanced statistical analyses, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and geographical information systems software (e.g., ArcGIS). Skills: good coordination, communication, and writing skills; development of procedures to monitor and evaluate progress in achieving project objectives, including feedback to policy makers to provide input into the ongoing research process; strong project management skills to organize major project activities into a logical sequence with a reasonable and achievable schedule of deadlines; ability to facilitate meeting agendas to achieve planned outcomes, and to convey planning alternatives or recommendations to a variety of audiences including DSHS staff, the public and decision makers; strong technical writing skills to clearly and succinctly communicate project/research information for correspondence with state and federal agencies, grant applications and plans, state rules and planning procedures. Abilities: to work independently; to gather information from a variety of sources and to synthesize and translate detailed information into simpler terms; to express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing; to develop and effectively deliver training and technical assistance about research/data methods, procedures or DSHS policies; to assess the reliability, validity, and appropriateness of proposed data collection methods and designs; to plan, organize, and conduct assigned phases of complex research projects; to interpret complex statistical analysis, charts, and tables; to develop and analyze measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity; to formulate reasonable hypothesis and structure research designs to account for variables; to communicate effectively; to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to work with others as part of a team.

Additional information: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 35F, IT, 23, 02111, 8E000. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobD escriptions.aspx.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 11/19/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Natalie Archer,  Interim Director, MCH Epi Unit
Contact Location: 1100 W. 49th St.

Austin   TX  78714
United States
Contact Location: 1100 W. 49th St.
 
  Austin   TX  78714
  United States
Contact Phone:  
Contact Fax:
Contact Email: natalie.archer@dshs.texas.gov
Web Address: https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/default.cfm
How to Apply: Please go to the web address above to apply.

Please do not email. It is necessary to complete an application at the above URL.

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Web Site Delete Date: 11/30/2018