Position Summary The Senior Specialist will work within the APHL Institutional Research (IR) program to develop and implement standardized practices and protocols for all aspects of data management including data collection and deployment, data analysis, data visualization, and database administration. (S)he will work collaboratively with staff, members, partner agencies and other stakeholders for data needs within APHL’s programs and projects. The Senior Specialist will also provide guidance and expertise to ensure that APHL’s work is designed to leverage data to improve effective implementation of public health laboratory programs, policy, and practices, and in support of the greater public health laboratory system.
Duties & Responsibilities The Senior Specialist will:
Data Collection and Analysis
Research, assess, and implement efficient and high quality data collection and analysis processes, including the use of appropriate tools and software. Develop and deploy data collection methods, including the use of focus groups, phone interviews, and electronic surveys, at both the programmatic and organizational levels. Oversee the IR electronic survey ticketing system to coordinate the lifecycle of all surveys. Establish timelines and deliverables, and monitor response rates. Conduct in-depth qualitative and quantitative data analyses on select data sets. Develop, prepare, and present reports and summaries, including tables, charts, and graphs. Contribute to the interpretation and dissemination of program and project data to inform decision-making. Provide expertise on survey development and data collection design. Review and provide recommendations on data validation and testing approach and data quality processes. Data Visualization
Create maps, graphs, charts, tables, and infographics using appropriate tools and software. Develop and validate data visualization dashboards, utilizing data collected from various methods and from online databases. Database Administration
Oversee, evaluate, and improve online resources such as the Public Health Laboratory Systems Database (PHLSD), the Survey Resource Center (SRC), and Lab Profiles. Coordinate with members, stakeholders, and subject matter experts to ensure data fields and member data is current, conduct data quality checks, upload survey and other member data into the systems, and communicate with developers and Information Systems staff to ensure maintenance and functional improvements are performed in a timely manner. Respond to questions, conduct queries and generate dashboards, and provide training and ongoing promotion. Other Duties
Serve as the point of contact and coordinate all internal and external data requests, assuring these follow APHL practices and are in accordance with APHL’s Data Use Policy. Prepare cooperative agreement and other funding proposals and reports, and collect performance measures for IR data-specific activities. Develop and deliver data?related trainings for APHL staff and its membership, when appropriate. Prepare documents, reports, correspondence and presentations as needed. May supervise staff or provide guidance to interns either in a project management or technical capacity. Providing support to the leadership team on achieving strategic and tactical goals regarding data. Quarterly travel required. As is true for all APHL staff, completes other duties as assigned. Employment Standards- Education and Experience A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, statistics or related field, and a minimum of five years progressive and relevant experience is required. An advanced degree is preferred and may be substituted for work experience. Proven track record for applying knowledge and concepts in data collection and analysis, data visualization, and database administration. Proven track record in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and interpretation of results. Demonstrated experience in data management and retrieval systems and online databases. Experience in preparing reports and summaries, providing technical guidance and recommendations, and delivery of training. Knowledge • Substantial knowledge and practical application of data collection and analysis, and database administrative practices. • Understanding of performance measures, outcomes, and continuous quality improvement. • Administrative tasks requiring organization and record keeping. • Fluency with computer software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Qualtrics and Survey Monkey platforms, Microsoft Power BI, and data analysis software required; familiarity with SharePoint and NVivo preferred. • Interest in laboratories or the public health field preferred. Skills • Demonstrated skills in various data collection methods, including survey development, and data collection design. • Demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation of results. • Demonstrated skills in developing various data visualizations. • Demonstrated skills in database administration and managing large data sets. • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, members, government personnel, and others. • Strong coordination and project management skills. • Understanding of non-profit organizational systems and structures. • Excellent skills in report writing and presentation development, editing, and creation of appropriate charts, tables, and graphics. • Demonstrated presentation and training skills. • Excellent organizational skills with emphasis on details Abilities • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. • Ability to handle changing priorities and multiple tasks under tight deadlines and assuring completion of projects in a timely and efficient manner. • Ability to follow APHL operating procedures and tracking systems. • Ability to lead and collaborate within a team setting. Work Environment Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment may vary from light to moderate depending on the location. Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is required to sit for long periods at a time; type using a computer keyboard; visually read information off of a computer monitor; talk, hear, and orally communicate information over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Criteria for Evaluation Performance evaluation will be based on the abilities in meeting the criteria outlined herein. Reports To Lorelei Kurimski, Director Institutional Research/Quality Systems Position Description Status The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.
Association of Public Health Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer.