**THE RECRUITMENT PERIOD FOR THIS RECRUITMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED**
The location of this position is currently in Juneau. The position may be located in Anchorage, dependent upon the location of the most qualified candidate.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDPHP), is recruiting for an individual with experience in design, construction, and maintenance of data management systems to facilitate the epidemiological analysis of surveys and administrative records.
We are a team of employees who demonstrate a vision for public health improvement, ensure all Alaskans have the opportunity to lead healthy lives, exemplify ethical conduct, apply the best available health information and strategies, and are committed to continuously and enthusiastically working to achieve the best health for Alaskans and their communities.
The Public Health Data Analyst is the subject matter expert in data management, research design, sampling, statistical analysis, and information dissemination relevant to public health surveillance systems within the Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDPHP). Our mission is to prevent and address chronic disease and injury so that Alaskans live longer healthier lives. To achieve our mission, we:
Collect and share scientific data to help us and our partners to:
ensure activities are the best use of resources,
monitor the effectiveness of our work, and
give us an accurate picture of trends in health and health-related behaviors;
Use and promote strategies that have been shown to be effective;
Enable communities to protect Alaskans' health by reducing chronic disease, injuries, and their effects; and
Empower Alaskans to live healthy lives through public education.
To learn more about the programs in the Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, please visit our website at http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/chronic/.
Under the direction of the BRFSS Coordinator, the job duties of this position include:
Public Health Data Management
Designs and implements epidemiologically sound data management plans using public health data.
Applies concepts of the determinants of health to data management planning and execution.
Facilitates the use of GIS by geocoding data as appropriate.
Understands coding systems such as those used for medical diagnosis, medical procedures, employment, industry, and location.
Applies methodological expertise in programming languages (SPSS, SAS, and SUDAAN).
Searches public health literature for the latest methodological techniques and processes and applies them.
Web-based Data Dissemination Systems for Public Health
Manages web-based data dissemination systems. Currently this is done via the Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH or AK-IBIS), but will likely involve a different platform in the near future (e.g., Tableau).
Applies advanced and complex statistical analyses; interprets findings according to public health theory and practice; and distributes findings in web-based reports, tables, charts, and maps for surveillance and evaluation of diseases and injuries.
Produces summaries of surveillance systems incorporating crude and age-adjusted rates for individual health conditions among multiple sub-populations.
Employs complex programming procedures to produce prevalence rates, sample statistics, confidence intervals, and potential statistical shortcomings for individual periods and areas.
Displays data in multiple visual and tabular formats according to appropriate geographic systems to meet the needs of both local and statewide health assessment and policy development.
Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation
Identifies, locates, acquires, and analyzes epidemiological data for surveillance and program evaluation.
Develops code as needed for evaluation of program effectiveness, quality of care, and progress toward meeting state and national health objectives.
Applies scientific and statistical expertise to summarize data from statewide public health surveillance systems.
Computes sampling weights using post-stratification or raking.
Applies quality assessment standards to ensure statistical validity of surveillance data.
Understands the underlying assumptions of procedures and methodologies that affect data interpretation.
Consultation, Technical Assistance, and Mentorship
Translates the science of epidemiology to inform policy generation, development of evidence-based practices, and understanding of public health priorities.
Trains Surveillance and Evaluation Team members, junior staff, interns, research staff in other units, health care professionals, academics, and the public in the application of public health informatics.
We are looking for the following demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:
Experience managing a statewide public health surveillance system.
Knowledge of scientific methodologies related to survey design surveillance, sampling, and survey data collection.
Experience analyzing quantitative public health data using SAS, SPSS, STATA, or similar software.
Knowledge of statistical tests appropriate for the analysis of complex sample data.
Experience with web-based data dissemination strategies and tools, e.g., Tableau.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presenting before diverse groups.
Ability to stay calm while prioritizing and managing multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
The successful candidate will possess 4 of the following desirable qualifications. Please document your level of knowledge, skill, ability and/or experience with each item on this list in your cover letter.
Experience managing a surveillance system (preference for statewide public health surveillance systems)
Experience managing web-based data dissemination systems.
Experience providing high quality, timely analytical support to program staff and partners, using appropriate data management and statistical approaches.
Experience providing expert consultation on survey design, sampling, data collection and analysis.
Experience producing high quality written and oral data reports and related products.
?To view the general description and example of duties for a Public Health Data Analyst please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs
A PhD from an accredited college in biostatistics/statistics, epidemiology, public health nursing, health sciences, health administration, public health, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, computer sciences, or a closely related field;
Two years of journey or full performance level professional experience providing any combination of public health-related clinical and/or technical research, consultation and advisory services, and/or data system design and implementation, which included significant responsibility for conducting surveillance, data collection, and statistical analysis, evaluating research data, and report preparation. Service as an Analyst/Programmer, Research Analyst, or similar job class may qualify if the work performed was specifically related to the collection, analysis, and maintenance of data concerning conditions of public health importance, such as incidence/prevalence of disease or injuries, social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, environmental risk factors, and/or demographic characteristics.
A master's degree from an accredited college in biostatistics/statistics, epidemiology, public health nursing, health sciences, health administration, public health, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, computer sciences, or a closely related field;
Four years of journey or full performance level professional experience providing any combination of public health-related clinical and/or technical research, consultation and advisory services, and/or data system design and implementation, which included significant responsibility for conducting surveillance, data collection, and statistical analysis, evaluating research data, and report preparation. Service as an Analyst/Programmer, Research Analyst, or similar job class may qualify if the work performed was specifically related to the collection, analysis, and maintenance of data concerning conditions of public health importance, such as incidence/prevalence of disease or injuries, social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, environmental risk factors, and/or demographic characteristics.
The social sciences include anthropology, economics, sociology, history, political science, geography, psychology, and demography. The biological sciences include botany, biology, entomology, ecology, forestry, and zoology. The physical sciences include chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, and soil science.
Incumbents must abide by Public Law 104-191 Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Alaska Statutes and Alaska Administrative Codes as identified by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services of Alaska State Health Law Matrix.
Some positions may require security clearances.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION:
At time of interview applicant must submit:
Three professional references we may contact by phone.
Publication, report, or project to which data management or analytical expertise was contributed.
Most recent job evaluation, if available.
A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution name/URL is listed on the transcripts) to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.
Please read the below information carefully. This applies to your application submission.
A cover letter is required. The cover letter must describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, as they pertain to the numbered desirable qualifications points listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter as a separate document to your application before applying online. If unable to attach to your application, email or fax the cover letter to the contact number provided in the job posting prior to the closing date of this recruitment. Your cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. Omission of any required documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.
To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview, or if/when requested prior to scheduling an interview.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.
When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.
If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.
NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.
The State of Alaska does not provide VISA Employer sponsorships.
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:
Name/Title: Alyssa Marizan, Administrative Assistant II
Phone: (907) 334-2596
Fax: (907) 269-5446