Title: Epidemiologist I – Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development, Bureau of Community Health & Prevention
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development (OSHYD) within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) seeks to hire an Epidemiologist I responsible for data collection and analysis, database management, report preparation and provision of technical assistance to contracted agencies for data collection and reporting. The Epidemiologist may be called upon to support any of the OSHYD programs, which include:
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Adolescent sexuality education/teen pregnancy prevention
- Support for expectant and parenting teens
- Youth development
Tasks within these programs include surveillance and evaluation activities, assuring that data and evidence are used to identify and set programmatic goals, developing programmatic logic models, developing and implementing comprehensive evaluation plans, adding to the evidence base by sharing results through presentations and publications, linking program datasets with other datasets in the Bureau, and executing an approved evaluation plan to estimate program effectiveness and impact. This individual works in close partnership with the coordinators of the above programs and the Directors of the OSHYD, other Epidemiologists who works on surveillance and evaluation activities within the Bureau, and reports to the Deputy Director of Statistics and Evaluation.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Works closely with Deputy Director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation to develop specific frameworks, logic models and methods for conducting both process and impact evaluations of programs and interventions.
- Works closely with the OSHYD program coordinators to ensure that projects are developed based on evidence and/or best practices and that they are implemented with adequate data collection and evaluation plans to determine the value of the project.
- Develops and implements analysis plans of state data for purposes of surveillance and evaluation of programmatic interventions to sexual and reproductive health, teen pregnancy, and youth development.
- Directs the development of data collection instruments as needed including questionnaires and surveys.
- Directs the collection of data and literature searches to ensure that programs and interventions are evidence-based and data-driven.
- Oversees design and development of complex information systems to collect, analyze and track collected data, using current technologies.
- Develops processes as needed to pilot programs and/or systems to assess accuracy and validity of programs or systems performance prior to actual implementation.
- Participates in working groups responsible for improving sexual and reproductive health and teen pregnancy-related surveillance and monitoring systems in Massachusetts schools, healthcare settings and communities.
- Directs the development of sexual and reproductive health and teen pregnancy data documents and provides data and technical assistance to both internal and external programs on sexual and reproductive health and teen pregnancy.
- Responds to or coordinates internal and external data requests as needed.
- Provides the leadership for the development of abstracts, publications and presentations of programmatic findings.
- Presents findings to assist development of policies and procedures for new and existing control programs at conferences, workshops and community forums.
- Oversees data confidentiality, security, analyses, reporting and monitors quality control for all OSHYD data.
- Participates in BCHAP and OSE staff meetings and working groups to improve surveillance and monitoring systems and to provide feedback on activities, as well as enhancing the utilization of data resources.
- Prepares epidemiological study data for published work in peer-reviewed journals.
- Develops an evaluation plan to assess the impact of OSHYD programs and prepares an annual report about relevant outcome measures.
- Participates in developing and writing OSHYD grants, requests for responses, and reports.
- Strong understanding and background in public health evaluation and development of logic models.
- Experienced in the application of data in program development and project management.
- Sound understanding of research methodology including survey development,
- Proficiency in SAS coding and the analysis of quantitative data utilizing SAS.
- Knowledge of the process of collecting, managing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data (both univariate and multivariate).
- Knowledge of program evaluation in terms of specific outcome metrics.
- Understanding of multivariate statistics such as multiple regression, multiple logistic regression, and data reduction techniques like factor analysis.
- Experienced in the development and review of data documents including briefs and fact sheets.
- Successful grant writing experience.
- Ability to work effectively in groups and collaborate with others.
- Ability to communicate and coordinate activities with CDC as well as other MDPH programs and government agencies.
- Knowledge of quality improvement methodology and experience in quality improvement activities.
- Willingness to learn new technical skills (e.g. GIS mapping software, propensity scoring, etc.).
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This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.