Job posting for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Sexual and Domestic Violence Epidemiologist

Title: Sexual and Domestic Violence Epidemiologist

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Summary of Position

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Community Health and Prevention and Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE) is seeking an early career epidemiologist to support sexual and intimate partner violence (a.k.a., domestic violence) services-related data efforts, including for both intervention and prevention services, in the Division of Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Services (DVSDVPS) at DPH. The DSDVPS funds, oversees, and/or certifies, and provides innovation leadership and professional training around the provision of sexual and intimate partner violence services in MA via nine service models serving sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, children exposed to domestic violence, and intimate partner violence offenders, as well as leading grant-funded sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention initiatives. The epidemiologist will support programmatic staff and the senior DSDVPS epidemiologists by assisting with the oversight of process/contract monitoring data systems for sexual and domestic violence victim services funded by the DSDVPS; communicating with service provision vendors to ensure data quality for these systems; conducting data analyses to update and create fact sheets and reports; providing technical assistance to service provision vendors via face-to-face, telephone, and remote sessions around obtaining basic descriptive and inferential statistics in Excel and from publicly accessible data sources to enhance their internal CQI and evaluation capacities; and supporting the surveillance and process and outcome evaluation efforts of MDPH rape and sexual assault, dating violence and adult intimate partner violence intervention and prevention programs and initiatives. This position will support MDPH rape and sexual assault, dating violence and adult intimate partner violence prevention programs’ strategic goals by providing input into short and long-term planning with an evidence-based perspective, implementing data collection protocols, providing technical assistance to external partners to enhance data quality and vendor CQI and evaluation capacity, analyzing existing process and surveillance data sets, accessing and/or preparing and analyzing new data sources, and contributing to written reports, oral presentations, and professional publications. This position also will support other evaluation efforts and data management and statistical needs and participate in OSE and Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) activities, as needed, including, but not limited to, addressing data requests and participating in intra-Bureau and cross-Departmental health equity initiatives.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee data systems maintained by the Division of Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Services (DSDVPS).
  • Oversee confidentiality and security of DSDVPS data sets.
  • Provide quality assurance feedback and technical assistance to service provision vendors for DSDVPS contractually-required data submissions to ensure data quality.
  • Provide technical assistance to DSDVPS service provision vendors on the use of program and community data to which vendors have access in order to enhance vendor CQI capacity and readiness to partner in statewide prevention and intervention evaluation efforts.
  • Assist Epidemiologist II with analysis of data sets and production of statistical reports for DSDVPS to: inform contract monitoring needs; track sexual and intimate partner violence and risk and protective factor indicators; quantify the impact of prevention strategies and/or program efforts, and; inform grant applications, grant reports, and future project planning, development, and service procurement processes.
  • Assist Epidemiologist II and the DSDVPS programmatic staff with the development of data collection instruments and design of observational and survey methodologies for DSDVPS evaluation projects.
  • Implement new data collection protocols as determined with supervising Epidemiologist II and MDPH DSDVPS programmatic staff.
  • Conduct internet searches, access, learn, and share information on the use of publicly-available outside data sources to enhance DSDVPS program planning and evaluation work.
  • Conduct literature reviews, as needed, to inform project development and inform DPH staff, local and statewide programs, and the public of new research in the fields of sexual and intimate partner violence and family violence.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports and publications on DSDVPS program evaluation efforts and surveillance statistics.
  • Participate in internal and external meetings, as needed, to support the work of the MDPH DSDVPS, OSE, and/or BCHAP. 
  • Respond to ad hoc data requests from MDPH leadership, MA executive and legislative branch leadership, local and statewide field staff, and the public.
  • Support evaluation efforts and data management needs for the OSE as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as requested.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques followed in epidemiology and health services and/or social science research, and knowledge of the methods of statistical report writing.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics and of statistical principles and procedures, including both descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Knowledge of the terminology, data cleaning procedures, coding procedures, and abbreviations used in electronic data processing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner. 
  • Ability to work in a team setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with gender-based violence intervention or prevention programming and epidemiology.
  • Familiarity with family violence intervention or prevention programming and epidemiology.
  • Knowledge of the health equity framework and the root causes of health inequities, including the impacts of structural racism and other systemic drivers on health.
  • Experience programming in SAS and/or SPSS.
  • Experience producing technical reports or peer-reviewed journal articles.

Salary:  68,564.34 – 100,370.14 Yearly

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