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Job# 5945 - Public Health Statistician (Austin, TX)
Full Time
Posted: January 7, 2013
Closes: January 31, 2013

JOB PURPOSE
The purpose of the Public Health Statistician is to support the Foundation in measuring the overall impact of its funding strategies and philanthropic work. This position will provide evaluation and research support to the Foundation and requires in-depth knowledge of data analysis, evaluation design, and advanced statistical methods. The Public Health Statistician will support the grant making due diligence process by collecting and analyzing data from grant partners and assisting with the interpretation and communication of results. Additionally, this position will play a lead role in evaluating the Foundation’s Dental Program. This position reports directly to the Data Analytics Manager.
RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Apply advanced statistical analysis to data collected from grant and community partners in order to evaluate implementation, effectiveness, and efficiency of various initiatives and interventions.
2. Help develop evaluation strategies, ensuring each grant or program incorporates outcome measures and standardized metrics, in order to conduct comparative analysis.
3. Analyze the performance of the Foundation’s portfolio, longitudinally and across multiple funding strategies.
4. Develop research studies at different levels of focus (grant partners, Foundation, community needs assessment) utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods.
5. Assess the reliability, validity, and appropriateness of data collection methods, survey designs, and/or quality controls.
6. Develop and support data collection and reporting tools for the Foundation with an emphasis on continuous and sustainable use of evaluation to inform decision-making.
7. Present both descriptive and inferential findings, including appropriate tests of statistical significance, to staff, Board, and community partners.
8. Produce summaries of evaluation findings and develop presentations for Foundation staff to promote organizational learning.
9. Participate in site visits and data reviews of grantees, ensuring the accuracy of data reported and providing technical assistance to grantees when needed.
10. Provide technical assistance to Program Officers in analyzing and interpreting grant reports.
11. Complete special evaluation/research projects across Foundation departments as assigned.
12. Research new evaluation practices and statistical methods.
Data Management & Program Assessment for the Mobile Dental Program:
13. Analyze clinical production and produce both short-term projections for clinic completion dates and long-term projections to manage a two year clinic rotation.
14. Analyze program data to identify methods to standardize clinical and operations workflows and assist with recurring summer and school-year strategic planning sessions.
15. Explore and implement new ways to capture, store, and report information. Train staff on new systems as needed.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
1. Master’s degree in behavioral statistics or applied research related field. Educational background can include social sciences, public health, public policy, economics, epidemiology, or other field that requires hypothesis testing and systematic data analysis.
2. Mastery of more advanced evaluation methods and statistical models (e.g. Linear Regression, Randomized Controlled Trials, Longitudinal Studies, Multivariate Analysis), and a minimum of 1 year of work experience using statistical models.
3. Experience training or teaching others in evaluation methods and approaches.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
1. 3 years in progressively challenging evaluation work, including experience in all aspects of the evaluation process, including:
a. Developing research and evaluation questions,
b. Designing the evaluation plan,
c. Overseeing the data collection,
d. Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data,
e. Compiling and presenting the results, and
f. Ensuring ongoing data use and evaluative thinking for decision making
2. Specific experience with program evaluation of non-profit organizations and assessing the strength of evidence for different interventions.
3. Specific experience with cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, or analysis concerning Quality of Life (QOL) measures and return on investment (ROI) ratios.
4. Experience providing technical assistance or consulting services to a variety of organizations.
5. Public health background strongly preferred.
6. Exposure to the databases used at the Foundation or similar systems: GIFTS (grant management), OpenDental (Patient Treatment Database using MySql), Microsoft Access
COMPETENCIES
1. Advanced statistics, program assessment, and outcome/impact analysis.
2. Statistical software such as SPSS or SAS.
3. Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
4. Database management: experience with entering, manipulating, and maintaining data.
5. Knowledge of programming languages or experience with writing data queries.
6. Strong verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills, with proven ability to communicate information diplomatically, concisely and professionally with internal and external audiences.
7. Ability to present complicated data and ideas to multiple audiences in creative, understandable, and easily consumable ways.
8. Excellent organizational, project management, time management and multi-tasking skills.
Interested candidates may forward a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to employment@sdchf.org by January 31st.

For more info please see http://www.stdavidsfoundation.org/

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