PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH ANALYST (ResearchAnalyst IV)
This recruitment is open to the public andwill remain open for a minimum of five (5) business days, and then remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates: Effective July 2, 2021 – 2.5% increase Effective July 1, 2022 – 3.5% increase
Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates: Effective July 2, 2021 – 1.2% decrease
Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.
This recruitment is being held to establish an eligible list to fill current and future Research Analyst IV vacancies in the Health Care Agency, Public Health Services. This list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lowerclassificationsthroughout the County of Orange.
HEALTH CARE AGENCY (HCA) HCA is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of six (6) service areas – Finance and Administrative, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Office of Care Coordination, Medical Health Services, and Public Health - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES (PHS) PHS is made up of the divisions described below and works with the community to assure a competent workforce, evaluate services and conduct research:
Communicable Disease Control
Community and Nursing Services
Health Promotion and Community Planning
Public Health Laboratory
THE OPPORTUNITY The eligible list will be used to fill the immediate needs of the Nutrition Services and Local Oral Health Programs under the Health Promotion and Community Planning Division, which is dedicated to protecting and promoting the optimal health of individuals, families and the diverse communities of Orange County.
Nutrition Services conducts activities to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables and daily physical activity in Orange County. Nutrition Services directly implements State-funded nutrition projects and oversees Federal-funded and State-funded contracted providers that implement projects that improve nutrition through community education, systems and environmental change strategies, media campaigns, the provision of supplemental food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support, as well as nutrition resource linking for low to moderate-income clients.
Local Oral Health Program (LOHP) conducts activities countywide that support the California Oral Health Plan (COHP), which aims to improve the oral health of all Californians. LOHP is tasked with improving access to and utilization of dental services, providing oral health education and public awareness, enhancing integration of dental and medical care, building capacity of the dental workforce, helping coordinate countywide oral health efforts, and collecting oral health data and evaluation findings to drive evidence based programs.
THE POSITION The Public Health Research Analyst will assess data management systems and design effective protocols for data collection to support nutrition and oral health projects, including process tracking, impact and outcome evaluation. The position will participate in collecting, compiling and tabulating data; analyzing and evaluating data and performing and verifying statistical calculations; planning, developing and reviewing content and format of program evaluation reports, including recommendations, summary of findings and providing supporting narrative text, charts, graphs, tables and source references.
Under the general direction of a Senior Research Analyst, the Public Health Research Analyst will be responsible for the following:
Designing and conducting program evaluation and/or quality improvement projects
Synthesizing and interpreting nutrition and oral health data, and recommending interventions, policies and strategies to address data findings
Reviewing and summarizing scientific literature and policies
Extracting, manipulating and analyzing large datasets related to the performance outcomes of Nutrition Services and LOHP in order to produce statistical analyses that drive program and operational decisions
Using advanced statistical data mining techniques to uncover patterns in the data that will improve performance, providing recommendations for program improvement, and quantitatively monitoring future impact of program improvement initiatives
Using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software to perform thematic mapping and spatial analyses
Communicating technical regulations and reporting requirements to audiences with varying levels of understanding
Providing technical expertise to help guide Nutrition Services and LOHP research initiatives
Working with local and state governing entities, contracted providers, community stakeholders, agency managers, and consumers
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Please click hereto learn more about minimum qualifications for Research Analyst IV.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three (3) years of experience evaluating public health programs utilizing statistical analysis software such as SPSS and/or SAS, and two (2) or more years of experience managing large and complex datasets. In addition, while not required, the preferred candidate will have experience producing reports for federal and/or state funders and have completed a Master's Degree or higher in a public health related field (e.g. Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Epidemiology, etc.).
The successful candidate will also possess the following core competencies:
Technical Knowledge/ Experience
Thorough knowledge of and experience with developing research studies/program evaluation projects in an applied setting
Experience applying advanced statistical analysis procedures (e.g. inferential statistics, regression analysis), and organizing statistical information into reports, tables, charts and graphs
working with/querying complex data collection/management systems, including understanding and utilizing computer programming and processing methods to generate, organize, and display a variety of complex research data
Understanding and applying the principles of the reliability and validity for developing and/or evaluating assessments/questionnaires
Using research methods in community settings and adapting or tailoring methods for application in other settings
Understanding and applying the regulations to program implementation and data/outcome reporting
Organizing and delivering public presentations that effectively inform or persuade diverse audiences
Experience with technical report writing and/or scientific manuscript writing
Summarizing and presenting complex statistical information to management and/or "technical and non-technical" audiences both verbally and in written form
Using professional communication skills to facilitate meetings and trainings with internal and external stakeholders
Writing clearly and concisely, proofreading and editing, composing informative memos, e-mails, formal correspondence, reports, and other documents
Building and maintaining productive relationships with various levels of management, peers, staff and community partners
Integrating with the larger organizational team given the role required, sharing resources, responding to requests from other parts of the organization, and supporting the agency's agenda
Leading projects independently or acting as a lead with team members
Assisting with training new Research Analysts
Providing mentorship to support staff and new team members
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS Physical Requirements Possess vision sufficient to read standard text, fine print, various handwritings and view a computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person and over the telephone; independent body mobility sufficient to stand, sit, walk, stoop, and bend routinely to perform daily tasks; ability to sit for prolonged periods of time; manual dexterity to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard/mouse and use other office equipment such as a stapler, telephone and photocopy machine.
Mental Requirements Possess the ability to independently reason logically to analyze data, reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, controversy and diverse stakeholder groups and interests; possess the ability to deal calmly and effectively with emotional interactions.
Environmental Conditions Ability to work in an office environment with changing priorities, deadlines and multiple assignments concurrently.
RECRUITMENT PROCESS Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.
Veterans Employment Preference The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.
Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer) Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.
Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%): Applicants will be interviewed and rated by panel of job knowledge experts. Each applicant's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job.
Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All applicants will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.
Eligible List Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Internal Number: 8374GE-0920-042 (O)
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Over the years, the County of Orange has established a reputation as an innovative leader among local governments and serves over 3 million residents who live within its 34 cities. The County of Orange provides local services to its residents which include, public safety, public health, environmental protection, regional planning, public assistance, social services and aviation.
The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of six service areas – Administrative and Financial, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Regulatory & Medical Services, Public Health, and Office of Care Coordination - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.
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