Epidemiologist III

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    201 W Howard Ln Ste 200, Austin, TX 73301
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    Job Description

    Under the general supervision of the manager of the Program Informatics and Evaluation Group, designs and implements statistical analyses appropriate for epidemiologic and programmatic data with a focus on HIV prevention programming. Oversees and directs the work of other data and evaluation staff. Contributes to DSHS-published reports and writes briefs and research articles based on analyses. Responsible for design, implementation, and analysis of evaluation research studies. Provides guidance and assistance to internal staff and contracting sites on outcome monitoring for selected HIV prevention programs. Contributes to HIV prevention grant applications and progress reports, including working as a team to update progress towards goals and program indicators. Contributes to the epidemiologic profile for HIV prevention and services planning. Works closely with data management staff to coordinate data collection and analysis. Coordinates efforts with other program staff, working as a team on all phases of epidemiology, planning and evaluation functions. Data analysis is performed primarily using SAS. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

    Essential Job Functions:
    (40%) Leads evaluation and analysis activities focusing on HIV prevention programs,
    working with program staff and external partners to design and implement projects related to
    HIV prevention. Conducts advanced analyses of HIV epidemiologic, demographic,
    and other health-related and client-based data needed for projections and descriptive analyses for
    DSHS publications, routine programmatic monitoring, program evaluation efforts, and for
    research reports. Uses variety of statistical approaches, epidemiologic methods, and diverse
    software applications (SAS, R, SQL, Tableau). Works closely with other staff to coordinate data collection and dissemination of results; consults with program experts on the interpretation of data.

    (30%) Serves as leader for a team of program evaluators and data management staff; makes recommendations on personnel staffing, promotions, demotions, and disciplinary actions; ensures training and timely completion of work products. Provides oversight and overall project management for all HIV prevention program evaluation and monitoring activities. Advises evaluation staff on appropriate methods and analysis techniques. Regularly assesses staff capacities and coordinates staff development. Advises HIV prevention program leadership and management on program
    evaluation and use of data for program improvement. Oversees the provision of technical
    assistance to external and internal customers on interpreting and using epidemiologic, behavioral
    and programmatic data.

    (20%) Interprets, writes and presents programmatic and epidemiologic analyses for professional and lay audiences, internal experts, and scientific publications. Prepares analyses and narrative for grants and publications. Responsible for contributing to HIV prevention grant applications and progress reports, including the coordination of reporting on program indicators and progress towards meeting objectives. Researches published literature on HIV prevention issues. Represents the HIV prevention program in consultations and meetings with various stakeholders, including agency leadership, Federal partners, local health departments, contracting agencies, community organizations, planning groups and community members.

    (10%) Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    Knowledge of data analysis methods, research design, statistics, and data collection, especially as
    it relates to program evaluation.
    Knowledge of theory and evidence related to health behavior interventions.
    Excellent communication skills necessary to produce effective oral and written reports related to HIV epidemiology and prevention program evaluation.
    Skilled at writing reports on academic or scientific topics aimed at the general public.
    Experienced at performing basic statistical analyses.
    Skilled at using statistical analysis programs such as SAS, SQL, R and Tableau.
    Ability to design and produce written, tabular, and graphic reports for public release and for internal statistical updates needed by agency staff and contractors.
    Ability to work effectively with diverse agency personnel as well as outside data sources and the public.
    Ability to interpret epidemiologic information on HIV to provide consultation and leadership to a wide variety of sources seeking information and direction.
    Ability to plan, conduct, and analyze studies related to HIV epidemiology and program evaluation. Ability to manage multiple projects and direct the work of others.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in social science, computer science, statistical analysis, behavioral science and/or biostatistics.

    Four years of analysis experience required.

    Years of experience in applicable public health programs such as chronic or infectious disease may substitute for education on a year by year basis.

    Experience in the development, data extraction, and maintenance of databases.

    Experience in public health and infectious disease control preferred.

    Skills with programming in statistical software such SAS.

    Knowledge and experience with survey development, data collection, statistical analyses, and data dissemination processes.

    Experience with writing and reviewing statistical reports.

    Experience leading a team or project.

    Experience presenting scientific work.

    Experience publishing scientific work preferred.

    Education may substitute for equal experience if applicable.

    Additional Information:
    Requisition # 463201

    MOS Code:
    There are no direct military occupation(s) that relate to the responsibilities, and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if they meet the qualifications for this position.

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    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

    Posting ID: 572878894Posted: 2020-12-17