***This is a new position in El Paso County Public Health, created to respond to the growing need to collect, manage, analyze local health data that informs public health programs, policies, and strategies. Applicants with strong data analytic backgrounds and leadership experience will be considered from a wide pool of industries. Candidates will be able to perform the following functions and have the listed qualifications.***
Provides strategic direction and leadership for the collection, management, and storage of data and data science projects for El Paso County Public Health's (EPCPH) Office of Science, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Technology (SSET). Is responsible for enterprise-wide governance and utilization of data and information as an asset. Provides strategic direction on data processing, analysis, data mining, and information sharing. Ensures EPCPH has the foundational capability to identify, plan, prioritize, and conduct analytical projects and investigations. Applies relevant analytical methods and evidence-based best practices. Conducts population-focused epidemiologic analyses or special investigative projects, prepares reports, and disseminates data. Leads agency efforts to monitor population health status and uses analysis to guide EPCPH's efforts to assess and improve community health.
Collects, mines, and stores data required for EPCPH's current and future business needs including: the evaluation of internal and external programs and projects; the evaluation of grant-funded pilots and projects; data collection, analysis, and reporting to support community coalitions and strategic partnerships; and data collection and analysis to inform current and emerging public health issues in El Paso County.
Leads agency efforts related to science, surveillance, epidemiology, and technology to meet current and projected needs of El Paso County and EPCPH.
Leads and performs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research to identify demographic, geographic, cultural, and other variables associated with the incidence and prevalence of disease. Conducts advanced analysis of data to monitor population health status and its correlates to describe trends and adverse health outcomes among targeted population. Identifies local data sources to describe health issues in the community.
Provides leadership, mentorship, and supervision to EPCPH staff within the office of SSET. Assigns analytical projects to staff. Participates in hiring and disciplinary process. Identifies current and future staff development needs and training opportunities. Models professionalism to agency staff.
In collaboration with other subject matter experts, researches evidence-based interventions in response to epidemiologic findings and defines programmatic corrective actions to alleviate adverse health effects. Proposes policies and practices that will positively impact health outcomes of targeted groups.
Evaluates analytic activities at the agency; develops and expands agency capabilities and provides recommendations around SSET-related agency needs.
Develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates strategic planning initiatives and the necessary resources to accomplish those plans in accordance with the agency's mission, vision, and values.
Collaborates with Development and Strategic Initiatives Officer to develop and strengthen funding proposals by utilizing data to describe local health issues and develop appropriate project evaluation plans.
Develops strong partnerships with community organizations, research institutions, and city/county offices to understand community needs around health data, to serve as a resource and subject matter expert on local health data, and to promote EPCPH as a health data repository and community data resource. Identifies opportunities to provide epidemiological consultation and evaluation services in accordance with agency strategic plan.
Creates reports, summaries, and data visualization tools for internal and external partners. Collaborates with the Office of Communication to share data via scientific presentations, media outlets, online platforms, and other venues.
Manages and supports the development/updating of population-based Community Health Assessments and Public Health Improvement Plans.
Understands principles of data governance, research, evaluation, data sharing, and legal implications related to privacy and these activities. Collaborates with agency legal counsel and HIPAA privacy officer to ensure appropriate agreements (i.e. data use agreement, business associate agreement, etc.) are in place and activities are in compliance with applicable laws. Establishes necessary data sharing agreements with community partners to describe local disease burden and health issues in El Paso County. Reviews and establishes data sharing agreements and data policies when appropriate and ensures compliance with applicable laws.
Participates in agency emergency planning and response activities.
Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Public Health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.
Performs other duties as required.
Master's degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, health science, research, or closely related analytic field required.
Minimum five (5) years experience leading, designing, and conducting analytical assessments, preferably in a public health setting.
Minimum two (2) years managerial, supervisory, or other demonstrated leadership experience.
Previous experience working across public health disciplines in a collaborative environment required; project management experience preferred.
Advanced skills in statistical analysis and the use of statistical software such as R, SAS, or STATA, as well as Excel. Skill in data management.
Demonstrated experience in conducting public health surveillance and performing health data analysis.
Knowledge and skills in epidemiologic analysis relating to planning and managing epidemiologic projects; skills in collecting, analyzing, managing, and interpreting population health data; knowledge of evaluation methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative process outcome.
Strong mathematical, quantitative, qualitative, and critical thinking skills.
Ability to communicate, organize projects among a broad spectrum of personnel, and motivate personnel on those projects, frequently under deadline.
Ability to abide by privacy, confidentiality, and HIPAA policies of the agency. Ability to maintain the security of sensitive and confidential information.
Skill in prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner. Ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change.
Ability to demonstrate sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Ability to identify problems and work creatively to develop resolutions and recommend corrective actions to supervisor, considering the impact of actions on the agency.
Skill in writing scientific reports and data summaries. Ability to write and maintain accurate records and reports to meet management objectives.
Experience with presenting data to a variety of stakeholders and to large groups; skill in epidemiologic training.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Ability to understand and follow company policies and procedures.
An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the education and experience requirements above.
Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, motor vehicle record check, and drug screen.
Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License.
Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Work environment may contain potential exposure to infections, blood and contagious diseases. May be required to work outside of normal business hours. Some travel may be required; work may be assigned in various locations. Public Health employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing as applicable to the specific position and must provide proof of completion of required vaccinations/testing or proof of initiation within sixty (60) days of hire date.
Internal Number: 19283
About El Paso County, Colorado
El Paso County
Colorado Springs, CO
Our Mission: El Paso County is a regional leader providing valued and necessary community services in the most cost-effective manner.
El Paso County lies in east central Colorado and encompasses more than 2,158 square miles – slightly more than twice the area of the state of Rhode Island (excluding Narragansett Bay). While the western portion of El Paso County is extremely mountainous, the eastern part is prairie land where dairy cows and beef cattle are the main source of ranchers’ income. The altitude ranges from about 5,095 feet (1569 m) on the southern border at Black Squirrel Creek to 14,110 feet (4301 m) on the summit of Pikes Peak, near the western boundary. The county seat is located in Colorado Springs.
El Paso County became a territorial county in 1861 before Colorado became a state in 1876.
The natural physical beauty of the area, situated at the base of Pikes Peak and with an uninterrupted view of the Front Range, can be enjoyed by all. The magnificent scenery inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America the Beautiful” after her visit here. The mild climate, on average, supplies 285 days of sunshine, 15 inches of rain, 35 inches of snow, and very low levels of humidity.
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