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SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR

Company: Seattle Indian Health Board
Location: Seattle
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

SIHB Core Competencies
Core Competencies are foundational commitments and skills that all SIHB staff are expected to develop. These competencies define common measures for performance that are applied to every role in the organization.

  • Commitment to Indigenous and Organizational Values: Everything we do at SIHB is centered on Traditional Indian Medicine. It is our responsibility to maintain cultural integrity in all that we do.
  • Accountability: All employees of SIHB effectively manage their own work and the work of their teams. We take ownership of our actions and decisions. We all strive to deliver the highest quality work and care, while respecting our teammates and relatives.
  • Collaboration: SIHB is a team-oriented organization. As team members, we share the responsibility of working toward a common purpose. We collaborate with our colleagues across the organization to deliver the highest quality of care and results in alignment with our mission, vision, values, and Theory of Change.
  • Communication: We practice effective and clear communication with staff, relatives, teams, and community. We demonstrate empathy among each other and with those we serve, and transparency in our decision making.
  • Customer Service Orientation: All employees of SIHB recognize the needs of the diverse community we serve. We put the needs of our relatives first by delivering the highest quality, professional, responsive, and innovative care. Our relatives come first and deserve the best.
    Position Summary:
    The Scientific Director (SD) is responsible for the data and scientific oversight for Seattle Indian Health Board's (SIHB) Data Department, and the Urban Indian Health Institute's (UIHI), a Division of SIHB, epidemiology/surveillance activities This includes managing, directing, project implementation, evaluation of activities, and leading both departments. The SD is part of the Division Leadership Team (DLT) and coordinates and participates in data activities across all divisions at SIHB and among external partners, which includes urban Indian health programs, tribal epidemiology centers (TECs), state and local health departments, federal and national organizations, and universities.The SD will also maintain daily operations of the Data Department and UIHI's Epidemiology/Surveillance programs and assist with the development and implementation of new data strategies, and epidemiology and surveillance initiatives. The SD will participate in program planning, evaluation, financial management and administrative supervision of a Data Department Manager and lead Epidemiologists. The SD will provide recommendations and assisting with improving/designing data infrastructure both internally and externally of SIHB to assess the health and well-being of urban American Indian/Alaska Native population, recognizing their strength, their resilience, and health disparities that impact them. Lastly, the SD will represent SIHB/UIHI at local and national meetings and facilitating interactions among scientific institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and the broader research and patient communities.Organizational Structure/Reporting Relationships: Reports directly to the Chief Data Officer.
    Organizational Responsibilities

    • Hold Indigenous values and practices with respect and integrity
    • Hold yourself accountable to the highest standard by being resourceful, innovative, creative and solutions-oriented
    • Actively participate in organizational activities with the understanding that success is achieved through teamwork.
    • Recognize that communication is central to the organization's success and actively champion your words and actions to maintain respect for others, encourage constructive feedback, be open to share laughter and acknowledge differences in skills and opinions, all while keeping others' best intentions in mind.
    • At SIHB, we refer to our customers as Relatives. Our Relatives come first and deserve the best. Serve the needs of our Relatives first by delivering the highest quality, professional, responsive and innovative care.
      Job Responsibilities

      • Actively participate as a member of the Division Leadership team (DLT).
      • Provide support to the Chief Data Office (CDO) with the management and operations of data systems, data infrastructure, epidemiology, and surveillance.
        • Plan, implement, and maintain effective monitoring and data and evaluation systems (including databases and data collection instruments) in collaboration with the Director of Evaluation and Research.
        • Promote and facilitate collaboration between CDC initiative funded entities and new SIHB and UIHI research partners.
          • Provide training and technical assistance to Division Leaders of SIHB, participating tribes and tribal organizations, local/state/federal partners on research methods, health assessment, strategic planning, policy analysis and development, continuous quality improvement, program monitoring, additional related topics and evaluation, including data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation in collaboration with the Director of Evaluation and Research.
          • Actively participate in internal quality improvement teams and work with Division Leaders of SIHB proactively to drive quality improvement initiatives in accordance with the mission and strategic goals of the organization, federal and state laws and regulations, and accreditation standards, when assigned.
            • Consult and collaborate with Division Leaders of SIHB, other tribal epidemiology centers, county/state/national and other epidemiologists, universities, and with regional and national UIHOs to foster scientific collaborations.
            • Synthesize data on local, regional, and national levels to communicate outcomes in collaboration with the Director of Evaluation and Research.
            • Serve as a liaison between UIHO's, tribes and tribal organizations and the IHS, CDC, NIH and other federal, state and local agencies.
            • Serve as a liaison between the SIHB Division Leaders and the Data Team regarding the data needs of SIHB.
            • Assist and lead with the development, design, and implementation of innovative public health and epidemiological projects to serve the needs of urban American Indian/Alaska Native.
              • Assist SIHB Division Leaders, UIHO's, tribes and tribal organizations in developing surveillance activities, monitoring and evaluation plans, including logic models and SMART objectives.
                • Oversee and supervise the work of, and delegate appropriately, to Evaluators/Project Coordinators/Epidemiologist, Project Associates and Project Assistants AND Data Analysts of Data Team
                • Develop documents, training materials, protocols, briefs, brochures, reports, manuscripts, and other supporting and dissemination materials as appropriate.
                • Prepare and present progress reports and other reporting measures to funders and stakeholders locally and nationally.
                  • Participate in activities to support the sustainability of the the Urban Indian Health Institute and Data Team.
                    • Collaborate closely with the UIHI leadership team, including but not limited to the Chief Data Officer, UIHI Director, Director of Research and Evaluation, and Communication Manager.
                      • Participate in the development of a data infrastructure that integrates electronic healthcare records (EHR) and external national/state level datasets into a system that analyzes data to provide guidance for the organization's strategic goals for SIHB and UIHI
                      • Directly manage and supervise the Data Team for SIHB and epidemiology and surveillance activities of the Urban Indian Health Institute
                      • Provide guidance and recommendations for methodology and coding for research and analytic activities and assures the use of appropriate scientific methods, the translation and dissemination of findings, and presentation of relevant information.
                      • Assist, review, and finalize data informatics, which includes charts, maps, tables, data dashboards, data visuals, etc., and assure information is accurate and correct.
                      • Work well under pressure, meet multiple and often competing deadlines.
                      • Write and participate in the discussion of grant opportunities.
                      • Keep current of important scientific issues/activities, best practices for clinical and epidemiological methods/outcomes, and statistical analysis.
                      • Present findings of reports, research activities, analyses to local, state, national, and federal agencies/partners and at conferences.
                        • Serve as the public health consultant to the Executive Team of SIHB.
                          • Demonstrate cooperative behavior with supervisors, subordinates, colleagues, clients and the community.
                          • Other duties as assigned
                            Background Qualifications and Qualification
                            Required:
                            • Master's Degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, Data Science, Data Management, or related field with a minimum of 5-8 years' work experience in department and project management and staff supervision; or a PhD in Public Health or related field with 3-5 years' experience in department and project management staff supervision.Qualifications:
                              • Knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative evaluation and research methods.
                              • Knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methodology.
                              • Familiarity with health and social issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives.
                                • Knowledge of systems, policy and environmental change for health preferred.
                                • Ability to successfully write grants.
                                • Proven experience in critical thinking and a supervisory data management role.
                                  • Strong leadership and communication skills.
                                  • Knowledgeable of advanced statistical theory, techniques, and predictive analytics.
                                  • Professionalism and ethical behavior.
                                  • Highly knowledgeable and be highly proficient in wide array of data tools and technologies such Hadoop, Teradata, SQL, Redshift, PostgreSQL, Vertica as well as scripting languages such as Python, R, and other statistical software
                                    • Work well under pressure, meet multiple and often competing deadlines. Experience working with UIHO's, tribes and/or tribal organizations strongly preferred.
                                      • Successful completion of background check
                                      • Submission of a writing sample
                                        • Completion of analytical/statistical test
                                        • Highly proficient in the use of MS Office 365 and a wide array of data tools and technologies such Hadoop, Teradata, SQL, Redshift, PostgreSQL, Vertica as well as scripting languages such as Python and R, statistical software such as SAS, STATA, R, and analysis platforms tools such as PWR BI, Tableau, that support data dashboards
                                        • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
                                        • Work independently and in teams to meet program deadlines
                                        • Exercise initiative and judgment to accomplish assigned tasks
                                        • Prepare complex documents and reports
                                        • Effectively present/advocate program issues to a variety of audience
                                        • Proficiently use software programs such as: Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, Adobe, PageMaker, and statistical analysis software.
                                        • Prepare charts, graphs, maps, statistical table and other visual aids.
                                        • SIHB is grounded in indigenous knowledge and traditional Indian medicine. Practices are performed throughout the clinic such as burning sage and prayer.
                                          Work Environment:
                                          • Will require travel
                                          • A flexible work schedule, including weekendsOffice hours are 8-5, Monday through Friday with occasional extra hours for events or to meet deadlines.

Keywords: Seattle Indian Health Board, Seattle , SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR, Executive , Seattle, Washington

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