Director, Research and Evaluation

Long Island City, New York
Up to $110k
Dec 12, 2018
Jan 11, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Job Description

The Bureau of Primary Care Access & Planning (PCAP), in the Division of Prevention and Primary Care, at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is seeking a City Research Scientist to serve as Director of Research and Evaluation.

During this period of change in health care system, primary care remains a key anchor to advance population health, but the landscape is undergoing rapid change.   PCAP drives policy, programming and research that maximize health insurance coverage and increase access to affordable, high quality, and coordinated primary care with a strong focus on health equity

PCAP is comprised of two offices: Office of Health Insurance Services (OHIS), which implements community-facing programming, and the Office of Health Planning and Research (OHPR), which develops and implements policy and research activities.

Located in PCAP’s OHPR, the Director of Research and Evaluation would lead the strategic development of the Bureau’s research and analytic portfolios. Managing a team that collaborates across OHPR and OHIS, they will oversee routine surveillance activities regarding insurance coverage and state of primary care, provide technical assistance and expertise on research design, execute novel analyses and modeling, as well as support data analysis for required bureau reporting.  The position will support and/or lead reports and presentations on key findings and peer reviewed publications and presentations.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan, develop, implement and oversee research, surveillance and program evaluation activities to support the Bureau’s work.  Areas of focus will include but are not limited to:  1) Primary care, safety net, and other health services access and utilization 2) Health insurance coverage, 3) Emergency department utilization and ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations; and 4) Primary care capacity planning and analysis in emergency response.
  • Guide and develop population health analytics (including health economic impacts, rates, pricing, costs, utilization estimates) and models (including propensity, risk adjustment, stratification, AI, predictive, attribution, prospective or retrospective payment) on emerging value-based or other payment, health care access or coverage models, prescription drugs access and pricing, safety net systems or programs  
  • Design and oversee analyses of existing data (including Community Health Survey, SPARCS hospitalization and emergency department and Medicaid claims/Salient) to support planning and policy development, evaluate program and policy impact and outcomes and improve quality of services
  • Produce data-driven reports, presentations and papers for dissemination, as well as author technical and journal publications, related to relevant issues affecting the New York City health care system, including Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP), the Affordable Care Act and underserved populations. 
  • Lead and oversee research related grant applications that further the organization’s mission, goals and programs
  • Provide leadership, general direction and guide research activities to a small team of analysts and provide technical and analytical expertise on epidemiologic and statistical methods to other staff in the Bureau.
  • Identify and track key surveillance indicators as well as augment existing surveillance approaches with new or novel methodologies
  • Identify and rapidly respond to requests for data and systems analysis from the Bureau, Division and Agency leadership. 
  • Supervise, manage, clean, analyze and report on quantitative data, particularly large datasets, using analytic software packages
  • Participate and collaborate in cross-divisional and cross-agency planning and working groups and conduct special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain multiple projects simultaneously and function effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Work on special projects as needed

Preferred Skills

  • PHD preferred
  • Expertise in statistics, epidemiology and evaluation methods, research design and pertinent data analysis,
  • Expertise in statistics, SQL, SAS programming, data computational methods and data manipulation technologies
  • Expertise in modeling population level large data sets, such as demographic, survey, claims, census or other data
  • Experience with scientific writing as demonstrated through a strong track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience with navigating Internal Review Board (IRB) processes and expertise about related policies and procedures.
  • Experience with DOHMH’s surveys, SPARCS, eMedNY, Salient or other Medicaid claims databases, MEPS, BRFSS, etc.
  • Supervisory experience, such as leading and advising staff involved in various projects
  • Experience successfully preparing grant applications including developing research questions
  • Experience with geographical information  software such as ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of and interest in public health, health policy and primary care
  • Ability to quickly become familiar with specific topic areas within public health and health policy in which the individual may have had no prior knowledge
  • Excellent project management and written and oral communication skills
  • Competency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

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