Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education, advocacy and policy organization established in 1992 in response to the growing health and healthcare crisis. CHC’s mission is to collectively build equitable systems. CHC has been at the forefront of systems change work to eliminate disparities in health and well-being. Our policy areas include Health Systems, Food Justice, and Community and Economic Resiliency. Each area represents a unique opportunity to engage members of impacted communities in program and policy development through a wide variety of community interventions and strategies as well as representation and leadership through the coalitions and collaborations convened. With a primary focus on South Los Angeles, CHC works at the local, state, and national level to improve the health of under-served and marginalized communities.
Under the direction of the VP of Research and Development, the Data Scientist/Senior Research Analyst will work across CHC’s core initiatives to lead research and evaluation projects, analysis, data visualize and database creation and management, with the purpose of defining, tracking and communicating impact of CHC’s initiatives. The Data Scientist/Senior Research Analyst is also responsible for assisting in expanding the portfolio of research initiatives that advance CHC’s research agenda, including planning, developing, and implementing strategies that meet CHC’s annual priorities. Primarily, the Data Scientist/Senior Research Analyst will lead evaluation activities, data aggregation and database development and research partnership collaborations for the CHW Outreach and Engagement initiative (see https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/community-health-worker-outreach-initiative-extended/).
Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, capable of self- direction and able to work collaboratively in a teamwork capacity; and exhibit a keen sense of responsibility and enjoy working with multiple demands, shifting priorities, and constant change.
Description of Job Duties and Responsibilities
General Research and Evaluation Team Guidance
- Serve as thought partner and leader of the development of CHC’s research priorities in collaboration with VP of Research and Development.
- Lead design of research projects and evaluation planning, ensuring sound methodology that adheres to project and CHC’s expectations, places community voice and benefit at the core of design, and respects any potential constraints on time, budget and additional resources.
- Manage timelines and coordinate activities across multiple stakeholder partners and audience members related to research and evaluation activities
- Design and manage data collection (including sampling plan), data entry, database development and management and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, with a focus on quantitative data processing and in-depth statistical analyses
- Identify secondary data needs; retrieve, organize and present secondary data relevant to and supportive of CHC policy priorities and initiatives
- Manage research staff, contractors, interns and volunteers to conduct research to CHC standards of practice and values
- Manage and support project teams, as needed, including subcontractors, to ensure timely project implementation and high-quality deliverables and according to CHC values and standards of practice
- Develop project templates for project staff to use in data collection, analysis, reporting and project management.
- Support design and facilitation of trainings, both internal and external, around data literacy, research design, data collection methods, analysis and reporting
- Consistently use an equity lens in identifying, manipulating, processing, and reporting on data, utilizing equitable evaluation frameworks and practice (see https://www.equitableeval.org/framework)
- Effectively disseminate the findings of CHC sponsored research and publicly represent CHC’s research agenda through publications and by presenting at conferences and engaging with key audiences in collaboration and independently, author peer-reviewed research publications.
- Cultivate and nurture strategic partnership with local and statewide organizations and key leaders to advance CHC’s priorities and increase CHC’s the presence and influence as a research institution.
- Assist with identifying new research opportunities and project leads
Data Management and Visualization
- Manage retrieval, cleaning, and organization of data from stakeholder partners, including public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others within the network
- Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.
- Develop custom data management and database storage systems, utilizing out of the box and unique fully customized tools
- Develop analytical processes and tools to apply to data sets; may include predictive modeling or other algorithms that help determine impact of programs and policies, as well as opportunities for services, program sites and collaborations
- Coordinate with different cross-functional teams in constructing databases and models and monitoring of initiative outcomes
- Advise on design and data collection for research and evaluation work as it relates to database parameters and capacities, as well as data aggregation
- Create reports and visualizations that are accessible to multiple stakeholders, including consideration for language and data literacy
- Supports CHC staff across all teams in data processing and management needs, including ad hoc request
Qualifications and Skills:
- Master’s degree or higher in urban planning, geography, public health/epidemiology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, software engineering, data science or related field AND
- Minimum of three years working in nonprofits or public agencies, conducting applied research and evaluation projects, and utilizing data science/machine learning; OR
- Bachelor’s degree in related field listed above with completed accelerated or specialized certificate training in data science Master and/or is self-taught with a background in mathematics, statistics, computer science, software engineering, data science or related field; AND
- Minimum of five years working in nonprofits or public agencies conducting research and evaluation, and utilizing data science/machine learning
- Solid working knowledge of research and evaluation methods including experience with community surveys, quantitative design, analysis and mixed methods approaches.
- Knowledge of programming languages like SQL, Python, R, and Scala
- Familiarity with mapping and business intelligence tools (e.g., ArcGIS and Tableau)
- Strong statistics and mathematics skills
- Experience with big data technologies such as Hadoop and Spark (preferred)
- Advanced ability to perform exploratory data analysis – both qualitative through content analysis and quantitative data sets
- Experience with machine learning and AI
- Advanced experience and ability with data management tools
- Experience with common data science toolkits
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience writing narrative research and technical reports.
- Ability to communicate complex data in a simple, actionable way
- Ability to visualize data in the most effective way possible for a given project or study
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work independently and with team members from different backgrounds
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to interact with diverse populations, sectors and disciplines at all levels—public-legislatures, government, private enterprises, nonprofit organizations, healthcare workers and individuals.
- Ability to work with staff and community members from diverse racial, sexual orientation, gender identity and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Ability to work independently, handle multiple projects, and coordinate work with team members.
- Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment while maintaining an entrepreneurship spirit.
- Ability to respond to and follow up with colleagues and community partners in a timely manner.
- Experience and skill at general project management, including developing and maintain timelines, and coordinating meetings and stakeholders.
- Critical and strategic thinker who thrives in innovation.
- Willingness and ability to travel locally.
- Professional demeanor, able to function independently and within a team.
- Ability to collaborate and communicate well with remote teams.
- Knowledge of Los Angeles area community development, economy, public health and healthcare issues, especially issues community access and engagement preferred
- Knowledge of Asana Project Management and Office 365 software a plus.
Community Health Councils is a non-profit, community-based health advocacy, policy and educational organization. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, dental, vision and 403b plans; vacation, sick and holiday benefits. CHC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.
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