Employer : Oregon Health & Science University, Center for Health Systems Effectiveness Job Location : Portland, OR Title : Research Collaborations Manager
Duties : Participate in research activities requiring management and analysis of large administrative datasets (e.g. health insurance claims data), and use of advanced statistical/econometric methods, applied to key health policy research questions. Play key role in ensuring successful research operations at the OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE), through strategic planning, developing systems and shared resources that promote efficient and high-quality work across projects, managing the acquisition and execution of externally led collaborative research projects, and upholding the mission, vision, and values of the Center. Work in partnership with CHSE Directors and other senior staff. Additional duties include recruitment and hiring, supervising staff, and overseeing the Centers Summer Equity Internship program. Specific duties include:
Data management and preparation (10% of total time):
Writing R code to validate, clean, and create variables in enrollment, medical, and pharmacy claims data;
Writing R code that produces measures of healthcare quality;
Writing R code that creates datasets for analysis;
Troubleshooting programming issues or data quality issues.
Data analysis (15% of total time):
Creating descriptive tables;
Creating data visualizations (e.g., graphs);
Running statistical and econometric models (e.g., linear and logistic regression, differences-in-differences);
Interpreting results of analyses.
Attend project team meetings (5% of total time):
Provide progress updates on data-related tasks to other project team members;
Participate in discussions about research and analytic decisions;
Contribute to creation of reports, manuscripts and other final products (5% of total time):
Write sections of manuscripts and reports, for academic journals or client reports, with oversight from a CHSE faculty member;
Run data queries to support a grant application (e.g., find out how many black women are in our data, so faculty can include an anticipated sample size and statistical power calculation in their grant application).
Project direction (25% of total time):
Meets with external partners and clinician-scientists in a decision-making capacity;
Advises external investigators, such as clinician-scientists, on analytic approaches (e.g., makes recommendations about classification tools, claims-based definitions, etc.);
Develops analysis plans to meet investigator research goals (e.g., designs tables, selects appropriate statistical models in consultation with CHSE faculty);
Guides project work of other staff (e.g., research assistants, senior research assistants, research associates).
Manager of data analysts (10% of total time):
Independently perform the duties of a manager. Provide non-project related supervision to 3-4 direct reports: 1x Senior Research Assistant, 1x Research Analyst and 1x Research Associate;
Meet regularly with direct reports to help them manage workloads, and strategize about their professional development;
Provide annual review and other performance-related feedback, address performance issues, address conflict;
Evaluate requests for time off;
Assist with drafting internal policies related to management (e.g., designing onboarding activities, drafting working hours policies);
Assists with training of junior managers.
Manages acquisition, and ensures successful execution of externally led research projects (15% of total time):
Builds and maintains relationships with external investigators who are partners of the Center;
Liaises with external investigators interested in using CHSE data and computing resources (e.g, CHSEs national Medicaid T-MSIS data);
Assists external research partners with developing research ideas, including feasibility and scoping;
Works closely with administrative staff and the Associate Director to plan for staffing needs and develop budgets for external investigator-led projects;
Develops policies and best practices for working with external investigators (e.g., best practices for ensuring timely and accurate communication).
Develops tools, policies, and procedures required to support center projects, and oversees their implementation (10% of total time):
Identifies analytic resources relevant to the Centers work and ensures they are available as a center-wide resource (e.g, the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Clinical Classification System, Delivery System Network files);
Maintains familiarity with measurement issues for key healthcare outcomes (e.g., sensitivity vs. specificity of various algorithms that identify primary care or emergency department visits in claims data). Directs the development of center-wide resources for making measurement decisions;
Develops policies to ensure high-quality research products, particularly on externally-led projects (e.g., a quality-control process for manuscripts);
Provides training and recommendations to analytic staff (team of 13 senior research assistants, research associates, and senior research associates) on application of these tools and policies.
Other leadership and organizational development activities (5% of total time):
Serves on CHSEs leadership/operations team. This group also includes the Director, Associate Director, Director of Operations, Portfolio Managers (x3), and Administrative Manager. This group meets bi-weekly to make center-wide policy, approve or reject proposed policy changes, and makes key decisions about the strategic direction of the Center;
Lead recruitment efforts for analytic staff, as needed. E.g, develop Position Descriptions, lead a team of 3-4 staff members through hiring activities including interviews and assessment of materials, negotiate salary offers with candidates.
Occasional (<5%) travel required to locations in the Portland metropolitan region, and occasional (<5%) travel required to national conferences in the U.S.
Education: Bachelors degree or the equivalent in Statistics, Biostatistics, Economics, Health Services Research, or related; and 7 years of post-graduate experience as Researcher.
Education: Masters degree or the equivalent in Statistics, Biostatistics, Economics, Health Services Research, or related; and 5 years of post-graduate experience as Researcher.
Experience must include:
5 years of experience with data validation, data management, and analysis of health insurance claims data (e.g. Medicaid, Medicare, commercial carriers).
5 years of programming experience using R.
5 years of experience processing large datasets (> 100 GB) in a remote server environment.
5 years of experience with advanced statistical and econometric methods for research, such as interrupted time series, difference-in-difference, linear and logistic regression, and machine learning for both predictive and causal inference.
5 years of experience on research projects in the fields of health economics and health services research, investigating topics with particular policy relevance to state Medicaid programs generally and the Oregon Medicaid program in particular.
5 years of experience with claims-based measurement of health care utilization, quality and cost, including both nationally endorsed metrics (e.g., National Committee for Quality Assurance and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality) and metrics built from custom specifications.
5 years of experience collaborating with cross-sectional research partners including all of the following: academic investigators, clinician-scientists and state policymakers/agency staff on study design, analysis plans, and resource needs for research projects.
3 years of experience employing best practices for reproducible research, including statistical code workflows, adoption of standardized code review protocols, and version control with Git.
3 years of experience contributing to and assisting with organization- and committee-level strategic activities.
2 years of experience contributing to and assisting with the development of grants and proposals for health services research projects, including literature review, writing, initial data queries, and estimates of required project resources and FTE.
Track record of academic publications as demonstrated by authorship on at least 10 publications in a peer-reviewed journal in the domain of health services research, and first authorship on at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal in the domain of health services research.
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