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Job Title: Researcher
Company Name: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Location: Olympia, WA United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/04/2022
Expire Date: 12/04/2022
Job Categories: Government and Policy
Job Description
Researcher
Do you want to join a talented and collaborative team of professionals, at a leading-edge research organization, and apply your research and analytic skills to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable residents?

The Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is searching for a professional researcher. Your areas of focus could include homelessness and housing instability, economically disadvantaged families, the State’s response to the opioid crisis, and other human services.

You will collaborate closely with research professionals and analytic programmers to conduct ad hoc analyses and in-depth research while contributing to the ongoing improvement and maintenance of RDA’s unsurpassed analytic data infrastructure. Depending on your skills and interests, you may manage complex data collection activities or data linkages, develop performance metrics and dashboards, produce rapid-cycle descriptive reports, or conduct in-depth outcome evaluations.

Some of What You’ll Do

Collaborate with your research team and agency partners to compile data, formulate meaningful analytic approaches, and generate policy-relevant reports.
Develop, test, and report meaningful and robust metrics that reliably characterize the experiences and outcomes of clients served by DSHS and partner agencies.
Develop and update performance measures, periodic research briefs, and dashboards.
Prepare and present reports summarizing relevant analyses.
Provide technical assistance, training, and quality assurance for external partners conducting data collection in support of program evaluation.

Qualifications & Requirements
Knowledge
A master's degree in social or behavioral science or a related field with at least 2 years of experience conducting research, data collection, or project management in social, behavioral, or related areas of inquiry.
A bachelor's degree with 4 years of relevant experience may substitute.
Two college-level courses in statistics.

Skills and Abilities
Familiarity with economic assistance and housing programs, substance use disorder and mental health treatment, or other human services preferred.
Experience manipulating data and conducting statistical analysis (using SAS, R, SPSS, STATA, or similar applications).
Experience working with complex, person-level data and data systems.
Ability to produce professional reports, briefs, and infographics.
Demonstrated competency with Microsoft Office suite of applications.
Familiarity with REDCap, the Homeless Management Information System, or the Government Performance and Reporting Act is a plus.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
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Contact Information
Contact Name:Alice Huber, Deputy Director
Company Name: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Contact Email:Alice.Huber@dshs.wa.gov
Company Description:
Research and Data Analysis (RDA), within the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, is a national leader in health and human services research. RDA provides meaningful work consisting of a team of over 120 professionals including: • Researchers with backgrounds in economics, sociology, psychology, health services, geography, statistics, and related fields. • IT professionals with expertise in analytical programming, database management, and sophisticated data analysis. • Staff providing graphics production, publication support, web hosting and other support functions for this large research enterprise. RDA provides a unique work environment for pursuing health and social policy research using integrated client data. The State legislature and executive branch use RDA reports to inform policy, programming and budgeting decisions relating to Medicaid, mental health, substance abuse, long-term care, child welfare, education, employment, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, and other social areas. For recent examples of policy briefs, program evaluation and research conducted at RDA, please visit our website: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/rda/ RDA offers competitive salary and state benefits and sits at the center of state government in beautiful Olympia, Washington. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Olympia is a short distance from the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, ocean beaches, as well as the metropolitan centers of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. With excellent public schools, great universities in the area, and progressive local government, Olympia is a thriving community great for families, active lifestyles, and professionals who want to work directly at the intersection of public policy and research.
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