Quantitative Analyst
Washington Dental Service - Seattle, WA

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Enhances the effectiveness of the programmatic and policy-relatedinitiatives and activities of the Foundation by proactively planning and providing quantitative- analyses in the areas of program evaluation,,

, feasibility analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and tracking oral health status in Washington. This position also conducts quantitative analyses of Medicaid dental utilization data. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. · Conduct analyses of Medicaid utilization data including cleaning data, merging, aggregating, formatting datasets, executing queries on databases to prepare routine reports, and responding to special requests.

· Identify, analyze, and interpret patterns and trends in complex datasets.

· Conduct analyses (including cost-benefit) to aid Foundation staff and others in effectively evaluating options and aiding in decision making.

· Create, maintain, and enhance metrics, tracking, and reporting of outcomes for Foundation initiatives, in collaboration with program staff, specifically for initiative-related metrics and the Foundation dashboard.

· Provide technical assistance to staff related to process and outcome evaluation techniques (quantitative and qualitative) and translating data to meaningful use.

· Manage data-related projects and provide planning and/or analytical expertise. Projects include but not limited to the following: seniors’ oral health survey, Smile Survey, Foundation’s data portal, and periodic focus groups and surveys.

· Present data in easy-to-read formats that are meaningful and influential, including in reports and presentations (e.g. tables, charts, maps, and infographics) in order to present characteristics of data and the results of analyses.

· Perform literature reviews, interpret key findings and report upon most relevant information, staying up-to-date on national oral health data reports and trends.

· Collect and evaluate financial and other quantitative information that will expand the Foundation’s understanding of financing strategies and profitability/sustainability levers associated with different models for delivering oral health services and provide a basis for effective evaluation of initiatives and strategies.

· Design and implement program evaluation strategies, including data collection, data analysis and preparing evaluation reports. This requires working with others to clearly identify process and outcome goals, select measures that will provide the desired information, identify the most cost effective tools (including surveys, existing data bases, program reports, comparison data), prepare budgets, monitor data gathering to ensure integrity of the data, and draw conclusions.

· Assess the costs associated with and feasibility of program initiatives and grant proposals, including cost/benefit analysis.

· To effectively carry out this work requires working collaboratively with:

· An active, knowledgeable Board of Trustees.

· Internal and external stakeholders and resources.

· Other team members.

· This position will make professional presentations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and others, and provide analytical support to the President and CEO of the Foundation in assessing and executing priority projects.

· When appropriate, access and manage consultants, research firms and vendors to produce products and deliverables. This requires evaluating available outside resources, developing appropriate scopes of work, budgets and schedules, monitoring work schedules and products and on occasion coordinating work between several outside firms.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

· Excellent analytical skills, with an emphasis on sophisticated quantitative analysis and an ability to prepare and analyze budgets and costs and benefits and evaluate business plans.

· Ability to conduct analyses using statistical analytics software, e.g. SPSS.

· Ability to display data in meaningful and influential formats.

· Thorough knowledge of program evaluation methods and issues.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and boards of directors.

· Interpersonal and group facilitation skills with an ability to organize and lead effective meetings.

· Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents, including professional journals and government regulations.

· Ability to solve practical problems, synthesize information and deal with a variety of variables.

· Computer proficiency, including an understanding of financial and project management software.

· Must be creative and mature with well-developed, practically oriented, problem solving skills and an ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.

· Demonstrated track record in:

· Conducting data analysis using software including SPSS.

· Designing and implementing program evaluation activities using a wide range of tools and approaches.

· Financial forecasting and budgeting. Nonprofit and grant accounting preferred.

· Analyzing program plans to identify cost effectiveness, budgeting/expenditure issues, and financing strategies.

· Project management.

· Developing clear presentation materials for meetings and conferences.

· Experience in a health care or public health environment or with public policy initiatives is preferred but not required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

A bachelor's degree (B. A. or B. S.) and five years experience. An advanced degree, particularly in public affairs/policy, public health, or business is desirable. Experience in a health care or public health environment is also a plus.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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