Reports to: Executive Director
Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
This position will be responsible for leading the coordination, delivery, facilitation, and implementation of research and evaluation projects for HealthHIV, HealthHCV and the National Coalition of LGBTQ Health. This includes leading a team that develops, disseminates, measures, analyzes and manages all aspects of research and evaluation for education, advocacy, training, and capacity building to strengthen the public health workforce’s competencies.
The Director of Health Services Research and Evaluation will manage and direct all research and evaluation activities across the agency. HealthHIV’s capacity building assistance (CBA) and training activities are part of a larger nationwide effort to end the syndemics of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs, harm reduction, COVID-19, and MPV, and help mitigate behavioral and ecological factors impacting risk for disease acquisition, such as past or current substance use. In addition to developing and implementing research and evaluation, the Director of Health Services Research and Evaluation will lead projects that support data-informed strategic planning and decision making. The Director of Health Services Research and Evaluation will work independently and as a member of a team to plan and execute research and evaluation projects. This process will entail the design of surveys and other instruments to facilitate the collection of qualitative and quantitative data; data organization and analysis using software packages like nVivo, ATLAS.ti, STATA, R and/or SAS; and interpretation and visualization (e.g. graphs and maps utilizing Tableau) of data for reports, presentations, briefs, promotional materials, and other collateral. This position will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the organization’s many national “State of…” surveys that are conducted around HIV primary care, LGBTQ health, aging with HIV, HCV care, ASOs/CBOs, and telehealth and HIV care and treatment.
The Director of Health Services Research and Evaluation will be expected to deliver high-impact and actionable research and evaluation that informs, guides, and influences practice and policy with innovation, enthusiasm, flexibility, and thoughtfulness. The successful candidate will have a strong educational background and experience in social and behavioral sciences, with a thorough grounding in disease distribution and psychosocial theories, intervention design, and qualitative and quantitative methods, geo-mapping, and data visualization. Experience in research addressing the social determinants of health, generational health, health equity, social justice, racial and ethnic minority health, and LGBTQ+ health is strongly desired. The Research and Evaluation Director also will support relevant research and evaluation activities, including reviewing and interpreting national and local data, and conducting needs assessments and implementing continuous quality improvement activities.
Applicants must hold an MPH or MS degree and at least 5 years of related work experience. Applicants must have formal academic training on, and work experience with, the use of multiple methods/multimethods to design, implement, and assess CBA and training activities (interventions). The successful applicant will have demonstrated training and experience in conducting literature reviews to guide the creation and execution of theoretically-grounded interventions, including the generation of theoretically-grounded qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments and subsequent analysis. Must have experience maintaining data in an organized, secure environment as well as analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data (descriptive statistics, linear and logistic regressions, etc.) via clear narrative copy and visualizations, including (but not limited to) tables, figures, maps, and so on. Experience with contributing to scientific, government, and grant papers and reports; using advanced analytical approaches (marginal models, mediation/moderation analysis, and latest class analysis); engaging in qualitative data collection activities (focus groups, semi-structured interviews, key informant interviews, record reviews is a plus
Also required: Strong competency and experience addressing harm reduction, health equity, social justice, and the social determinants of health in the areas of HIV, viral hepatitis, sexual and behavioral health, and related support services, such as housing, are necessary. Applicants should possess experience in HIV, viral hepatitis and STI prevention/treatment, opioid use disorder and opioid misuse prevention/treatment, substance use prevention/treatment, LGBTQ+ health equity, and minority health equity, access, and engagement issues.
This full-time position is based at HealthHIV’s Washington, DC office; however remote applicants are encouraged to apply. HealthHIV is unable to sponsor H1-B Visas.
Skills and Abilities Needed
- Proven health services research and evaluation experience and expert knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Track record of undertaking and/or commissioning research and evaluation that has informed practice/policy development.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data, interpret findings, discern implications, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
- Advanced critical thinking skills, exhibited by the ability to synthesize and summarize complex information from a range of sources in an accessible way.
- Ability to translate technical data into messages and graphic representations meaningful to a broad audience.
- Demonstrated proficiency in statistical analysis software, including ability to write complex syntax, and Microsoft Office suite required.
- Possess strong project, staff, and team management skills.
- Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Balance multiple responsibilities and function well under pressure.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee projects and meet or exceed deadlines.
- Deliver quality customer service and work products.
- Work effectively independently as well as part of a team with diverse staff.
- Strong group and meeting facilitation skills.
- Possess strong competencies in the topics of HIV, viral hepatitis and STI prevention/treatment, opioid use disorder prevention and treatment, sexual and behavioral health, and support services, including prevention, housing, care, and treatment and overall LGBTQ+ health.
- Proficiency with survey design software, including both Survey Monkey and RedCAP, required.
- Proficiency in SAS, R, SPSS, STATA, MPlus, and/or MLWin required.
- Proficiency with NVivo, Atlas.Ti or other qualitative data organization software required.
- Experience developing quantitative instruments (adapting validated measures as needed/appropriate) and creating sound qualitative instruments guided by solid design approaches is required.
- Proficiency conducting qualitative fieldwork, including focus groups, semi-structured interviews, key informant interviews, and photo study, is a plus.
- Familiarity and experience with the application of disease/phenomenon distribution and psychosocial theories in the design, implementation, and analysis of intervention (CBA/training) evaluation activities a plus.
- Experience organizing and securing qualitative and quantitative data is a plus.
- Experience with advanced analytical approaches is a plus.
- Experience in the recruitment processes and strategies for clinical trials.
- Work with staff and other stakeholders to effectively schedule, design, analyze, and disseminate HealthHIV’s “State of” landscape surveys.
- Ensure that “State of” surveys and associated reports and collateral align with current HealthHIV and health care gaps, needs, events, awareness days, etc. Incumbent will update survey instruments, timing, report structure, external funding requests, etc. as needed.
- Develop, deliver and coordinate health services research and evaluation with a focus on improving the programmatic, clinical, and administrative capacity of the organizations’ provider services to individuals with HIV or viral hepatitis (HAV, HBV, HCV), in addition to those at-risk for or acquisition of HIV, HCV and STIs.
- Plan and implement all phases of research and evaluation projects,including design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, reporting, and dissemination.
- Present findings visually, orally and in writing, as appropriate, and contribute visual and written materials to reports, publications and proposals.
- Design and produce charts and graphs that describe and interpret findings, and efficiently and effectively reveal spatial and statistical relationships.
- Develop briefs, presentations, and reports that describe and interpret findings and provide actionable insights.
- Communicate and collaborate with other partnering agencies, providers and stakeholders in implementing and actualizing more effective health services research and evaluation strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis (HAV, HBV, HCV), and STI community services.
- Support the creation of qualitative and quantitative needs assessment instruments and conduct needs assessments with recipient organizations.
- Actively seek ways to improve health services research and evaluation throughout the organization’s projects.
- Maintain accurate records, including health services research and evaluation strategies, engagement notes, etc.
- Develop written reports and other materials to document delivery of quality services.
- Collaborate with the Communications team to design and implement recruitment strategies for a variety of projects and studies including clinical trial research.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
- Salary will be commensurate with experience.
- Comprehensive health benefits (Domestic Partners are eligible for coverage).
- Retirement benefits (eligible to join the 403b plan after the three-month introductory period).
- Twenty-three days (minimum) of paid personal leave (accrual begins on start date at 7.19 hours per pay period).
- Federal holidays observed.
How to Apply
Submit resume and cover letter in one pdf document to [email protected] with “Health Services Research and Evaluation Director” in the subject line. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. The application deadline is January 31, 2024.
This job description is not inclusive of all responsibilities or duties related to the position and may be revised at any time. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required by the project or the organization. Employment with HealthHIV is at-will, and as such, the employment relationship may be terminated at any time, with or without cause.