DSHS FFA Research Associate

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

Research and Data Analysis (RDA) is seeking a Research Associate to join the team! RDA provides data, analytics, and decision support tools to improve the delivery of services that transform lives of clients of Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Health Care Authority (HCA) related to Behavioral Health, Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Justice programs.

In this role, you will function as a lead researcher with statistical and programming expertise in program monitoring and evaluation in the area of behavioral health and forensic mental health services, particularly those projects that require the use of complex integrated client data.

RDA is a national leader in health and human services research. The high-level statistical research and evaluation performed in this role contributes to reports used by the State legislature and executive branch to inform policy, programming and budgeting decisions relating to mental health, criminal justice, and other social areas. Join us today in on or mission to Transform Lives!
Some of what you’ll do:

  • Perform expert-level analyses in SAS or SQL, using advanced mathematical methods to determine program impacts and evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral health programs and policies
  • Analyze complex behavioral health and forensic mental health data from multiple sources using SAS or SQL
  • Conduct sound statistical analyses using SAS and SQL that evaluate the need, demand, use and outcomes of DSHS and HCA services
  • Ensure that studies provide valid, rigorous, professionally sound, policy-relevant and understandable information
  • Integrate and analyze data to produce program monitoring reports and respond to ad hoc queries
  • Identify measurement concepts, reference code sets, source data tables and programming logic required to create SAS or SQL database and data mart tables measuring longitudinal concepts, maximizing the strategic analytic value of extracted data
  • Monitor developments in and changes to social and health measures, data systems and/or performance measures; modify reporting as needed in response to changes

What we’re looking for:

  • Demonstrated experience in participating as a contributing team member with other researchers, analytic programmers, and others to produce high quality research, evaluation, and policy reports
  • Specified knowledge of and experience conducting research related to behavioral health populations and services
  • Understanding of social and health services provided in Washington State
  • Experience using individual-level social and health service agency records to generate risk and outcome data to inform policy, programming decisions, and funding allocations
  • Training and understanding of federal and state confidentiality requirements and human rights protection rules for program evaluation research

Who should apply:
Professionals with a Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, demography, statistics, psychology, or related field. A Master’s degree with some documented experience conducting quantitative, policy-relevant research may substitute for a Ph.D.

At least 2 years of work experience using sophisticated quantitative research methods including design, sampling, and complex multivariate statistical analyses.

At least 3 years of work experience conducting quantitative research regarding the impact of programs, interventions, policy changes, and/or predictive analytics relevant to health or social services.

SAS programming skills and recent (within the past two years) use of SAS for statistical analyses and merging data sets. Recent experience with R or STATA with the willingness to learn SAS may substitute.

Please include with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Questions? Please contact the recruiter at Jourdan.Phipps@dshs.wa.gov and reference #00232

Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of your vaccine status. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made. 

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