Researcher/Data Analyst, Mental Health

New York City DEPT OF HEALTH/MENTAL HYGIENE - Queens, NY4.0

Full-time$73,000 - $84,000 a year
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The Bureau of Mental Health is responsible for mental health service delivery to residents of New York City. The Bureau fulfills this responsibility by managing the development, implementation, and oversight of ongoing and new mental health initiatives for all New York City residents. The Bureau is also responsible for procuring and overseeing more than 400 treatment, rehabilitation, housing, case management, and advocacy contracted programs in addition to court-mandated Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Single Point of Access for people with serious mental illness, NYC Supportive Treatment And Recovery Team for people with first episode psychosis, NYC Safe and the Mental Health Service Corps. The Bureau aims to ensure full access to quality, community-integrated, recovery focused care for all residents and is committed to implementing ThriveNYC, the mental health roadmap for all.

The Office of Research and Evaluation supports Bureau Leadership and Bureau Offices by providing surveillance, needs assessment research, and general research and data support. They directly support the work of all of the offices in the Bureau of Mental Health with data cleaning and analysis of population level and program-specific data. In addition, they inform the larger public through publications and presentations.

The Researcher/Data Analyst will:
  • Support the Office of Research and Evaluation in the planning, development, and implementation of Bureau-wide research and surveillance activities.
  • Participate in study design and questionnaire development for mental health surveys, mental health needs assessment surveys, and epidemiologic investigations of mental health related clusters of cases
  • Design, conduct, and interpret analysis on both survey data (Community Health Survey, Social Determinants of Health, mental health surveys, etc.) and administrative datasets as they relate to mental health (SPARCS psychiatric data, Vital Statistics suicide death data, data from epidemiologic investigations, etc.) to evaluate the prevalence, patterns and trends of mental health outcomes, patterns and trends of service utilization, and associations with social determinants of mental health.
  • Pre-process, clean, and prepare data for analysis using SAS, SUDAAN, and/or R; document data management procedures.
  • Develop reports and data briefs to communicate the results of analysis in clear and meaningful ways to a lay audience.
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations and write scientific articles for publication.
  • Conduct literature reviews to inform study design, measure selection, analysis design, and outcome measures.
  • Serve on workgroups/cross-agency committees regarding mental health research and data.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

NOTE:
Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
Preferred Skills
  • The successful candidate will have 3-5 years full time experience processing, cleaning, manipulating, and analyzing large datasets using statistical software such as SAS, SUDAAN and/or ‘R’. Experience with SQL and other languages a plus.
  • The candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience with scientific writing. Competency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is strongly preferred.
  • The individual will possess project management skills as well as an ability to easily adapt to multiple programmatic and/or functional areas.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-disciplinary team environment;
  • A background and experience in research and data analysis with a focus on population and sample based epidemiological methods is highly desirable.
Additional Information

**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.
  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.
  • Current Resume
  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)
Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.

**LOAN FORGIVENESS

The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

"FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
To Apply
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 397018.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.