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Seattle Indian Health Board
Job Description: Primary Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Scientific Director, the epidemiologist is responsible for coordinating and leading epidemiological investigations on cancers affecting the urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. This includes advanced assessments and analysis of cancer mortality, associated risk factors and behaviors, and related morbidities. The individual will also assist and provide expert epidemiological, scientific, and technical leadership in designing and conducting scientific investigation, analysis, and review specific to the incidence and prevalence of cancer in the urban AI/AN population. Information, results, and findings will expand on current knowledge regarding the public health of urban AI/AN, traditional practices, behaviors, health outcomes, and risk factors. In addition, the selected candidate will be responsible for conducting advanced professional analytical work in cancer surveillance, detection, research, evaluation and prevention, and interpreting and presenting scientific findings and results.

Primary Duties:

• Designs, coordinates, and conducts case control, cohort, longitudinal, or cross sectional studies to identify the incidence, prevalence, causes, or correlations of cancer morbidity and mortality for urban AI/AN using a variety of epidemiological and statistical methods.
• Prepares formal written report of studies, assessments, or evaluations of work, including the epidemiology, methods used, statistical findings, and interpretation of results.
• Coordinates and leads epidemiological investigation of cancers affecting the urban AI/AN population in the United States.
• Performs bio-statistical analyses of cancer data, which include but not limited to variance analysis, trend analysis, multiple logistic regression, survival analysis, correlation analysis, spatial analysis.
• Conducts complex or specialized work assignments in scientific investigations of cancer under the direction of the Scientific Director using advanced analytic methods, such as mathematical modeling, inferential analysis, predictive analytics, cost analysis, Bayesian estimates, and small area estimates.
• Gathers, analyzes, interprets, and presents cancer data, including data from national, state and local surveillance systems, surveys, and clinical data from the network of Urban Indian Health programs (UIHPs) and assures integrity of data
• Identifies, obtains, and evaluates new cancer data sources for use to assess the health status of urban AI/ANs.
• Provides epidemiological consultation and technical assistance regarding cancer to various public, private, nonprofit, national, state, and local health agencies and organizations, with a focus on UIHPs and other AI/AN serving organizations.
• Prepares responses to requests for cancer data and information.
• Effectively translates and disseminates findings to diverse audiences, including developing reports, manuscripts, and data briefs, and making oral presentations.
• Participates in writing grants and other funding proposals.
• Requires specialized knowledge of AI/AN culture and the pathogenesis of cancer.

Qualifications:
Education: Graduate degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology or statistics.
Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in an applied epidemiology or research setting. Applicants must demonstrate experience performing both analytical and project management work. Experience working with AI/AN populations preferred.

Skills/Knowledge:
• Familiarity with health and social issues facing AI/ANs and a desire to promote the delivery of appropriate health services to this population.
• Intermediate to advance statistical and analytic skills and knowledge of research methods and design, data collection, and analysis.
• Develop, facilitate, and coordinate complex cancer assessments with minimal supervision providing recommendations to Scientific Director.
• Proficient with using standard statistical computer software, such as Stata or SAS, with minimal assistance.
• Experience preparing data for analysis and conduction data analyses with minimal assistance
• Proficient with epidemiological and bio-statistical principles and methods.
• Experience managing complex projects.
• Advanced experience with spreadsheets and database systems.
• Knowledge of applied research methods and techniques.
• Familiarity with national, state, and local surveillance data and/or surveys.
• Knowledge of processes involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and/or services.
• Excellent writing, speaking ability, and strong interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to explain methodology and findings in lay terms.

Ability to:
• Communicate medical, statistical, and public health concepts to technical and community audiences
• Coordinate multiple complex projects effectively.
• Work independently and in teams to meet project deadlines.
• Exercise initiative and judgment to accomplish assigned tasks.
• Proficiently use of software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, and statistical analysis software (e.g. Stata, R, SAS, SPSS).
• Write and prepare reports, briefs, and other dissemination materials.
• Effectively present information to a variety of scientific and community audiences with varying degrees of familiarity with epidemiological and statistical methods and principles.
• Manage multiple ongoing projects in an environment of changing priorities and critical deadlines.
• Take initiative while establishing strong, collaborative interpersonal relationships with colleagues at all levels and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Necessary Special Requirements: Successful completion of background check.
Location: Seattle, WA

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