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DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES Research Specialist III in AUSTIN, Texas

Job/Position DescriptionResearch Specialist IIIUnder the supervision of the Director of the Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch and the Principal Investigator of the CDC-funded birth defects surveillance cooperative agreement (grant), the Research Specialist III will coordinate or contribute to various grant activities and grant-related projects. Develops or assists with developing new projects related to the CDC surveillance grant. Oversees or assists with the reporting of birth defect cases to CDC. Coordinates and/or contributes to grant-related data quality initiatives. Assists with coordinating grant-related meetings. Provides guidance and carries out various tasks as member of the grant team. Carries out other duties as assigned.Essential Job Functions(30%) Develops or assists with developing new projects related to the CDC-funded cooperative agreement (grant) for birth defects surveillance. Coordinates and/or contributes to the development of a new data management system for surveillance data. Works with other Branch staff and grant team to develop needs assessments and tools for building surveillance capacity and exchanging data with electronic health records.(20%) Oversees or assists with the implementation and maintenance for line-item and other types of reporting of selected birth defects to CDC. Works with Branch staff and grant team to ensure that data are cleaned and checked by others prior to submission. (15%) Coordinates and/or contributes to grant-related data quality initiatives. Works with Branch staff, grant team, and CDC in the development, piloting, and reporting of data quality index measures with CDC. Documents new strategies to meet data completeness, accuracy, and timeliness. Identifies and documents staff practices and events that influence data quality.(15%) Assists with coordinating meetings with grant team and for various grant-related projects. Activities may include setting up meetings and inviting appropriate people, developing agendas, sharing relevant meeting handouts, and developing and disseminating meeting minutes. (10%) Serves as member and consultant for grant team. Provides guidance and carries out tasks as needed. Assists Branch staff and grant team with referral initiative for families/children with selected birth defects. Performs literature searches and reviews literature. Assists with managing publication listings and abstract/manuscript approvals for Branch. Develops or contributes to slide sets, other visuals, documents, and abstracts stemming from grant-related projects. (10%) Carries out other duties as assigned.Registrations, Licensure Requirements or CertificationsNoneKnowledge Skills AbilitiesKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies. Knowledge of medical terminology.Skill in conducting qualitative and quantitative research, in the use of a computer and applicable software, and in using statistical tools and programs. Ability to plan, organize, and administer research projects; to evaluate research data; to ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity; to interpret and publish research findings; to communicate effectively; and to provide guidance to others. Initial Screening CriteriaPrefer work experience with grants or grant-related projects https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/CareerPortal/job\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=485669 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

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