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Job Title: Senior Public Health Informatics Scientist
Job Number: 17-42
Organization: Southern Nevada Health District
Posted: 9/12/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Informatics
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Las Vegas,  NV    USA
Position Description: To plan, direct, administer and develop resources and personnel to support the bi- directional exchange of data and promote interoperability between disparate health information systems; collect, extract, transform and link data from multiple sources to identify, interpret and report meaningful patterns to improve population health; identify and procure external funding through grants, partnerships and other funding mechanisms to develop and promulgate system requirements, standards and specifications of a public health technology architecture to exchange public health and medical record data and create the infrastructure to support public health investigations.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED •Receives general direction from the Chief Health Officer or his designee. •Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES – This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

•Interface with the Chief Health Officer or his designee and internal user groups to develop the informatics system for the SNHD •Select, train and motivate staff; provide for staff professional development; work with employees to correct deficiencies; invoke disciplinary procedures when necessary •Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for staff; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems, assign work activities; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work methods and procedures •Develop and install custom software and integrate with third party software tools; identify and implement tool improvement needs •Participate in the development of the assigned program budget; forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; recommend budget adjustments as necessary; oversee all processes and requirements for grant funding •Maintain and continuously evolve knowledge of public health informatics in order to recommend modifications, enhancements and upgrades to the SNHD informatics program •Provide technical guidance to public health informatics group as well as other internal and external customers •Develop and direct specific public health informatics projects; provide project management to ensure that projects are completed by the scheduled due date, in accordance with project requirements and within the project budget •Conduct periodic project reviews and provide regular project status reports to senior management •Develop and maintain relationships with other public health organizations and outside vendors currently involved with informatics in order to share information and experience •Participate in vendor evaluations and contract negotiations; provide contract administration •Evaluate and recommend tools to incorporate in the informatics system •Provide strategic, capacity and technology planning for the informatics group •Ensure security of data and access to data •Identification and use of clinical data standards, clinical decision support, integration of data, work flow analysis, and jurisdiction or state level policies and practices •Analyze, critique, and recommend agency actions related to public health informatics, adoption, effective use of information, health information exchange, interoperability, technical aspects of clinical information systems to improve community or population health, and organization process and performance •Solve complex issues requiring coordination, technical ability, and knowledge of computer and information systems to evaluate alternatives. •Coordinate adoption of health data standards, message formats and transport mechanisms that facilitate interoperability between public health and other information systems. •Identify and engage stakeholders required for informatics projects related to health information exchange, Accountable Care Act, and public health reporting for CMS Meaningful Use Program •Perform related duties and responsibilities as required

Knowledge of: In addition to the knowledge required of the Public Health Informatics Scientist I/II: •Principles and practices of providing supervision, training and performance direction to a highly technical staff •Principles of budget preparation and control •Elements of strategic planning •Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations •Principles and practices of project management •Principles and practices of software development •Grant development and procurement •Practices involving the collection, extraction, transformation, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data from multiple sources. •Knowledge of and practices involving the types of population health analytics. •Clinical standards and transport Ability to: In addition to the abilities required of the Public Health Informatics Scientist I/II •Organize, direct and review the work of professional and highly technical staff •Select, continuously train on advances in technology, and evaluate staff •Manage multiple projects and coordinate project resources •Understand and follow oral and written instructions •Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise reports for senior management •Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work •Work independently in the absence of supervision

Qualifications: Training Equivalent to a master’s degree from an accredited school with a focus in public health informatics, health care informatics, biomedical informatics, or another informatics field. A relevant doctorate degree is preferred.

Experience Minimum six years of work experience in informatics including experience in conducting and/or supporting scientific investigations or data architecture management. Two years of lead or supervisory experience is preferable.

WORKING CONDITIONS • May perform district services with individuals having various disease exposures • Required to drive a vehicle • Required to use computers for extended periods of time

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver’s license

CONDITIONS: New employees must complete Incident Command System training, ICS 100, ICS 200 and NIMS as a condition of continuing employment, prior to the completion of the probationary period.


Organization Description: The Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas Nevada is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The health district serves more than 1.7 million residents, which is 70 percent of Nevada’s total population. Also, the district is responsible for safeguarding the public health of more than 37 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.

Closing Date: 12/12/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Kimberly Monahan,  Senior Public Health Informatics Scientist
Contact Location: 330 S. Valley View

Las Vegas   NV  89183
Contact Location: 330 S. Valley View
  Las Vegas   NV  89183
Contact Phone: 702-759-1109 
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