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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Health
Job Title: Senior Research Associate
Salary: $40347.84 Annually

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

This position is responsible for enhancing public health practice and service by working with the University Of Kansas Department Of Preventive Medicine – Wichita and other academic partners to strengthen the Sedgwick County Division of Health’s capacity in applied community research and data analysis with particular emphasis on maternal child health and community engagement. The position analyzes data and communicates results of analyses to internal Health Department staff, external health partners and the public. Consultation and collaboration with internal Division of Health staff and external health partners is required. This position provides capacity-building support to the Division of Health by performing program evaluation, strategic planning guidance, data visualization, coalition building and survey development, in addition to providing staff training workshops in those areas.  Work is directed, reviewed and evaluated using established performance indicators and goals.  Data analyses and evaluations performed will guide efforts to improve health of Sedgwick County residents and improve the quality of the work at the Division of Health.


Essential Job Functions:

Manage and analyze public health data, including data related to maternal and child health

  • Analyze data and prepare data briefs and reports for internal and external distribution
  • Participate in Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) meetings and projects

Conduct research projects and provide research expertise

  • Lead at least one research project per year, utilizing primary or secondary data
  • Build partnerships with external partners, including coalitions and organizations involved in maternal and child health

Conduct and or assist with agency capacity building

  • Perform program evaluations
  • Facilitate strategic planning for agency programs
  • Teach, maintain and/or design  public health competency workshops
  • Participate in agency quality improvement activities



Analytical Thinking:  Works systematically and logically to resolve problems, identify causation and anticipate unexpected results.  Manages issues by drawing on own experience and knowledge and calls on other resources as necessary.

Detail-Oriented:  Ensures information is complete and accurate; follows up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.   Follows process steps as outlined in standard operating procedures.  Reviews materials to ensure they are accurate, clear, and concise.  Performs follow-up to ensure quality of work product and/or actions are completed.

Dependability:  Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.

Presentation Skills:  Effectively presents ideas, information and materials to individuals and groups. Effectively prepares and provides structured delivery; facilitates workshops or meetings in a structured manner, can facilitate and manage group process.  Is effective in a variety of formal and informal presentation settings; commands attention and manages group process during the presentation; is cognizant of audience response and able to adapt content and style accordingly.

Ambition:  Demonstrating desire and dedication to achieve goals.   Endeavor to succeed and excel. Possess a desire for change, improvement, and personal accomplishment. Strive to exceed standards and expectations. Pursue work with passion, energy, drive, and a strong accomplishment orientation. Accomplish tasks even when conditions are difficult or deadlines are tight


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   New graduate (not more than one year) from a Ph.D. in Public Health or a relevant discipline or Master of Public Health or related degree with three to five years of research experience.

Years of Experience:  Three to five years of extensive research experience.  One year of experience working in a research team environment. One year of experience or training in program evaluation and survey development. One year of experience writing research reports, publications or other relevant outputs. One year experience with data management and analysis. One year of teaching experience and experience developing and evaluating course offerings.

License, certifications, etc.  Strong computer skills required.

Preferred Qualifications

Years of Experience:  One year of experience or training in maternal and child health data collection, management and analysis. Two years of experience or training in program evaluation and survey development. One research paper submitted to peer-reviewed journal for publication. Two years of teaching experience and developing and evaluating course offerings. One year of work experience in a healthcare clinic or hospital. One year of work experience in a state or local public health department.


Physical Requirements of Position:

Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


Testing/Screening Requested:

Background check, motor vehicle check, pre-employment drug test



• Copier, fax, computer, telephone

• Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

• Ability to operate a motor vehicle

• Long hours looking at computer monitor

• Keyboarding throughout the day


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  M - F, 8:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.m.

Location of work:  1900 E 9th St, Wichita

The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work.)


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20002649

Open Date: 3/22/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 4/22/2018 11:59:59 PM