Leads research associates and assistants and works with multidisciplinary teams across the Province on the development, implementation and evaluation of PPIH research projects. Provides excellence in leading and undertaking multidisciplinary applied research initiatives and directing project staff. Leads independent applied research projects, including program monitoring and evaluations that align with priority areas for PPIH. Activities include study design, evidence synthesis, implementation, management, analyses, and interpretation. Undertakes and oversees grant preparation for portfolio-specific studies. Secures external funding where appropriate. Oversees data analysis (quality improvement and research) and interpretation of PPIH applied research projects. Provides methodological and evaluation consultation to Directors, Senior Analysts, physicians, and scientific staff on the application of appropriate methodologies, data collection, analysis and standards for portfolio specific projects. Presents research and quality improvement evidence in meetings and seminars internal and external to Alberta Health Services (AHS). Provides information and applied research and evaluation evidence to support critical decision making regarding program and service design and impact within Population and Public Health portfolio. Provides methodological and evaluation consultation to Directors, Senior Analysts, physicians and scientific staff on the application of appropriate methodologies, data collection, analysis and standards for portfolio specific projects. Provides direct supervision of project and program staff (research associates and assistants including hiring, performance review and termination). Fosters communication with partners within AHS and beyond (e.g. academic institutions and national/international organizations).
A Doctorate degree in program evaluation, epidemiology, biostatistics or health services research, plus a minimum of 3 years of experience undertaking research in a health related field. A minimum of 5 years of experience conducting program evaluations, complex statistical analyses for epidemiologic and/or health services research. A minimum of 3 years in a health care organization of significant size, complexity and diversity (healthcare experience an asset). Currently possess or will seek an adjunct position within an academic institution or certification in program evaluation. A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development.
Extensive knowledge of quantitative research methodologies and biostatistical analyses including conducting scientific and epidemiologic investigations and evaluations, and translating evidence for informed decision making. Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills. Experience managing multidisciplinary projects that involve multiple stakeholders. Proven ability to liaise with senior leaders in health care, researchers, planners and senior administrators throughout Alberta Health Services, Universities, Alberta Health and Wellness, and outside agencies and organizations. Strong ability to plan, organize and manage short and long term plans and projects and deliver customer-focused results. Excellent critical appraisal skills. Strong conceptual and problem solving skills. Strong organizational skills, influential skills, client focused orientation and commitment to providing quality services. Demonstrated ability to work well in a high-paced team setting and independently.
Experience with strategic and business planning, budgeting, and operations management would be an asset. A combination of education, skills and experience may be considered.