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Data Analyst

at Harris County

Posted: 7/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2407449

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

Under the direction of the Senior Policy Planner- Community Health, the Data Analyst will perform a variety of data collection, analysis and reporting activities to support initiatives across the Harris County Public Health (HCPH) organization. The employee will collaborate with staff across HCPH, residents and stakeholders to monitor and assess community health indicators using innovative and streamlined approaches that inform organizational strategy, planning and operations; community health needs assessments and improvement planning; policy development and strategic partnerships.        

Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting / Technical Assistance:

  • Develops and maintains a systematic process for collecting, analyzing and reporting community health indicator data and related information using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Performs descriptive statistical analyses and makes statistical inferences (e.g. tests of statistical significance) occasionally.
  • Responds to ad-hoc data requests and provides technical support to HCPH staff.
  • Develops engaging data products using visualization and storytelling methods to create community health profiles, data summaries, presentations, dashboards and reports that are culturally and linguistically appropriate and/or tailored to the intended audience.
  • Employs methods for engaging affected individuals/residents in data collection, analysis and reporting activities where appropriate.
    • Data will focus on describing community or population health outcomes (e.g. infant mortality) as well as factors that affect health (education, civic engagement, employment, the environment, inequities, community assets).
Data Management, Documentation and Data Integrity / Technical Assistance:
  • Supports ongoing development and maintenance of a data catalog for community health and related data (e.g. social or economic determinants of health, etc) which includes but is not limited to developing and maintaining documentation that provides context and technical aspects of the data (e.g. metadata) to ensure data integrity, proper use and interpretation as data are shared.
  • Evaluates validity and reliability of data; ensures proper comparability of data (e.g. across years, methods, populations); ensures ethical principles and HIPAA compliance in the sharing of data; and develops data sharing agreements as necessary.
Data innovation:
  • Works with traditional and non-traditional partners on innovative solutions for integrating the collection, analysis and/or reporting of community health data with other types of data or information to support comprehensive, multi-sector and resident-engaged approaches to community health improvement.
  • Works with other data experts across HCPH  to identify strategies for optimal use of unexplored data (e.g. open data, HCPH mobile app, social media) and data visualization.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.


  • Bachelor's degree in Data Analytics/Science, Demography, Economics/Social Sciences, Health Services Research, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, or related field from an accredited college or university; and
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience performing data collection, analysis, and reporting on social, economic, demographic and health data using quantitative and qualitative methods.
Additional Requirements:
  • Experience analyzing data using statistical software (e.g. SPSS, STATA) to calculate mortality or rates, measures of association, confidence intervals and tests of significance.
  • Experience in data management, data documentation (e.g. metadata, technical notes, etc) and data integrity maintenance.
  • Experience producing data products, translating technical information into easy-to-understand formats (e.g. dashboards or other visualization tools/techniques).
  • Intermediate to advanced level competency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Intermediate to advanced level competency in statistical software, such as SPSS or Stata.

NOTE: To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history.  Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.


  • Master's degree preferred with coursework in Qualitative Methods, Epidemiology, Health Statistics, Economics, and/or Health Communications.
  • Competency in GIS mapping software, Power Bi, Tableau or other tools for data visualization.
  • Competency in qualitative data analysis software, such as Nvivo.

General Information


  • Houston (Main Office)
  • 40 Hours per Week
  • Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview
  • Based on 26 Pa Periods

Additional Information - Core Competencies
Organizational Leadership
  • Understands the organizational mission.
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust.
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group.
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs.
  • Ability to adapt to change.
Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics
  • Uses sound judgment.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Written and verbal English competency.
  • Able to read and follow directions.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to advertised closing date.