Research Analyst

Employment type: Permanent

Location: Saskatoon

Hours of work: 37.5

Competition number: 21-14

To apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to hr@hqc.sk.ca. This position will remain open until filled. 

The Health Quality Council is committed to equity in its policies and practices. HQC supports diversity in its learning and work environments and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity practices. We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. HQC is actively seeking to reach a diverse pool of candidates and strongly encourages First Nations, Métis and Inuit, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to apply.  

Job Description

The position reports to the Manager of Analytics. The position has no direct reports but may be asked to oversee tasks performed by students/trainees.

Position purpose:

  • Apply analytical methods to administrative and other data sources to generate evidence that achieves research objectives aligned with HQC’s operational priorities.
  • Expand the use of advanced analytics in the province by building capability of HQC research partners.

Outcomes expected:

  • Provide expertise on statistical analysis feasibility, methodology, and interpretation of findings to internal and external team members, including students/trainees, to deliver the required outputs for achieving HQC’s research priorities.
  • Execute data extractions and linkages using secondary (i.e., administrative) and/or primary data sources to prepare data for further analysis to achieve HQC’s research objectives.
  • Independently undertake advanced-level statistical analysis and produce outputs with interpretation; applying knowledge of study design, data limitations, and assumptions of specific analytic approaches used to achieve HQC’s research objectives.
  • Contribute to development of reports, peer and non-peer reviewed articles, presentations (e.g., knowledge translation activity) with relevant internal and external audiences.
  • Develop and document methods (e.g., analyst and researcher documentation) to ensure data quality standards are met.
  • Develop and improve internal data infrastructure processes including data knowledge, data quality assurance, macro quality assurance, and data privacy (i.e., data checks, macro maintenance, data transfers) to ensure accurate and effective delivery of research outputs.
  • Maintain effective relationships and communication with relevant data working groups or committees, as delegated/assigned by a Director or Manager of Analytics.

Standards:

Technical/professional:

  • Analytical outputs for assigned research projects are consistently completed on target and within the parameters set by the Manager of Analytics. Ensures analytical methods are documented and regularly updated.
  • Demonstrates advanced proficiency with SAS programming, Python, or R, as well as other data analysis and data visualization software to achieve assigned research objectives.
  • Consistently demonstrates expert level skill in one or more areas of statistical design and analysis (e.g., Logistic Regression, Multiple Regression, Poisson and/or Negative Binomial Regression, Timeto Event [Survival] analysis, Factor Analysis, Hierarchical or Longitudinal Regression, Propensity Score Methods, Predictive Modeling, Machine Learning) to create analytical plans.
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of epidemiology to contribute to study design and interpretation of analytical results.

Behavioural:

  • Cultural Diversity and Responsiveness – Demonstrates, through words and actions, a commitment to cultural diversity and responsiveness.
  • Leadership – demonstrates personal leadership with the desire to enable others and foster the ongoing learning or development of self and others, shares information and promotes individual effectiveness and promotes team effectiveness and feedback by:
    • Giving directions or demonstrations with rationale as a learning strategy for others.
    • Soliciting input from team members to solve problems and generate solutions.
    • Giving individuals specific feedback for developmental purposes on a regular basis.
    • Allowing people to learn from mistakes and reassures others after a setback.
    • Even in “difficult” cases, finding something constructive to say and motivates individuals to continue or improve performance.
    • Understanding and managing the emotions of self and others.
  • Adaptive Capacity – deals, participates and advocates the advantages of change by:
    • Activity inquiring knowledge, skills, and ability to remain current with job requirements.
    • Utilizing existing resources to deal with new demands or tasks.
    • Identifying and brining froward obstacles to change.
    • Managing change effectively; implementing new methods and systems.
    • Switching to a different strategy when an initially selected one is unsuccessful.
    • Demonstrating a willingness to modify a strongly held position in the face of contrary evidence.
  • Results Orientation – takes personal responsibility for results, creates own measures of excellence, improves performance, sets, and works to meet challenging goals, by:
    • Setting challenging goals with objective performance indicators, and measures success against these.
    • Analyzing costs, benefits, and risks of different activities, making decisions and setting priorities based on potential value created.
    • Identifying significant barriers (i.e., technical) to project team performance and persists over an extended period in overcoming them.
    • Identifying and manages risk to achieve significant performance gains.
  • Continuous Improvement – has interest and keeps current in own field of expertise, keeps current with organizational changes, and links knowledge to current needs by:
    • Demonstrating an in-depth understanding of potential solutions in areas of expertise / work that could impact the organization.
    • Seeing applicability of current or emerging approaches, tools, methods and/or technologies in other health systems to improve health care quality in Saskatchewan.
    • Incorporating learning from past successes and failures when developing new processes and methodologies.
  • Decisive Insight – breaks down problems, analyzes problems to reach decisions, uses strategies and conducts in-depth analysis to solve problems, by:
    • Using a variety of conceptual frameworks to examine problems.
    • Making multiple causal links: several potential causes of events, several consequences of actions, or multiple part chains of events.
    • Anticipating obstacles and thinks ahead about next steps.
    • Interpreting data to provide usable insights for the organization and customers.
    • Staying grounded in available evidence to inform decisions, even in emotionally charged situations.
  • Building Partnerships – The ability to build relationships, collaborate effectively, and solidify relationships, by:
    • Developing collaborative relationships with stakeholders with the explicit intent to share information/resources and advance the objectives of both groups.
    • Providing value to stakeholder relationships by giving them information or assistance when no specific project/initiative is underway.
    • Actively seeking to learn from others on one’s team.
    • Engaging others through open and planned communication.
    • Building relationships based on personal trust, credibility and expertise, not formal power, or hierarchy.
  • Strategic Thinking – understands strategies, thinks in strategic (future-oriented) terms, and aligns own priorities to organizational objectives, by:
    • Assessing and linking short and mid-term actions and priorities in the context of long-term organization strategies.
    • Reviewing own and team’s actions and priorities against the organization’s objectives and adjusts actions/priorities accordingly.
    • Developing and defines own work and development goals in line with organizational objectives.
    • Understanding competing organizational priorities.
  • Communication – listens actively and responsively and uses multiple actions to influence, calculates impact of actions or words, uses complex or indirect methods of communication, by:
    • Clearly expressing ideas using both written and oral communication.
    • Adapting style and approach, maintaining own integrity, to suit different audiences.
    • Challenging the status quo, presenting new ideas and effectively handling potential conflicts.
    • Addressing counter arguments with well-considered responses; demonstrating flexibility in approach and language.
    • Interpreting information beyond what is said, especially where thoughts, concerns or feelings are poorly expressed by others.
    • Effectively reasoning/negotiating with others by clearly articulating concepts/strategies and focusing on how new ideas can achieve HQC’s mission.
    • Demonstrating the ability to see things from another’s perspective, responsive to others’ feelings.
    • Building networks of support for ideas and/or initiatives.

Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, computer science, social science, or similar relevant quantitative discipline.
  • A minimum of 2 years statistical analysis experience in a team-based research environment, preferably with research involving administrative (health or other public sector) and/or clinical databases.
  • Employees must also provide and maintain a satisfactory criminal record check.
  • Employees must be fully vaccinated or will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.