Data Science And Engineering Unit Supervisor Doh

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent WA Washington State Department of Health, 111 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501, United States Apply before 6/17/2024 11:59


This is a remote, full-time, and permanent position.

Senior Epidemiologist

As the Senior Epidemiologist, you will lead and direct the Data Science and Modernization Unit, supervising a team of data scientists. You will serve as a subject matter expert in data science and public health informatics, overseeing the development, maintenance, and enhancement of data systems. Your work will support public health surveillance, program evaluation, policy making, and more. This role offers the opportunity to make a significant impact on public health through innovative data science and informatics strategies.


  • Plan and oversee improvements to health information systems in CHS.
  • Provide expert support in informatics, including programming, troubleshooting, and system operation during emergencies.
  • Develop and implement new AI and machine learning technologies to enhance CHS operations.
  • Manage efforts to improve interoperability and migrate data systems to the cloud.
  • Apply epidemiology, data science, and informatics principles to improve data collection and analysis.
  • Conduct statistical analysis and interpret data for reports and presentations.
  • Write grant and IRB applications to support data science initiatives.
  • Engage stakeholders to manage changes resulting from data science activities.
  • Document work processes and collaborate with public health stakeholders.
  • Develop and monitor performance measures for data services.
  • Set vision and expectations for the Data Science Unit.
  • Plan and oversee unit work, focusing on quality and visibility.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring for staff growth and engagement.
  • Manage personnel matters including recruitment, evaluation, and corrective action.
  • Guide the work of data science specialists and epidemiologists.
  • Conduct performance reviews and maintain position descriptions.
  • Ensure staff access to training and technology to meet customer needs.
  • Contribute to CHS leadership as part of the expanded leadership team.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • You must meet one of the following options, in addition to meeting the specified criteria listed below.
    1. Option 1: An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience to option 2 & 3.
  1. Option 2: A Master’s Degree in epidemiology, data science, public health, statistics, social sciences, or a closely-related field with coursework in epidemiology, data science, statistics, research, research design, biostatistics, or closely related areas. AND 3+ years of experience in epidemiology, data science, public health data analysis, or a closely-related field.
  1. Option 3: PhD in epidemiology, data science, public health, statistics, social sciences, or a closely-related field with coursework in epidemiology, data science, statistics, research, research design, biostatistics, or closely related areas.
  • 2+ years of experience using quantitative and data management software such as R, Python, and Julia.
  • 3+ of experience working with large SQL-based databases.
  • 3+ of experience managing or analyzing health-related data, including disease surveillance data, vital records data, hospital administrative data, and healthcare claims data.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage R packages.
  • Demonstrated expertise in interoperability modernization efforts, including but not limited to FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of biostatistics and mathematical principles, such as Generalized Linear Models and Generalized Additive Models.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical distributions commonly used in death rate modeling, including the Poisson distribution, over-dispersed Poisson distribution, and multivariate normal distribution.

Preferred Experience and Desired Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of experience using quantitative and data management software such as R, Rust, Python and/or Julia. 
  • 4+ experience working with large SQL-based databases or data warehouses.
  • Demonstrated experience automating data transfer, processing, and analysis. 
  • Training in Public Health Informatics
  • Training in Data Science techniques such as machine learning and AI development/implementation

Our ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following interpersonal skills and competencies:

  • Cultural humility by embracing diverse perspectives and honoring various cultures. 
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion, removing barriers, championing social justice, and fostering a sense of belonging. 
  • Using an outward mindset to fuel impactful contributions and blending your personal expertise with collaborative achievements. 
  • Problem-solving and crafting effective solutions while communicating clearly across different mediums. 
  • Dedication to customer service and navigating diverse interactions to build strong organizational relationships. 
  • Your technical competence should shine, making you an invaluable asset to our team!

Location and Flexibility 

This is a remote position available to applicants residing anywhere in Washington State, as well as those living near the Oregon/Washington border and the Idaho/Washington border. Attending events or working In-office is rarely required and would be scheduled in advance at the DOH office located in Tumwater, WA.

Benefits and Lifestyle

We prioritize your work-life balance and offer one of the most competitive benefits packages nationwide, tailored to support your lifestyle. Discover more about "Why DOH" by visiting .

About Us

The Center for Health Statistics (CHS)

The Center for Health Statistics (CHS) is the cornerstone of reliable health data in Washington, gathering and disseminating vital information ranging from official state records to behavioral risk factors and hospitalizations. CHS is also a vital resource for individuals seeking documentation for identity, age, and relationships, offering inclusive services like legal name changes, expanded sex designations, and parentage records. For accurate certificates and insightful health statistics, connect with CHS today.

DCHS - Empowering Health through Data and Collaboration!

The Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics (DCHS), nestled within the Executive Office of Health and Science, pioneers innovative approaches to deliver high-quality information, vital records, and assessment services. Collaborating with a diverse array of partners, including state, local, and tribal entities, DCHS is committed to taking proactive public health measures, shaping policy, and conducting assessments aimed at enhancing the well-being of Washington's communities. With approximately 500 dedicated professionals spread across various departments, including the Center for Health Statistics and Public Health Laboratories, DCHS is at the forefront of promoting healthier outcomes for all.

We are the Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

At DOH, we safeguard public health in an ever-evolving world. Through collaboration with local health jurisdictions and state, federal, and private partners, our programs, and services impact every Washingtonian and visitor daily. We're driven by Equity, Innovation, and Engagement, as outlined in our for the future of Washington health.

Application Directions:

  • To apply, please click "Apply" to complete the application, including attaching your Resume, Cover Letter, and References (at least 3 professional references including a supervisor, a peer, and someone you’ve supervised or led (if applicable)).
  • Do not submit private information including social security numbers, year of birth, etc. 
  • The hiring manager WILL NOT review additional supplemental attachments. DO NOT attach or submit the following:
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    2. Transcripts
    3. Certifications or Diplomas
    4. Projects or Portfolios
    5. Letters of Recommendation

Veterans Preference: Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and birth year.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:  We regard diversity as the foundation of our strength, recognizing that differing insights and abilities enable us to reflect the unique needs of the communities we serve.  

DOH is an equal-opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination based on race/ethnicity/color, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, marital status, the presence or perception of a disability, veteran’s status, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.

Representation: This position is covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.     

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Conditions of Employment:

I am prepared, with or without accommodations, to do the following:

  • Commit to a full-time 40-hour work week schedule (flexible work schedule requests must be approved supervisor).
  • Communicate through applications such as MS Teams and MS Outlook, and by phone while working remotely.
  • Adjust my work schedule occasionally to align with business needs, which may entail working evenings and weekends.
  • Perform my job duties either remotely from home or in-person at the designated DOH site location.
  • Travel periodically within the state of Washington.
  • Possess the legal ability to operate a state or privately-owned vehicle or arrange alternative transportation for official state business.
  • Engage in emergency response exercises and high-priority assignments as assigned during emergency events.