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Data Modernization Project Director

Company: State of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job DescriptionLooking to start a new career in a stable environment with an excellent work/life balance? Well this position with the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) may be just what you are looking for. DHHS currently has a wide array of information systems actively used throughout the department. DHHS data modernization leadership along with other DHHS staff and outside partners, will assess current systems: including data stores, data exchanges and interoperability, AVR tools, reporting mechanisms, and opportunities for consolidation. We will identify gaps in existing processes and resources for the ways data are collected, stored, and reported. We will identify and evaluate national platforms and services as part of solutions for meeting gaps identified. Most of the system needs already identified revolve around expanding the interconnectivity of DHHS data sources and stores, transforming data into a common data model, standardizing and automating DHHS ability to report to federal organizations, and expanding capabilities of existing systems to generate AVR for local health departments and the public. DHHS will assess workforce capacity to implement modernization and improved interoperability as well as capacity for data management and analysis to identify gaps and necessary training. We will identify necessary skills and available training opportunities to address needs for existing staff as well as evaluating options for non-staff capacity. Technical assistance support from CDC will be necessary in identifying opportunities and resources. Once assessments are complete DHHS will use them to develop the required modernization plans for system infrastructure and workforce development. The plans will address all of the identified gaps and needs in addition to considering all identified opportunities for improvement. We will focus on solutions that improve scalability, interoperability, and sustainability, including cloud infrastructure and shared services. Here''s the original year 1 milestones for this position-Complete gap analysis and needs assessment for DHHS systems-Complete workforce capabilities assessment-Develop system modernization and workforce development plans PRINCIPLE DUTIES Grant requirements are:Tier 1 - Core Data Modernization Infrastructure [Required Strategies and Activities]Strategy 1: Understand, coordinate, and lead data modernization efforts in the jurisdiction1a. Lead and coordinate data modernization efforts, funded either in this award or in other awards (e.g., ELC COVID &/or Core funding) to prevent duplication of efforts, in the health jurisdictioni. Identify staff to lead data modernization efforts in the recipient''s jurisdiction, and request funding for supporting staff if needed. The lead will be responsible for ensuring a gap analysis, needs assessment and workforce development plan are completed.ii. The DMI Lead should ideally be placed to ensure that the recipient takes an enterprise approach to implementation of modernization activities. The DMI Lead should be able to lead and/or coordinate DMI activities across all diseases and conditions addressed by the health department. It is expected that the DMI Lead will include all offices (e.g. informatics, public health labs, reportable conditions, vital records, and others)impacted by DMI work within the jurisdiction to appropriately select and move forward on modernization strategies in a coordinated and collaborative fashion. 1b. Document and understand workforce, data, and health information system needs and opportunitiesi. Assess and report: 1) the current state of data and health information systems and services, including data exchange and information systems supporting epidemiology and laboratory, and identify opportunities for modernization and improved interoperability, including across health department programs; and 2) workforce capacity, gaps, and opportunities to improve data and health information system modernization. This should include assessing the jurisdiction''s data science capability, and workforce development program to identify opportunities for modernization and improved interoperability, including across health department programs, and details of opportunities and challenges for intra-jurisdictional and inter-state and federal data sharing.ii. Using the assessment outcomes, recipients are expected to develop a 1) full data modernization plan for IT and informatics infrastructure used to support epidemiology and laboratory work in the jurisdiction that includes forward-looking use of scalable, sustainable shared services and cloud-infrastructure, and 2) a workforce development plan that includes how existing gaps will be addressed and how modernization efforts will be supported. Training, fellows, direct assistance, and technical assistance should all be considered in addition to contractual and full-time staff.iii. When developing the implementation plan for Strategy 1b, Milestones should include performing or requesting technical assistance to complete assessments and developing plans for system(s) modernization and workforce development plan. Jurisdictions interested in requesting technical assistance should reach out to[Click Here to Email Your Resum] to discuss resources. CDC is currently developing an assessment tool that will be shared with all recipients.Strategy 2. Accelerate data and health information system modernization2a. Implement workforce enhancements to accelerate data modernizationi. Improve access to high-quality and technically appropriate trainings or other learning activities. Identify technical content and provide access to training to improve competencies supporting data and health information system modernization. Learning should be tailored to address gaps and opportunities to modernize data and health information systems and can include online trainings, acquisition of licenses to massive open online courses (MOOC), collaboration with academic institutions, sending staff to be trained at in-person courses, and participation in peer-to-peer learning. Outputs from strategy 1 should inform this activity in future years. The implementation plan, in the workplan, should discuss how trainings and learning activities will relate to known gaps and opportunities.ii. Conduct workforce enhancement activities to support data and health information system modernization aligned with competencies to ensure the recipient''s workforce has the needed knowledge and skills. Explain how the results and outputs from strategy 1 will inform the proposed activities.iii. Propose a project to expand workforce capability through requests for technical assistance, direct assistance, or shared consultative services between one or more recipients to address identified needs to modernize data and health information systems. Technical assistance can include requests for fellows, assistance from funded partner organizations, or short-term support from CDC subject matter experts. 2b. Accelerate improvements to data quality, exchange, management, and usei. Propose one (1) or more projects that use shared services or infrastructure to enhance existing or facilitate new data exchange or information system functionality. Projects may include services and infrastructure located outside of the recipient''s jurisdiction; existing services and infrastructure in the jurisdiction for use by others; or building new services and infrastructure. Given limited resources available, proposals should include incremental or scalable activities.ii. Propose other innovative projects for modernizing data quality, exchange, management, sharing, and use. THE IDEAL CANDIDATE Our ideal candidate will have:Project Management SkillsTechnical Skills and KnowledgeFacilitation SkillsCommunication SkillsOrganizational SkillsPREFERENCES The hiring manager may identify additional related skills and requirements as preferences in making hiring and promotion decisions.SO WHY APPLY?This is your chance to affect a real change in Utah''s future. This is an opportunity for a new career which rewards your knowledge, professional abilities, caring nature, and efforts. This position offers a rich benefits package with 11 paid holidays per year. Annual leave accrued at 4 hours per pay period and increasing over time and sick leave accrued at 4 hours of leave per pay period. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Other employee incentives and bonuses are also available. Please click HERE for a page where you can review these and other benefits.If offered this position, your continued employment will be contingent upon passing a background check and review. This check will include fingerprinting at various DHHS locations for your convenience. There will be no cost to you and fingerprinting will be completed on the first day of employment or shortly thereafter. You may review the policy by clicking HERE. Supplemental InformationRisks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.If offered this position, your continued employment will be contingent upon passing a background check and review. This check will include fingerprinting at various DHHS locations for your convenience. There will be no cost to you and fingerprinting will be completed on the first day of employment or shortly thereafter.Occasional in state, out of state, overnight and weekend travel may be required. Be aware that salary ranges specified reflect a minimum starting and top of range dollar amount. Actual rate per hour will be determined by evaluation of qualifications and skills of the individual and the availability of monies through budget and grants or by following DHRM rule.

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