This position is located within the Research and Development Service at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System in Salt Lake City, UT. The Health Science Specialist - Research Database Manager performs professional database development, coordination and technical management in a comprehensive research setting, providing day-to-day management and site support for the VA Research Program. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/24/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Individual Occupation Requirement: You must have successfully completed a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree, with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the Health Science Specialist - Research Database Manager position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: applying knowledge of concepts, principles and practices in database development and management to support a health services research program; interpreting research data and recognizing errors and the possible causes; developing new methods, approaches or procedures in coordination of research projects and clinical studies; analyzing clinical/health research data and preparing reports utilizing statistical and database software; and composing a variety of documents such as research proposals, manuscripts and correspondence.. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond graduate level. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Data ManagementDatabase AdministrationDatabase Management SystemsMathematical ReasoningResearch Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: Typically, the position sits comfortably to do the work, works at a computer screen for long periods of time, and interacts with other sites via phone and email. Position needs to have good manual dexterity and eyesight. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 13 months). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition (up to the 4-year maximum). The appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment. The major duties include but are not limited to: Serves as a specialist in data and clinical research information processing, providing research investigators and other staff a variety of services; Directly involved in clinical services evaluation and research, quality of care assessment and data management; Serves as a local, regional and national resource for database management, data extraction and data manipulation; Creates and uses large datasets to provide clear, unbiased written reports to research program directors, individual research investigators and Veterans Health Administration management to be used for research evaluations, translational research, operational improvements, clinical improvements or to establish policies; Sets and maintains data management systems using tools such as R, SAS and SQL; Serves as data project manager for single and multi-site research studies; Extracts, mines, cleans, analyzes and interprets VA data for management, clinicians and research investigators to use for national health care quality improvement studies and health research investigations that examine the process of care and risk adjusted health outcome. Uses statistical software programs such as SAS, SPSS, STATA and Excel and other methods to store, clean, validate and analyze data; Generates reports and graphics to be distributed internally and nationally; Manages the overall data needs for existing, new and upcoming projects in the research pipeline; Contributes as a subject matter expert in the preparation of grant proposals; Evaluates program-wide needs, sets timetables and specifications and manages work to completion; Devises and recommends process improvements including new technology, methods and instrumentation; and, Performs all other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 4:30 pm.\nTelework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Health Science Specialist/PD99758-S\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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