Behavioral Health Research Analyst

  • Orange County, CA
  • , California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Public Health
  • Salary: $72,716.80 - $97,884.80 Annually USD

Job Description

(Research Analyst IV)

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


This recruitment is open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 PM (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice .

This recruitment is being held to establish an eligible list to fill current and future Research Analyst IV vacancies in the Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services. This list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

The County of Orange, Health Care Agency is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven service areas - Finance and Administrative, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Medical Health Services, Office of Care Coordination, Public Health and Strategy and Special Projects is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

The Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Division consists of three service areas: Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health, Authority and Quality Improvement Services and Children, Youth & Prevention Services, which provide a culturally competent and client-centered system of behavioral health services for all eligible county residents in need of treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health care.


The immediate vacancies are in the following areas, however, this list may also be used to fill any future vacancies within BHS.

Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) - Research Analyst IV (Behavioral Health):
This position will be responsible for developing, maintaining and refining real-time analytic tools to support evidence-based decision-making across BHS. The duties may include, but are not limited to, demonstrating the differential impact of proposed analytic tools on the nature and type of decisions supported by the tool(s); extracting, cleaning, manipulating and managing large data files; providing input and feedback to the HCA IT department on the development/structure of an enterprise data warehouse (EDW); development and maintenance of data dashboards to be used by behavioral health staff, managers and other research analysts, as well as by the general public; survey development and distribution within the BHS system and across Orange County stakeholders; data visualization; text analytics and natural language processing; interpretation and documentation of analyses; dissemination of learnings and their implications to BHS Leadership, program staff and other interested stakeholders; and upon establishment of the EDW, data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics, and the development, maintenance and ongoing refinement of computer-assisted decision support tools. Data sources may include electronic health records, client assessment data, specific behavioral health program data files, financial data, and state-, national- and population-level datasets.

Under the general direction of a Senior Research Analyst, the Research Analyst IV will also be responsible for the following:

  • Communicating technical regulations and reporting requirements to audiences with varying levels of understanding
  • Providing technical expertise to help guide BHS research/evaluation initiatives
  • Acting as a liaison and consultant to both internal and external partners in the community and providing recommendations for program improvement based on the results of the analyses and existing program knowledge
  • Working with local and state governing entities, contracted providers, community stakeholders, agency managers, and consumers.
  • Reviewing and summarizing scientific literature and policies to guide an identified program
  • Developing surveys
  • Preparing statistical reports and presentations for behavioral health program(s)
  • Automating or semi-automating processes to extract, merge, clean and/or manipulate data/data files
  • Managing, updating and maintaining data collection systems
  • Data mining, predictive analytics, forecasting and data visualization
  • Serving as a liaison between other Behavioral Health Services program and/or research staff and Agency and/or County IT
  • Using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software to perform thematic mapping and spatial analyses
  • Developing, refining and maintaining BHS data dashboards and/or computerized decision support tools
  • Using specialized statistical techniques such as text analytics, natural language processing, fuzzy matching, machine learning, etc.
  • Other related duties
The ideal candidate will possess at least a Master's Degree in Health Informatics, Health Economics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology or similar field; and a minimum of three (3) years of experience utilizing statistical analysis software such as SPSS, SAS or other software. The preferred candidate will also possess a minimum of one (1) year of post-Master's Degree experience in HEOR to guide decision-making in behavioral health.

The successful Program Evaluation or HEOR RA IV candidate will also possess a combination of the following core competencies:

Applied Research and Program Evaluation Knowledge/ Experience
  • Familiarity with community health/behavioral health care delivery systems, and behavioral health disciplines, terminology, principles and practices
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with developing research studies/program evaluation projects in a community health/behavioral health setting
  • Experience applying advanced statistical analysis procedures (e.g. inferential statistics, regression analysis), and organizing statistical information into reports, tables, charts, and graphs
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting and reporting program/participant data for various audiences
  • Experience with technical report writing and/or scientific manuscript writing
  • Experience conducting comprehensive literature reviews to support research/evaluation
  • Familiarity with the principles of reliability and validity for developing and/or evaluating assessments/questionnaires
  • Using research methods in community health/behavioral health settings and adapting or tailoring methods for application in clinics, schools, homes or other settings
  • Understanding regulations and applying the regulations to program implementation and evaluation
Technical Skills
  • Writing code in statistical software programs (e.g. SAS, R)
  • High level of proficiency with extracting, manipulating and transforming large datasets through statistical code and/or macros
Communication Skills
  • Experience working and collaborating with staff members, managers, stakeholders, and other agencies/community organizations
  • Organizing and delivering public presentations that effectively inform or persuade diverse audiences
  • Summarizing and presenting complex statistical information to management and/or "technical and non-technical" audience both verbally and in written form
  • Using professional communication skills to facilitate meetings and trainings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Writing clearly and concisely and demonstrate proofreading and editing skills, composing informative memos, e-mails, formal correspondence, reports, and other documents
Interpersonal Skills
  • Establishing and maintaining productive relationships with various levels of management, peers, staff and community partners
  • Identifying with the larger organizational team and the role required, sharing resources, responding to requests from other parts of the organization, and supporting the agency's agenda
Leadership Skills
  • Leading a project independently or with team members
  • Working independently with minimal assistance from supervisor
  • Assisting with training new Research Analysts
  • Providing training and mentorship to support staff and new team members

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for Research Analyst IV and details of this classification.

Physical Requirements
Possess vision sufficient to read standard text, fine print, various handwritings and view a computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person and over the telephone; independent body mobility sufficient to stand, sit, walk, stoop, and bend routinely to perform daily tasks; ability to sit for prolonged periods of time; manual dexterity to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard/mouse and use other office equipment such as a stapler, telephone and photocopy machine.

Mental Requirements
Possess the ability to independently reason logically to analyze data, reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, controversy and diverse stakeholder groups and interests; possess the ability to deal calmly and effectively with emotional interactions.

Environmental Conditions
Ability to work in an office environment with changing priorities, deadlines and multiple assignments concurrently.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening {Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job . Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Performance Exam (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applicants will be evaluated on a job related computer simulation. Only the most successful applicants will be referred to the Structured Oral Interview.

Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%)

Candidates will be interviewed and rated by panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List Once the assessment(s) has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Please see below for important information regarding COVID 19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with any State or County Public Health Orders which may apply as follows:
  • Workers who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, may be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, may be required to provide proof of vaccination . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted worker will be required to mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Order. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Patricia Fallon at 714-834-4635 or

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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