Research Investigator 2 - State of Washington

CLOSING DATE: January 12, 2019


JOB #: 13395

POSTED: December 12, 2018


The Opportunity

The Office of Nutritional Services’ mission is to create opportunities for people with limited resources to make healthy nutrition choices. The Research, Analysis and Evaluation Unit supports the office and its mission through research, data analysis and program evaluation that contribute to effective program management.
Reporting to the Research, Analysis, and Evaluation Unit Supervisor, these Research Investigators perform statistical analysis, program evaluation, and research related to the administration of the Women, Infant and Children Nutrition (WIC) program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-ED), and Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). These programs create opportunities for people with limited resources to make healthy nutrition choices, thus supporting the Department of Health mission to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington State. The results of these analyses are used to guide evidence-based decision making by office management.
These positions are full-time non-permanent position within the Division of Prevention and Community Health. Both non-permanent assignments are expected to last for 12 months. The listed salary does not include the 2% cost of living adjustment effective January 1, 2019.

About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit our websiteDOH Infographic (Download PDF reader), and see what it’s like to Work@Health!
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options.  (Depending upon job duties.)
  •  We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending upon job duties and work location.)
  • What will you be doing? – Duties include:
    • Work with subject matter experts to develop the intent, scope, and audience of analyses.
    • Design and conduct analyses using the most appropriate methodology.
    • Work with others or write SQL queries to obtain appropriate data.
    • Compile data and conduct data analysis using SAS, R, SPSS, or other statistical analysis.
    • Facilitate the acquisition of data, including (as needed) providing technical assistance to others, conducting interviews, designing surveys, recording observations, or querying appropriate databases using graphic user interface or SQL software.
    • Document procedures and as appropriate write reports or prepare presentations describing the results.
    • Communicate the results to office subject matter experts using plain language.
    • Assist program subject matter experts with the interpretation of the results and suggest ways for them to present and use the results in ways stakeholders can understand.

What we’re looking for

Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.
Required Qualifications

Option 1:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the physical, biological, social, behavioral, or health-related sciences;
  • Three (3) years of experience in experimental or analytical research in a public agency, public or private research corporation, nonprofit research corporation, or university research center.

Option 2:
  • A Master’s Degree in one of the behavioral, biological, educational, health-related, physical, or social sciences;
  • One (1) year of experience in experimental or analytical research in a public agency, public or private research corporation, nonprofit research corporation, or university research center.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications 

  • One (1) or more years of experience with data mining and analysis in behavioral, education, marketing, public health, or social research.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:

  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
  • Work Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (A flexible schedule will be considered if requested). The incumbent may be expected to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines. 
  • Move object weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Participate in emergency response activities and when the Agency Coordination center is activated.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Zach Covington at (360) 236-2406,, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

How to Apply:

Application Process
Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  1. letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

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