Job Description and Duties

The Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) of the California Department of Public Health works to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We run the largest screening program in the world and set the standard in delivering high-quality, cost-effective genetic services to all Californians. The mission of GDSP is “to serve the people of California by reducing the emotional and financial burden of disability and death caused by genetic and congenital disorders.”

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by serving as the Chief of the Newborn Outcomes and Evaluation Unit, while independently supervise, coordinate, conceive, and conduct program evaluation and related research and investigations focused on the prevention, testing, screening, referral, treatment and long term follow-up of genetic disorders diagnosed by the California Newborn Screening (NBS) Program. The Research Scientist Supervisor I (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) develop and leads such projects and works collaboratively with other Research Scientists. Secures funding, when required, through external sources, and may develop these activities in collaboration with the Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) state-contracted follow-up centers, and other agencies, including universities, foundations, voluntary agencies, and other bodies.

The incumbent works under the general direction of the Research Scientist Supervisor II (Epidemiology/Biostatistics), Chief of the Program Development and Evaluation Section.

Desirable Qualifications
In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

  • Working knowledge of public health genetic disease screening programs.  Genetic Disease Screening related experience is ideal but not required.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical abilities and hands-on statistical programming experience.
  • An MPH or PhD in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related field.
  • Experience using SQL and SAS to manipulate and analyze data from large datasets. A love of deep data dives.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with program staff, outside professionals and lay partners.
  • Demonstrated the ability to organize, lead and manage multiple projects and numerous daily tasks.
  • Ability to solve problems, generate new ideas, and develop new approaches to achieve a program goal.
  • Possess excellent and effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with external providers, consultants, and staff to organize and complete electronic data exchanges such as newborn screening electronic orders and results.
  • Possess the ability to present and communicate products of data analysis to both scientific and lay stakeholders.

About California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Shared Vision
CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff­ members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We are dedicated to public service and passionate about our work and the people and communities we serve and protect.