Public Health Analyst

Fairfax, VA
$60,000 - $70,000
Jun 14, 2019
Sep 26, 2019
Full Time
Public Health Analyst

The George Mason University Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP), housed within the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, invites applications for an Intelligence Analyst to work in the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (W/B HIDTA) program. The CEBCP, founded in 2008, seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies. The CEBCP carries out this mission by advancing rigorous studies in criminal justice and criminology through research-practice collaborations, and proactively serving as an informational and translational link to practitioners and the policy community.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs across the country focus on reducing drug trafficking and its harmful consequences, particularly drug abuse and drug-related crime. HIDTA programs invest in federal, state, and local partnerships to build safe and healthy communities. Each HIDTA serves as a force-multiplier in their region, leveraging resources and joining agencies toward a common goal. The Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) is a strategy funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to address the nation's overdose threat. Communication and data sharing are an integral component in this battle, and the ORS strategy is designed to leverage the overall value of the HIDTA program by placing a Drug Intelligence Officers (DIOs) and Public Health Analysts (PHAs) in each participating state. The posted PHA position will be supervised by Washington/Baltimore (W/B) HIDTA. The PHA will gather, analyze, and distribute drug-related health and safety data, develop and support data-driven policy and programming initiatives, and facilitate interagency, public health-public safety collaboration in the region. Funding is guaranteed for a one-year contract. Future funding for this position will be explicitly contingent on funding for the ORS made available through ONDCP.


Responsibilities: * Facilitate collaboration between public health and public safety entities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC, including data sharing, joint initiatives, and policy options or considerations, in coordination with the state DIO. * Gather, organize, maintain, and analyze data indicators of illicit and prescription opioid abuse from public health and public safety sources. Report and present analyses, to be shared with key local, regional, and state partners. * Respond to ad hoc requests for policy research or information on emerging drug trends. * Assist DIOs in collecting and analyzing drug abuse and drug distribution information. * Contribute analysis and reporting to HRS projects and HIDTA assessments, as needed. * Assist with and assess public health and public safety drug-related data needs, programs, and initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications & Skill Requirements * Master's degree in public health, public policy, or related field. * Interest in the field of drug policy/drug abuse prevention. * Ability to synthesize and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, prepare and present reports. * Strong research and writing skills (writing sample will be requested). * Experience conducting policy analysis. * Solid command of MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, including expertise in formatting and design of reports, charts, graphs, and tables. * Experience with functional databases, programming, and/or statistics-related software. * Experience preparing and giving briefings. Preferred Experience & Skills * Analysis of drug use-related data. * Experience in drug policy analysis. * GIS/mapping skills and Experience with the intelligence cycle.

Background Check The individual hired for this position will require a full field background investigation to be conducted by the W/B HIDTA and must be able to secure a Secret level clearance from the US Department of Homeland Security.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; Complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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