Public Health Alliance of Southern California,

Data Analyst (2 positions)

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Public Health Alliance) is a coalition of executive leadership from 10 local health departments: Imperial, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange, Pasadena, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Collectively, we have statutory responsibility for the health of nearly 60% of California’s population. Our vision is “vibrant and activated communities achieving health, justice, and opportunities for all,” and their mission is to “mobilize the transformative power of local public health for enduring health equity.”

The Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful and easy-to-use data and policy platform created to advance health equity through open and accessible data. Evidence-based and peer-reviewed, the HPI supports efforts to prioritize equitable community investments, develop critical programs and policies across the state, and much more. Originally launched in 2018 by the Public Health Alliance, the HPI has become a go-to data tool for hundreds of state and local government agencies, foundations, advocacy groups, hospitals and other organizations that want to apply a health equity lens to their work. The HPI has been adopted widely across California and has been implemented broadly to equitably direct funding to create positive change in our communities, including over $1 billion in funding equitable directed to communities most in need, hundreds of uses across multiple sectors, and nearly $272 million in federal COVID funding prioritized to the most disproportionately impacted communities.

About this job

The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Public Health Alliance), a coalition of 10 local health departments in Southern California representing 60% of the State’s population, is seeking a Data Analyst to join our growing Data Team and support the organization’s data needs. The Data Analyst will work closely with the Data Team, Director of Data Initiatives, Executive Director, other Alliance team members, and consultants to implement equity-focused data collection, analysis, and visualization.

This role supports the work of our Healthy Places Index (HPI) project, Cherished Futures (equity in maternal and child health) initiative, and expands our capacity to produce regional data analysis for our member local health departments. The Data Analyst also represents the Public Health Alliance in professional meetings as needed, identifying opportunities for data resource development and collaboration.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in public health data, and is comfortable downloading, formatting, and analyzing a variety of data sets using R and R Studio. They are a creative problem-solver, detail-oriented, and efficient. They also excel in communicating data, and can produce effective descriptions and visualizations for non-technical audiences.


• Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology or Biostatistics, or equivalent experience in public health and data analysis preferred.

Compensation & Position Details

• Pay: The typical hiring range for this position is $60,700 to $70,000 per year based on 100% FTE in the Public Health Alliance of Southern California program. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills and experience.

• This is a full-time, remote position with a preference for candidates located in Southern California.

• Occasional travel may be required throughout the Southern California region and the State of California post-pandemic.

• The Public Health Alliance is fiscally administered by the Public Health Institute (PHI). This position is eligible for PHI’s full suite of benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and generous time off.

• The application deadline is July 26, 2022.

Roles & responsibilities

• Collects, cleans, and analyzes national, state, regional, and local data in support of Alliance initiatives, including the development of new indicators for the Healthy Places Index platform.

• Works with Public Health Alliance data sets to produce tables, figures, and visualizations.

• Writes legible, annotated, and reproduceable code for all analyses.

• Prepares technical documentation and reports.

• Builds internal capacity for data analysis, interpretation, and visualization.

• Develops training materials, presentation content, and provides technical assistance on the Healthy Places Index and map tool.

• Represents the Public Health Alliance in relevant professional organizations (such as the California Conference of Local Health Data Managers & Epidemiologists (CCLHDME)) and identifies opportunities for collaboration, capacity building, and/or resource development.

• Develops and delivers communications on program activities, including presentations, trainings, webinars, website content, and grant reports.

• Attends meetings and presentations relevant to the program.

• Performs other duties as needed in support of the program as assigned by the Director of Data Initiatives or Executive Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

• 3 years’ related experience, including 1 year’s experience in the public health field

• Experience using R and R Studio

• Bachelor’s degree in science or quantitative field, or substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

• A strong, demonstrated understanding of statistical analysis and epidemiological methods.

• Ability to fluently read and write R code for data processing tasks.

• Strong oral and written communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate and establish effective working relationships with all levels within the organizations, and interact effectively with co-workers, customers, and other stakeholders.

• Ability to make independent decisions following standard policies and procedures and to work independently with limited supervision.

• Ability to function in a fast-paced environment, make simultaneous progress on multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.

• Problem-Solving: ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; ability to develop alternative solutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with data scraping:

o Packages for R such as httr, jsonlite, rvest, and tabulizer

o And/or Python and Selenium

• Experience with ArcMap and/or Simple Features for basic GIS data processing, including spatial aggregation, creating buffers, and working with spatial joins

• Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology or Biostatistics, or equivalent experience in public health and data analysis preferred.

To apply

• Please apply here and submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application. Paper or email applications will not be considered

• In your cover letter, please describe why you are enthusiastic about this opportunity, your experience using R for data processing and analysis, and why you think you are a good fit for the position

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