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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Statistician (Health)-Direct Hire Authority in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Summary The position is located at the VHA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS), Ann Arbor, MI. The primary mission is to guide the VHA organization via VA Central Office Program Offices, Networks, facilities, and other external stakeholders, on policies and strategies to measure and mitigate harm to Veterans and those who support their care. Responsibilities The Statistician determines the best ways to capture, analyze, categorize (taxonomy), display (develop and maintain intranet web site), create tailored reports and disseminate novel data, much of it confidential and qualitative at the facility, Network and national level. The Statistician responds to regular, quarterly requests for safety performance data for use by Central Office executives in their evaluation of Network and facility leadership, as well as to urgent, high visibility, short turnaround requests from VA and VHA leadership and the NCPS Executive Director for interpreted data in response to national, regional or local events, Congressional inquiries, external reviews, etc. Duties include, but are not limited to: Administers or performs professional work and provides professional consultation in the application of statistical theories, and methods of gathering and/or interpreting quantified patient safety data. Serves as a statistical authority for databases maintained by the NCPS and provides analysis of data to monitor patient safety Collects, verifies and adjusts information expressed numerically and/or graphically and prepares guidelines or training manuals for the above. Plans and conducts various and extensive methods of data collection. Collects complex data, using advanced sampling techniques, identifies gaps in the methodology and recommends changes Develops and maintains NCPS intranet website, SharePoint sites, and tailored reports/quarterly data displays (local, Network, and national level). Designs and/or implements major statistical methodological studies that contribute to the success of the agency's operating programs and projects. Plans, organizes and implements continuous recurring studies using established precedent statistical methods. Analyzes the data, draws conclusions and prepares reports after interpretations have been approved. Conducts portions of broad projects involving data collection and/or analysis. Designs and/or applies standard and customized computer techniques to data collection and analysis (e.g., Natural Language Processing). Applies computerized statistical modeling techniques to investigate and evaluate desirable schemes for analysis of data. Provides advice and assistance for conventional and precedent statistical projects. Develops statistical models using tools such as SAS, SPSS, SQL, R, Excel VBA, Microsoft Power BI, etc., and applies the models to a wide variety of situations to solve standard or novel problems related to the research area supported. Performs evaluation of methodology of studies conducted to ensure that the results are valid and reliable. Evaluates statistical results in consultation with subject matter experts. Provides statistical consultation and technical advice to senior subject matter experts and others on statistical theories and techniques. Consults with other professionals concerning on-going and established statistical studies or other projects where extensive methodological or subject matter advice and interpretation is required. Provides consultation as a recognized authority in a particular statistical function or in the statistics pertaining to a specific subject matter field. Participates on multidisciplinary project teams. The preferred candidate will have: Ability to use and automate in CRYSTAL, SAS, R, SAS Enterprise Guide to produce reports. Ability to program in Microsoft PowerBI to produce dashboards. Ability to program in SAS, R, STATA, EXCEL VBA, or SQL. Expert knowledge and ability to program and analyze using natural language processing. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Statistician (Health)-Direct Hire Authority/PD03168-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) or Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) GS-13 Grade Level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: (1) Applying quantitative skills and techniques to the statistical analysis of health care datasets (2) Knowledge with the proper use of statistics in a healthcare setting (3) Using and applying, statistical software and research methodology, analyses of healthcare data (4) Conveying information and expressing ideas clearly and concisely (5) Reading, comprehending, and dissecting important components of conversations and documents There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Additional Information COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if after November 22. VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Please contact the Human Resources Point of Contact listed at the top of the JOA. VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.