OMMA Data Scientist

Recruitment #200626-UNCB-53


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time OMMA Data Scientist providing support to the Center for Health Statistics. This is an unclassified position, PIN #34002566, in state government, located in Oklahoma City.
OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here].
The annual salary for this position is up to $63,000 based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
This position will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating quality improvement and quality assurance activities related to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) data systems. Data analytics, data visualizations, data cleaning, and data wrangling procedures will be used to enrich program decision making.  In order to achieve this, the incumbent will be required to consult and collaborate with the OMMA Data/Business Analyst, OSDH OMMA staff, as well as other OSDH programs and external partners that rely on the information collected.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with Large data sets, Strong SAS coding skills plus SQL knowledge and experience, 2 or more years of experience manipulating data using SQL and/or SAS in a professional setting.  Data Science and Business Intelligence experience will also be prioritized.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Create automated reports from OMMA data systems that are relevant, informative, and actionable to enable data-based program decisions (e.g. workflow productivity; business lists, time to process, etc.)
• Assist the OMMA Data Analyst and other OMMA staff to determine needs and build programs and business intelligence reports based on those needs
• Ensure that data problems become data solutions
• Assist in public health surveillance activity for the OMMA
• Identify and implement improvements in programmatic system inefficiencies
• Develop and execute quality assurance procedures
• Implement internal analytical protocols to identify system issues
• Perform inferential and non-inferential analyses for all medical marijuana data requests and interpret findings
• Communicate complex findings or results in a meaningful yet understandable way
• Participant in appropriate agency committees and councils
• Develop regular and ad hoc reports with interpretation of findings including but not limited to business intelligence reports, statistical reports, data visualizations
• Presentations to internal staff, licensees, and the public
• Create workflow charts and diagrams. 
• Document and diagram database structure and relationships. 
• Create data dictionaries and mappings for all data collected
• Monitor progress by tracking activity, resolving problems, and creating progress reports
• Identify potential or actual problems and recommend solutions

Education and Experience
Master’s in Data Science, Public health (Biostatistics/Epidemiology), Business Administration, Analytics, Informatics, or related Master’s level degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Proficient at analyzing/manipulating large data sets using SAS and SQL:
• SAS: data manipulation, statistical reporting (basic and advanced), macro development, project builder
• MySQL – write queries to access data on SQL Servers
• SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS): Create reports from SQL databases
• Concepts of General Programming and Data Wrangling
Tableau and Power Bi: Create data visualizations
Online Survey Tools such as Qualtrics and RedCap: create surveys and reporting tools
Microsoft Excel: data functions and data manipulation
Microsoft Access: data queries and manipulation
Microsoft PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word
Critical thinking, time management, and a drive to learn new skills

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Office environment, possible remote work, computer based, and some travel required.



The OSDH in conjunction with Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority - OMMA shall not employ an individual if any of the following circumstances exist:
a)The individual has a direct or indirect interest in a licensed medical marijuana business; or

b)The individual or his or her spouse, parent, child, spouse of a child, sibling, or spouse of a sibling has an application for a medical marijuana business license pending before the Department or is a member of the board of directors of a medical marijuana business, or is an individual financially interested in any licensee or medical marijuana business.

If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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