Behavioral Health Research Analyst

  • Orange County, CA
  • , California
  • Jun 01, 2020
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Public Health
  • Salary: $69,222.40 - $93,163.20 Annually USD

Job Description

(Research Analyst IV)

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 3, 2020 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:
Effective July 3, 2020 - 1.2% decrease
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is being held to establish an eligible list to fill current and future Research Analyst IVvacanciesin the Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services. Thislist may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

This recruitment will be open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 PM (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.


The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of five service areas - Administrative and Financial, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Regulatory & Medical Services, and Public Health - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.


The Behavioral Health Services (BHS) provides a culturally competent and participant-centered system of behavioral health services for all eligible county residents in need of treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health care.


The eligible list will be used to fill the immediate needs of the following areas, however, this list may also be used to fill any future vacancies within BHS.

Authority &Quality Improvement Services (AQIS)participates in a variety of quality improvement and compliance activities across all divisions of BHS, including Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health Services and Children, Youth & Prevention Behavioral Health Services.

Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health (AOABH)provides mental health services and substance abuse recovery services which emphasize adult and older adult needs, strengths, choices, and involvement in service planning and implementation.

Children, Youth & Prevention Behavioral Health (CYPBH) - provides mental health and substance abuse recovery services which emphasize child and family needs, strengths, choices, and involvement in service planning and implementation. The division provides prevention and early intervention programs designed to prevent mental illness from becoming severe and disabling and improve timely access to services for individuals of all ages; community education, training and stigma reduction programs; as well as innovative projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new/changed practices in mental health.

Under the general direction of a Senior Research Analyst, the Research Analyst IV will be responsible for the following:
  • Designing and conducting program evaluation and/or performance improvement projects
  • Synthesizing and interpreting mental health and substance use disorder data, and recommending intervention, policies and strategies to address data findings
  • Reviewing and summarizing scientific literature and policies
  • Preparing statistical reports and presentations
  • Developing, monitoring and maintaining data collection systems (for some positions)
  • Extracting, manipulating and analyzing large datasets related to the performance outcomes of BHS in order to produce statistical analyses that drive clinical program and operations decisions and performance impacting BHS
  • Using advanced statistical data mining techniques to uncover patterns in the data that will improve performance, provide recommendations for program improvement, and quantitatively monitor future impact of clinical program improvement initiatives
  • Using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software to perform thematic mapping and spatial analyses (for some positions)
  • Communicating technical regulations and reporting requirements to audiences with varying levels of understanding
  • Providing technical expertise to help guide BHS research initiatives
  • Acting as a liaison and consultant to both internal and external customers in the community and providing recommendations for program improvement based on the results of the analyses and existing program knowledge
  • Working with local and state governing entities, contracted providers, community stakeholders, agency managers, and consumers.


The ideal candidate will have: a completed Doctorate or Master's Degree in a behavioral health or social sciences field (i.e. Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Biostatistics or similar field); a minimum of 1 year of post-Master's Degree experience implementing clinical research/program evaluation projects with a focus on behavioral health topics (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, etc.); and a minimum of three (3) years of experience utilizing statistical analysis software such as SPSS and/or SAS. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the at least one (1) year of experience utilizing advanced statistical analysis methods (e.g., predictive analytics), managing large and complex datasets, and utilizing computer programming techniques, such as VBA and SQL, to manage data.

The successful candidate will also possess the following core competencies:

Technical Knowledge/ Experience
  • Familiarity withcommunity behavioral health care delivery systems, and behavioral health disciplines, terminology, principles and practices
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with developing research studies/program evaluation projects in an applied setting
  • Experience applying advanced statistical analysis procedures (e.g. inferential statistics, regression analysis), and organizing statistical information into reports, tables, charts, and graphs.
  • Knowledge of statistical software programs (e.g. SAS, SPSS)
  • Experience working with/querying complex data collection/management systems, including understanding and utilizing computer programming and processing methods to generate, organize, and display a variety of complex research data
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting and reporting program/participant data for various audiences
  • Experience with technical report writing and/or scientific manuscript writing
  • Experience conducting comprehensive literature reviews to support research
  • Familiarity with the principles of reliability and validity for developing and/or evaluating assessments/questionnaires
  • Using research methods in community settings and adapting or tailoring methods for application in clinics, schools, homes or other settings (for some positions)
  • Understanding regulations and applying the regulations to program implementation and data/outcome reporting
  • Experience working and collaborating with staff members, managers, stakeholders, and other agencies/community organizations

Communication Skills
  • Organizing and delivering public presentations that effectively inform or persuade diverse audiences
  • Summarizing and presenting complex statistical information to management and/or "technical and non-technical" audience both verbally and in written form
  • Using professional communication skills to facilitate meetings and trainings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Writing clearly and concisely and demonstrate proofreading and editing skills, composing informative memos, e-mails, formal correspondence, reports, and other documents

Interpersonal Skills
  • Building (or Establishing) and maintaining productive relationships with various levels of management, peers, staff and community partners
  • Identifying with the larger organizational team and the role required, sharing resources, responding to requests from other parts of the organization, and supporting the agency's agenda.

Leadership Skills
  • Lead a project independently or with team members
  • Work independently with minimal assistance from supervisor
  • Assist with training new Research Analysts
  • Provide mentorship to support staff and new team members


Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for Research Analyst IV and details of this classification.


Physical Requirements
Possess vision sufficient to read standard text, fine print, various handwritings and view a computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person and over the telephone; independent body mobility sufficient to stand, sit, walk, stoop, and bend routinely to perform daily tasks; ability to sit for prolonged periods of time; manual dexterity to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard/mouse and use other office equipment such as a stapler, telephone and photocopy machine.

Mental Requirements
Possess the ability to independently reason logically to analyze data, reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, controversy and diverse stakeholder groups and interests; possess the ability to deal calmly and effectively with emotional interactions.

Environmental Conditions
Ability to work in an office environment with changing priorities, deadlines and multiple assignments concurrently.


Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified candidates. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Application Screening {Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job . Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Performance Exam (Refer/Non-Refer)
Candidates will be evaluated on a job related computer simulation. Only the most successful candidates will be referred to the Structured Oral Interview.

Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.



Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at .


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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Thai Do at 714-834-2598 or

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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