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Harvard University Senior Research Data and Systems Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

53112BRAuto req ID:53112BRJob Code:383057 IT Specialist Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Senior Data and Systems ManagerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required

  • Experience with STATA required

  • 5+ years of related experience required

  • Experience working with complex databases and in data system management required

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit work samples, and finalists will be administered a data management assessment/exercise.Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Data Science, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field strongly preferred

  • Knowledge of study design, sampling methods, and statistical methods, including longitudinal data analysis strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with cloud hosting environments (such as AWS, GCP) strongly preferred

  • Experience with a version control system (such as Github) strongly preferred

  • Experience with and knowledge of a range of data management and statistical software (such as R) and web-based electronic data capture strongly preferred

The following skills and experiences are also preferred:

  • Experience with Tangerine or similar data collection platform

  • Analytical skills to resolve complex problems such as missing data and data quality

  • Knowledge and adherance to ethical conduct in research and good clinical practice guidelines

  • Experience writing and deploying cross-platform code (Windows, OS X, and Linux)

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Works well independently and takes initiative

  • High level of maturity and empathy with outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effectively communicating with non-native English speakers

  • Experience explaining technical concepts to a non-technical audience

  • Experience working in low and middle-income countries

  • Prior mentorship experience, and experience overseeing and prioritizing the work of other staff

  • Interest in public health and maternal and child health

  • Experience abiding by and following IT technical standards, policies, and codes of conduct

Additional Information:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.

  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.


The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/orientation/harvard-chan-core-values/) .

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!Department:EpidemiologyPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration, Information Technology, ResearchJob-Specific Responsibilities:Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Data Management:

  • Lead data coordination and management for studies

  • Design, develop, and validate databases using application software suitable for supporting research investigations, including large databases and web-based systems

  • Manage data security and storage

  • Serve as the expert and leader for data management best practices; collaborate with partners to establish priorities and strategies for resource development and core goal setting, and develop data sharing policies

  • Manage data sharing and data use protocols

  • Develop case report forms, data management, and quality study protocols

  • Report with regular data reviews, quality control checks

  • Design solutions to resolve queries in the field or laboratories

  • Develop and implement systems to continuously improve study implementation and data quality

Data Systems:

  • Lead the data system (Tangerine) and implementation process in collaboration with RTI, taking into account pipeline challenges as well as field needs and realities

  • Manage data pipeline (flow of data from field to analysis -- data entry, data system, data storage, dashboards, analytical datasets)

  • Prepare and maintain protocols outlining the development process and data system management

  • Develop and provide technical assistance in the development, testing, and roll out of new features and system enhancements, including automated reporting

  • Support data quality improvement through system design and modification

  • Support the use of adjunct tools for investigation and analysis (bigquery)

  • Maintain development process schedule

  • Manage system platform resources and data storage locations

Overall Program Management and Capacity Building:

  • Oversee and mentor data management and data system staff and partners in the US and Ethiopia

  • Provide project management support and oversight for the data team

  • Provide educational support and training on data management and quality to study staff for the development and implementation of research studies

  • Oversee progress and deliverables tracking for data systems contracts and partnerships

  • Build research capacity with local partners and conduct workshops and data management courses

  • Develop relationships with data system partner organizations and serve as the HaSET liaison to consortium-level data system committees

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term date of 1 year from date of hire, with strong possibility of extension based on the continued availability of funding.

PLEASE NOTE: Once normal business operations resume, this position will require international travel.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit work samples, and finalists will be administered a data management assessment/exercise.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary:The Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health studies the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. In addition to pursuing ground-breaking global research initiatives, we educate and prepare future medical leaders and practitioners as part of our mission to ignite positive changes in the quality of health across the world.

The HaSET (“happiness” in Amharic) Global Maternal and Child Health Research Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital invites applications for a Senior Data and Systems Manager. HaSET works closely with partners in Ethiopia and Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health to generate evidence to improve maternal and child health programs and policies. Within the HaSET research program, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) has several nested sub-studies. See https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/haset/ for more information.

The Senior Data and Systems Manager will lead data coordination, data management, and data system development and support for the HaSET research program. The position will primarily be responsible for:

  • Developing, implementing, and managing large databases and data quality procedures

  • Training and supervising in-country data managers on data cleaning and reporting

  • Developing and maintaining the HaSET data system and platform (Tangerine) for its current and future studies

  • Training and supervising in-country developers on feature development, testing, debugging, and deployment

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