Senior Research Associate, Data Governance
Washington, DC 
Posted 28 days ago
Job Description
Job Description Summary:

The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity at the George Washington University seeks a highly qualified Senior Research Associate, Data Governance to serve as a data governance specialist for a three-year term (with a possible extension if funding allows) to help establish a behavioral health workforce database that will aggregate provider-level data from a variety of sources. The Mullan Institute is a university-wide initiative to strengthen health workforce policies in the United States and around the world. The Mullan Institute is in the Department of Health Policy and Management and its members represent the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Business, Graduate School of Education & Human Development, and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration.

This experienced researcher specializing in data governance carries out research/development activities by using quantitative and qualitative methods to collect, analyze and report data activities. Using a wide degree of creativity and latitude, the core responsibilities of this position are to make detailed observations, analyze data, and interpret results, with limited guidance from the Principal Investigator. This position compiles results and prepares technical reports and documentation of outcomes. This role is familiar with a variety of field concepts, practices, and procedures, and can perform a variety of research tasks. This position typically reports to a project supervisor or project manager, and may provide guide to lower level staff.

The Senior Research Associate, Data Governance will be part of a team focused on health workforce research, including emerging issues, health equity, education, and training. The following are examples of typical duties:

  • Developing the data infrastructure and process for storing longitudinal provider-specific behavioral health workforce data
  • Inspecting, cleaning, understanding, and transforming data
  • Evaluating datasets for consistency, completeness, accuracy and reasonableness
  • Auditing data on a regular basis and ensuring data integrity
  • Identifying and correcting data entry errors
  • Creating a database for storing data dictionaries and troubleshooting problems
  • Creating data governance strategies and deploying recommendations and roadmaps
  • Training staff in best practices in data quality, data management, and data definitions
  • Ensuring that policies and processes are carried out
  • Identifying potential areas where existing policies, processes, and standards require change or where new ones need to be developed to ensure data governance objectives are met
  • Supporting project management activities by reporting on project status, risks, and issues

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a master's degree in a related discipline and 3 years of direct experience in the field. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Information Technology or Business Administration
  • Minimum 3 years of computer systems analysis, consulting, and IT management experience
  • Experience in developing and implementing data governance policies, processes and standards
  • Experience managing metadata in a repository or supporting a data management program
  • A IT management approach that exhibits strategic thinking, collaboration, and direct communication
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
Typical Hiring Range $60415 - $87007
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Field Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 2
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Telework: No
Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: R000968
Job Open Date:
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If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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