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Senior Director Applied Research and Data Analytics

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American Hospital Association

Chicago, IL

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. We are currently seeking a

Senior Director, Applied Research and Data Analytics, for Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) located in our Chicago office.


The Senior Director, Applied Research and Data Analytics oversees a team of researchers, data scientists and statisticians, providing critical support across HRET to develop insights about what works and what does not in health care improvement. This position serves as an important member of the HRET leadership team and will be an expert in leveraging data to translate between concept and implementation across a wide variety of practice areas including, high reliability care, population health, patient-family engagement and delivery system innovation.

This position will serve as a national thought leader and senior relationship manager for hospital and health system quality improvement leaders, state and regional associations and professional societies private/public funders, stakeholders. Additionally, s/he will work across the AHA, especially with the AHA Data Center, to develop initiatives and products that advances the understanding, availability and utilization of data that helps create a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

Essential Functions

Lead the research, data analytics and evaluation team to provide best-in-class support across HRET. Engages and motivates direct reports including training, performance standards development, performance review, compensation and staff professional development. Ensure the team has sufficient resources in place to provide expert, timely support of program and project needs. Manage those resources to ensure their effectiveness, using data driven decision-making.

Develop standards, procedures, and quality control measures for conducting project analytics and statistical sampling to ensure consistency among organizational components and compliance with stakeholder requirements.

Design and implement data analysis strategies, which are statistical and methodological, to identify potential areas for focused investigation. Identify potential opportunities for focused investigations.

Serve as a strategic leader and advisor for innovative ways to develop partnerships, programs, services and research to the executive management team, colleagues and staff, as well as across the AHA, especially with the AHA Data Center. Establish and maintain relationships with organizational stakeholders and develop measures for recipient comprehension and satisfaction.

Individually, and as a part of AHA/HRET leadership teams, contribute to the development of new strategic initiatives, business ideas, the selling of these ideas to potential funders or marketing to potential customers, and the implementation of these projects using design-based approaches and best-practice business planning.

Lead AHA/HRET efforts to strengthen existing projects by enhancing efforts to make business cases for quality improvement activities and leadership development that fosters innovative strategies for driving organizational culture change, community partnerships and improved operational processes within healthcare organizations to achieve better health, quality and outcomes.

Initiate creation of a research agenda to find innovative models for care delivery and population health, particularly targeting patients with chronic disease that will disrupt healthcare delivery norms and achieve new levels of quality/safety/value for the U.S. healthcare system.

Communicate extensively with the President, COO, Vice Presidents and with peers so that they are aware of all key activities and issues that are being faced, or are anticipated, relative to program and project objectives and in alignment within organization. Participates as an active team member of the HRET leadership team, taking a vested interest in the mission and business success of HRET and AHA as a whole.

Collaborates with other internal AHA units to determine the type and quality of collaborative services needed from HRET. Collaborate with the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity on utilizing data to define health disparities and the impacts of the social determinants of health in order to improve overall health equity.

Analyze health and health care needs by leading and coordinating regional initiatives based on data to improve health, achieve high quality and cost effective care.

Recommend program initiatives, modules or modifications using “hot-spotting” tools to maximize use of resources and efforts devoted to improving health.

Identify and evaluate the role of population health while applying data to drive critical programming decisions, public health impact, and target resources to address health needs.



Master's degree in

Clinical Science, Public Health, Economics, Statistics, Health Policy or related.

7-10 years experience with a required mi nimum of 7 years of experience with applied and clinical research and data analytics working across one or more topic areas: population/community health, high reliability care or delivery system innovation.

Experience supervising a team of researchers, data scientists and/or statisticians is required.

Experience developing, obtaining and implementing a grant-funded research program as a principal investigator is strongly preferred.

Experience in a non-profit organization is preferred.

Doctorate degree is a plus.

Knowledge Requirements:

Advanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis. Advanced knowledge of research and statistical methodology. Experience in healthcare and/or clinical research is required. Experience in leading grant-funded research as a principal investigator is preferred.

Technical Requirements:

Advanced proficiency with analytics software and solutions is required; SAS is preferred. Relational database experience is a plus. Advanced skills with Excel. Intermediate computer and Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint) skills. Ability to learn new technology.

Abilities Required:

Ability to provide guidance and direction to a team, set performance standards and monitor performance; to collaborate with a team and influence others; to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines. Ability to analyze information and evaluate results; to recognize areas of improvements, and implement changes.

Ability to continually learn and keep abreast of best practices.


We offer an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000 and ask for the Director, Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

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