Vanderbilt's Department of Health Policy is seeking a Senior Database Administrator to provide faculty and staff with leadership in constructing, developing, and modifying large and complex databases supporting departmental analytic research. The Senior Database Administrator is responsible for independent management of a secure data core including security administration and space management. The ideal candidate has experience designing, modeling, configuring, updating, testing and maintaining core databases independently.
The successful applicant is expected to recommend, develop, and enforce policies and procedures for maintaining the security and integrity of the databases. The successful applicant will also design and write reproducible programs to generate customized analytical datasets for research projects using large healthcare claims relational databases (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare databases). Expertise with and use of structured code (SAS experience is preferred) to produce modules of complex logic including coding, benchmark testing, debugging, and documentation of programs is required.
Department Summary :
Vanderbilt University's new Department of Health Policy brings together a broad group of health policy scholars devoted to developing health policy solutions that can have a profound impact. The Department builds on a history of strong collaborative relationships with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several frontline policy makers to develop health policy solutions for our nation's most pressing health care challenges.
The combination of a major research university and preeminent medical center gives Department faculty incredible opportunities to build relationships with frontline care providers and policymakers which can lead to breakthrough discoveries. The Department fosters a deep belief that research and innovative thinking should guide health policy relationships and help policymakers understand implications. For more information, please visit https://www.vumc.org/health-policy/.
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Key functions and expected technical capabilities:
Database Design and Maintenance: Has expertise in designing and maintaining advanced, complex databases. Demonstrates the ability to bring all the various pieces together to complete the process of developing databases for research purposes. Has previously worked with at least two relational database systems that have variations with the way data types are represented and the way data are stored. Has prepared advanced server model diagrams that show tables, columns, and relationships within a database, user feedback documentation, and database design documentation.
Preparation of datasets and supporting documentation: Demonstrates substantial expertise in designing and writing reproducible and efficient programs to generate customized analytical datasets for research projects using large healthcare claims relational databases (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare or other administrative large claims databases). Develops supporting documentation for efficient revision and modification of the programs as well as end user documentation for appropriate analysis of the data.
Database Updates: Monitors and maintains data management processes and performs data quality control assessments. Updates core databases by merging newly available data. Generates appropriate program documentation for data updates and upgrades. Performs assessments to assure consistency and integrity of the data. Maintains core data compliance with State, Federal, institutional, and other data steward security regulations.
Database Security: Has expertise in finding unauthorized data exposures and in developing/installing safeguards to protect the databases. Familiar with the external access safeguards to databases. Has worked with a variety of databases and applications that access the databases. Is familiar with the major database security vulnerabilities of server security, database connections, table access control, and restricting database access.
Database Performance Tuning: Demonstrates knowledge of the metrics available, understands their meanings, and can produce sophisticated reports for multiple database systems. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to successfully deliver database performance monitoring/tuning without requiring support and instruction from others. Examines performance tuning data and implements improvements.
Leadership: Serves as a technical resource to programmers, analysts, and faculty in the department and greater VUMC community. Directs programmer efforts, schedules and attends meetings, documents action items, interfaces with investigators, and provides professional support and leadership for programmer/core staff. Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customize services to better address them. Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase programmers' effectiveness. Stewards departmental resources by applying understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/core.
NOTE: A current resume and coding/documentation sample must be included/uploaded in the online application to eligible for consideration.
This is a full-time position.
Salary is dependent upon education and experience.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
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