Data Modernization Director

Oklahoma State Department of Health
September 14, 2023
Oklahoma County, OK
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Data Modernization Director


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340 Strategy & Business Performance

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Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the posting end date above.

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Full time

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Up to $109,000 based on Education and Experience.

Job Description

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Data Modernization Director providing support enterprise-wide. This is position #34004419 in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK.OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package ,including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. For more information about the benefit allowance [ click here ].The Annual Salary for this position is up to $109,000 based on Education and Experience.

Position Summary

This position will serve as the OSDH Data Modernization Director. They will be responsible for ensuring the OSDH takes an agile, enterprise-wide approach in assessment, planning, and incremental implementation of modernization activities. They provide vision and will lead the OSDH in developing a strategy for global data management, modernization, and governance. They will champion the continued development of the Agency's public health informatics functions (including but not limited to integrations with the Oklahoma State designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) entity and federal agencies) as well as coordinate data modernization efforts to ensure timely, complete, and interoperable data are readily available for public health action.

The OSDH Data Modernization Director is responsible for program development and operations and the supervision of identified staff members.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions

  • Serve as the OSDH Data Modernization Director for the Strengthening US Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce and Data Systems grant and other CDC funded Data Modernization Initiatives
  • The position continually assesses data modernization and informatics capacity, and selects, implements and/or recommends agency-level strategies and policies as needed.
  • Provides strategic direction and programmatic implementation for projects focused on data modernization and public health informatics.
  • Demonstrates thorough understanding of why and how each program area uses data and their needs for data driven decision making.
  • Work with cross-sector teams, stakeholders, and public health partners to support a modernized and sustainable public health data infrastructure, through the direction and execution of federal and privately funded projects.
  • Exhibits exceptional communication and interpersonal skills across multiple levels of the agency (workers, managers, directors, leadership).
  • Coordinate with Enterprise Services and OMES to support requirements on definition, prioritization, solution identification, acquisition, change management and implementation. Coordinate with HIPAA Officer to ensure ongoing compliance as data systems are modernized.
  • Direct the OSDH data governance office.
  • Assess information technologies and strategies for their potential benefit to the agency and make recommendations regarding investment and implementation.
  • Document, analyze, evaluate, and share findings on existing system processes with program staff.
  • Identify, prioritize and improve agency data processes to bring efficiency and automation to data reporting.
  • Recommend operating policies to eliminate siloed areas, integrate processes, and to enhance interoperability between data systems, as dictated by resources required, available funds, and cost-benefit considerations.
  • Provide troubleshooting and technical support skills to colleagues and consult with public health leadership groups as necessary.
  • Advise policy makers regarding optimal design and evaluation of systems to meet requirements for "meaningful use" of health information.
  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure comprehensive Public Health Informatics capacity for the Agency.
  • Serve on OSDH data and information systems governance groups/committees.
  • Represent the agency at local state and national meetings.
  • Serve on State HIE committees(s)/boards.
  • Motivate, manage and develop high functioning teams through both direct and indirect influence.
  • Assist agency leadership to establish a culture that normalizes sharing data and using a high-quality and integrated dataset to make informed decisions for the agency.

Other Duties

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
  • Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.
  • May be required to perform other duties; may include functions in support of emergency declaration.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Minimum qualifications:

Master's degree in data science; public health, medical, health care (or similar) informatics; computer science; epidemiology; biostatistics; or other closely related field.

Seven (7) or more years relevant work experience in health informatics, senior level data management, or related field.

Demonstrated and quantifiable years of supervisory experience directing, leading and managing subordinate teams' efforts aimed at data modernization at an organization of comparable size.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding and practice of system management, including monitoring systems and taking actions to improve or correct performance to optimize agency effectiveness and readiness.
  • Proficiency in the organizational systems and their application to public health agencies, including cost estimating and time/resource allocation.
  • Proficient and knowledgeable in the field of public health data modernization and informatics
  • Familiarity with interoperability standards, including HL7, FHIR, USCDI+, and others.
  • Knowledge and technical expertise related to public health and healthcare systems, health information technology, and surveillance.
  • Grant/Cooperative Agreement management proficiency
  • Management/supervisory experience
  • Ability to manage large projects.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills required, including ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to:
  • Interact effectively with others across a broad spectrum of managerial, administrative, and professional staff, especially executive level leaders.
  • Write clearly and effectively for a variety of audiences.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Direct organizational leadership experience to include development and implementation of data modernization and informatics strategies with those teams.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Work is typically performed in a an office environment with climate- controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. Telework and the provision of services remotely may also be required. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms and may lift up to 35 pounds. This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.

Travel Requirements:

Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position .


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.



Equal Opportunity Employment

The State of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information, race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Current State of Oklahoma employees must apply for open positions through their Workday account. Go to Careers app on WD home screen>Click on 'Find Jobs-Internal State of Oklahoma'.

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