HPI Operations & Analytics Unit Manager

Posting Number: #1777

Position Title: HPI Operations & Analytics Unit Manager

Closing Date: January 29, 2024

Location: Remote, USA

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.



The Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) is a coalition of 11 local health departments in Southern California representing 60% of the State’s population. The Project Manager will oversee our Healthy Places Index (HPI) Operations and Analytics Unit. The Project Manager will work closely with the Director of Data Initiatives, Executive Director, other Alliance team members, and consultants to develop and maintain streamlined data infrastructure and manage mapping projects. The Project Manager will also collaborate within the Data Initiative to implement equity-focused research, data collection, analysis, and visualization.



The Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful platform designed to identify neighborhood health opportunities where investment, programs, and policy would have the strongest impact. Comprising an index summarizing measures of health-linked community conditions that are validated with life expectancy at birth, plus an interactive, web-based mapping application, the HPI platform provides the data and tools for public health practitioners, government, and funders to assist communities in reaching their greatest potential. Since 2018, HPI has been used to guide the allocation of more than four billion dollars from California state and local agencies, health care and philanthropy, directing resources to communities most in need. HPI has widespread support and has been utilized by more than 100 government agencies, local and state health departments, health care institutions, community groups and other sectors across California for a variety of different purposes.

The incumbent should have project management, data skills, and expertise to assist us in supporting the California HPI and national expansion.

This is a remote, regular full-time position.

Full salary range for this position: $75,732 to $109,873 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $75,732 (minimum) to $92,803 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversees the HPI Operations and Analytics Unit (O&A Unit) – managing HPI projects, delegating tasks amongst unit members, facilitating unit meetings.
  • Manages the O&A Unit members in implementation and maintenance of data infrastructure, including databases, files, and codebases/scripts, for the Healthy Places Index family of products.
  • Manages the operations and development of the Healthy Places Index map platform by scoping areas of development, preparing agendas and leading meetings, delegating tasks and supervising team members, tracking deliverables, and providing timely status updates to Director of Data Initiatives and Executive director.
  • Coordinates between Alliance and map contractors by leading communications and meetings.
  • Researches best practices for mapping data, spatial data analysis and developing modern data infrastructure and identifies opportunities for future development, collaboration, capacity building, and/or resource development within the Data Initiative.
  • Assists Director of Data Initiatives by co-developing and updating the HPI roadmap and attending strategic planning meetings.
  • Develops and delivers training for data team members to build capacity for data analysis, visualization, and documentation, and fosters opportunities for team collaboration and cross-training.
  • Develops detailed training plan for O&A Unit members to build competency in carrying out HPI processes and analyses.
  • Conducts well-documented research with sound statistical methods to support Alliance initiatives, including research with HPI data to inform the selection of HPI indicators and methods for weighting and calculating HPI score.
  • Writes legible, annotated, and reproduceable code for all analyses.
  • Prepares technical documentation and reports.
  • Prepares materials such as presentations, journal articles or webinars to disseminate research results and information about the Healthy Places Index and map tool.
  • Represents the Alliance in relevant professional organizations (such as CCLHDME) and identifies opportunities for collaboration, capacity building, and/or resource development.
  • Develops and delivers communications on program activities, including presentations, trainings, webinars, website content, and grant reports.
  • Attends meetings and presentations relevant to the program.
  • Performs other duties as needed in support of the program as assigned by the Director of Data Initiatives or Executive Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years’ related experience, including 3 years’ experience in the public health field.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Other Required Qualifications

  • A strong, demonstrated understanding of statistical analysis and epidemiological methods.
  • Experience with ArcMap and/or Simple Features for GIS data processing and analysis, including spatial aggregation, creating buffers, and working with spatial joins.
  • Experience using R and R Studio; can fluently read and write R code for data processing tasks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate and establish effective working relationships with all levels within the organizations, and interact effectively with co-workers, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to make independent decisions following standard policies and procedures and to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment, make simultaneous progress on multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; ability to develop alternative solutions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with US Census Bureau data, including American Community Survey estimates.
  • Experience with SQL and SQL databases.
  • Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology or Biostatistics, or equivalent experience in public health and data analysis.


Important Information

  • This is a remote, regular full-time position (40 hours per week).
  • This is a fully remote position, and the individual chosen for this position will be expected to work from their home office.
  • Candidates must be based in the United States. Southern California candidates preferred.
  • This position is eligible for PHI’s full suite of benefits including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision coverage, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and generous time off.



This position reports to the Alliance’s Director of Data Initiatives, and works collaboratively with Alliance members and staff, consultants, and other partners to advance health equity.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


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