The Policy Analyst applies extensive knowledge as a research professional with an in-depth understanding of policy analysis and program evaluation to support mental health research projects of broad scope and complexity.
The Policy Analyst will be a key member of the research and evaluation team of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), Sacramento. The role of MHSOAC is to oversee the implementation of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSOAC is also responsible for developing strategies to overcome stigma. At any time, the MHSOAC may advise the Governor or the Legislature on mental health policy.
The Policy Analyst will analyze data to track and trend county program metrics and develop new metrics as needs and goals evolve. The individual will summarize issues and translate research for policy-makers and lay audiences and provide mental health science contextual information.
The Policy Analyst will design and carry out meta-analysis of grantee reports and analysis of data reported in the Transparency Suite dashboard to identify best mental health practices and policies. The individual will communicate findings by means of data briefs, topical or program reports, and peer-reviewed publications. The individual will give or assist in preparation of public presentations to policy makers, managers and / or at meetings and conferences. Under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the individual will be processing data use agreements (DUAs) to ensure access to all required data sets, the preparation of human subject approval applications, and the data requests. Additionally, the individual will work closely with researchers and the MHSOAC staff all project reports and deliverables.
The Policy Analyst will prepare data products (eg. Data briefs, infographics) that monitor program implementation and assess the impact of MHSOAC programs on key indicators. The individual will also provide recommendations for the refinement and development of indicators that measure program success in areas such as criminal justice involvement, unemployment, and high school / college graduation. The individual will maintain an electronic library, including index, of ad hoc requests for retrieval of previously produced data and / or documents.
Please note: This is a full time contract position that will end on June 30, 2021. This position locates in Sacramento.
• Bachelor's degree in related area and three+ years of related experience; and / or equivalent experience / training • In-depth knowledge of program evaluation principles • Thorough skills in analysis and consultation • Proficient research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations • Ability to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing • Ability to think creatively to recommend action steps or strategize solutions relative to research • Interpersonal and communication skills • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and fast-paced work environment • Demonstrated excellence in reliability and attendance
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.PHILIP R. LEE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH POLICY STUDIESThe Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS) is an organized research unit within the School of Medicine (SOM). The primary purposes of the Institute are to advance knowledge of health services and health policies through basic and applied research; to contribute to the solution of health and social problems through the application of research findings to health policy issues at the national, state, and local levels.