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Research & Development

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With a staff of approximately 600, an annual budget of more than $100 million, and hundreds of projects under way at any given time, our research program is one of the largest and most respected in the industry.

Associate Director Division Of Research

Location: Oakland, CA Job Number: 706684 Date posted: 06/08/2018
Description: Support and develop the health services research program within the Division of Research, which draws upon Kaiser Permanente's rich clinical databases and direct access to its ethnically and culturally diverse patient population. This program seeks to measure, understand, and improve the effectiveness and quality of health care in a population of 2.8 million members served by 31 medical facilities. Current research activities include observational and experimental evaluations of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of specific medical therapies and of new models of care delivery; area variation studies comparing patterns and outcomes of care across subareas of the HMO and between Kaiser Permanente and other organizations; research on patient factors that influence health care effectiveness, including access to care, barriers to compliance, patient values, preferences and expectations; studies of provider and systems level factors that influence health care outcomes, and studies of health care delivery to and health needs of diverse subgroups in the population.

Essential Functions:
  • Serve as Principal Investigator on major health services and/or epidemiological research projects for the Division of Research. Collaborate with the Director and Senior Investigators of the Division of Research to develop and maintain relationships with key regional and national program leaders of the Permanente Medical Group, as well as with governmental research agencies and academic institutions. Mentor other investigators within the Division of Research. Participate as a leader on the Division of Research Strategic Planning Committee and on other ad hoc committees.
  • Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.

  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum fifteen (15) years of experience conducting original health services research and/or clinical epidemiology with a large health care organization or university.
    Education
  • Doctorate in a research area such as health services research, clinical epidemiology, health economics, or sociology required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain research funding.
  • Substantial record of publishing full-length, first-authored, peer-reviewed papers, with national recognition as demonstrated through outside letters of support.
  • Understanding of new models of health care delivery and the competitive dynamics of the health care industry.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of the impact of medical research on Kaiser Permanente and the health care industry.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • N/A.
    Primary Location: California,Oakland,2000 Broadway 2000 Broadway Scheduled Weekly Hours: 24 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: Variable Working Hours End: Variable Job Schedule: Part-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Director/Senior Director Job Category: Research and Development Department: Div of Research Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
  • About Research & Development Careers

    Careers in Research & Development

    Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

    In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

    As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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