Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
POSITION TITLE: SAS Programmer/Analyst II
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The SAS Programmer/Analyst II will collaborate in a number of epidemiological and health
services research projects in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM). DPM is a
department within the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, affiliated with Harvard Medical
School. The SAS Programmer/Analyst II will be a member of the Research Services Data
Center (RSDC), and will be in charge of data specifications, technical design, database
development, data management, programming and statistical analysis, and results reporting
for several simultaneous research projects. This person will utilize a variety of technical tools
and software to develop programs and utility applications, and manipulate and analyze data in
a variety of Unix and PC environments. S/he will provide statistical expertise to investigators
and study teams, and share knowledge with other members of RSDC. The SAS
Programmer/Analyst II works under the general direction of the Manager of Administration &
The main project that the SAS Programmer/Analyst II will support is a cluster
randomized trial of the comparative effectiveness of three strategies to prevent
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in intensive care units.
Approximately 60 hospitals throughout the US will be randomized and participate in
the trial. The study will begin in September 2009.
Responsible for data management and analysis tasks on multiple epidemiological
research projects for internal and external customers. Depending on the nature of the
project, may work with a project team that includes many levels of staff, or may work
independently with the investigator. Supports all aspects of the project, including work
plan development, project design, developing SAS programs, data problem identification
and resolution and results reporting.
Provide statistical expertise using traditional and up-to-date methodologies. Conduct
literature reviews to research methods, adapt and utilize methods for specific projects.
Areas of expertise include sequential analyses, text string searches, data mining
methods, discrete choice experiment methods, and logistic regression modeling.
Develop, design, clean, manage, and analyze data from all corporate systems using UNIX
and PC software. In addition to utilizing corporate databases, will also utilize data
developed from surveys, chart reviews, PC databases, and external sources.
Develop working knowledge of and facility in accessing data structure and contents of all
HPHC and HVMA data sources including: clinical information systems, automated medical
records, hospital claims, outpatient claims, pharmacy, enrollment and benefits data.
Develop working knowledge of technical and software tools required to access, utilize and
analyze data from all HPHC systems environments. Assimilate and learn new technical
tools, software and data systems to accommodate continuous changes in technical
Independently document project tasks and specifications. Responsible for managing
project work according to work plan, and for successful completion of project goals within
project timeline using effective time-management skills. Identify and recommend
alternative data/methods to meet project needs in most efficient way.
Manage databases for multiple projects, create and manage data documentation
procedures and data dictionaries.
Develop and perform data quality control activities.
Utilize knowledge of analytic and statistical concepts, techniques, and methods in daily
Utilize knowledge of epidemiologic and health services research concepts and methods in
Attend and actively participate in staff, data/operations, and co-investigator meetings for
Participate in systems development projects (such as the corporate data warehouse)
through systems and data analysis, application development, system testing and
debugging, as needed.
Use good judgment and practice in working with highly confidential information. Follow
all applicable privacy and confidentiality procedures in daily work.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field (i.e. computer programming,
public health, statistics)
Experience: 5-7 years of practical experience programming or conducting
analyses in a health care environment or related field, or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Excellent computer skills, including database management
Skills/Qualifications: and proficiency in statistical software (proficient knowledge
of SAS required, SQL knowledge preferred).
Prior experience retrieving, manipulating and analyzing data
on UNIX computer systems.
Knowledge of personal computer applications (word-
processing, spreadsheet, database management, graphics).
Demonstrated ability to learn new technical tools and software
applications, and work with a variety of data and data
Ability to utilize basic project planning skills, concepts and
tools, including relevant software.
Demonstrated ability to work on projects with multiple
Knowledge of study design, research methodology, statistical
analysis, and data management.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part
of a team.
To apply, please email a cover letter and your resume to:
Virginia L. Hinrichsen, MS, MPH
Manager, Administration & Systems
Department of Population Medicine
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
133 Brookline Ave., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Harvard Pilgrim is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in
employment on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, sexual
orientation, national origin, or veteran or disability status. Harvard Pilgrim complies
with all applicable laws concerning hiring and employment practices.