Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
JOB #R2001136

Public Health Project Coordinator with SAS Data Management Expertise

Our public health group is growing and we’re currently seeking a Public Health Project Coordinator with SAS Data Management Expertise to work in Atlanta, GA, sitting onsite with CDC.

The Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention−Surveillance and Epidemiology (DHAP−SE) provides national leadership for HIV prevention research and surveillance and the development and testing of effective programmatic and data-driven interventions to reduce HIV transmission and HIV disease progression in the United States and internationally. The purpose of these activities is to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based HIV prevention programs serving persons affected by, or at risk for, HIV infection. Branches of DHAP-SE include:

  • The Epidemiology Branch designs and conducts epidemiologic, behavioral, and biomedical intervention studies in the United States and internationally to determine risk factors and modes of transmission of HIV infection and to reduce HIV infection and disease progression.
  • The HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch conducts a national program of surveillance and research to monitor and characterize the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and its determinants and impact, to guide public health action at federal, state, and local levels. This program includes surveillance of HIV infection and AIDS in collaboration with state and local health departments to provide population-based data for research, evaluation, and prevention at the national, state, and local levels.
  • The Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch implements scientifically rigorous HIV research studies and surveillance systems that meet critical local, state, and national HIV prevention needs for characterizing persons who are at risk for HIV infection or who have recently acquired HIV or have HIV-related morbidities. The branch also develops and demonstrates best practices of laboratory and prevention technologies to efficiently move them from development into public health practice.

Job Description and Key Responsibilities: 

The Public Health Project Coordinator with SAS Data Management Expertise will work with HIV diagnostic related studies and programs, diagnostic guidance, general population surveys and studies of special emphasis such as supplemental surveillance programs.

  • Project Coordination:
  • Support all related logistical considerations for study calls and meetings, such as setting up web capabilities, gathering input from CDC and external stakeholders for the agenda, developing slides, and providing advance instructions when necessary. 
  • Develop and Maintain internal and external Project list serves, contact list for study sites, project communication, meeting minutes, protocols, operations manuals, and data collection instruments, and project timelines.
  • Travel to up to 1-2 sites per year to support on-site training issues
  • Manage the planning & logistics of all meetings that involve CDC staff, and CDC staff with Principal Investigators and field staff.
  • Collects, maintains and reports on the progress of project site recruitment numbers. 
  • Maintain a reference manager database of relevant diagnostic and other publications.
  • Perform literature searches and summarize findings from the resulting literature.
  • Data Management:
  • Develop SAS programs for managing and validating data.
  • Review output from the SAS programs, identify problems in the output.
  • Review data error logs to ensure that requested data modifications are done according to the protocol.
  • Identify errors/omissions of variable formats or labels.
  • Document problems and proposed corrections before finalizing the data set.  
  • Review the data files to document problems and proposed corrections needed to be made to finalize the data set.
  • Review the quality of the weights as indicated.
  • Review SAS programs to ensure data quality or process the data.  Document problems with the SAS program and any proposed corrections needed to finalize the data. SAS programs are used to conduct monitoring and assessment activities. The contractor shall generate SAS programs for this purpose, review the output, and generate a summary.
  • Review the SAS programs generated to create analysis variables for the cycle by comparing the code with similar SAS code known to be valid for creating the variable  or by generating cross-tabulations of the variables comprising the analysis variables.
  • Assist in the creation, population, and validation of table shells for manuscripts including, but not limited to, MMWRs, DHAP reports, abstracts, and other publications.
  • Merge data from different sources; conduct necessary steps to ensure quality of the resulting merge.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in Public Health or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience with SAS programming.
  • Including large database manipulation, transfer and storage.
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience with project management of a public health survey or research project. 

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related field.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple public health research or research projects.
  • Knowledge of public health promotion programs (knowledge/experience with HIV prevention research/programs desirable).
  • Strong Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and other database skills.
  • Knowledge and skills in data collection, data analysis, and data cleaning.

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and ability to meet short work deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented and able to create meticulous documentation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills: experience with written and oral presentation of data, ability to interact professionally with senior research staff and CDC.
  • Ability to work independently and within a group -- demonstrated experience in multi-tasking.
  • Commitment to generating accurate data and products.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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