This position is responsible for leadership of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ (AAPCC’s) poison control data services and database portfolio. The Director supports the implementation of the Association’s vision and strategic plan for improving the national profile and use of poison data services (and sales) to support both public health and health care systems across the country. The role combines public health, “big data,” IT, government contracts, and business components and is ideal for an experienced public health professional with an interest in quantitative surveillance and otherwise utilizing data (in particular, poisoning data) to positively impact public health.
The Director assures the overall quality, and oversees the utilization, of AAPCC’s National Poison Data System (NPDS) by poison centers and external stakeholders. NPDS is a complex and sophisticated database containing over three decades of data on calls to all of the nation’s poison control centers (with over 60 million case records and information on over 420,000 products, it is updated every 8 minutes and has been lauded by the CDC as outstanding for its timeliness and specificity in identifying public health threats). The Director is also responsible for overseeing AAPCC poison data sales, Government contracts (including with the CDC and FDA), IT functions of the database (with contractor support), major data-related projects, and the administration of all committees related to poisoning data.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director of AAPCC. S/he will have four direct reports and will manage contractors providing IT services to AAPCC related to federal and industry data services projects. The Director serves as the Association’s staff liaison and administrator for all Board of Directors’ initiatives, committees, expert workgroups, and special projects related to NPDS. The Director is responsible for managing AAPCC federal and industry contract deliverables, including all related reporting and development of project budgets.
Primary assignments include:
Serves as Principal Investigator for critical, nationwide, public health threat surveillance cooperative agreement with the CDC and coordinates grant requirement deliverables for any federal surveillance contracts.
Serves as Principal Investigator for five-year IDIQ government contract with the FDA.
Identifies NPDS data appropriate for the needs of federal government agencies, industry, media, researchers, public health officials, etc.
Supervises NPDS data sales and the NPDS data request process (including contracts and conducting business development to potential data sales clients (e.g., federal government, trade associations, industry)).
Serves as the primary point of contact for NPDS hosting and IT development contracts.
Leads/coordinates initiatives/efforts to develop and test NPDS enhancements intended to improve data quality and usefulness (e.g., coding systems and data visualization).
Supports the work of AAPCC leadership, teams, and committees, particularly as it relates to NPDS.
Coordinates the preparation, and serves as co-author, of certain NPDS data reports, including the NPDS Annual Report.
Leads/coordinates updates to relevant NPDS resources and training materials and conducts relevant training.
Budget preparation and monitoring for assigned projects.
Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
Advanced degree (e.g., PhD, DPH, PharmD, or Master’s) in public health, epidemiology, information technology, toxicology, pharmacology, physical or life sciences, preventative medicine, or related field required.
Project management experience preferred.
Demonstrated expertise in health-related data analysis and/or statistics preferred.
Comfort with business development preferred.
Database hosting (in connection with external IT experts) experience preferred.
Past successful experience managing / working with federal projects, and with writing and administering federal contracts preferred.
History of coordinating data quality initiatives/enhancements preferred.
General knowledge of information technology as it relates to complex databases and knowledge of SQL server relational databases and SQL query methods is preferred.
Ability to take initiative and be proactive.
Comfortable conducting presentations.
Strong organizational skills and ability to successfully manage multiple project activities effectively and independently.
Ability to be team player and deferential to membership.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with internal and external audiences and to manage direct reports.
Excellent verbal and professional writing skills.
Ability to travel on a limited basis (typically 3-5 trips per year) as needed to support the mission of AAPCC.
Good benefits. Annual salary commensurate with experience (with recognition that AAPCC is a non-profit organization).
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Stephen Kaminski, CEO and Executive Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
About American Association of Poison Control Centers
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) represents the nation’s 55 poison control centers (PCCs), which provide free, expert information and treatment advice, 24/7/365, through the national Poison Help line: 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Help line covers 100% of the U.S. population and can provide assistance in 150 languages. Calls are answered primarily by certified specialists in poison information (e.g., specially trained pharmacists and nurses with medical toxicology and clinical toxicology oversight). PCCs annually answer about 3 million calls.
Data from each call is fed into the National Poison Data System (NPDS) operated by AAPCC -- the only near real-time, comprehensive poisoning surveillance database in the U.S. Located in scenic Old Town, Alexandria, VA (just outside of Washington, DC), AAPCC also accredits the nation’s poison control centers, certifies their specialists, provides legislative support to centers, and provides extensive educational and prevention outreach.
Note: AAPCC will be moving offices from Old Town Alexandria to the Ballston area of Arlington, VA in approximately September 2019.