You are viewing a preview of this job. Log in or register to view more details about this job.

Overdose Data Abstractor (Contractor)

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) is seeking an experienced Data Abstractor to be responsible for the collection, review, abstraction, and code information from medical examiner reports, death certificates, and supplemental data sources on fatal unintentional and undetermined intent drug overdose-related deaths at the OCME and other offsite locations multiple days a week.
This is a contract position. The contractor will assist with the validation of existing fatal opioid-related overdoses prediction model and review pending OCME cases to determine if they are likely opioid-related overdoses. The incumbent will research and provide administrative support to the program supervisor and epidemiologist by working closely with the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) and the HEALing Communities grant team. 
Please note: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required for this position. Applicants should attach a brief writing sample when submitting their applications. This position will pay up to $40 per hour.         
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher with a major in public health or a closely related field.
  • Prior experience with data collection methods, standards, and analysis. Preferred candidates will have experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and related software.
  • Background knowledge of injury/overdose research literature and public health approaches to prevention.
  • Ability to write effective reports for various external and internal audiences, including medical, scientific and lay audiences.
  • Experience working with methods and techniques used in the collection of research data, statistical methods and techniques, including means, medians, modes, and standard deviations.
  • Strong administrative skills, with the ability to organize and complete work efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Experience collecting data and pertinent information by examining records and documents.
  • Ability to summarize how research and analytical information was obtained through summary of statistics or visuals, including the ability to use information technology resources, formulas, and analytical tools to generate reports, letters, memoranda and related documents.
 Additional Information:
  • Benefits are unavailable with the exception of sick leave accruals.
  • Contracts are renewable, subject to the Department approval, performance, and allocation of funds.
  • Merit and C.O.L.A. increases may be included.
  • All employees will be paid on a biweekly basis and must have direct deposit.
Period of Service: 05/01/2020 – 04/30/2021 (Renewable subject to appropriation)
Pre-Hire Process:
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2