Director - Quantitative Sciences at Verana Health

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Verana Health, a digital health company that delivers quality drug lifecycle and medical practice insights from an exclusive real-world data network, recently secured a $150 million Series E led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) and Novo Growth, the growth-stage investment arm of Novo Holdings. 

Existing Verana Health investors GV (formerly Google Ventures), Casdin Capital, and Brook Byers also joined the round, as well as notable new investors, including the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, THVC, and Breyer Capital.

Our team is reinventing how medical research happens with data and technology. This is a company built by and for people who are looking to get out of their comfort zone and try new things, who want to learn and grow quickly, and who seek to be part of a mission-driven team committed to improving patient lives. Our headquarters are located in San Francisco and we have additional offices in Knoxville, TN and New York City with employees working remotely in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT,  VA, WA, WI. All employees are required to have permanent residency in one of these states. Candidates who are willing to relocate are also encouraged to apply.

 We cannot currently sponsor H1-B or OPT visas at this time.

Role Description:

As Verana Health reinvents how research happens with data and technology in the healthcare space, we are growing our Quantitative Sciences team to solve complex real-world problems across multiple therapeutic areas, including urology, ophthalmology, and neurology.  We are looking for a Director that will specifically help to oversee the Quantitative Science team members working with our American Academy of Ophthalmology IRIS® Registry, which is the largest specialty clinical database with over 70 million unique patients. The team works closely with clinical data derived from electronic health records in support of both internally driven research areas as well as commercial projects. We are looking for an individual that is experienced in overseeing a data-focused team, currently consisting of at least 10 scientists, and has effectively collaborated with relevant cross-functional stakeholders, including executive leadership. We are looking for someone with a strong commitment in developing individuals and passionate about helping them grow in their careers.

This role will report directly to the Head of Quantitative Sciences. Built on the values of continuous learning, cross-functional collaboration, and rigorous scientific research, the Quantitative Sciences team strives to improve patient care by innovating at the intersection of real world data, clinical context, and methodology with our partners to ensure all available data is being used to in the most efficient, data-driven way possible.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Verana Health is looking for a Director with a background in health data analytics and experience managing a team of biostatisticians, data scientists, and/or epidemiologists.

Responsibilities

  • Define strategic and operational objectives for the Quantitative Sciences team working with Verana’s ophthalmology-focused database
  • Effectively prioritize across potentially competing priorities and serve as a point of escalation
  • Accountable for research and development efforts as well as commercial retrospective clinical studies leveraging real-world ophthalmology data, which includes creation of statistical analysis plans, implementation of analyses, development of algorithms in support of research objectives, and/or writing of publications
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with teams (e.g., Commercial, Product, Medical, Engineering/Technology, etc.) to align on priorities and key roadmap initiatives
  • Develop and foster team growth, which includes identifying development opportunities for direct reports

Basic Requirements:

  • Master’s or doctorate in a quantitative discipline (e.g., biostatistics, data science, epidemiology, etc.) or equivalent practical experience plus an additional 5+ years of industry experience 
  • Deep understanding of messy healthcare data (e.g., claims, electronic health records, outcomes data) and analytical methodologies
  • Hands on people management experience
  • Strong familiarity with health data analytics tools, especially SQL, Python, R, with ​​an emphasis on analysis and reporting of results
  • Familiarity with pharmaceutical industry’s strategy and business processes, including clinical trials, drug development processes, and clinical operations
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and executive stakeholders
  • Clear communication skills and able to deliver internal/external presentations

Final note

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Verana, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

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