Temp position with NC DHHS

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Get Alarmed, North Carolina! Residential Fire Safety Program
Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health


The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) seeks a temporary employee (24 hours per week) to perform an evaluation of the Get Alarmed, North Carolina Residential Fire Safety Program. Get Alarmed, North Carolina! will be conducting a formal evaluation on the Get Alarmed, North Carolina! program for the 2001-2011 time period. Fire departments and agencies currently under contract are required to report any fires and lives saved at homes that had a smoke alarm installed. Departments that are currently not under contract are not obligated to report fires, thus the program believes there are many more lives saved than we have currently reported. A part time evaluator is needed to collect and analyze data using the National Fire Incident Reporting System database, a system used by U.S. fire departments to report fires and other incidents in a uniform matter. This position will also conduct key informant interviews and use Geomapping to overlap installed alarms with lives saved. This position will prepare a final evaluation report on the effectiveness of this program. This temporary position will begin as soon as the position is filled and continue at for up to 24 weeks. The IVPB will provide a work space, computer, phone and access to a state vehicle for travel (outside of Wake County). The IVPB expects the employee to work on-site in the Raleigh office except when job duties require work elsewhere, however, alternative working arrangements can be made if necessitated by the project or mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Salary range/hours: $25 – $30/hour depending on experience

Please note: This temporary position does not include benefits or paid vacation/sick leave.

Main Activities
§ Conduct data collection, analysis and report preparation
§ Preparation of a final evaluation report outlining the efficacy of the Get Alarmed, North Carolina! program.


Minimum Master’s student in public health or related field and three years of evaluation experience
Quantitative research skills including:
Primary and secondary data analysis
Use of statistical software such as SAS
Use of Geomapping software ArcView

Qualitative research skills, including:
Focus group, recruitment, implementation, and data analysis
Excellent written skills
Experience conducting literature searches
Experience developing basic evaluation tools
Flexibility and the ability to adapt to project needs
Independent, self-motivated worker
Has own transportation (car) for use to carry out job tasks within Wake County.
Proficiency with MS Office particularly Excel and SAS, SPSS or comparable statistical software.

Ph.D graduate student strongly preferred
At least five years of prior evaluation experience
Basic understanding of public health principles

For further information, please contact:

Stephania Sidberry
Head, Applications and Program Unit
NC DHHS, Division of Public Health
Injury and Violence Prevention Branch
1915 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1915
Phone: (919) 707-5429
Fax: (919) 870-4803


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