R Visualization Specialist – Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity

R Visualization Specialist


The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity is looking for two passionate Visualization Specialists to turn data into information, information into insight, and insight into action.

The Visualization Specialists will work on an exciting project sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute visualizing the relationship between place and health. The positions are 6-month, grant-funded, contract positions for up to 40 hours per week. Telework is available and remote work is possible for the right candidate.


A. Healthy Places, Healthy Lives Visualization (80%)

a. Under the guidance of the Director of Social Epidemiology, develops the Healthy Places, Healthy Lives visualization. The visualization includes Census Tract level mapping, integrated links and images, and the ability to interact with the visualization and underlying data using filters, selection tools, highlights, hover tips and other intermediate and advanced tools.

b. Works with research staff, communications staff and other Visualization Specialists to understand model and design requirements.

c. Publishes the visualization using shinyapps.io, Tableau Public, or other visualization software. Integrates the final product and related project content into the Office of Health Equity website, a WordPress based site, including multi-platform display (e.g., laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone).

d. Maintains documentation of data and code for public reporting, including creation of shareable R-Packages, and descriptions of work for academic publication.

B. Maintains VDH Data Quality & Security Standards (20%)

a. Follows the HIPAA privacy rule and industry standards to secure protected health information, personally identifiable information, and to information system security.

b. Documents business rules and processes for data projects, including creating metadata.


Expert in R Statistical Coding Language, including tidyverse and R-Shiny from R Studio. Knowledge of statistics and experience using R statistical packages to analyze data. Ability to integrate R and Tableau a plus.

Demonstrated experience creating digital, interactive visualizations and dashboards, including eliciting requirements and designing visualizations for multi-platform viewing.

Experience deploying interactive visualizations in shinyapps.io and other hosting environments, and embedding within websites, social media and other platforms.

BS in Computer Science, Graphic/Web Design, Communications, or related degree, or social science degree with demonstrated experience using R for analysis and visualization. Graduate degree a plus. Graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Experience with Tableau a plus. Experience with ArcGIS, including ArcGIS online, a plus.

Knowledge of, or experience in, public health, health administration or health systems a plus.

This position pays an hourly rate up to $40.00. Approximately 40 hours per week. This is a 6-month, grant funded position funded from June 1 to Nov 29, 2019.

Interested Candidates should send a cover letter, resume and samples of visualization work to Justin Crow (justin.crow@vdh.virginia.gov)


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