Danville, PA
Feb 17, 2017
Position Type
  Location: Geisinger Office Building I

Work Schedule: Days

Work Type: FULL TIME

Hiring Manager: Ron Dravenstott



The Senior Modeler - Operations Research is responsible for actively contributing to drive substantial improvements in patient flow, quality, efficiency and patient engagement using Operations Research methodologies for the Clinical Innovation – Process Transformation Department. The role collaborates closely with other departments in Innovation to contribute to joint solutions development across the Division of Clinical Innovation. In support of the Divisional mission to develop novel solutions to drive increased health care value, the core areas of responsibilities for the Innovations Analytics and Operations Research function include analytical project support for Innovations initiatives, Operations Research based decision support tools development for clinical and operational use and publishable research in the field of Operations Research.

Requires the ability to utilize multiple sophisticated Operations Research, Statistics, and Data Reporting tools. Manages projects to ensure research contributions in this emerging field are achieved. Oversees projects that lead to dissemination in peer reviewed journals and other forums and to the development of analytics based tools that improve clinical and operational performance.

Must be able to able to work in a dynamic environment with clinical, operational and administrative stakeholders and teams and to build strong work relationships across the institution, including with other improvement and analytic/reporting groups.

Reports to the Manager, Innovation Analytics and Operations Research of the Division of Clinical Innovation.


Operations Research Thought Leadership

*1. Maintains Operations Research expertise in a range of analytical methodologies including discrete event simulation, optimization, statistical modeling and analysis and risk adjusted benchmarking.

*2. Continuously innovates applications of Operations Research methodologies and capabilities in healthcare.

Process and Relationship Management

*3. Assesses the local stakeholder environment and manages relationships among line staff, department managers, vice president, physicians, physician program leaders and physician chairs.

*4. Facilitates and trains interdisciplinary committees and is able to support manager/physician leader in running interdisciplinary committees. Fosters local accountability.

Dissemination and Communications

5. Presents results from Geisinger improvement modeling projects and research at national meetings and in the published literature as appropriate.

*6. Promotes internal spread and publish in peer reviewed journal.

7. Able to prepare independently sections of proposal narratives and develop scope of work for funded research proposals.

*8. Clearly, succinctly and persuasively communicates strategies, specific solutions and analyses in way that is appropriately targeted to audience.

Project Delivery

*9. Develops project plans for discrete projects.

*10. Manages the work to meet project milestones through task management, consistent follow through, directing and mentoring other team members, supporting the project team, progress tracking and reporting, and creative organizational problem solving. Communicates resource needs.

*11. Consistently achieves project outcomes at target (and frequently stretch) goals with hardwired redesign of clinical/operational workflows and processes. Demonstrates consistent follow-through, creative problem solving, removing barriers, relationship management and tenacious focus on results.

*12. Develops and manages budgets if applicable to project.

*13. Responsible for IRB and required regulatory reporting.

*14. Adheres to Geisinger Health System Security policies and ensures that staff/end-users uphold these same policies; maintains confidentiality of all data.

15. Performs other duties as required or assigned.

*Denotes essential job functions



Demonstrates ability to conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative analysis including demonstrated expertise with analytical and reporting tools e.g. Simulation, Optimization, Multi-Variate Regression, Risk Adjusted Benchmarking, Access, and SAS or SQL. Must have the ability to manipulate and merge data and files for analysis, research and presentation.

Demonstrates ability to identify key business issues and develop appropriate action plans and analyses from multidisciplinary perspectives.

Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills.

Demonstrates a relentless focus on data accuracy and reproducibility, clinical and operational use, analytic innovation and demonstrable value.

Demonstrates effective communication, consulting, presentation and project management skills including a strong customer service focus.

Demonstrates the ability to organize and prioritize with time management skills.

Demonstrates effective supervisory and leadership skills. Demonstrates ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships throughout all levels of the system from Department Operations to Senior Leadership and including effective supervision of assigned staff.

Demonstrates understanding of hospital, medical group practice, and related operations of an integrated healthcare system.


Master’s Degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Management Science, Information Systems, Operations Management, or other related field required with theoretical and practical experience in mathematical modeling and algorithm development. Minimum of five years of related professional work experience or two years of healthcare experience is required.
A PhD is preferred. Minimum of three years of related professional work experience or one years of healthcare experience is required.
The applicant should have at least two peer reviewed publications in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering or other related discipline in Management Science.
Strong computing skills including proficiency in at least one computer programming language is required.
One year of demonstrated experience in using at least one optimization language, AIMMS, OPL Studio, or GAMS is required.
Experience in using at least one simulation software, FlexSim HC, FlexSim, Simul8, Arena, Anylogic or ProModel is preferred.
Previous supervisory skills are preferred.
Knowledge and background in linear and mixed integer programming are required.


Work is typically performed in a clinical or office environment.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.



About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.


** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver.  We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.


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