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Certified Tumor Registrar (Non-Remote) #2608

at State of Colorado

Posted: 9/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2561495
Keywords: office

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

This position is open to residents and non-residents of Colorado.

This announcement will close on September 30, 2019.

Be BOLD and make a real difference...
Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Employee wellness programs and facilities
  • Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and bike racks
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits including a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters degree programs
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
  • A variety of employee resource groups

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:

Description of Job

The Work Unit
The Colorado Central Cancer Registry (CCCR) exists to provide a comprehensive statewide cancer surveillance system for Colorado. The CCCR is the statutory (C.R.S. 25-1.5-101, BOH regulation 6 CCR 1009-3) regulatory entity overseeing mandatory cancer reporting. Components of the surveillance system include collecting and maintaining patient demographic data and detailed clinical cancer data, monitoring state cancer rates, performing environmental health studies, providing data for and assisting with clinical and cancer epidemiology research, identifying areas of the state in need of cancer control activities, and providing a training program for tumor registry professionals in Colorado.
The Data Quality Unit of the CCCR systematically evaluates and analyzes complex cancer data, performs compliance audits of hospital cancer registries, provides technical assistance for hospital cancer registries, and disseminates cancer data to hospital staff.
The Position
This position performs regular and ongoing data quality evaluation to ensure that Colorado cancer data received from multiples sources are complete, accurate, and fit for use in directing public health policy, planning, cancer research, environmental studies, and cancer control programming and evaluation. This position uses the knowledge of the cancer disease process to interpret complex medical information to determine case reportability and accuracy of the data. This position engages in descriptive statistical analysis of cancer data, monitors and ensures that hospital cancer registry reporting compliance in accordance with state statute and Board of Health regulation, and provides training and consultation for hospital cancer registries on standards, laws, and regulations.

This position is responsible for overall data quality assurance and consolidating multiple case reports for the same patient and cancer diagnosis. Position uses multiple techniques to assess data quality: analyzing medical data and abstracted documentation submitted by hospitals, treatment centers, and physicians; descriptive statistics; computerized edit checking; structured data quality audits. This position also performs primary data collection from critical access hospitals through on-site visits or through remote access into the hospital's electronic health record to ensure that surveillance data are complete.

Position advises and provides technical assistance for hospital cancer registrars. Assistance and guidance may be required in several topic areas: compliance with state cancer reporting laws, adherence to national data collection and reporting standards, software troubleshooting, program management standards, determining case status, etc.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in public health, nursing, health education/promotion, health records management, medical records management that provided 8 credit hours of human anatomy and physiology; AND
  • Two years of full-time professional experience in public health or health-related organization analyzing, synthesizing and coding medical data.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated. A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

  • A combination of professional experience as described in the minimum qualifications above, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree. The 8 credit hours of human anatomy and physiology cannot be substituted.
A master's or doctorate from an accredited college or university public health, nursing, health education/promotion, health records management, medical records management  that provided 8 credit hours of human anatomy and physiology may substitute for the required experience on year-for-year basis. A copy of your transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Special Qualifications:

  • Current certification as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) 
Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:
  • Experience in cancer surveillance;
  • Experience in a central or hospital cancer registry;
  • Experience managing protected or confidential health information, including applying principles and regulations associated with HIPAA and HITECH, state statutes, and other relevant regulations;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external customers and diverse stakeholders;
  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications; ability to adapt a style to fit diverse audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in groups and individual settings;
  • Critical thinking; ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges;
  • Initiative & self-management; the passion and ability to dive into the work and accomplish tasks within established timeframes;
  • Self-efficacy, flexibility and adaptability; high tolerance for ambiguity and ability to perform research to identify appropriate courses of action.

Conditions of Employment:
  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Conviction does not mean automatic disqualification and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
  • Must be able and willing to travel up to 5% of the time to visit hospitals and labs in Colorado.

Supplemental Information

A complete application packet must include:

  1. A completed State of Colorado application;
  2. Transcripts (if applicable);
  3. Cover letter;
  4. Supplemental questions.

The Selection Process

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
  3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

APPEAL RIGHTS: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Britt Hoerauf by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.