With an annual budget of $2.3 billion and more than 7,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We’re tackling a broad range of public health issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but our work is never finished. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.
DOHMH is undertaking a new initiative that will meet critical infrastructure needs and make possible strategic investments that will have lasting effects on public health, using grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Investments and improvements through this initiative will help modernize DOHMH’s foundational capabilities and data infrastructure, enabling it to partner in complex health and health care environments and, in turn, support better public health outcomes, including COVID-19. This initiative supports larger efforts to rebalance investments in public health and more equitably serve communities and populations.
The selected candidate will be an employee of Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization which is the fiscal and administrative manager of the grant but work will be supervised by DOHMH. This is a grant-funded position ending in November 2027.
The Office of the Chief Equity and Strategy Officer (CESO) ensures the organization executes on its vision to ensure all New Yorkers can realize their full health potential, regardless of who they are, where they are from, or where they live, working both internally and externally with a host of stakeholders and partners. Specifically, the CESO is responsible for leading implementation of a recently completed strategic plan as well as advance racial equity by embedding equity in all agency programming and operations. The CESO works in partnership across DOHMH, city agencies focused on the social determinants of health, and with community-based organizations and neighborhood residents to interrupt and end racial inequity.
Public health emergencies are becoming more frequent and severe. And public expectations for emergency response have changed in terms of speed of response, level of communications, among other things. As such, DOHMH must become a more “response-ready” Agency to enable more effective and efficient emergency operations. This means strengthening the Agency’s overall systems, processes, and policies to ensure a strong emergency infrastructure to support priority CESO preparedness needs identified from the COVID-19 pandemic response and other previous emergencies. Emergency Preparedness and Response is a public health infrastructure foundational service, and DOHMH must build capability and capacity in this area to protect the public’s health.
The Emergency Preparedness Manager will support and coordinate Office of the Chief Equity and Strategy Officer (CESO) emergency preparedness activities to enable more effective and efficient responses. This includes helping to determine how the CESO can strengthen preparedness and response in its programs, including how to pivot and scale routine public health activities into response functions. The Emergency Preparedness Manager will also assist with setting priorities and developing a strategy and implementation plan to strengthen the CESO’s and Agency’s emergency response infrastructure.
The Emergency Preparedness Manager will be critical for development/revision of CESO plans, protocols, and procedures, as well as improving processes and systems in line with Agency priorities and identified emergency response gaps. This position will work closely with CESO leadership, as well as other senior staff to facilitate a clear understanding of capabilities and needs, as well as ensure the support of senior leadership to facilitate positive change. The Emergency Preparedness Manager will also liaise with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) to facilitate understanding of CESO day-to-day and response activities, as well as strengths and gaps to better support priorities during both the preparedness and response phases of emergencies.
Develop and/or update plans, protocols, and procedures, and trainings for how the Office of the Chief Equity and Strategy Officer (CESO) will support response functions.
Enhance processes and systems to bolster staffing depth and create sustainable staffing models to support response.
Identify and resolve gaps and implement improvements, as identified in evaluation of emergency responses.
Assess impacts on CESO programs and services when additional functions are taken on during an emergency and/or absorbed after an emergency.
Serve as project manager for identified CESO, OEPR and Agency emergency preparedness and response priorities.
Work with OEPR, Incident Command System (ICS) Coordinators from other emergency response groups and the CESO Continuity of Operations (COOP) Coordinator to ensure alignment across ICS and COOP functions and activities.
Participate in emergency response group meetings and activities, including planning, training, exercises, and evaluation.
Specifically, this position will serve as ICS Coordinator to formalize the new Equity Officer emergency response group (ERG) and assist with:
In partnership with OEPR and identified ERG leadership, developing, and maintaining the Equity Officer emergency response group, including Charter, organizational chart, leadership roster, staffing list, training, etc.
Embedding equity and anti-racism frameworks in the Agency’s practice of public health preparedness.
Identifying, addressing, and advising on equity-related gaps during emergency response.
Assisting in identifying and reaching of hard to reach/under engaged populations to reduce stigma to affected populations.
Liaise with external partners including the Mayor’s Office of Equity and City and State agencies, community organizations and private partners regarding equity in citywide emergency planning.
Lead cross-functional project teams to achieve specific equity outcomes in emergency planning on behalf of the Agency.
Master’s degree from an accredited college in emergency management, public health, disaster management, emergency preparedness/administration, public administration, or related field and one (1) year of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following area(s): emergency preparedness planning/management, emergency medical services, fire or public safety, law enforcement, homeland security, public health, mental health, environmental/occupational health and safety or a related specialized area; or
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two (2) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one of the areas described in “1” above; or
A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience. However, all candidates must have a minimum of one (1) year of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one of the areas described in “1” above.
Salary – $80,000
Additional Desired Qualities:
Strong organizational and project management skills.
Experience with stakeholder engagement and coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders.
Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and respond to changing priorities.
Strong communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
Experience in synthesizing information and presenting summary and recommendations succinctly.
Ability to work both independently and with a team.
Desire to grow professionally and develop new skills.
Proven track record of applying an equity lens to processes, planning and policies
Commitment to anti-racism, social justice, and equity.
Embraces ambiguity and has a willingness to “roll up their sleeves”.
High degree of self-awareness, humility, and diplomacy.
Familiarity with and ability to comfortably navigate Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Teams.
This is a temporary grant-funded position ending in November 2027.
This individual must reside in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) by their confirmed start date.
Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties.
This individual will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies.
PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.
About Public Health Solutions
Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support New Yorkers and their families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about our work at healthsolutions.org.