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.
With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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. 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 will work be supervised by DOHMH. This is a grant-funded position ending in November 2027.
The Division of Administration supports operations for the entire agency, including: Human Resources and Labor Relations, Facilities Planning and Administrative Services (space planning, architectural and engineering services, leasing, fleet, transportation and warehouse) and Operations (plant operations, on-site facility management, security, and custodial services) for our District Health Centers and other DOHMH buildings, Occupational Health and Safety, Employee Health, Clinical Quality Management and Improvement and Worksite Wellness programs. The Deputy Commissioner’s Office provides oversight and coordination of all the programs within Administration, and administrative leadership across the agency including on strategic priorities such as operationalizing racial and disability justice and achieving pay equity.
Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for a Senior Manager and Strategist who will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner of Administration. The position will provide advice, policy recommendations, oversight and coordination for improving administrative functions and addressing key agency needs related to the development of the next generation public health workforce, including those working on emergency response readiness. The Senior Manager and Strategist will have a leading role in the division’s equity efforts including supervising the divisions Equity Coordinator and supporting the Race to Justice Divisional Action Team. This position will also supervise a Benefits Navigator who administers benefits related policies and communications. This position is a unique opportunity to lead and contribute to high-level initiatives across all divisions of the Agency and within the Division of Administration. The ideal candidate will have vision, strong execution skills, and a commitment to advancing equity. The ideal candidate will also have a public policy background combined with operational/ administrative/ project management experience to provide a bridge between the public health programs and operational/administrative divisions of DOHMH.
Specifically, the Senior Manager and Strategist will:
- Identify systemic or procedural issues and opportunities for better recruiting, retaining, and supporting staff for response readiness agency-wide, and propose and execute solutions.
- Supervise Benefits Navigator and support drafting benefits related policies and communications.
- Supervise the divisions Equity Coordinator and help coordinate the division of Administration Race to Justice Efforts, including the Divisional Action Team (DAT).
- Analyze, and work collaboratively with HR Central and Worksite Wellness to promote, excellent City benefits (e.g., loan forgiveness, health insurance, flexible spending, mental health support offerings, etc.).
- Serve as a partner in thought leadership to the Deputy Commissioner for Administration.
- Document agency needs and research best practices to advocate among other City partners for changes that will benefit the City workforce.
- Develop relationships with staff and managers throughout the agency to understand needs and gaps, and devise solutions for addressing them.
- In partnership with colleagues and agency leadership, devise and execute strategies to promote pay equity and racial/gender/disability justice throughout the Division and Agency-wide.
- Supervise two new staff positions (the Divisional Equity Liaison and the Benefits Navigator), including providing a vision and developing strategic objectives and workplans for these positions, and supporting their development.
- Mentor the Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, including supporting the development and execution of Division-wide engagement activities including regular Town Halls, newsletter, and the Race to Justice Divisional Action Team.
- Salary: $135,000 – $135,000.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Supervisory experience.
- Capacity and willingness to learn internal Human Resources applications and policies.
- Experience in project management involving a large number of staff.
- The ideal candidate for this position must be a pro-active and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in diverse teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.
Additional Desired Qualities:
- Experience with stakeholder engagement.
- Excellent communication (verbal & written), judgment, and interpersonal skills.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
- Experience with data collection, analysis and interpretation.
- Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
- Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Commitment to equity and social justice, and experience working collaboratively and effectively in a multicultural environment.
- Vision and operational experience.
- Experience working for a New York City government agency a strong plus.
- 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.
NOTE: All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy. Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).
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.