With an annual budget of $2.3 billion and more than 6,000 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.

Since January 2020, DOHMH has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic- activities include but are not limited to: surveillance & epidemiological investigations; lab testing; engaging and providing guidance to healthcare partners; ensuring the safety & health of responders; providing timely and accurate information to the public; promoting the emotional health of New Yorkers and coordinating citywide COVID-19 vaccine administration. With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DOHMH is undertaking a new initiative to establish, expand, train, and sustain the public health workforce to support jurisdictional COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives over 2 years.

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 June 30, 2023.

NYC DOHMH’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) was created to promote DOHMH’s and NYC’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from health emergencies. OEPR coordinates agency- and healthcare system-wide emergency planning, exercises and training, evaluation, information sharing, operations and logistics and coordination with healthcare partners, community stakeholders, City, State & Federal partners. OEPR’s work focuses on promoting and protecting public health through emergency preparedness and response; and recognizes that social inequities negatively impact our efforts to maintain and improve the health of NYC during and after a disaster. With these inequities in mind, OEPR is also working to improve its application of a social justice and racial equity lens to its emergency preparedness and response work. OEPR’s efforts to combat the harmful effects of systemic injustices on communities focuses on working towards the most equitable post-disaster public health outcomes possible.

The Healthcare System Readiness unit plans and implements NYC’s programming dedicated to supporting the City’s healthcare system in responding safely and effectively to emergencies. This includes development and management of the NYC Healthcare Coalition (NYC HCC) and its sub-recipients, ensuring that their activities contribute to advancing the program goals and mission. This program is also actively involved in contributing to the critical Citywide health and medical planning and response efforts, working with an array of partners, and ensuring that the DOHMH Healthcare System Support Branch is prepared to respond to public health impacts of emergencies.

Job description

DOHMH has an opening for a Healthcare System Exercise and Training Manager.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Healthcare System Operations, the manager will be responsible for the COVID-19 activities implementing and operationalizing the Healthcare System Readiness and NYC HCC simulation, training, exercise, and response objectives including designing and executing operational exercises, providing professional development opportunities, ensuring stakeholder and staff readiness while maintaining a lens of health equity.

Specifically, the Healthcare System Exercise and Training Manager will:

Lead DOHMH healthcare exercise and training portfolio to support interagency planning, training, and exercises for medical surge and patient movement especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic, incorporating DOHMH subject matter experts to exercise citywide public health emergency operational plans.
Establish and maintain strong relationships with key healthcare operational planning and response partners in support of citywide training, planning, and response objectives.
Oversee the development of citywide exercises to fulfill federal funding requirements, including supporting the NYC HCC, encompassing 50+ hospitals, numerous nursing homes, and a variety of healthcare associations.
Review documentation for exercises including the exercise plan, master scenario events list (MSEL), after action report and corrective actions; coordinate and co-facilitate meetings to design exercises and review findings; ensure data gathering methods provide accurate data for planning assumptions related to the exercise scenario/plan.
Lead and facilitate the Surge & Evacuation Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the NYC HCC to establish standards, identify gaps, and make recommendations to the NYC HCC Governance Board activities and resources related to Medical Surge and Evacuation capabilities and capacity.
Represent the Surge & Evacuation Steering Committee at NYC HCC Governance Board meetings and advocate for funding, resources, staffing to meet the priorities and gaps of the committee
Lead and develop trainings associated with agency and coalition preparedness activities focused on developing and exercising critical response capabilities including, but not limited to, COVID-19 response.
Contribute to continuous evaluation and improvement of citywide approach to health and medical emergency response including involvement or directing healthcare delivery system trainings and exercises.
Develop, manage, and track multi-thousand-dollar contracts that support healthcare readiness throughout New York City, including providing guidance on development of contract deliverables and reviewing and approving documentation.
Serve in a leadership role and staff the Healthcare Systems Support Branch of the NYC DOHMH’s Incident Command System when activated and complete emergency response trainings.
Provide scheduled 24/7 response capabilities in on-call ICS leadership role.
Serve as NYC DOHMH healthcare liaison officer to agencies and healthcare delivery partners
Lead all operational efforts with a health-equity lens that helps defeat structural racism and advocates for the disadvantaged.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

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 2. 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 3. 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.


Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management.
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
Understanding and awareness of the healthcare impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare capacity and subject matter expertise in effective preparedness and response methodology
Experience with data collection, analysis and interpretation.
Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
Experience working with the public health sector and coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders.
Ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.
Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Additional Information:

This is a temporary grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.
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.

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).


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.