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.

Program Description:

Within DOHMH’s Bureau of Communications, the Language Services Unit works to ensure that differences in language, culture, and English literacy do not create barriers to public health. The unit is dedicated to coordinating the provision of language services for DOHMH’s programs. DOHMH has more than 100 programs that protect and promote the health of New Yorkers in one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse cities. DOHMH programs relies on the Bureau of Communications to create, edit, design, translate and disseminate critical messages to the public, as well as coordinate interpretation services for New Yorkers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the unit has worked to ensure that Limited English Proficient (LEP) New Yorkers have the information they need in their preferred language.

Specifically, the Spanish Translator / Project Manager will:

DOHMH has an opening for a Spanish Translator/Project Manager. Reporting to the Translation Manager, the Spanish Translator’s duties include but are not limited to:

Supporting DOHMH in its efforts to comply with Local Law 30: The Citywide Policy on Language [JP1]  Access to ensure the effective delivery of City Services and meaningful access to City Programs and activities for all City residents regardless of their proficiency in English.
Improving outreach to diverse communities throughout New York City via the establishment of collaborative working relationships with community-based organizations throughout New York City.
Providing input on cultural and linguistic issues related to the development of communications materials related to COVID-19 for diverse New York City audiences with outreach to community-based organizations, other City Agencies, and constituents.
Acting as a liaison with DOHMH programs and external partners such as community-based organizations regarding translation of documents, including those related to COVID-19, into many different languages for New York City residents as needed.
Assisting in the development of resources and recommendations to improve the effectiveness of DOHMH language services across New York City neighborhoods/communities.
Providing guidance and support for programs using document translation services for materials and pamphlets that go to New York City residents.
Translating a vast range of communication materials related to COVID-19 (booklets, fact sheets, press releases, press updates, social media posts and marketing campaigns) into Spanish for distribution to community-based organizations and the city at large.
Assisting in editing public-facing materials for easy comprehension, style consistency, and managing translations into appropriate languages.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Converse and write fluently in English and native fluency in Spanish, writing and conversation.
Two years of full-time experience in translating from English into Spanish and vice versa [JP3]  .
Capacity and willingness to learn Trados and CAT memory tools.
Excellent judgement, editing, writing and interpersonal skills.
Ability to communicate complex messages clearly and simply to highly diverse New York City audiences.
Native fluency in Spanish. [KW4]
Experience and/or education as an English to Spanish translator [JP5]  .
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
Preferred Skills:

The ideal candidate for this position must be a pro-active and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.
Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management.
Experience in or knowledge of radio/TV production.
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
Positive attitude and team-oriented outlook.
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.

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