Overview

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:

The Bureau of Communications housed within the Office of External Affairs serves as the agency’s in-house publisher, marketer of trendsetting, culturally responsive campaigns and initiatives, maintains the agency’s website, and oversees new and social media outreach and efforts. Within Communications, the Digital Communications group is responsible for maintaining the Health Department as one of the leading providers of health information on the web and via social media.

Duties:

Help build and maintain the agency’s external website, with a focus on the COVID-19 suite of pagesEdit, write, and manage content on the nyc.gov/health/coronavirus website.
Research, develop and implement digital strategies to keep COVID-19 content up to date, relevant, user-friendly, and dynamic.
Assist in the development and maintenance of copy standards for nyc.gov/health/coronavirus through communication of the Health Department’s style guidelines and working directly with key emergency response stakeholders to improve and maintain their content.
Craft urgent COVID-19 content in conjunction with the evolving science on COVID-19 and changing vaccine eligibility.
Ensure all digital communications are accessible.
Act as technical consultant on agency COVID-19 projects and initiatives to make services more readily accessible online to New Yorkers.
2.Enhance emergency communication preparedness and response.

Disseminate critical COVID-19 information, internally and externally, during emergency activations.
Develop and maintain emergency information materials on the web that can be deployed rapidly during incidents, including the agency response to COVID-19.
Assist in special projects from the Managing Editor as assigned, including project-managing language translation initiatives for the website related to the agency’s evolving response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelor’s degree from and accredited College or University.

PREFERRED SKILLS:

Superior editing and writing skills; familiarity with the Associated Press Stylebook, government communications and plain language principles.
Knowledge and experience with a Content Management System and HTML.
Familiarity with search engine optimization (SEO) and how to leverage SEO functionality.
Willingness to be on-call for work after hours and on weekends in an emergency, including during COVID-19 surges.
Additional Information:

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