COVID-19

Overview

Company 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 will work be supervised by DOHMH. This is a grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.

Program Description:
DOHMH, an agency recognized worldwide for being a leader in public health and at the forefront of cutting-edge public health emergency planning initiatives. The 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 is responsible for coordinating agency-wide emergency preparedness planning, exercises and training, evaluation of incident response and exercise performance as well as coordinating with community stakeholders, city, state, and federal partners. OEPR envisions a healthy, resilient city in which all New Yorkers are able to achieve and maintain optimal and equitable health outcomes before, during, and after emergencies. OEPR’s work recognizes the social inequities that can negatively impact our efforts to maintain and improve the health of New Yorkers during and after a disaster. OEPR works to improve its application of a social justice and racial equity lens to its emergency preparedness and response work to ensure the most equitable post-disaster public health outcomes possible. Check out our project impact stories at: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/emergency-preparedness/what-we-do.page

Bureau of Healthcare and community Readiness (BHCR) bridges public health, healthcare, and community through Community Engagement and Response (CER) and Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP). The position is for Technology, Data and Communications unit that oversee development of technology and data projects that seek to improve the agency’s ability to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.

Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for a Data and Technology Project Coordinator. This position will report to the Senior Data and Risk Analyst in OEPR. The Data and Technology Project Coordinator will assist with ongoing COVID-related technology projects such as the COVID staffing platform, coordination of the 2023 Jurisdictional Risk Assessment (JRA) and the future situational awareness / common operating picture application that will apply lessons learned from the 2020 and 2021 COVID-19 response. This position will collaborate with OEPR, agency stakeholders and information technology staff on various data and technology initiatives agency to define business requirements, establish project timelines, define resource needs, ensuring the appropriate program staff are involved, meeting deadlines, coordinating necessary application testing, drills, user acceptance testing and user trainings as needed.

Specifically, the Data and Technology Project Coordinator will:
• Coordinate specific data and technology projects identified during the COVID-19 response to address corrective actions and improvement planning for future emergencies with a focus on solutions and enhancements that were identified during the COVID-19 response but could not be implemented in the midst of a response.
• Coordinate the dissemination and collection of hazard vulnerability survey data as part of the new 2023 JRA which follows the work of the 2018 JRA but will incorporate COVID-19 and health equity issues experienced during the COVID-19 response.
• Coordinate requirements gathering from across the emergency response groups to create and prioritize a list of functionality enhancements required for a common operating picture software platform to ensure it can be used for future emergency activations.
• Work with subject matter experts, data analysts and vendors to ensure OEPR data and technology projects and deliverables are on time, within budget and are IT security compliant.
• Provide effective project management for new and existing OEPR technology projects that require maintenance or enhancements based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 response.
• Engage in proactive capacity planning, including evaluating or participating in the review of new technology solutions to ensure proposed technology would be scalable and sustainable.
• Identify and recommend opportunities for cross-bureau/divisional collaboration to improve preparedness, response, recovery and day-to-day functions.
• Advise senior leadership on data and technology-related obstacles, policies and other matters and assist with other responsibilities required by the Sr. Director for Technology, Data and Communications.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• BA or higher degree from an accredited college.
• Capacity and willingness to learn various technologies and their implementation.
• The ideal candidate for this position must be pro-active and self-motivated with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.
• Strong technical project management skills, with understanding of information technology development lifecycle with an ability to develop and manage multiple projects.
• Strong business analysis and documentation skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills – able to communicate equally with technical and non-technical stakeholders to a common understanding of goals and priorities.
• Ability to understand data management infrastructure, processes, and products.
• Strong technical understanding of technology platforms such as: MS SharePoint, Salesforce, data mapping, visualization software, GIS and SQL (or similar data processing language).
• Experience in emergency preparedness desirable but not required, as this position spans a host of public health-related issues—additional training will be provided to the successful candidate.
• Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.

Preferred Skills:
• 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.
• This is a temporary grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.

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.