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:
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 as well as coordinating with community stakeholders and city, state, and federal partners on public health emergency planning and response. The Office of the Deputy Commissioner provides leadership and coordination across the Division, in addition to overseeing key special projects that have office-wide impact.

OEPR for Equity is a recently launched divisional priority that aims to codify a racial equity and social justice lens into both office culture and day-to-day operations. Managed by the Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice, OEPR for Equity uses a targeted and strategic approach to apply a racial equity lens to all aspects of our work in order to ensure that all communities, especially those in poor and traditionally underserved areas, are able to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies.

The Equity Operational Specialist will play a central role in advancing OEPR for Equity by supporting OEPR’s bureau’s in operationalizing equity work. In addition, they will provide support to evaluating and optimizing equity within emergency response exercises.

Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for an Equity Recovery Manager. Reporting to the Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice, the Equity Recovery Manager will play a central role in addressing the racial disparities in the COVID-19 response and support in optimizing how racial equity is implemented in the COVID-19 response.

Specifically, the Equity Recovery Manager will:
• Support bureaus in including equity and anti-racist frameworks within their COVID-19 project management:
o Provide technical assistance to bureau leaders in planning and developing equitable project goals in the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response.
o Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation plans on COVID-19 equity efforts including collecting and tracking data on an ongoing basis.
• Support OEPR for Equity activities that address COVID equity concerns:
o Coordinate regular OEPR for Equity Divisional Action Team Meeting that analyze and address the equity barriers of the COVID-19 response.
o Serve as special advisor to Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice on how best to support the needs of the division.
o Identify gaps in COVID-19 response strategies and improve upon them for future activations
• Support the evaluation of Equity in COVID 19 Emergency Response.
o Review host wash findings and after-action reports to help optimize equity in emergencies.
o Coordinate with the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness and First Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Equity ERG structure.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two (2) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience or a High School diploma or equivalent certification/job experience.
• 3+ years in project management and program development.
• Demonstrated experience and commitment to the advancement of racial equity.
• 2+ years of data analysis.
• Capacity and willingness to learn about the field of Public Health Emergency Management.
• 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.
• Excellent communication (verbal & written) 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.
• 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.

Preferred Skills:
• This individual will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies.
• Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties. The selected candidate must reside within the Tri-state area (NY, NJ & CT).
• 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.