COVID-19

Overview

With an annual budget of $1.6 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 are 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 Office of Strategic Operations and Performance Management within the Office of the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for leading and coordinating policy efforts across the agency specific to the various components of health reform. The Office also coordinates strategic data projects related to agency operations and analyses for priority Agency initiatives.

Summary of Position:

DOHMH has an opening for a Data Infrastructure Specialist. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Data Initiatives, this position will support the agency’s partner management system, Public Health Partners Connect (PHPC), a Salesforce-based system. This system currently supports the Agency’s external, partner-facing COVID-19 efforts, with rapid development, deployment, and support for new COVID-related initiatives. For the ongoing COVID-19 response, this role will also need to be flexible, and, as needed, gather requirements, build workflows, train users and report results.   This role will coordinate with agency stakeholders to better understand public health programs and map those data processes to the current partner management system environment.

The Data Infrastructure Specialist will be responsible for improving the data infrastructure used in this current COVID-19 response, particularly focused on vaccine distribution and communication with healthcare providers. This includes building data pipelines from Greater New York Hospital Association’s databases which contains information about hospital providers and staff, the New York State Pharmacy Registry and other key health care providers. These data, once consolidated, will be used for optimizing vaccine distribution, addressing vaccine hesitancy and public health detailing as well as supporting future emergency responses. Additionally, this position will be responsible for building internal data pipelines from administrative and programmatic data systems (Healthcare facility directory, provider communications, etc.). The position also may need to work with internal programmatic staff to build out new use cases and provide technical assistance as needed.

Specifically, the Data Infrastructure Specialist will:

Assisting in the design and execution for data visualization and reports using a variety of tools including Tableau, Salesforce, R, Pentaho, and others.
Mapping new data sets and sources into predefined schema or developing new schemas as needed, while maintaining data integrity.
Working with data managers and outreach staff across the agency to provide as needed technical assistance to maintain data fidelity.
Coordinate and execute cross-divisional reporting and data visualization initiatives as assigned by leadership.
Conducting deterministic and probabilistic matching to de-duplicate entities within the management system.
Assist with and manage feature upgrades using project management best practices.
Build, test, and maintain processes for new and existing data integrations.
Communicate complex technical and data information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
Familiarity with SQL, R, or Python a plus, but the desire to learn new technologies and a strong analytical framework is more important than experience with scripting languages.
Will work on a team consisting of a project manager, analysts, data engineers and developers.

Qualifications and Requirements:

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate filed of physical, biological, environmental, or social science and two years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level 1 can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above.

Preferred Skills:

Experience as a Salesforce administrator or analyst.
Communicates complex technical and data information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
Ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities, along with a demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)
Have a demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g., people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.).
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.
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.