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.
The DOHMH’s Division of Administration supports operations for the entire agency, including: Human Resources and Labor Relations, Facilities Planning and Administrative Services (space planning, architectural and engineering services, leasing, fleet, transportation and warehouse) and Operations (plant operations, on-site facility management, security, and custodial services) for our District Health Centers and other DOHMH buildings, Occupational Health and Safety, Employee Health, Clinical Quality Management and Improvement and Worksite Wellness programs.
A new initiative from the office of the Deputy Commissioner for Administration will elevate disability justice and accessibility throughout the agency. DOHMH strives to create an accommodating, accessible, and inclusive environment for staff and job applicants, and policies and programs that center the estimated 1 million New Yorkers with disabilities. Additionally, the impacts of COVID-19 mean many more New Yorkers may be living with a disability moving forward. This elevation of accessibility is critical as DOHMH continues its COVID-19 work, and to overall agency operations, as DOHMH aims to create a robust and diverse workforce and include New Yorkers with disabilities in our external work, and complies with federal, state, and local laws.
Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for a Director of Accessibility. This new position will serve as the Agency’s main point person for accessibility for employees and job candidates with disabilities. The Director of Accessibility will be responsible for creating an inclusive and accommodating environment for employees and job applicants, as well as supporting externally facing efforts to accommodate members of the public, including in the City’s remaining COVID-19 vaccination sites and throughout other COVID-19 related programming.
Specifically, the Director of Accessibility will:
- Elevate accessibility issues across the agency’s work and drive culture change to make DOHMH a leader in disability justice;
- Serve as point person for staff and job applicants to provide a clear pathway and accountability for timely accommodation;
- Collaborate with Human Resources and hiring managers agency-wide to support recruitment, retention, and pathways for advancement for candidates and employees with disabilities to further build a robust and representative public health workforce;
- Create and disseminate trainings and programming, in partnership with the Disability Services Facilitator and divisions/programs, to promote inclusivity in operations and activities agency-wide;
- Support the Accessibility Triage Center at COVID-19 vaccine point-of-dispensing sites; collaborate with bureaus and programs to incorporate disability access to services in their emergency planning protocols and operational policy;
- Provide guidance on best practices for communicating emergency information to people with disabilities and community organizations serving them;
Streamline and centralize procurement for accommodations, including through creating master contracts, supporting oversight of budget for reasonable accommodations, tracking contract expirations, and executing timely renewals to ensure seamless continuity of service;
- Serve as liaison between employees with disabilities and with programs, the Equal Employment Office, and the agency’s budget and contracting teams;
- Research and evaluate best practices and evidence-based interventions on accessibility, and disseminate findings.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- At least a high school diploma. Candidates with a high school diploma or bachelor’s degree should also have at least five years of work experience. Candidates with master’s degree in an appropriate field of study (e.g., public health, social science, linguistics, disability studies, human resources) should have at least two years of work experience.
- Previous experience working in fields related to disability justice and accessibility.
- Experience evaluating data and scientific literature and best practices related to disabilities and accessibility.
- Capacity and willingness to learn City procurement policy and process.
- Familiarity with disability-related laws and standards.
- Excellent project management skills.
- 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 City government administrative systems and procurement processes.
- Certification of accessibility expertise, such as certification by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) including Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
- 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 work outside of comfort zone.
- Experience working with the public health sector.
- Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Lived experience with a disability or acting as a caregiver for someone with a disability is welcome.
- 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 vulnerable New York City 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 vulnerable 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. To learn more about our work, please visit healthsolutions.org.