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.

Overview of Division:

The Division of Family and Child Health (DFCH) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is charged with the creation and oversight of programs, policies, services, and environments that support physical and socio-emotional health, and promote primary and reproductive health services, health equity, social justice, safety and well-being for New York City families and children. The Division is comprised of the Bureau of Maternal Infant and Reproductive Health, the Bureau of Early Intervention, the Office of School Health, and the Bureau of Administration. The vision of the DFCH is that every child, woman, and family recognize their power and is given the opportunity to reach their full health and development potential. We encourage qualified applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly racial, gender, & LGBTQ equity to apply.

The Making Waves Program addresses systemic health inequities by empowering historically vulnerable and disadvantaged youth in TRIE neighborhoods with the skills and experiences needed to help them navigate diverse environments they will face in adulthood. The trends observed in the New York City fatal drowning case data are consistent with national and regional studies. Teaching a teen, water safety and swimming skills is equivalent to saving a child’s life by investing in the teen’s social, mental, physical and career development, and well-being by positively impacting health outcomes and health care concerns in Task Force on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE) 33 priority communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Pandemic has negatively impacted health outcomes (physical and mental health) of youth in New York City. The City launched the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE) in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The Taskforce brings together City Agency leaders, primarily of color, who work in interdisciplinary teams to monitor the COVID-19 response in affected neighborhoods and identify key disparities through analysis and dialogue with affected communities. While the disparate, intractable impacts of COVID-19 have been felt all across New York City, some neighborhoods have been particularly hard-hit. In partnership with the NYC Department of Health & Hygiene (DOHMH), and utilizing pandemic, health as well as socioeconomic indicators, the Taskforce has identified 33 priority neighborhoods of focus. These are the TRIE neighborhoods where the Making Waves program provides programming.

Job Description:

DOHMH has an opening for one [1] Making Waves Community Associate who under the supervision of the Making Waves Program Manager, will work in these 33 TRIE Neighborhoods with local CBOs and FBOs associated with our stakeholders and their programming, such as Summer Rising, Beacon and Cornerstone programs from which a high number of our learn to swim youth come through. The Community Associate would focus in helping youth in the hardest-hit communities the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity most impacted by COVID-19, in addition to communities that have a high percentage of other health and socioeconomic disparities. At the time the Taskforce was established, these communities accounted for over 50% of all the City’s COVID-19 cases.

Making Waves Community Associate will:

  • Deliver information during public speaking events in the community.
  • Aggregate and analyze data for the Making Waves Program (MWP) and the COVID-19 affects on the communities it serves.
  • Aid with special recruitment activities including hiring events.
  • Assist in preparing data for presentation using Microsoft Office tools.
  • Collaborate in the design, development, and implementation of MWP related projects, including tracking and reporting of outcomes.
  • Cooperate in the design and development of work-flow tools and processes with focus on increasing efficiencies and reducing waste.
  • Coordinate with DFCH bureaus and other DOHMH divisions and outside stakeholders like DOE and DYCD to achieve goals and meet set timelines.
  • Deliver sound information in a preferred language (Spanish, Mandarin) during public speaking events held with parents.
  • Facilitate communication with all stakeholders routinely in preparation for the MWP events.
  • Help plan and coordinate meetings with parents of students interested in enrolling in the program, developing all materials to be handed out at those meetings.
  • Participate in strategy sessions that support and prepare stakeholders for periodic Making Waves Program meeting events and special projects.
  • Support Educational online material and webinars.
  • Field Supervise and serve as point of contact to volunteers and seasonal staff.
  • Support Operational goals and logistics periodically.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and or Education and/or community service experience equivalent to “1” above. However, all candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and written communication skills and the ability to communicate at various levels.
  • Experience working with community members and performing outreach to community.
  • Candidates must be able to provide a writing sample upon request
  • Previous experience working in community service field for minimum of 1 year.
  • Organizational skills are a must.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid Current Driver’s License.
  • Covid-19 vaccination records.
  • Candidates must be meticulous, hard-working and goal driven
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Detail-oriented and focused.
  • Strong relationship-builder; ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Solution-oriented with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Passion for physical activity and healthy balanced lifestyles, swimming, and water-based activities.
  • Commitment to advancing health and racial equity across NYC.
  • Presentation or training experience, with demonstrated ability to convey information.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite products.

Additional Information:

  • 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