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 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Environmental Health (EH) works to prevent and control illness and injury related to environmental and occupational health risks through outreach, education, surveillance and enforcement. With staff of 1,000, the Division covers a broad range of subject matter, including oversight of environmental investigations, lead poisoning, injury prevention, occupational health, food safety, child care, radiation control, recreational and drinking water quality, air quality, climate health, vector control, veterinary public health and pest control.

The Division Office is led by the Deputy Commissioner and consists of directors who support the Division’s work including, emergency planning and operations, the EH Division’s work to advance racial equity, communications and outreach, and program development. The Division has an ongoing need for Covid-19 related compliance guidance and education, particularly for our inspectional programs that oversee child care programs, restaurants and food safety and pest control efforts.

Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for a COVID-19 Communications Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the successful candidate will support development of COVID-19 related education and guidance for the public and the regulated community.

Specifically, the COVID-19 Communications Coordinator will:
• Develop, review and edit COVID-19 related materials for print and online publications; publications may include fact sheets, compliance guides, training curricula, alerts, newsletter and data reports.
• Review and revise materials to ensure use of plain language.
• Work with programs to identify language access and translation needs
• Develop templates for blast emails and public presentations.
• Work with programs to develop, review and edit educational presentations, blast email messages and social media content.
• Assist in developing press release and media statements.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Education and Communications, Journalism or similar degree requiring writing and communication skills.
• Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of experience in work requiring writing and communication skills will be considered.
• Previous experience working in fields related to health communications preferred.
• Capacity and willingness to learn Salesforce.
• 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.
• Fluency in another language such as Spanish.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
• 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.
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
• 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 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.