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 Division of Mental Hygiene is responsible for implementing key components of New York City’s signature initiatives, including The Office of Community Mental Health, and Hygiene NYC for the opioid overdose epidemic. Other key divisional initiative includes children’s mental health promotion, interventions to promote the health of people with serious mental illness, expansion of the peer workforce, improving the health of people with developmental disabilities, transforming community mental health, and implementing interventions that reduce exposure to and consequences of criminal justice involvement among New Yorkers.

The Bureau of Mental Health’s mission is to improve mental health and wellness for people in New York City, and to eliminate racial and other long -standing societal disparities by providing services, resources, and opportunities to provide that are grounded in accurate, data driven information that fosters community participation, thus reducing the stigma around mental health.  The Research Analyst will support research activities to better meet the mental health and substance use needs of New Yorkers. Research activities and findings will assist in addressing the mental and emotional wellbeing of all New Yorkers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary of Position:

DOHMH has an opening for a Research Analyst, who will work in the Office of Research and Evaluation to support the Bureau of Mental Health and Division of Mental Hygiene research activities to better meet the mental health and substance use needs of New Yorkers. Research activities and findings will assist in addressing the mental and emotional wellbeing of all New Yorkers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, the Research Analyst will:

Participate in the planning, development, and implementation of a population level research with a focus on monitoring the mental health and substance use impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aid in the development of survey instruments, research and identify instruments to measure constructs of interest.
Provide support for the project management of survey research throughout the life cycle of a research project, including oversight of data collection, development of data collection systems, data entry, and data analysis.
Conduct analyses of primary and secondary data (survey, programmatic, and administrative data).
Respond rapidly to requests for data analysis from Mental Hygiene leadership.
Contribute to the authoring technical and research publications based on findings from the above analyses for senior managers and external stakeholders.
Conduct literature reviews and summaries of the literature as it related to population mental health and substance use, treatment, and unmet needs for mental health or substance use treatment.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Minimum of a master’s degree in epidemiology, psychology, sociology, or other relevant social science field of study.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience conducting research.
Previous experience working in fields related to mental health, substance use, and/or child mental health and development a plus.
The ideal candidate will be pro-active and self-motivated with the ability to work individually, or in teams, in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and tight deadlines.

Preferred Skills:

Experience with research methodologies, survey development, and survey implementation.
Experience with data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
Strong analytic and statistical skills with the ability to manipulate and analyze data using sophisticated statistical software such as SAS, R, or STATA.
Experience with project management, particularly large research studies.
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
Experience with scientific writing and reporting complex information to a variety of audiences.
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.

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.