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.
Within the Division of Epidemiology, the Bureau of Epidemiology Services (BES) conducts systematic data collection and monitoring, rigorous analysis, and effective data communication. BES seeks to provide accurate and timely public health data to inform decision-making, to optimize data use, and to ensure accurate analysis of health data.
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 COVID-19 pandemic has cast a stark light on the profound health disparities in NYC. Key to understanding these disparities is the need for high quality data that can help to better identify populations and communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and evaluate the effectiveness of advancing health equity to address COVID-19-related health disparities among disproportionately affected populations. This includes the need to improve standardization of demographic data and data disaggregation processes for COVID data during the emergency response and in planning for COVID recovery efforts.
Ultimately, this necessitates developing a more robust infrastructure for equitable data, and a bold reimagining of how the agency collects, analyses, and interprets data that contextualizes social inequities and experiences of injustice. The Data for Equity initiative, first established in 2018, is strengthening the agency’s ability to use data to expose, understand, and address health inequities in New York City, and developing approaches that will support agency staff that work with data at all junctures of the data lifecycle from data collection to decision making for policy and program implementation, to apply an intersectional, anti-racist equity lens to their work.
Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for a Director of Data for Equity to support the agency’s efforts to embed equity into data. This person will report to the Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Epidemiology Services, and will support the agency’s Data for Equity initiative, with a primary focus on planning for COVID-19 recovery and future emergency responses.
Specifically, the Director, Data for Equity will:
- Develop strategic plan for Data for Equity, including plans for equitable data practices during the next public health emergency.
- Create logic model/theory of change and evaluation plan for Data for Equity initiative.
- Oversee Data for Equity workgroup, including leading meetings and providing senior oversight to workgroup projects.
- Provide technical assistance and consultation to other Health Department programs and city agencies
- Develop presentations, talking points and one-pagers and other materials.
- Write grants or otherwise identify funding to support expanding the agency’s capacity for equitable data practice, with a special focus on anti-racist public health practice and equitable COVID19 recovery strategies.
- Supervise Data for Equity Coordinator (50% time).
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- PhD or Master’s level degree in a relevant discipline (eg, public health, sociology, anthropology).
- At least 5- 7 years’ professional experience working in health equity or anti-racist public health practice.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated inclusive and equitable leadership skills.
- Ability to build strong relationships with teammates, partners, and specialists by fostering teamwork, partnership and collaboration in a virtual or face-to-face environment.
- Social justice orientation, with track record of work that is anti-racist, anti-colonial, intersectional, inclusive, and reflective.
- 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 Desired Qualities:
- Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
- Experience working with the public sector and coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders.
- Proficiency 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 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.