COVID-19

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.

The mission of the Integrated Data Team (IDT) is to identify, synthesize and integrate public health data to inform emergency response and promote health equity.  Using data from multiple stakeholders, we coordinate with data owners, community organizations and City leadership to solve complex problems, build consensus and improve pandemic response.  We make sure decision makers, community organizations and the public have access to meaningful, timely data.

Program overview:

The Bureau of Epidemiology Services in the Division of Epidemiology seeks a Data Visualization and GIS Analyst to join its team in supporting the work of the Integrated Data Team. The candidate will have exposure to a wide range of public health GIS & Informatics applications with a focus on supporting the COVID-19 response and recovery while helping to build capacity for future pandemic preparedness.

Job description:

DOHMH has an opening for a Data Visualization & GIS Analyst who will be responsible for the development and execution of data visualization projects that center on health equity to inform the ongoing response to COVID-19, as well as planning for future pandemics. This includes the development of data dashboards, web visualizations, and mapping projects. These analyses would draw on large, constantly changing, often uncleaned datasets and require expertise with mapping, data manipulation, and data visualization software.

Specifically, the Data Visualization & GIS Analyst will:

Create and/or manage the creation of charts, maps and tables for websites, reports, and social media using graphics platforms and data visualization tools, adhering to DOHMH visualization guidelines.
Prepare static and interactive maps and dashboards for internal & external audiences.
Use mapping and statistical software (e.g., GIS, Python, SQL Server, R) to clean, manage, and analyze data and create maps and tools that can be leveraged in COVID-19 response and recovery and other emergencies.
Collaborate with other divisions to execute both basic and complex data and mapping analyses.
Manage and manipulate large, complex, uncleaned, and constantly changing data sets and databases.
Examine the integrity and comparability of data.
Provide routine data maintenance on established data sources.
Conduct trainings and workshops on GIS to build workforce capacity to support ongoing and future COVID-19 and pandemic response.
Create documentation for all work products.

Qualifications:

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Ability to create spatial datasets and perform geographic data processes on spatial data.
Possession of strong analytical / statistical skills used in evaluating and analyzing spatial data.
Expertise in a programming language for data analysis, such as SAS, R or Python.
Experience with NYC spatial data, NYC Open Data or other NYC-centric datasets.
Experience geocoding with DCP’s GeoSupport software.
Experience producing high quality error-free maps and data visualization products and analytic deliverables in high-pressure contexts.
Experience with mapping US Census data and querying APIs.
Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail and data quality checks.

ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALITIES

Strongly recommend attaching portfolio or link it on resume.
Experience working with QGIS or ArcGIS.
Experience managing a research project.
Experience working with Protected Health Information or other confidential data sources.
Interpreting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from epidemiological and other public health or publicly sourced data.
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
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.
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.  Selected candidates should reside within the Tri-state area (NY, NJ & CT).
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.