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 6/30/23.

Program Description

The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) promotes NYC DOHMH’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from health emergencies through the coordination of agency-wide emergency preparedness planning, training and exercises and through regular engagement with communities as well as city, state and federal partners.

The OEPR team envisions a healthy, resilient city in which all New Yorkers are able to achieve and maintain optimal and equitable health outcomes before, during, and after emergencies. The work of OEPR recognizes the social inequities that can negatively impact our efforts to maintain and improve the health of New Yorkers during and after a disaster. The OEPR team works to improve its application of a social justice and racial equity lens to its emergency preparedness and response work to ensure the most equitable post-disaster public health outcomes possible.

Summary of Position

The Senior Advisor will report to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner.

The Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Special Projects position will support the Office of the Deputy Commissioner in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR). The Senior Advisor will serve as a key content and strategy advisor to the Deputy Commissioner and will plan, coordinate, and execute intra-divisional initiatives working closely with bureau leaders and senior staff. The position will serve as a liaison and support as needed on intra-agency special projects related to COVID-19 where OEPR is a key stakeholder.  This position will also support the Deputy Commissioner with ad hoc projects including research, presentations, memos, or evaluations. Specific projects and initiatives outlined below.

Specifically, the Worksite Wellness Specialist will:

Serve as a key content and strategy advisor to the Deputy Commissioner on projects related to COVID-19 or other topics as they arise.
Serve as a liaison to other divisions working on relevant topics, leading coordination and facilitation of cross-divisional teams and workgroups, as appropriate.
Support high priority policy and healthcare resilience COVID-19 recovery projects and related initiatives.
Lead efforts to support staff in the publication of articles or papers in response to activities taken as part of the COVID-19 response.
Support the development of the Pandemic Response Institute (PRI), a partnership between NYC DOHMH, Columbia University, The City University of New York (CUNY) and other New York City Agencies as well as academic institutions.
Work closely with the PRI Project Manager and Project Coordinator to ensure DOHMH’s vision for PRI is integrated into the work and support DOHMH subject matter experts in their contributions to PRI.
Create and effectively manage action plans, monitor, and track timelines, and identify and resolve any challenges, risks or opportunities that may arise related to special projects and other assignments.
Represent the First Deputy Commissioner’s Office at meetings, as appropriate.
Respond to public health emergencies when called upon.


A master’s degree in public health, public policy, or related field
Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment in public health
Strong planning, policy development, writing and project management skills
Ability to work with multiple stakeholders including private partners, academic institutions, and different levels of government
A minimum of 7 years work experience supporting complex projects, scientific research in a public health, emergency preparedness and response, and/or government setting.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal) with the ability to work with individuals at various levels.
Successful candidate will be analytical, creative, flexible, and able to meet tight deadlines and able to manage several tasks and projects from all stages

Additional Information

This is a temporary grant-funded position ending 6/30/23
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 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