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 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.
The Division of Administration supports operations for the entire agency, including: Human Resources and Labor Relations, Facilities Planning and Administrative Services (space planning, architectural and engineering services, leasing, fleet, transportation and warehouse) and Operations (plant operations, on-site facility management, security, and custodial services) for District Health Centers and other DOHMH buildings, Occupational Health and Safety, Employee Health, Clinical Quality Management and Improvement and Worksite Wellness programs.
Worksite Wellness, located in the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, provides wellness initiatives, programs, and resources to help DOHMH live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Worksite Wellness works on many different areas that contribute to well-being, like physical activity, healthy eating, emotional well-being, work-life balance, and COVID-19 vaccination education and COVID-19 testing. Worksite Wellness, in partnership with the Agency’s Division of Mental Hygiene, offers a range of services including mental health workshops on topics such as stress, burnout and resilience. As the public health workforce working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing high levels of burnout and stress, Worksite Wellness is looking to expand mental health support for and engagement with staff.
DOHMH has an opening for a Worksite Wellness Specialist who will report to the Worksite Wellness Coordinator. This position offers the opportunity to work with partners and clients across the Agency. The position will help manage and expand mental health and wellness programming to address burnout and stress among the public health workforce as a result of COVID-19 and ongoing impacts of the pandemic. This position works closely with DOHMH’s Wellness Project Manager to help support divisions to improve staff’s mental well-being by organizing mental health workshops, trainings, and programs. The ideal candidate will have a Master of Public Health or Social Work, and at least 2 years of experience delivering health and wellness workshops and trainings.
Specifically, the Worksite Wellness Specialist will:
Develop and deliver mental health workshops, trainings, and programming for agency staff.
Work with the Worksite Wellness Project Manager to evaluate effectiveness of mental well-being programs.
Coordinate wellness surveys to determine staff impacts of working on COVID response
Maintain wellness intranet site resources specific to wellness programs related to COVID response work.
Deliver workshops on other wellness topics to help support staff well-being
Track and record participation and engagement data for mental health and other wellness programs.
Develop outreach and marketing materials for programs, including programs specifically for those who work on COVID response.
Collaborate with multiple stakeholders within a city government agency
Perform administrative tasks as necessary.
Minimum of a bachelor’s from an accredited college or university; MPH, MSW
At least 1-2 years of experience developing and delivering health education trainings and workshops.
Experience delivering mental health trainings.
Additional Desired Qualities:
Related graduate degree
Excellent communication (verbal & written), presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Experience working with a range of stakeholders.
Ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced environment.
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.
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.