COVID-19

Overview

Company 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.

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
DOHMH’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) promotes DOHMH’s and NYC’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from health emergencies. OEPR is responsible for coordinating agency-wide emergency preparedness planning, exercises and training, evaluation of incident response, and exercise performance as well as coordinating with community stakeholders, city, state, and federal partners on public health emergency planning and response. OEPR also works with healthcare partners to optimize the provision of health services during a large-scale disaster.

The Bureau of Agency Preparedness and Response (BAPR) oversees the development of agency response plans and protocols, training and exercises across the agency, evaluation, and maintaining citywide situational awareness. The Evaluation Unit is responsible for identifying, documenting, and tracking operational improvements related to the COVID-19 response. This includes development of comprehensive After-Action Reports (AAR) and Improvement Plans (IP), documenting strengths and areas of improvement, as well as recommendations.

The COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed jurisdictions around the world with cascading (and simultaneous) public health, social, economic impacts, and deepened existing structural inequities. Due to the wide-ranging scope and scale of the pandemic response, all levels of government have a responsibility to evaluate their emergency preparedness and response strategies. A thorough review of NYC’s COVID-19 response to identify best practices, strengths, and areas for future improvement will better position our City to handle large-scale emergencies in the future and provide valuable insight to improve the readiness of jurisdictions nationally and internationally.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Evaluation, the COVID-19 Evaluation Project Coordinator will be responsible for overall project management to support evaluation of the citywide COVID-19 response, in collaboration with stakeholders from DOHMH, NYCEM, NYC Health + Hospitals, and the Mayor’s Office of Operations.

Specifically, the COVID-19 Evaluation Project Coordinator will:

  • Provide project management support for citywide COVID-19 evaluation efforts, including development and maintenance of project workplan/timeline, associated tracking of deliverables/ milestones, and document management.
  • Support collection of COVID-19 response data through various methodologies, including surveys and facilitated discussions/interviews.
  • Assist with document development and review, including coordination with key stakeholders to obtain relevant information and feedback.
  • Conduct administrative tasks, including but not limited to scheduling meetings, developing agendas and other meeting materials, taking notes and sending follow up tasks/action items.
  • Serve as counterpart to and coordinate closely with NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) COVID-19 Evaluation Project Coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience:

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.

  • BS/MS degree in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Public Health, and/or Public Administration.
  • Previous experience working in fields related to emergency management, public health, evaluation, project management and/or public administration for 1-5 years.
  • Strong writing skills including basic writing (grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary), technical writing (protocols, procedures), and succinct and effective summarization.
  • Strong project management skills including project workplan development, time management, problem-solving, and planning.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Additional Desired Qualities

  • Experience with HSEEP and Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
  • Experience with data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • 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.
  • Capacity and willingness to learn evaluation, analysis, and facilitation.
  • Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.

Additional Information:

  • 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 may 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.