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 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 Division of Epidemiology works to improve the health of all New Yorkers through population health surveillance and research, public health workforce development, and vital records services. We value data accessibility, high-quality customer service, collaboration, and equity. Within the Division of Epidemiology, the Office of the Deputy Commissioner is responsible for developing the vision and strategy for the division, overseeing cross-bureau efforts, and liaising with all parts of the Agency. The work of this unit focuses on internal policy and practices within the Division of Epidemiology. In particular, the Office of the Deputy Commissioner has been a driving force for the division’s racial and gender equity work, leading the development and implementation of various initiatives.

Summary of Position:

DOHMH has an opening for a Program Coordinator, Staff Support and Advocacy. This position, which reports to the Senior Technical Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner (ODC), will lead a needs assessment and development and implementation of trauma-informed programming to address the stress and burnout of Epi’s frontline and back-office staff who have been supporting the COVID-19 response since early 2020. This role will also lead advocacy efforts for frontline staff who have had traumatic and inequitable experiences during their COVID-19 response efforts and will support the division in planning for continued COVID-19 response efforts and preparing for future emergencies. The Program Coordinator will embed an equity lens in all areas of their work, utilizing an anti-racist approach to identify the division’s areas of greatest need and developing and implementing plans to meet staff where they are and provide the support and services they need to thrive.

Specifically, the Project Coordinator, Staff Support and Advocacy will:

Working closely with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner team, as well as staff and leadership from across the Division of Epidemiology, the Program Coordinator, Staff Support and Advocacy will:

  • Conduct a needs assessment related to staff support and burnout prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
  • Develop and implement a staff support plan that will identify and provide opportunities for mental health support and wellness, including the potential establishment of healing spaces for staff, to build staff morale and enable staff to better support the agency’s COVID-19 response.
  • Lead and support advocacy efforts among the division’s equity stakeholder groups to elevate and address the unique needs of Division of Epidemiology frontline staff who have experienced trauma and inequities as part of their work for the City, and help plan for ongoing COVID-19 response and future emergency planning.
  • Liaise with equity stakeholders in the Division, as well as internal and external training experts and vendors (e.g., Worksite Wellness, Mental Health ERG, external consultants such as Interaction Institute for Social Change [IISC]), to develop, implement and evaluate staff support programming.
  • Funding permitted, work with equity and social justice stakeholders to plan and implement affinity spaces to conduct racial healing for all Epi staff.
  • Develop and implement plans to lead staff support groups and listening sessions as needed to support staff in response to workplace transitions, current events and other potentially triggering and traumatic events.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in mental health, counseling, psychology, health education, or public health.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, health education, public health, or a related field and 1-2 years of related professional experience (including internships and fellowships) in trauma-informed programming, community engagement or community organizing, stakeholder engagement, or mental health counseling.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and anti-racist organizing.
  • Experience with project management.

Additional Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to engage in confidential conversations with staff and lead with empathy.
  • Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple moving pieces and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.
  • Willingness to contribute to emerging priority projects as needed for the COVID-19 response.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • The ideal candidate for this position must be a proactive and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.

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 position will require travel to all three Division of Epidemiology worksites:
  1. 125 Worth Street, New York, NY 10025
  2. 42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
  3. 30-30 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • 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.