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.
DOHMH’s Division of Family and Child Health (FCH) is charged with the creation and oversight of programs, policies, services, and environments that support physical and socio-emotional health, and promote primary and reproductive health services, health equity, social justice, safety and well-being for New York City families and children. FCH’s vision is that every child, woman, and family recognize their power and is given the opportunity to reach their full health and developmental potential. We encourage qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity to apply.
The Return to School Situation Room is a multi-agency effort to ensure the safe reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Situation Room is a resource to principals and other public school staff that receives reports of COVID-19 test results, confirms those results, creates policies and gives guidance about whether a classroom, school, building, etc. should close as a result of one or more COVID-19 cases in a school. Information about cases related to schools (people who are a part of the school community) is collected, evaluated, compared, researched, and followed up on. Staff work closely with the Surveillance/ Epidemiology team at the DOHMH to review cases related to Department of Education (DOE) facilities that range from programs for pre-K to those for adult learners, as well as sports programming held on campus.
The Situation Room contributes to the agency’s goal of utilizing data advocacy and policy for action and plays an important role in the safe reopening of our schools and city. During the past two school years, the Situation Room has been responsible for receiving all potential COVID-19 cases in DOE facilities and efficiently responding to ensure the safety of all students and staff. DOHMH is responsible for looking up results in systems and using other means to obtain and verify lab results, to disposition a case, which helps determine if a school or classroom needs to be closed.
Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for three (3) Situation Room Assessment Supervisor to lead and support the DOHMH Situation Room’s assessment of cases within a school. The position will each lead a team that will investigate and research cases in a classroom or group of people to evaluate and make recommendations around whether there was in-school transmission of COVID-19. The role will be required to be flexible to an ever-changing environment and events impacting schools and also be able to train staff and ensure high-quality performance of team.
Specifically, the Situation Room Assessment Supervisor will:
- Oversee teams of staff working on assessments of in-school transmission of COVID-19.
- This will include developing and ensuring teams follow protocols, activation, staff development and procedures for the Situation Room team.
- Provide staff training based on experience, current scientific knowledge and DOHMH policy.
- Develop guidance documents, protocols and educational materials related to COVID-19 case and cluster investigations in schools, and revising, as needed.
- Assist with interpretation, reporting and analyzing data from outbreak and cluster investigations.
- Communicate with Situation Room Team, Surveillance/Epidemiology, DOE and public-school leadership and/or concerned staff/clients as needed.
- Interact with other DOHMH emergency response groups, divisions, and bureaus to coordinate response to outbreak prevention and control in schools.
- Other relevant duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Nurse or Master’s in Public Health; or at least 7 years of experience in a related field.
- Previous experience working in fields related to emergency response, infectious diseases, or public health epidemiology for 3 or more years.
- Capacity and willingness to learn about investigations and case assessment and how it relates to NYC Schools.
- 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.
- Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management.
- 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.
- Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
- 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.
- Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- 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.
- 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.