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Director of Research and Evaluation Health Access Equity Unit - 321611

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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Director of Research and Evaluation, Health Access Equity Unit

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Policy, Research & Analysis

Proposed Salary Range:

$ 87,768.00 - $108,000.00 (Annual)

Career Level:

Experienced (non-manager)

Work Location:

42-09 28th Street

Division/Work Unit:

Health Access Equity

Job Description

The Division of Prevention and Primary Care works to advance population health by supporting access to quality health services and introducing system changes that promote disease prevention and control, with an emphasis on opportunities to integrate clinical and population health strategies. The Division builds upon a portfolio of policy and programming that spans clinics and communities across the City, and includes the programmatic bureaus of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, Primary Care Information Project, and Primary Care Access and Planning. This exciting position will be based in the new Health Access Equity Unit in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner. This unit is tasked with furthering the agency's mission by conducting strategic scientific research, innovative program design and implementation, and policy analysis and support to improve the health and social welfare of the City's most vulnerable populations. This position will be responsible for designing and directing research and evaluation related to models of care and novel public health interventions to improve health outcomes for marginalized populations. The Unit's work is especially focused on populations that are often overlooked by or are invisible to healthcare systems, with a specific focus on people with a history of criminal justice system involvement, and going forward, additional groups including refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, and others. The staff of the Unit will have the opportunity to shape policies, work across City agencies and community-based organizations to design and implement interventions to improve the health of these populations. The Director will report to the Executive Director of the Health Access Equity Unit.

The Director's responsibilities include the following:

Lead a team dedicated to promoting the health of marginalized populations in NYC by leveraging and integrating epidemiological and surveillance data to develop evidence-based public health policies and programs.

Develop a strategic analytic plan for research and evaluation to support the work of the unit including directing and conducting high level analytic activities to identify and characterize underserved populations with a specific focus on justice-involved populations living in the community.

Monitor medical and mental health disease trends, evaluate health care and program gaps and inform unit policy and program interventions.

Collaborate with internal and external partners to identify, integrate, and analyze available health information and health outcomes data for underserved populations in New York City.

Oversee analytic design and research implementation, including matching big data across multiple sources of information to inform strategy and health interventions that can coordinate and improve community-based service delivery for target populations (e.g. healthcare claims, correctional systems, benefits, shelter systems, etc.)

Prepare manuscripts, memos, and reports as well as give presentations summarizing research findings and strategic research objectives.

Participate in special studies and activities, and other duties as deemed necessary by the Executive Director

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or

2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to 1 or 2 above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in 2 above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in 1 and 2 above.


Probationary Period

Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

--Demonstrated expertise in epidemiological data analysis, demography, health services research, research design & program evaluation methodologies

--Strong analytic and statistical skills with experience in manipulating and analyzing data using statistical software such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, R

--Experience with scientific writing as demonstrated through a strong track record of publishing in top-tier journals

--Experience with IRB processes and expertise about related policies and procedures

--Experience with DOHMH's Community Health Survey, SPARCS, Salient or other Medicaid claims databases, MEPS, BRFSS, etc.

--Supervisory experience, such as leading and advising staff involved in various projects

--Experience successfully preparing grant applications including developing research questions

--Experience with geographical information software and mapping tools such as ArcGIS

--Experience and interest in public health, health policy and healthcare/primary care

--Ability to quickly familiarize oneself with priority public health and health policy topics, without prior experience

--Excellent project management and written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver's license.

Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.

Current Resume

Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting's Minimum Qualification Requirements section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program's other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to (please use the apply button below)

In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 321611.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.





The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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