The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is a world-renowned agency with a long tradition of protecting and
promoting health in the nation’s most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Our 6,500-plus team members bring an extraordinary
array of languages, cultures and experiences to bear on the work of public health. Our diversity fuels creativity, because all
perspectives are heard and valued.
The Office of the Commissioner oversees the Health Department's strategic public health planning efforts, initiatives, policies and
program development in support of protecting and promoting the health and safety of New Yorkers.
Reporting directly to the Commissioner of Health, the Senior Science Advisor will work to align public health goals with agency policies, programs, and operations through the assessment of relevant scientific materials in a timely manner. They will advise on various emerging public health issues to inform
program and policy decisions, which involves gathering, analyzing, and summarizing key scientific and public health literature and
soliciting expert opinion. The Advisor will help facilitate the ability of DOHMH to monitor and continuously improve upon various
processes, activities and outcomes in order to ensure a healthier New York.
• Review policy, programmatic and scientific issues as needed and make recommendations concerning current and future program and policy planning to the Commissioner.
• Review scientific literature, manuscripts and clinical studies as requested by the Commissioner to assess evidence, validity and
reliability in order to provide assessments as to whether materials are consistent with agency goals.
• Provide critical analysis of literature that relates to measurement and tracking of disparities, evidence-based approaches to promoting health equity.
• Summarize strategic approaches to realize agency commitment to disparities reduction.
• Draft commentary/review letters and articles for publication in peer-reviewed literature.
• Participate in compilation and statistical analysis of Agency data.
• Collaborate with Agency leaders to develop, review, and evaluate public health policies; and
• Work with partners to design and implement complex public health projects; and
• Participate in special projects and workgroups as assigned.
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.
NOTE: Probationary Period Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
• Master of Public Health (MPH) required unless a candidate has an MD and relevant clinical experience. Greater consideration will be given to candidates with both an MPH and a doctorate degree from an accredited college or university; • Demonstrated experience in multiple public health policy and clinical areas, including chronic disease prevention, maternal child health and or health systems management; • Demonstrated experience researching, writing and reviewing scientific literature, manuscripts, clinical data and other materials; • Excellent communications and research skills are a must; • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across programs and with outside agencies; and • Attention to detail and excellent and organizational skills are a must
Internal Number: 405051
About NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The New York City Health Department is known around the world as a center of bold innovation. With over 200 years of leadership in the field, we're also one of our nation's oldest public health agencies. The challenges we face range from obesity, diabetes and heart disease to HIV/AIDS, tobacco addiction and substance abuse, and the threat of bioterrorism. We're tackling these issues with innovative policies and programs – and getting exceptional results – but our work is never finished. Your NYC Health career brings big responsibilities and unparalleled opportunities for growth.