City Research Scientist I / NY Knows Project Officer, Bureau of Hepatitis, HIV, and STI
Civil Service TitleCITY RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Job CategoryHealth, Policy, Research & Analysis
Work Location42-09 28th Street
Division/Work UnitSTI Programs
# of Positions1
Title Code No21744 Level02
Proposed Salary Range$ 75,504.00 – $ 94,761.00 (Annual)
As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.
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With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and a 6,000-plus workforce across the five boroughs of New York City (NYC), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world. We serve approximately 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds and our workforce is as varied as the city we serve, bringing an extraordinary array of languages and dynamic experiences to bear upon the work of public health, as we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment. In the promotion of health education, disease prevention and control, our most important tool is the people that we serve. We’re also one of our nation’s oldest public health agencies with a long and distinguished history of innovation and excellence and over 200 years of leadership in the field.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH)’s Bureau of Hepatitis, HIV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (BHHS) oversees the City’s response to viral hepatitis, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Across a range of programs and through extensive collaboration with other parts of NYC DOHMH and external stakeholders, BHHS leads testing initiatives; prevention, care, and treatment programming; epidemiology and scientific surveillance; scientific research and evaluation; training and technical assistance; community engagement; social marketing; policy advocacy; and racial equity and social justice initiatives.
The BHHS team has an opening for a City Research Scientist II / Project Office who will play an important role in the health department’s HIV testing and prevention initiative, New York Knows program. The New York Knows program team seeks to make HIV testing, with referral to care and prevention services, an integral part of the lives of all New Yorkers, while also promoting testing and screening for Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The Project Officer will engage and collaborate with organizations, healthcare facilities, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and businesses to reach the goals of the initiative.
At the direction of the supervisor, the Project Officer will also oversee and monitor prevention contracts and provide technical assistance to funded agencies.
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
• Establish and maintain working relationships with New York Knows community partners.
• Assist in the organizing and coordination of scientific research workshops and meetings for community partners.
• Assist in the planning and coordination of community testing events.
• Assist with the monitoring and evaluation of the initiative, including scientific research epidemiological data collection and analysis, as well as event and programmatic evaluation.
• Provide technical assistance and coordinate trainings to community partners on HIV testing.
• Link people living with HIV to care, and link those who test negative for HIV to prevention services, as well as on Hepatitis C and STI screening and testing.
• Collaborate with community partners to collect initiative epidemiological data, including aggregate testing scientific research data, epidemiological data from outreach events, and evaluation scientific research data from meetings and workshops.
• Assist community partners in implementing prevention and testing programs and events.
• Oversee and monitor contracted agencies, including reviewing program data and working with contractors to ensuring complete and timely reporting of epidemiological data.
• Assist contractor with using quality management approach to assess and improve program services.
• Work with Research and Evaluation Unit to monitor and evaluate the performance of contracted agencies and provide feedback of performance to contractors.
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.
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
• Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with a variety of people including healthcare providers, faith leaders, and community members.
• Professional working knowledge relating to HIV and the history of the epidemic, scientific research and advancement trends, epidemiological profile, transmission, prevention treatment, and associated sociopolitical issues.
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
• Have a valid driver’s license.
• Availability to work evenings and weekends for community events as needed.
• Experience working with contracted agencies and providing capacity building assistance.
• Highly organized, with the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.
• Exhibit proficiency in Word, Excel, and Access.
• Professional working experience with Salesforce is also highly encouraged.
• Strong comfort level in navigating within and among diverse and inclusive, equity based organizations, communities, institutions and groups with competing priorities.
• Knowledge of social media and community engagement strategies are a plus.
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
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:
“FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 484842.
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.
NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.
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