Assistant Commissioner, HIV / AIDS at NYC Health Dept

Job Description

The mission of the Bureau of HIV/ AIDS Prevention and Control (the Bureau) is to prevent new infections and reduce morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected persons. The Bureau has a budget of nearly $200 million and approximately 250 staff.

Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control, the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control provides leadership and vision for the Health Department’s HIV strategy and implements programs through the Bureau’s five units: HIV Diagnostics; HIV Prevention; HIV Care & Treatment; and HIV Epidemiology and Field Services; and Administration and Housing.

The Assistant Commissioner will have the following responsibilities:

  • Implement evidence-based approaches to prevent new HIV infections and to reduce illness and death among HIV-infected persons in New York City.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate new approaches to HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
  • Directly manage large scale HIV programs, including: condom distribution, education, advocacy, and social marketing/advertising to prevent HIV infections; screening for HIV infection in medical facilities, institutions, and community settings; linkage to care for persons newly diagnosed; treatment of HIV/AIDS; and housing support.
  • Serve as advisor to the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, other Health Department programs, other city agencies, and outside partners regarding HIV policy and best practices.
  • Represent the Health Department on matters related to HIV at local, state, and federal meetings and conferences and to the press.
  • Liaise with stakeholders, including consumers, community representatives, planning bodies, and contracted providers regarding HIV issues and related Departmental initiatives to foster stakeholder input in program/policy design.
  • Oversee the HIV Bureau’s administrative and fiscal operations, and allocate resources in response to funding changes and Commissioner of Health or Mayoral imperatives.
  • Supervise seven direct reports, including: six directors and one clerical associate.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness activities and response as assigned

Minimum Qual Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and five years of full-time professional satisfactory experience acquired within the last fifteen years, in a health services setting such as a laboratory, hospital, or other patient care facility, or in a public health, environmental health, or mental hygiene program, at least 18 months of which must have been in a managerial capacity, consisting of managerial experience clearly demonstrating the ability to perform difficult and responsible managerial work, requiring independent decision-making concerning program management, planning, allocation of resources, and the scheduling and assignment of work
  2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. Education may be substituted for experience on the basis that each 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited college in hospital administration, public health, public administration, business administration, management or administration can be substituted for one year of non-managerial experience up to a maximum of 60 semester credits for two years. However, all candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and 18 months of managerial experience as described in “1” above.

Preferred Skills

Knowledge and experience of HIV epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies; knowledge and experience of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop, deliver and evaluate public health or health-related programs in state or local settings; experience in managing large medical and/or public health programs; excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information

Position #: 003080 (Grant Funded)

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #147684.

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

Work Location
42-09 28th Street, Queens, NY 11101

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.

03/26/2014 Until Filled



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