Program Director, Perinatal Hep C & Enhanced Surveillance
Bureau of Hepatitis, HIV, and STI
Job ID: 580580
Location: 42-09 28th Street
Salary Range: $84,468.00 – $91,045.00
Established in 1805, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) is the oldest and largest health department in the country. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of all New Yorkers, in service of a vision of a city in which all New Yorkers can realize their full health potential, regardless of who they are, how old they are, where they are from, or where they live.
As a world-renowned public health agency with a history of building transformative public health programming and infrastructure, innovating in science and scholarship to advance public health knowledge, and responding to urgent public health crises — from New York City’s yellow fever outbreak in 1822, to the COVID-19 pandemic — we are a hub for public health innovation, expertise, and programs, and services. We serve as the population health strategist, and policy, and planning authority for the City of New York, while also having a vast impact on national and international public policy, including programs and services focused on food and nutrition, anti-tobacco support, chronic disease prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment, family and child health, environmental health, mental health, and racial and social justice work, among others.
Our agency’s five strategic priorities, building off a recently-completed strategic planning process emerging from the COVID-19 emergency, are:
- To re-envision how the Health Department prepares for and responds to health emergencies, with a focus on building a “response-ready” organization, with faster decision-making, transparent public communications, and stronger surveillance and bridges to healthcare systems
- Address and prevent chronic and diet-related disease, including addressing rising rates of childhood obesity and the impact of diabetes, and transforming our food systems to improve nutrition and enhance access to healthy foods
- Address the second pandemic of mental illness including: reducing overdose deaths, strengthening our youth mental health systems, and supporting people with serious mental illness
- Reduce black maternal mortality and make New York a model city for women’s health
- Mobilize against and combat the health impacts of climate change
Our 7,000-plus team members bring extraordinary diversity to the work of public health. True to our value of equity as a foundational element of all of our work, and a critical foundation to achieving population health impact in New York City, the NYC Health Department has been a leader in recognizing and dismantling racism’s impacts on the health of New Yorkers and beyond. In 2021, the NYC Board of Health declared racism as a public health crisis. With commitment to advance anti-racist public health practices that dismantle systems that perpetuate inequitable power, opportunity and access, the NYC Health Department continues to work in and with communities and community organizations to increase their access to health services and decrease avoidable health outcomes.
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). Its mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers by ending transmission, illness, stigma, and inequities related to viral hepatitis, HIV and sexually transmitted infections. BHHS does this through testing initiatives; prevention, care, and treatment programming; epidemiology and surveillance; training and technical assistance; community engagement; social marketing; policy advocacy; and racial equity and social justice initiatives. The Viral Hepatitis Program conducts surveillance, and develops and implements programs and projects to prevent, manage and treat hepatitis B and C in New York City.
The Program Director for Perinatal Hep C and Enhanced Surveillance will oversee perinatal hep C surveillance, investigations and linkage to care as well as enhanced surveillance for hep B/C, supervise staff, review medical chart information and laboratory data as needed, and participate in or lead surveillance quality assurance and analyses.
Duties will include but not be limited to:
- Manage and oversee Perinatal Hep C Surveillance.
- Prepare datasets and ensure data are submitted to the CDC for grant reporting and deliverables are provided in a timely manner.
- Review cases and ensure linkage to care and testing guidelines are provided.
- Monitor and review cases <36 months of age reported with a positive hep C test to identify cases of perinatal hep C.
- Perform perinatal hep C analyses using detailed, written protocols and associated tools, such as interview instruments or chart review tools.
- Oversee and manage routine and enhanced surveillance investigations.
- Prepare and assign cases for enhanced surveillance investigations including among those with hep B, C, or perinatal infection. Revise or create new data collection forms, as needed.
- Supervise staff and interns conducting the investigations.
- Support and enhance program capacity for viral hep B and C surveillance activities.
- Conduct quality assurance on hepatitis surveillance electronic reporting data. Monitor and improve the quality of hep B and C data in the health department’s surveillance system (Maven).
- Additional data cleaning, management and analysis as needed, specially using SAS.
- Participate and lead viral hepatitis surveillance studies and analyses.
- Work collaboratively with all levels of staff involved in projects as needed.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Master’s degree in public health or a related field.
In-depth understanding of surveillance systems, including evaluation of evaluating surveillance systems and quality assurance protocols to for maintenance.
Excellent SAS capabilities.
Exceptional candidates will have experience working with hepatitis and complex laboratory surveillance.
** 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.
As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at StudentAid.gov/PSLF.
“FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
Last Updated on April 3, 2023 by HepFree NYC