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Program Planner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control/HIV/AIDS Prevention - 345545

Program Planner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control/HIV/AIDS Prevention - 345545

Job Description The Program Planning Unit in the HIV Prevention Program of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control has an opening for a City Research Scientist II. Under the supervision of the Director of Program Planning, and in collaboration with other staff, as part of a diverse team conducting a dynamic portfolio of high priority projects aimed to End the Epidemic of HIV in New York City, the Program Planner will research, develop, and plan implementation of evidence-based policy and planning recommendations concerning best practices for HIV prevention programmatic implementation. They will support all aspects of the Unit’s work, including activities to support the operationalization of these efforts in the context of long-term HIV prevention planning.

Specifically, tasks will include:

• Provide planning and coordination support to the activities of the Program Planning Unit, including the development of tools for planning purposes and tracking and documentation of activities and work products. 

• Support the development of new evidence-based requests for proposals (RFPs) to competitively award Health Department funding to community and clinical partners citywide, including conducting key informant interviews and/or focus groups, conducting literature reviews, and culling existing resources and best practices These RFPs should be developed in collaboration with senior members of the HIV Prevention team and with the Director of Business Systems. 

• Conduct comprehensive clinical and public health research of secondary sources (e.g., published and gray literature review) to identify possible new interventions for HIV prevention with applicability to the NYC environment.

• Support implementation planning of new programs in coordination with leadership from the Programs Unit, including identification and/or development of needed materials, curricula and trainings; interaction with staff/contractors involved in development of materials, and coordination with staff across the BHIV to ensure that such materials, curricula and trainings are developed in a timely and appropriate manner. 

• Support the Director’s work with other units/programs within the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control to obtain needed data for the planning process.

• Develop and operationalize HIV prevention pilot research projects, including preparation and management of IRB approvals.

• Support quality improvement activities to ensure effective collaboration and coordination across both Prevention Program units and the bureau to inform planning activities 

• Plan community engagement activities to inform the development and implementation of programmatic activities and pilot research projects.

• Identify funding opportunities and support grant writing and submission efforts related to securing new funding.  Assist in the management of new and existing awards, including preparation and submission of progress reports and other reporting efforts as required

• Support the Director’s work with the community HIV Planning Group (HPG) and other HIV-related planning groups, as needed, to collaborate on programming development, and to communicate planning goals, objectives and model outputs. This includes conducting formative work with HPG leadership and members to inform the development of RFPs and research pilot projects. 

• Collaborate with other DOHMH Bureaus and departments within BHIV to find synergies for HIV prevention programs.
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 Experience in public health program planning, including HIV programmatic implementation and management of research projects. Experience with project management. Experience with research and grant writing experience in public health.  Knowledge of ambulatory health care systems in general and biomedical HIV prevention activities in particular.  Ability to work with multiple constituencies, a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies, and community groups. Ability to understand and interpret clinical and public health data; relevant computer skills; excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and leadership skills. Additional Information **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:
To Apply Apply online with a cover letter to  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 345545.

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.
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