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Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal Infant and Reproductive Health - 348430

Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal Infant and Reproductive Health - 348430

Job Description Hiring Rate: $59,708.00  (Flat Rate)

The Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health works to improve maternal, infant and reproductive health outcomes and promote health equity in New York City. Our work is guided by a data to action approach, with promotion of evidence-based programs and activities, policy development and advocacy, and research and evaluation. We apply a racial and sexual and reproductive justice lens to our work, advocating for the human right of all people to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities (definition by SisterSong Women of Color for Reproductive Justice Collective). The Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner will join a vibrant bureau  with a strong track record of successful program, policy   and research interventions, including implementation of the largest urban Nurse-Family Partnership program, a national home visiting program for low-income first time mothers;   community engagement to raise awareness of and increase access to reproductive health education and services, and to implement a birth justice campaign for safe and respectful maternity care; training and technical assistance to NYC hospitals to establish Baby Friendly Hospitals that support breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity, and to implement a Quality Improvement Network for Contraceptive Access;   and ongoing surveillance and reporting on maternal, infant and reproductive health outcomes.


The Special Assistant will provide organizational, administrative, and programmatic support to the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau. Responsibilities range from project management to daily trouble-shooting. With strong attention to detail and emphasis on advancing priority projects, responsibilities will include:

--Conduct research to support new proposals or initiatives, including literature reviews, and evaluation of topic-specific programmatic approaches and interventions

--Assist in drafting and developing briefs, one-pagers, talking points, presentations, letters, reports and other materials

--Coordinate and/or prepare written responses to requests from the Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner and other agency staff, as well as external requests when required.

--Synthesize information from several sources into well written, concise documents.

--Establish and maintain Knowledge Management system to assure easy access by multiple users to up-to-date information on Bureau work

--Serve as liaison between the Assistant Commissioner and the Bureau Directors (senior team), including coordinating staff to ensure timely completion of follow-up items and compiling information from Director's in response to Deputy Commissioner requests, and for agency and City reports

--Act as internal liaison with other Bureaus and Divisions, including the Press Office, and externally with community/advocacy groups, service providers, and other government agencies as needed.

--Work on special projects and events in areas of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health.

--Coordinate with Research and Evaluation team and senior team to produce Quarterly Performance Report and other project and performance management reports as needed.

--Attend meetings with the Assistant Commissioner to provide a record of the discussion and decisions made, and to keep track of next steps and follow-up items

--Follow-up on projects overseen and/or initiated by the Assistant Commissioner

--Coordinate internal and external meetings. Closely monitor and track tasks, deliverables and deadlines
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 --Strong organizational and project management skills, with good follow-through to complete assignments within specified timeframes, and managing multiple projects

--Outstanding oral communications skills, with demonstrated ability to interact constructively with internal and external staff on all levels

--Excellence in writing, reporting, and English composition

--Flexibility regarding work assignments and ability to work in a fast-paced environment

--Proficiency in Microsoft software applications with strong emphasis on Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and SharePort

--Knowledge of and experience in public health

--Ability to concisely distill and present information.

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 #  348430.

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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