Health Systems Engagement Specialist


Full-time$53,000 - $76,000 a year
The Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, (CHECW) within the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will align efforts in advancing health equity across the City. The Center will focus on these key areas: leveraging community assets to better integrate primary care and public health to serve the health needs of communities; building inter-agency collaboration to implement multi-sectorial approach to addressing the root causes of health disparities; and increasing organizational capacity that strengthens the agency's lens of addressing health equity. CHECW is seeking to hire a Health Systems Engagement Specialist to work in the newly created Neighborhood Resiliency Unit to be responsible for working with Neighborhood Crisis Response Planner to integrate existing health system partnerships across the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (anti-violence initiative, community health worker workforce initiative, chronic disease initiatives and the birth equity initiative) into the neighborhood planning and response plans, as appropriate. With a focus on creating linkages to local health systems a portion of the Health Systems Engagement Specialist work will include health care access. This role will report directly to the Director of Neighborhood Resiliency.

  • Coordinate with staff across the Division to identify health system partners and stakeholders at the neighborhood level to engage.
  • In collaboration with Action Center staff and community stakeholders, identify gaps in health system involvement at the neighborhood level in order to enhance neighborhood response activities.
  • Work with the Director of Neighborhood Resilience to establish a Neighborhood Resilience Health System workplan to increase health system engagement and investment in neighborhood response planning.
  • During crisis/incident work with the Crisis Response Planner to inform health system partners' engagement in response and identify opportunities to leverage resources.
  • In close collaboration with the Action Center engagement staff and the Community Engagement Coordinator, integrate health system partner efforts.
  • Utilize health system partnerships to promote access to health care in coordination with emergency preparedness and response activities.
  • Serve as a collaborative team member at assigned Action Center with existing staff and fellow Neighborhood Resiliency Unit team members.
Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills

A Bachelors in related field preferred, with specialization in health administration, sociology, public health
Knowledge of health systems and health care access.
Experience with coordinating health system partners, particularly Federally Qualified Health Centers or Brooklyn based hospitals.
Experience working across various groups to address community needs with successful outcomes.
A self-starter with the ability to work individually for the greater good of a larger team.
Experience working collaboratively in small teams, effective communication and organization skills, and Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with various priorities and deliverables;
Experience working in neighborhoods or with communities experiencing health inequities or other forms of social injustice, familiarity with racial and social justice frameworks and approaches
Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills with an analytical approach.

Additional 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.


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To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 417225.

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

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.