School Mental Health Research and Evaluation Specialist, Bureau of Children, Youth & Families


Full-time$73,000 - $84,000 a year
The Bureau of Children, Youth & Families (CYF) is responsible for planning, funding and overseeing much of NYC's comprehensive network of child and adolescent community mental health services. CYF oversees a portfolio of over 100 programs and supports a family-driven, individualized and strengths-based approach to care. CYF relies on research and surveillance to guide its decisions around planning, implementing and evaluating policies and services that improve mental health and address mental health-related disparities among children, youth and families in NYC.

NYC DOHMH, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based social, emotional and mental health efforts and services in NYC public schools. The aim is to assess child mental health needs and inform the implementation of effective mental health programs and services in all schools citywide to strengthen school climate, school staff capacities, and students’ mental health and academic success. The Bureau’s work on school mental health initiatives has substantially expanded through ThriveNYC: A Mental Health Roadmap for All, the policy framework and strategic plan to improve the mental health and well-being of New Yorkers, and provides content expertise on approaches to children’s mental health promotion, prevention and treatment, as well as expertise in the planning, policies and financing of NYC’s children’s mental health care system for children and youth ages 0-21 and their families.

Under the direction of the Director of Research and Evaluation, and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director of Systems Planning and member of CYF’s school mental health team, the School Mental Health Research and Evaluation Specialist will content provide expertise in school mental health so as to improve the delivery of school mental health services and programs.

The Bureau seeks a research and evaluation analyst who will report to its Director of Research and Evaluation to direct Requests for Proposals for conducting evaluation of large-scale school mental health and social emotional learning initiatives in NYC public schools. In addition, the research and evaluation analyst will conduct data analyses around NYC school mental health initiatives using data collected from programs and administrative data for the purposes of generating summaries, conducting descriptive analyses, and reporting findings to inform the Bureau and Division’s cross system planning and quality improvement work.

You will

  • Conduct evaluation activities, data analyses, and reporting for school- and Thrive-related mental health initiatives, including efforts specific to social and emotional learning.
  • Collaborate with independent evaluators contracted by City to oversee school-mental health related efforts.
  • Prepare and manage the services of independent evaluators to ensure the Bureau and Divisions’ goals around school mental health are met.
  • Research and identify indicators and metrics related to school and student mental health to measure the overall impact of school-based mental health services on student outcomes.
  • Develop a plan for collecting data and liaise with DOE research and evaluation staff and other partners to obtain needed student- and school-level data.
  • Coordinate the reporting of evaluation findings and prepare briefs, reports and other communication for internal and external use.
  • Conduct comparative research on the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of program models, including best/promising practices.
  • Conduct other research needed to design new policies, programs, and initiatives; make recommendations on which options/direction best meet CYF’s goals.
  • Serve on workgroups/cross-agency committees regarding school mental health research and data.
  • Perform data entry and tracking.
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
Knowledge of and experience with program evaluation methodologies including conducting cost-effectiveness analyses;

Working knowledge of child and school mental health field;

Experience conducting analyses of large secondary datasets, including complex survey data;

Proficiency with STATA, SAS, SUDAAN, and other statistical software;

Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-disciplinary team environment;

Experience performing literature reviews.

Experience working with contracted evaluators;
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.


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 # 383043.

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.