The Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW) uses a racial and social justice approach to eliminate health inequities for those who are most marginalized in New York City and to reduce overall premature mortality from the leading causes of preventable death with the vision that every New Yorker will live in a thriving neighborhood with equitable access to resources that help support healthy individuals and communities. This division unifies and strengthens the Department’s lines of work directed at eliminating racial inequities for preventable health conditions, which are rooted in historical and contemporary injustices and discrimination, including racism. CHECW aim is to eliminate racial inequities resulting in premature mortality, with a focus on chronic disease, by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact health. The goal of this renewed approach is to increase placed-based investments in priority neighborhoods with community programming and services based on epidemiology; influence and leverage the health system to promote whole-person care; and intensify the agency’s approach to tackle big salt and sugar, big tobacco, the built environment and other determinants of health.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP) works to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease and stroke, cancer and diabetes. BCDP focuses on addressing three key risk factors that lead to chronic disease - poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity and tobacco use. It strives to create systems, policies, programs and environments that enhance New Yorkers’ access to healthy options. BCDP is part of the Division of Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.
- Supervise a small team that works with City agencies, hospitals and higher learning institutions that are committed to making healthy food and drinks more available by complying with nutrient- and food-based standards.
- Ensure that the team meets grant deliverables to lower sodium intake in NYC, which includes strategic planning, day-to-day coordination of grant-funded activities, contract monitoring, budget and spending oversight, drafting progress reports, and regular communications with the federal funder.
- Manage relationships with large, national food distributors and Health Departments in other parts of the country to promote the procurement of healthier food and beverage items.
- Support the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy on enforcing the NYC Food Standards, including helping plan semi-annual food procurement meetings, providing technical and nutrition policy information when needed, and coordinating submission of data for the Food Metrics report.
- Coordinate evaluation projects and keep abreast of current academic research related to food, nutrition and diet-related diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension diabetes) and provide analysis and guidance regularly federal and state nutrition policy.
- Support the agency’s citywide effort to prevent and manage high blood pressure, including but not limited to understanding and communicating about strategies to lower New Yorkers’ sodium intake.
- Serve as a representative of NYC Health Department with local and national stakeholders and other organizations and jurisdictions working on food and nutrition.
- Perform other duties as assigned, such as drafting briefs, talking points, research papers, educational content, web content and reviews of scientific articles.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A general baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a master's degree in foods and nutrition from an accredited college, and five years of full-time experience in a nutrition education program in the field of public health, two years of which shall have been in a supervisory, administrative, consultative, managerial or executive capacity; or
2. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience. However all candidates must possess the educational requirements and the two years of supervisory, administrative, consultative, managerial or executive experience as specified in "1" above.
- Registered Dietitian strongly preferred
- Master’s degree in public health, public policy, nutrition or related field from an accredited college or university and at least 5 years of professional experience preferred
- Ability to balance multiple projects and priorities at once in a fast-paced work environment
- Superior writing skills and ability to communicate effectively
- Strong managerial skills including demonstrated ability to manage staff
- Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, creative thinking, and follow through
- Ability to translate and present nutrition data, research and any other programmatic information clearly and effectively to external stakeholders
- Understanding of or experience working on regional food systems and food security issues and the underlying causes of health inequities in NYC communities
- Knowledge of the Microsoft Suite, including PowerPoint and Excel
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
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:
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Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 424712.
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.
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.