Special Assistant to Director [Adm. Staff analyst, NM]
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Queens, NY

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The Office of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is responsible for the management and oversight of the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program in New York City. The New York State Legislature passed Kendra's law as an amendment to the Mental Hygiene Law to allow for outpatient civil commitment of individuals with histories of serious mental illness, difficulty engaging in rehabilitation, and who present high risk to themselves or the community. The program enables these individuals to live safely in the community, avoid repeated inpatient hospitalizations, and ensure they have access to comprehensive outpatient services.

The Special Assistant will:
-- Research best practices in the field of mental health care to develop and implement special projects requested by the Director of AOT.

-- Using best practices and existing policies and procedures create and maintain a consolidated AOT policy manual, updating as required.

-- Collect and provide quantitative data analysis for special projects and requests made by the Director.

-- Write reports, policies and procedures, proposals, flyers and position statements for internal and external distribution.

-- Collaborate with the Deputy Director for Quality Assurance and the Deputy Director for Administration to prepare and implement a plan for staff development

-- Respond to and organize training, meeting and presentation requests made by internal and external partners.

-- Identify resources including grant funding to support increased and improved mental health programming and initiatives for individuals with serious mental illness.

-- Collaborate with AOT administrative staff to ensure activities are completed appropriately and in a timely manner.

-- Manage internal and external communications directed to the AOT office and provide appropriate direction and follow-up to internal and external parties.

-- Perform all the duties described on the job description listed above and other duties as assigned.

PREFERRED SKILLS:
S/he will have a comprehensive understanding of the NYC mental health system and the individuals it serves. The successful candidate will be forward thinking and have the ability to work independently; anticipating the needs of the Office of AOT and ensuring due dates are met. The candidate will have excellent interpersonal, research, written and verbal communication skill. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high volume office. Proficiency in Excel, Project Management, Word, PowerPoint, and Visio. A Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Public Heath, Public Administration or an associated field is preferred.

Experience Required:
1. A Master's degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, urban studies or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: working with the budget of a large public or private concern in budget administration, accounting, economic or financial administration, or fiscal or economic research; in management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; in personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, social services program planning/evaluation, or fiscal management; or in a related area. 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or

2. A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of professional experience in the areas described in (1) above, including the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience, as described in (1) above.

NOTE: NEW YORK CITY RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED WITHIN 90 DAYS OF APPOINTMENT.

Position #: 405008

Post Date: 5/30/2012

Post Until Filled

The City of New York/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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