Deputy Commissioner, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Public Health Solutions - Long Island City, NY

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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the nation's leading local public health department, seeks a dynamic public health leader to be its Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Preparedness and Response. This position directly reports to the Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer. The chosen candidate will be responsible for advancing the Agency's and City's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from health and citywide emergencies in a city of 8 million people. The candidate will be required to manage multiple and complex priorities and collaborate with other key agency stakeholders and divisions in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

The Deputy Commissioner will direct the following units:
Bureau of Planning, Exercise and Training - responsible for the development of plans, tools, organizational structures and policy coordination to build a response capacity before an event and maintain flexibility during an emergency. This Bureau is also responsible for the development and maintenance of plans to distribute medical countermeasures to the population of New York City.

Bureau of Healthcare Readiness responsible for coordinating public health emergency preparedness planning for New York City's healthcare system by working with hospitals, long-term care facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers, primary care centers and physician practices, pharmacies and other sectors of the health care system, and in turn to coordinate them with communities to promote City resiliency.

Bureau of Grants Management and Administration is responsible for overseeing significant portfolio of agency-wide federal grants totaling over $30 million. which includes funding under the Urban Area Security Initiative, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program grants.

Bureau of Policy, Evaluation and Special Projects is responsible for coordinating DOHMH's planning efforts for special initiatives such as the BioWatch program and community resilience with a particular focus on vulnerable populations; and is also responsible for the evaluation and after-action analysis of all DOHMH emergency preparedness exercises and real responses events.

Specifically, the Deputy Commissioner will be required to successfully execute duties including, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Coordinate preparedness and activations to a variety of large-scale public health emergencies in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders as well as executive leadership in order to maximize DOHMH resources and meet critical needs necessary for successful emergency operations.
  • Lead the planning, assessment and development of existing and new policies, protocols, trainings and exercises to further the City's public health response capabilities in the areas of biologic, chemical, radiologic, explosive and naturally occurring emergencies.
  • Utilize incident and other data to assess variables and risks and make timely decisions to meet emergency planning and response requirements.
  • Coordinate emergency preparedness and response activities with the Bureau of Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Bureau of Mental Hygiene Emergency Preparedness.
  • Serve as DOHMH liaison to the NYC's Office of Emergency Management on city-wide emergency planning and response, including staffing OEM's Emergency Operations Center with qualified personnel during activations.
  • Maintain and activate the agency's Incident Command System to improve response effectiveness during emergency situations.
  • Maintain and activate the agency's Continuity of Operations Plan to avoid disruption of essential public health services during emergency situations.
  • Identify and reduce factors that hamper community response and resilience in the event of widespread emergencies, particularly among New York City's vulnerable populations.
  • Direct programmatic, administrative, and fiscal aspects and operations of agency-wide emergency preparedness-related grants including reporting to oversight agencies and effectiveness of subcontractors.
Provide technical and policy advice to the Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer and the Commissioner of Health regarding public health emergency planning and management.

PREFERRED SKILLS :
The successful candidate must be an experienced public health professional with at least ten years in a position of public health leadership; Master in Public Health a plus. Familiarity with federal, state and local government public health law and working knowledge of the principles and practices of public health and mental hygiene, particularly in the areas of disease control, environmental health, epidemiology, crisis counseling and laboratory as they may pertain to emergency response. Knowledge of the national incident command system. Extensive managerial experience leading large projects and complex teams consisting of widely diverse staff of professional, technical and support personnel is essential. The position must be on-call and available 24x7 in the event of an emergency. Excellent interpersonal, communication, systems, and operational and staff management skills a must.

New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment.

Apply online with a cover letter and salary information to www.nychealthcareers.com ; in the JVN search bar, enter 146585.

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