Special Projects Coordinator

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The East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office (DPHO) was established to address health issues in East and Central Harlem, communities which bear a disproportionately high burden of illness and premature death compared to other areas of New York City. The DPHO offers program services addressing asthma, obesity and other issues; facilitates and coordinates central office programs; provides assistance to community programs; conducts community-based research and provides health information to community residents and leaders to assist in priority-setting, planning and program evaluation.

To reduce the burden of asthma in East Harlem, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene established the East Harlem Center of Excellence (EHACE). The Center’s activities include: case management for children with persistent asthma, strengthening a network of key asthma service providers, interacting with local medical providers, reducing exposures to home environmental triggers, conducting a variety of education programs, and staffing a walk-in center for asthma information and referral services.

The Special Projects Coordinator (SPC) works with the EHACE Team coordinating a variety of initiatives geared at creating environments to reduce asthma triggers; strengthening Integrated Pest Management housing code policies, linking increased utilization of IPM with job training for local residents, promoting smoke free housing policies with local non-profit housing groups, overseeing specialized focused programs in public housing (NYCHA), coordinating advocacy on healthy housing policies with community coalitions and professional organizations, supersizing interns working on a variety of projects. In addition, the SPC will provide education and training on asthma in a variety of community settings such as community-based organizations, faith-based settings, schools, after school programs, and day care centers, for children and youth as well as their parents and guardians.

Responsibilities will include:
• Reviewing literature and investigating existing projects addressing these topical areas.
• Coordinating recruitment, training and supervision of interns who will be deployed to work on the special projects.
• Coordinating closely with the EHACE Program Development Specialist in developing deliverables and the Research and Evaluation staff to track progress and outcomes.
• Working in collaboration with partners---Harlem Asthma Network members, schools, youth serving organizations, housing agencies, tobacco control advocates.
• Coordinating advocacy campaigns with the City-wide Asthma Initiative and the New York City Asthma Partnership.
• Providing leadership in the development of education and training activities of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence.
• Coordinating day to day implementation of training programs, including the work of training consultants Conducting asthma education in a variety of community settings.
• Tracking progress and outcomes of training programs, reporting and measuring progress.
• Preparing written reports, analyses, and other documents as needed.
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
Experience in training and adult education with diverse audiences - Familiarity with training needs assessment and curriculum development.
Excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills - Experience in project management.
Some knowledge of asthma and/or environmental health - Experience in developing and implementing community-level projects.
Bilingual in English and Spanish.
To Apply
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #128284.
We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
Work Location
158 E 115Th St., N.Y.
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.

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