The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is a world-renowned agency with a long tradition of protecting and promoting health in the nation’s most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Our 6,500-plus team members bring an extraordinary array of languages, cultures and experiences to bear on the work of public health. Our diversity fuels creativity, because all perspectives are heard and valued.
As the Chief of Staff, you will assist the Commissioner of Health on administrative and public health issues, coordinate and monitor high-priority initiatives and agency decisions among the divisions and provide guidance to the divisions on program implementation. The Chief of Staff will also serve as an advisor on how best to achieve strategic agency goals and coordinate interagency activities on the Commissioner’s behalf. In addition, the Chief of Staff will maintain liaisons with non-profit partners and with other city and state agencies.
Duties will include but not be limited to:
--Act as an adviser to the Commissioner of Health and leadership team and represent the Commissioner in agency meetings, and external meetings with community partners and other key stakeholders.
--Advise the Commissioner on agency strategy and policy issues.
--Troubleshoot, participate in crisis management, ensure clear communication across the agency and manage expectations of agency leadership, and external partners
--Ensure that the decisions and policies of the Commissioner are implemented and executed across various divisions and programs within the Agency.
--Prioritize, coordinate and develop agendas and ensure effective follow-ups for internal and external meetings, including meetings with agency leadership, City Hall meetings, quarterly management meetings; and with the State Department of Health, and Health + Hospitals to name a few
--Liaise with agency leadership on issues that must be dealt with by the Commissioner’s Office but do not require the Commissioner’s personal involvement.
--Convene and direct inter-divisional groups to address problems and pursue initiatives that cut across divisional responsibilities.
--Liaise with external partners including the Mayor’s Office, other City and State agencies, community organizations, and private sector partners.
--Develop policies, protocols, and standards on programmatic and administrative matters to improve efficiency and strengthen agency capacity.
--Responsible for recruitment and hiring of key agency leadership positions
--Supervise and provide overall direction to staff in the Office of the Commissioner.
--A Masters’ degree from an accredited college or university in public health, public administration or business administration --Minimum of seven years’ working in public health and/or in the field of human services with at least five years’ in a senior management role --Ability to deal with multiple and changing demands in a fast-paced environment.
--Ability to handle highly confidential matters relating to personnel and agency issues --Ability to think creatively, analytically and strategically
--Exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills; exercise sound professional judgment
--Possess exceptional motivation and maintain a high energy level
--Ability to build strong relationships and work with diverse individuals at all levels of the agency.