With over 7,000 staff, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is a world-renowned agency with a long tradition of protecting and promoting the health of its residents. Its 100-plus programs protect and promote the health of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse city. The Office of External Affairs (OEA) manages many of the agency’s most critical interactions with the public, from raising awareness and promoting healthy behaviors to advancing policies and responding to health emergencies. Housed within the Office of External Affairs, the Community Affairs unit within Bureau of Government Affairs is responsible for channeling public health information to and from elected officials, community-based organizations, community boards, and the general public. The Community Affairs Unit is looking to hire a Community Liaison who will report to the Executive Director. The Community Affairs Unit is responsible for channeling public health information to and from elected officials, community-based organizations, community boards, and the general public. As the point person on all public facing outreach initiatives, the Community Liaison provides conceptual and grassroots level support to programs by planning and executing community outreach plans. The Community Liaison will help the Department maintain good relationships with elected officials, community boards, civic organizations, and other stakeholders by responding quickly and accurately to requests for information, organizing speakers for community events, problem solving and informing members of the Department initiatives. The Liaison will also actively participate in agency emergency preparedness and response work bearing upon public health emergencies and emergencies that have a public health component, such as communicable disease threats, outbreaks and pandemics, extreme weather, explosions, and fire, and cyber-attack.
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
Respond in a timely, concise, and intelligible fashion to inquiries from local elected officials, community boards and the general public.
Attend and represent the Department at community board meetings, town halls, public meetings in response to day to day operations and public health emergencies.
Disseminate public health information to community stakeholders and the public.
Provides staffing and supporting role to the Public Information Officer (PIO) during public health emergency activations.
Participates in public health emergency trainings.
Coordinate logistics of convening community/public forums with other city agencies and stakeholders (e.g., hospitals).
Liaise with community groups to provide information on resources and public health guidelines/protocols.
Special projects as assigned by the Executive Director of Community Affairs.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.
Proficiency in languages other than English is a plus
Excellent written and communications skills
Highly organized and with attention to details
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
Please note: 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.
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.
As a current or prospective employee of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and Federal Perkins Loan Cancellation and Discharge, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.
For information on the New York State Student Loan Repayment Assistance Programs, please visit: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/repay-your-loans/repayment-options-assistance/loan-forgiveness-cancellation-and-discharge.html.
“FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 555042
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.
NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.
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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