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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Active Design Program Coordinator

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2022

This job is a for a City Research Scientist Level 1 position at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP) strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, and cancer, among New Yorkers. We work to address the impact of structural racism and other injustices that are a root cause of the inequitable prevalence, treatment and outcomes of chronic diseases in communities of color and among other marginalized communities. BCDP focuses on nutrition, tobacco use, the built environment, screening for cancer, and reducing the incidence and impact of hypertension.  BCDP works with partners in government and the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research aimed at shifting environments, changing systems and promoting health equity. The Bureau sits within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.

This position will be housed within the Active Design Unit in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. The program amplifies the role of architecture and urban planning in combating chronic disease by integrating equitable health-centered strategies to the design of buildings, schools, housing, neighborhoods, and the public realm.

Under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Active Design and supervision of the Active Design Program Manager, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for the following:

• Help coordinate, organize, and conduct literature reviews on key Unit topics, including active design and built environment initiatives and their health impacts.
• Assist with the design, planning, and implementation of research and data collection protocols related to Unit program interventions and initiatives.
• Help find relevant grant opportunities and prepare grant proposals, abstracts, manuscripts, and other written reports on the Unit’s work.
• Keep abreast of national public policy and research trends on the relationship between built environment characteristics and physical, mental health and other outcomes.
• Assist with program implementation and coordination, including the delivery of technical assistance, vendor selection, purchase order submission, and collection of vendor deliverables.
• Help plan, coordinate, and execute Unit projects and events, such as active design workshops and/or trainings with agency partners, community-based organizations/stakeholders and architects and designers.
• Participate in events as needed and help prepare materials, e.g. handouts, reports, etc. Help coordinate with vendors as needed. Assist with budgetary and logistical considerations.
• Assist in the production of knowledge-sharing publications that communicate best practices and technical strategies
• Assist in coordination and collaboration with external partners that support and inform the work of the Unit and enhance the work of the Department, including other City agencies, community-based organizations/stakeholders, and content experts.
• Perform additional duties as needed for the Unit, Bureau, Division, and Agency.

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

• Master’s degree in public health, urban planning, public administration, or related field
• Knowledge of chronic disease prevention, worksite wellness, smoking cessation, and/or active design
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting across multiple disciplines and with diverse stakeholders
• Willingness to travel throughout NYC
• Share the agency’s commitment to public health and health equity.

Additional Information


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.
• Current Resume
• 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.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:


To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 503244.

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.

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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