The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Assistant Commissioner for the newly constituted Bureau of Mental Hygiene Community Engagement, Policy and Practice. Using public health and health equity strategies, the Bureau’s aims are to improve the wellbeing and mental health of New Yorkers through community awareness and engagement, skill building, and spread of mental health care, support, and recovery approaches. The Bureau will lead and coordinate cross-cutting divisional policy, practice-change, and research.
The Assistant Commissioner will be responsible for overall strategy and oversight for the Bureau’s five offices including Policy; Consumer Affairs; Community Behavioral Health; Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation; and Resilience and Mental Health First Aid. The incumbent should have a keen sense of urgency, racial justice, scientific rigor and curiosity to be able to oversee innovative behavioral health surveillance and data use, delivery system and financing transformation, increase community engagement, knowledge, and skills, and respond to and create policy and advocacy opportunities to achieve equitable outcomes for New Yorkers.
- Provide oversight of activities and all bureau offices.
- Supervise a staff of approximately 90.
- Actively participate in Division of Mental Hygiene leadership team; collaborate closely with other Mental Hygiene bureaus and offices.
- Partner with community leaders and stakeholders to develop and carry out Divisional and Bureau goals related to mental health equity.
- Oversee peer workforce development program.
- Oversee development and use of metrics to assess behavioral health system function and impact.
- Oversee and support the Division's role in oversight of managed Medicaid Care Plans and related initiatives.
- Oversee coordination of and implementation of statutory Mental Hygiene Community Services Board.
- Advise on and coordinate cross-divisional legislative agenda and policy.
- Collaborate across department to enhance behavioral health integrations into priority policies and programs.
- Represent Bureau/Division/Department to mayoral and other government offices, as requested.
- Critically evaluate new scientific information and incorporate cutting edge approaches into bureau’s work.
- Incorporate racial equity and social justice lens in all the Bureau’s work.
- Experience in the delivery of evidence-based approaches to behavioral health promotion or treatment
- Demonstrated success as a strategic leader capable of designing and implementing change in complex health and other systems
- Demonstrated experience in creating and implementing new policy or programs with measurable outcomes
- Knowledge about Medicaid behavioral health transformation at a state or federal level
- Knowledge about the behavioral health system organization in New York City and New York State
- Experience with interpretation and application of epidemiologic and/or health services data
- Creative problem-solver who enjoys a fast-paced environment and able to coordinate and move projects to completion
- Superior decision-making skills, including demonstrable critical thinking and judgement
- Ability to identify policy opportunities and advocate for solution-oriented strategies to make policy change
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and justice through program and policy planning and implementation
- Experience in program planning and monitoring, including budgeting and staffing
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including with scientific communication
- Exceptional interpersonal and team-building skills
- Detail-oriented with outstanding organizational skills.
**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.
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:
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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
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.
Minimum Qual Requirements
A master's degree in social work, psychology, public health or related field, from an accredited graduate school and five (5) years of satisfactory, full-time paid experience in social work, psychology, public health or related field; one (1) year of the experience shall have been in a responsible administrative or consultative capacity directly concerned with mental health; or
A satisfactory equivalent. However, all candidates must have the one (1) year specialized experience as described above.
Internal Number: 399910
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