Deputy Commissioner, Family & Child Health

Long Island City, New York
Apr 08, 2019
May 08, 2019
Family Medicine
Full Time
Position Type

Deputy Commissioner, Family & Child Health
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Job ID: 378720
# of Positions: 1
Civil Service Title: Deputy Commissioner (Health)
Title Code No: 95423
Level: M6
Title Classification: Exempt
Proposed Salary Range: $ 94,981.00 - $225,217.00 (Annual)
Work Location: 42-09 28th Street
Division/Work Unit: FCH Administration

The New York City Health Department is as varied as the city it serves. Our 6,000-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.

The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for overseeing and managing the Division of Family and Child Health (DFCH) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Reporting to the Commissioner, the Deputy will provide leadership and direction for a Division that includes more than 2,500 employees and an operating budget of over $400M annually.  The Deputy Commissioner advises the Commissioner on all family and child health related issues. The Deputy Commissioner also interacts with outside entities such as other government offices in city, state and federal level as well as elected officials.

The Division of Family and Child Health is charged with the creation and oversight of programs, policies, services, and environments that support physical and socio-emotional health, and promote primary and reproductive health services, health equity, social justice, safety and well-being for New York City families and children. The vision of the DFCH is that every child, woman, and family recognizes their power and is given the opportunity to reach their full health and development potential.

A brief description of the units within the Division this role would oversee is below:

The Office of School Health (OSH) is a joint Program of the Department of Education and the Department of Health. OSH promotes the health of 1 million children in 2,000 public and non-public schools in NYC.
Services include: case management of chronic health problems, preventive health screening, urgent care, medication administration, preventive counseling, health education, referral for care and assurance of ongoing effective treatment.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services to children up to age 3 with developmental delays, and their families. These include:
• Helping families access needed services
• Evaluating children to determine EIP eligibility
• Offering educational and therapeutic services, such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and special instruction, in the home, day care and other settings
• Helping families transition from the EIP when children turn 3
In addition, the EIP helps families monitor children who may be at risk of developing a delay. EI operates customer-facing offices in each of the five boroughs.

The Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health (BMIRH) has a multi-faceted approach to maternal and infant health which includes work under three overarching principles: 1) amplifying community resilience; 2) securing safe, healthy homes for babies and their families; and 3) transforming women’s healthcare. The principles include multiple coordinated evidence-based programmatic activities across the Health Department’s divisions, in partnership with other government agencies, healthcare systems and communities.

The Bureau of Administration consists of four units, Contracting, Budget & Analytics, Administration & Procurement and Human Resources, that work together to support all programmatic bureaus within the Division to achieve their vision, by providing expert operational support, guidance and customer service.

We encourage qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity, to apply.

• Advise Commissioner, colleagues and others on issues relating to family and child health.
• Practice and supports visionary leadership, developing and articulating strategies for public health services that help improve health outcomes for all New York families.
• Direct and supervise Assistant Commissioners in the Division, and staff in his/her office consisting of epidemiologists, doctors, researchers, policy advisors, administrators and assistants.
• Participate in an assessment of daily operations within Division through the evaluation of subordinate unit’s performance in order to access the degree to which functions are performed effectively and efficiently.
• Responsible for efficient internal operations including oversight of research and evaluation, public health emergency preparedness, and administrative services, as well as effective enterprise relationships and coordination of key external partnerships.
• Represent the agency for external meetings with City Hall, elected officials, community-based organizations and others as requested by the Commissioner.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
1. Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York plus valid Board Certification issued by the appropriate American Specialty Board in
an approved medical specialty; and four years of medical practice including one year of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity; or
2. A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to that listed in "1" above. However, all candidates must have a valid license to practice medicine in
the State of New York, and one year of medical practice in an administrative or supervisory capacity.

Minimum Qualificatiom Requirements
• Minimum of five years’ experience with public health, including in senior management roles.
• Possess broad knowledge of public health generally and specific knowledge of children and family health
• Proven leadership and management experience, including ability to manage a large team and evaluate multiple programmatic areas. Outstanding judgement, sensitivity and discretion
• Excellent program development skills, with proven success in instituting public health initiatives.
• Extraordinary communications skills (written, verbal, interpersonal).
• Experience with public speaking and presentation
• Demonstrated team player, with experience working collaboratively, building relationships at all levels of an organization to achieve goals.
• Strong focus on strategic thinking, problem-solving and being solution focused.
• Strong budget management experience a plus.
• Proven multi-tasker with ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and projects at once.
• Able to work in a high-pressure, time-sensitive environment effectively.

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
Please carefully review the “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section of all postings. For City Employees, if interested in applying, go to NYCAPS at http://cityshare.nycnet/ess or from outside the city network:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter online. Go to, click on “Login/Create an Account” and enter the Job ID # 378720 into “Job ID field”. This position is at the “Department of Health and Mental Hygiene”.

We encourage qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity, to apply. We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants.  Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Residency Requirement
**A person serving in a mayoral agency in any of the following civil service titles shall be a resident of the city on the date that he or she assumes such title or shall establish City Residence within ninety days after such date and shall thereafter maintain City residency for as long as he or she serves in such title: agency heads, including but not limited to Commissioner, First Deputy Commissioner, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, General Counsel, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner.

The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer