Assistant Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment

Long Island City, New York
Jul 15, 2019
Aug 14, 2019
Full Time
Position Type

Assistant Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Job ID: 400178  
# of Positions: 1  
Title Code No: 5304A
Level: M3  
Title Classification: Non-Competitive  
Job Category: Health  
Proposed Salary Range: $ 69,940.00 - $186,555.00 (Annual)  
Career Level: Executive  
Work Location: 42-09 28th Street  
Division/Work Unit: Alcohol, Drug Prev & Treatment  

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT). Using public health and health equity strategies, the Bureau’s charge is to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers. BADUPCT develops, implements and evaluates innovative prevention and intervention programs and policies through: contracting of treatment, harm reduction, recovery and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology and surveillance; dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education and; community involvement and interagency collaboration.

The Assistant Commissioner will be responsible for strategic development, implementation and oversight of a comprehensive public health and health equity approach to alcohol and other drugs in New York City, including innovative surveillance and data use, health system transformation, expanded harm reduction approaches, and policy and advocacy to achieve equitable outcomes for New Yorkers. 

Responsibilities include:
- Provide oversight of activities and offices in the areas of research and surveillance; recovery and harm reduction; overdose education and response; prevention, operations, and care innovation and quality improvement; primary care integration; policy and communications; community and stakeholder engagement; and nonfatal overdose response in emergency departments.
- Supervise a staff of over 110 and a budget of more than $100 million dollars in contracted and direct services.
- Actively participate in Division of Mental Hygiene leadership team; partner and collaborate with other Mental Hygiene bureaus and offices.
- Partner with community leaders and stakeholders.
- Represent the Bureau/Division/Department to mayoral offices, government and non-government partners.
- Collaborate with other city agencies to address emerging needs such as improper syringe disposal.
- Critically evaluate new scientific information and incorporate cutting edge approaches into bureau’s work.
- Drive racial equity and social justice in all the Bureau’s work.  

Preferred Skills:
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience as an executive or high-level manager in one or combination of the following: oversight of a large program, clinical service, public health service in the field of medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, or closely related field.
- Significant expertise in the delivery of evidence-based approaches to reducing the health impact of alcohol and other drug use
- Behavioral or biomedical clinical experience in the care of people who use drugs
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience with harm reduction approaches
- Demonstrated success as a strategic leader capable of designing and implementing change in complex health and other systems
- Experience creating and implementing new policy or programs with measurable outcomes 
- 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
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills
- Exceptional interpersonal and team-building skills
- Experience in program planning and monitoring, including budgeting and staffing
- Experience with scientific writing, publishing, and review 
- Detail-oriented with outstanding organizational skills.

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.  

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 # 400178.

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  

Residency Requirement  
New York City Residency is not required for this position