Deputy Commissioner, Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW)

New York City, New York (US)
Oct 07, 2020
Nov 06, 2020
Full Time

Job ID: 446535 

# of Positions: 

Business Title: Deputy Commissioner, Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW)


Title Code No:  5304A 

Level: M6 

Title Classification: Non-Competitive 

Job Category: Health 

Proposed Salary Range: $ 97,830.00 - $231,974.00 (Annual) 

Career Level: Executive 

Work Location: 42-09 28th Street 

Division/Work Unit: CHECW-OFF. OF DEP. COMM. 

Job Description 

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is the country’s premier public health agency and world renowned for innovation. The agency has a long tradition of protecting and promoting health in the nation’s most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Our 7,000-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. DOHMH aims to improve the health outcomes of all New Yorkers by centering persistent racial inequities and promotion of social justice at the core of its work.

Reporting to the Commissioner of Health, the role of the Deputy Commissioner and inaugural Chief Medical Officer is responsible for oversight and performance of the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness. The Deputy Commissioner/CMO will provide leadership and support to help advance the agency’s key priorities, including but not limited to creating healthy neighborhoods, and implementing an anti-racist health practice. The Deputy Commissioner will have a particular responsibility for leading the agency’s priorities in bridging public health and health care as the first Chief Medical Officer for the agency, ensuring more alignment with health care systems to address the physical, mental and social determinants of health across the life spectrum. As part of the ongoing COVID-19 response, the Deputy Commissioner will also serve in leadership role for the agency’s incident command system.

The Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW) aims to eliminate racial inequities resulting in premature mortality, with a focus on chronic disease, by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact health. CHECW works to increase placed-based investments in priority neighborhoods with community programming and services based on epidemiology; influence and leverage the health system to promote whole-person care; intensify the agency’s approach to tackling big salt, sugar, and tobacco; and finding innovative ways to improve the built environment and address other social determinants of health.  CHECW is comprised of the Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Bronx Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building, the Bureau of Equitable Health Systems and the Bureau of Finance, Administration, and Services.


• Provide executive leadership, vision, strategic planning and direction for the Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW), a division that includes more than 500 employees and an operating budget of over $85M annually.

• Oversee the daily administrative functions, including budget, human resources, contract and grant management, staff training and performance evaluation mandates.

• Develop appropriate performance metrics indicators and quality assurance measures to continually assess, evaluate and improve the daily operations and activities of all bureaus. Accordingly, manage the implementation of major programs, policies, and initiatives, to ensure both efficient and responsive operations at every stage.

• Promote collaborative networking relationships across health care systems to develop strategies to prevent injury and illness through improved social and environmental factors that promotes health, mental health, equity and wellness.

• Strengthen place-based approaches by improved coordination of existing services and increased partnership with city agencies.

• Demonstrate strategic leadership commitment to the design and implementation of community-informed and evidence-based social and scientific strategies that will address inequities across programming, policies, and systems.

• In adherence to the agency’s Race to Justice platform which addresses societal and racial health disparities through an equity lens, ensure the division’s ability to forge and sustain capacity building and promote and support healthy, sustainable behaviors and environments within the community, health, and other non-governmental organizations and encourage the implementation of anti-racist public health practices and policies that will improve health outcomes for all New Yorkers.

• Represent the agency for external meetings with City Hall, elected officials, community-based organizations and others as requested by the Commissioner.

• Under the direction of the Commissioner, provide strategic guidance and leadership support for the expansion, enhancement and execution of programs and services administered by the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness throughout New York City.

• Foster teambuilding and interdisciplinary partnerships across all divisions agency-wide to address matters of public health relevance and importance, including but limited to racial health gaps, health care reform, community health and wellness, and public health education with an equity lens. 

Minimum Qual 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. 

Preferred Skills 

• Senior professional with 10 years of executive level leadership;

• Highly skilled physician with extensive knowledge of public health practice is strongly desired;  

• An informed perspective on applying a racial equity lens in decision making and planning;

• Demonstrated ability influencing cross-functional decisions and managing an array of internal and external stakeholders;

• Creative thinker with proven track record to advance public health in innovative ways;

• Exceptional communication, interpersonal and writing skills; as well as excellent research skills and ability to communicate complex information in a clear and straightforward way;

• Demonstrated team player, with experience working collaboratively, building relationships at all levels of an organization to achieve goals;

• Ability to work under pressure and handle sensitive and confidential matters; and

• Ability to handle multiple and changing demands in a fast-paced environment. 

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 # 446535.

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 

**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. 


POSTING DATE: 09/29/2020 

POST UNTIL: Until Filled