Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health

Brooklyn, New York
May 17, 2021
Jun 16, 2021
Full Time
Position Type

Job ID 461018

Business Title: Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health


Title Classification: Non-Competitive

Job Category: Constituent Services & Community Programs, Health, Policy, Research & Analysis

Career Level: Manager

Work Location: 485 Throop Ave Brooklyn


# of Positions: 1

Title Code No: 5304B

Level: M2

Proposed Salary Range: $ 64,922.00 - $173,486.00 (Annual)

Job Description

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYDOHMH) is a world-renowned agency with 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.

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 Bronx Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Brooklyn 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.

NYCDOHMH seeks to create healthier neighborhoods by providing New Yorkers the information and resources they need to live healthy lives and work to remove health inequities between New York City neighborhoods that are the result of structural racism such as segregation and disinvestment and social capital. Building on the legacy of neighborhood investments – District Health Centers, District Public Health Offices and Neighborhood Health Action Centers – NYCDOHMH is seeking an exceptional candidate to lead the Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health. This bureau supports programming, planning, and recovery work to address racial and other social inequities resulting in premature mortality for neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to histories of systemic and structural inequities driven by racism and oppression. 

Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner, the Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health will be responsible for playing a major leadership role in overseeing and managing the successful development, implementation, and evaluation of community-level and systems-level strategies in North and Central Brooklyn that aim to address health inequities. This role will support alignment of evidence-based and community-informed strategies with deepening of community relationships and application of the Agency’s Community Engagement Framework to address inequities, including those exacerbated by COVID-19, in priority neighborhoods. The Assistant Commissioner will also be responsible for operationalizing actions following the NYCDOHMH declaration of racism as a public health crisis and applying anti-racist frameworks to programming and policy.

The Assistant Commissioner’s specific duties will include:

• Supporting the overall vision, values and mission of the agency; provide leadership support for the agency’s key strategic areas.

• Providing oversight of planning, program development research, evaluation and reporting for bureau activities including initiatives to expand and strengthen existing programs and develop new program; oversight of the Brownsville Action Center and locations in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick; and alignment of the bureau’s work with Agency and division priorities.

• Creating strategies to strengthen collaboration and partnership between the community and clinical settings to reinforce health, with a specific focus on marginalized populations.

• Operationalizing actions following DOHMH’s declaration of racism as a public health crisis and applying anti-racist frameworks to programming and policy.

• Managing the operations of the Bureau, including direct and indirect oversight of more than 30 staff members, and providing clinical, scientific, and epidemiological guidance to staff while fostering staff skills in application of anti-racist approaches to public health.

• Partnering closely with other bureaus within CHECW and other agency divisions to increase neighborhood investments by using data-driven strategy, program optimization and augmenting current available services.

• Representing CHECW, the Bureau, and the Agency, as needed, in internal and external meetings, committees, and events, including through presentations to the public.

• Serving in an emergency activation role in the agency’s Incident Command System and support other emergency operations as needed.

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

• Clinical training (e.g., D.O., M.D., P.A.) and/or public health related training (Master’s or Ph.D.);

• Experience in public health practice, including management experience;

• Expertise in clinical and scientific literature to further programmatic, policy, and media work;

• Prior experience supervising and guiding the work of other staff is also expected;

• Experience applying racial equity frameworks and principles to affect systems change;

• Ability to handle multiple high-priority projects and assignments simultaneously, to shift fluidly among them, and to work independently, when necessary, towards creative problem solving; and

• Excellent analytical and reasoning skills; strong written and oral communication skills; superior interpersonal skills; broad medical knowledge and ability to communicate clinical concepts to non-clinical staff.

• Proficiency in languages other than English a plus.

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 # 461018.

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

Except as otherwise provided herein, a person serving in a mayoral agency in any of the following civil service or office 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, Director and Executive Director, First Deputy Commissioner, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, General Counsel, Borough Commissioner, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, and other senior level staff titles, identified on a list established pursuant to section 2(b) of this Order.