City Research Scientist II / Program Planner, Bureau of HIV

New York City, New York
$ 75,504.00 - $ 93,776.00 (Annual
Jun 22, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Position Type


The mission of BHIV is to end HIV transmission, promote the health of all New Yorkers with or vulnerable to HIV, reduce HIV-related inequities and combat stigma.

The Bureau of HIV (BHIV) oversees and coordinates the NYC Health Department's response to the HIV epidemic.

Units within the Bureau include:
HIV Prevention (HIV testing, promotion of biomedical prevention)
Care and Treatment (Ryan White, care coordination, research and evaluation)
Epidemiology (surveillance, partner services)
Clinical Operations and Technical Assistance
Social Marketing and Community Engagement (social marketing and digital media, community engagement, condom distribution)
Policy & External Affairs (intergovernmental affairs, policy planning)

The work of the Bureau includes policy development, direct administration of programs, oversight of contracted programs, community participatory planning, provider outreach and education, research, and surveillance, all with the goal of preventing new infections and supporting New York City residents living with HIV/AIDS.


• Develop, in collaboration with other Program Planners and the Director of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, evidence based and community informed, grants that support implementation of interventions that End the Epidemic.

• Identify and participate in grant writing and submission efforts (e.g., CDC, NIH, PCORI, HRSA-SPNS) to increase funding for the work of COTA; incumbent should be comfortable drafting aims statements/concept papers, background and significance, research questions, hypotheses and theoretical frameworks underpinning hypotheses, study design and methods, and expected applications of findings.

• Support monitoring and evaluation activities of the unit including the design and development of effective data collection systems and processes for monitoring and reporting purposes;
Conduct literature reviews and summarize findings that can inform the provision of evidenced based, high-impact prevention training and technical assistance as well as quality improvement activities.

• Interpret and summarize reviewed health research literature and directly analyze data for a variety of audiences, including health department leadership, other staff, federal funders, direct service providers, affected community members, and researchers; Ultimately reports will be used to inform programmatic, training, and technical assistance activities.

• Assist in the management of grants, once obtained, including development of protocols, completion of progress reports, and management of IRB approvals, as needed;
Produce tables, reports, presentations and manuscripts based on findings, for public dissemination.

• Submit abstracts to national conferences and papers to peer review journals, as appropriate. Identify and develop opportunities for making contributions to the public health literature.

• Represent the BHIV, as requested, at both relevant internal and external meetings.

• Perform ad-hoc duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1.  For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

• Experience in project management.

• strong analytical, organizational and communication skills.

• Experience with research and grant writing.

• knowledge of software (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS), as well as Excel and other MS Office software.

• A firm grasp of public health and health or social services evaluation.

• Keen attention to detail.

• A profound appreciation for and commitment to data and program quality management.

• Experience with effectively working with a diverse staff of scientists, planners, clinicians, program managers and service providers within the DOHMH and at external agencies, as well as clients who participate in community planning and/or research review processes.

• All Planning Monitoring and Evaluation staff members are expected to maintain multiple projects and function effectively both independently and as part of a team.

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 # 457944.

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

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.