Strategic Policy and Program Analyst

Public Health Solutions

Job Description

Full Job Description

Company overview:
With an annual budget of $2.3 billion and more than 7,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We're tackling a broad range of public health issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but our work is never finished. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.

With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DOHMH is undertaking a new initiative that will meet critical infrastructure needs and make possible strategic investments that will have lasting effects on public health. Investments and improvements through this initiative will help modernize DOHMH’s foundational capabilities and data infrastructure, enabling it to partner in complex health and health care environments and, in turn, support better public health outcomes, including COVID-19. This initiative supports larger efforts to rebalance investments in public health and more equitably serve communities and populations.

Program Description:

The selected candidate will be an employee of Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization which is the fiscal and administrative manager of the grant but will work be supervised by DOHMH. This is a grant-funded position ending in November 2027.

The Office of the Chief Program Officer (CPO) oversees the programmatic divisions of the agency including Disease Control, Environmental Health, Family and Child Health, and Mental Hygiene and leads a central policy team. The office serves as a nexus for new program and policy development and coordination as well as program review. The CPO office leads and coordinates cross-cutting agency priorities and ensures that programs and policies are grounded in data, centers equity, and leverages partnerships to maximize reach and impact.

Summary of Position:

DOHMH (Department Of Health and Mental Hygiene) has an opening for a Strategic Policy and Program Analyst. Reporting to the Executive Director for Strategic Policy and Programs, the Strategic Policy and Program Analyst will coordinate policy development and implementation for agency priorities. Working with program subject matter experts, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the General Counsel, and other relevant agency units, the Strategic Policy and Program Analyst will support the Executive Director and Managers to ensure priorities move from idea to successful execution.


  • Monitor public health trends, bills, and regulations.
  • Conduct research and analyses to support the generation of new policy, legislative, and regulatory initiative.
  • Set up cross-divisional meetings and forums for key program and policy initiatives.
  • Coordinate project workplans and track execution and progress on deliverables.
  • Prepare briefing materials and presentations on key issues as assigned.
  • Compile and coordinate policy positions and briefing documents, reconciling comments across divisions
  • Create and maintain a repository of policy and program ideas to respond to opportunities
  • Facilitate learning and training opportunities for policy staff across the agency
  • Track agency policy development efforts and provide updates to agency leadership and staff
  • Other special projects as assigned

Performs related duties as required. All responsibilities noted here are considered essential functions of the job under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Duties not mentioned here, but considered related, are not essential functions.


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:

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" the above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least 2 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.

Salary - $85,000 - $85,000

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, presentation, and research skills
  • Proactive, flexible, analytical, creative, and able to independently manage several tasks and projects and meet tight timelines
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across programs and with outside agencies
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills are a must
  • Commitment to anti-racism, social justice and equity
  • Exceptional prioritization and time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Embraces ambiguity and has a willingness to “roll up their sleeves.”
  • High degree of self-awareness, humility, and diplomacy
  • A self-starter, comfortable working independently as well as in teams
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information
  • Experience with data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone
  • Experience working with the public health sector and coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

Additional Information:

  • This is a temporary grant-funded position ending in November 2027.
  • This individual must reside in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) by their confirmed start date.
  • Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties.
  • This individual will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies.

NOTE: All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy. Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.

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