NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in New York, New York

Job Description

With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and a 6,000-plus workforce across the five boroughs of New York City (NYC), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is one of the largest public health agencies in the world. We serve more than 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds and our workforce is as varied as the city we serve, bringing an extraordinary array of languages and dynamic experiences to bear upon the work of public health, as we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment. We're also one of our nation's oldest public health agencies with a long and distinguished history of innovation and excellence and over 200 years of leadership in the field.

The Division of Disease Control, which exists to safeguard the health of New Yorkers through the identification, surveillance, treatment, control and prevention of infectious diseases is seeking an Administrative Contract Specialist, to serve in the role of Assistant Commissioner for its Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. Under the guidance and direction of the Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, the Assistant Commissioner, with wide latitude for independent action, judgment, and decision-making, will provide Executive Leadership and oversight responsibility for the bureau’s budget including fiscal planning, human resources, contracts, grants and procurement activities; emergency planning operations; analyzing, managing and ensuring the effective implementation and delivery of all clinical and administrative public health activities, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Oversee the bureau’s budget; conduct fiscal analyses and financial planning that will impact and offset funding for scientific research and administrative functions regarding HIV prevention and treatment outcomes.

  • Develop, execute and manage all contracts and grants administration functions on behalf of the bureau that influence HIV/AIDS prevention education and behavior change communication, mass awareness campaigns, training for the multiple modes of HIV testing and counseling, HIV infrastructure and equipment for HIV testing and other service delivery sites.

  • Establishes a collaborative partnership with the agency’s Division of Finance and Administration in managing HIV’s administrative and fiscal operations, and allocating resources in response to funding changes and Commissioner of Health and Mayoral HIV/AIDS public health initiatives.

  • Guide and directly manage a team of supervisory/professional personnel responsible for the day-to-day procurement and contract administration operations and processes in support of the Divisional programming designed to achieve the NYC and NYS goal to End the Epidemic (EtE) of HIV by 2020. This includes working closely with the Central Division, the Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease and the Sexual Health Clinics that are implementing many of the innovative EtE programs to reduce new infections in NYC to less than 600 by 2020.

  • In collaboration with legal counsel solicits bids for contract proposals and directs contract negotiations.

  • Review and closely monitor contract proposals and performance reports to ensure compliance with the agency's requirements, and federal/state/city guidelines. Evaluate prospective contractors' budgetary proposals and financial reports and draft contract modifications as needed. Providing technical expertise to contractors and subordinates whenever required. Establishes and implements control mechanisms to facilitate program evaluation and monitoring of the agency's operations as well as the contractors' performance.

  • Serve as the lead subject matter expert to the Deputy Commissioner and Executive Leadership by making recommendations concerning the awarding of contracts, provision of additional funding or defunding of contracted programs. Generate regular summary reports on contract performance, including a final report at contract closure. Monitors the program's performance to ensure optimum effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Directly manage large scale HIV programs, including: condom distribution, education, advocacy, and social marketing/advertising to prevent HIV infections; screening for HIV infections in medical facilities, institutions, and communities settings; linkage to care for persons newly diagnosed; treatment of HIV/AIDS; and hosing support.

  • Improve the use of registry data for internal and external stakeholders to optimize the care of people living with or at risk of HIV as defined by local regulations and Divisional policies.

  • Represent the Health Department on matters related to HIV at local, state, and federal meetings and conferences and to the press.

  • Liaise with stakeholders, including consumers, community representatives, planning bodies, and contracted providers regarding HIV issues and related Departmental initiatives to foster stakeholder input in program/ policy design.

  • Manage and lead all facets of the bureau’s human resources activities, including recruitment, hiring and retention; monitoring and promoting Division-wide compliance with staff training and performance evaluation mandates.

  • Assume the role of Incident Commander during agency activated public health responses to the occurrence of infectious disease incidents and coordinate the development of Emergency Preparedness protocols for units under the areas of jurisdiction.

Minimum Qual Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of full-time, satisfactory professional, technical or administrative experience in one or more of the following fields: program evaluation, contract negotiations/management, business or public administration, contract community relations, or related fields; at least eighteen months must have been in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or supervising professional personnel performing work in program evaluation, contract negotiation/management, business or public administration; or
  2. A four year high school diploma, or its equivalent, and six years of full-time, professional, technical or administrative work experience in one or more of the fields cited above; at least eighteen months must have been in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or supervising professional personnel as described in "1" above; or
  3. A satisfactory equivalent of education and experience as cited above. However, all candidates must have the eighteen months of administrative, managerial or executive experience or experience supervising professional personnel as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills

The preferred candidate will have superior knowledge and understanding of New York City's procurement, human resource and fiscal management procedures; possess outstanding leadership, organizational and analytic skills; excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to work with people at various levels within and outside the agency; will be a creative problem solver.

Additional Information

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.

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To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to

In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 291630. We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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.

Job ID: 291630

# of Positions: 1

Business Title: Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control


Job Category: Administration & Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, & Procurement, Health

Career Level: Executive

Work Location: 42-09 28th Street

Division/Work Unit: HIV/AIDS Administration

Title Code No: 10095M4

Level: M4

Proposed Salary Range: $ 75,338.00 - $194,395.00 (Annual)

POSTING DATE: 2017/06/19

POST UNTIL: 10/12/2017