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 a Medical Doctor, Board Certified in the State of New York with a driven public-health focus, 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 by analyzing, managing and ensuring the effective implementation and delivery of all clinical and administrative public health activities, including, but are not limited to the following:

  • Utilize clinical expertise and knowledgebase to develop an “HIV Status Neutral” strategy to improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes while reducing the effect of stigma.

  • Guide and provide oversight responsibility for scientific research and administrative studies related to HIV.

  • Implement evidence-based approaches to prevent new HIV infections and reduce illness and death among HIV-infected persons in New York City.

  • Manage and design programs that lead to greater than 95% viral suppression among New Yorker’s living with HIV.

  • Support 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.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate new approaches to HIV prevention, care and treatment.

  • Support and develop innovative and cross-Bureau collaborations to address the rising rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Hepatitis C.

  • Work to support the Agency “Race to Justice” program to address institutional and systems issues that foster racial inequities.

  • Support HIV related work that addresses disparities in care and outcomes for populations over-represented in the local HIV epidemic: men who have sex with men, transgender individuals, women of color, drug users, and those with housing issues.

  • 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.

  • Serve as advisor to the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, other Health Department programs, other city agencies, and outside partners regarding HIV policy and best practices.

  • 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.

  • Oversee the HIV Bureau’s administrative and fiscal operations, and allocate resources in response to funding changes and Commissioner of Health and Mayoral HIV/AIDS public health initiatives.

  • 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. Graduation from an approved school of medicine; and
  2. One (1) year of formal appointment as an intern in an approved general hospital; and
  3. Possession of or eligibility for a license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and
  4. Five (5) years of full-time paid experience in an administrative position in public health practice in a program closely related to the duties of the position; or
  5. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience. However, all candidates must be graduates from an approved school of medicine and possess or be eligible to possess a license to practice medicine in the State of New York.

Note: A master's degree in public health may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience in an administrative position in public health practice.

Preferred Skills

Knowledge and experience of HIV epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies; knowledge and experience of the methods, processes, and techniques used to develop, deliver and evaluate public health or health related programs in state or local settings; experience in managing large medical and/or public health programs, excellent written and oral communication skills.

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.

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 # 291931.

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: 291931

# of Positions: 1

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


Job Category: Health

Career Level: Executive

Work Location: 42-09 28th Street

Division/Work Unit: HIV/AIDS Administration

Title Code No: 95438M4

Level: M4

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

POSTING DATE: 2017/06/19

POST UNTIL: 10/17/2017