Assistant Commissioner, within the Division of Mental Hygiene
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Location: Long Island City, New York
Type: Full Time
Chiefs / Directors / Dept. Heads
Internal Number: 579407
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Assistant Commissioner for a newly merged bureau in the Division of Mental Hygiene (MHy) responsible for responding to individual and community-level needs across the lifecycle and continuum of crises, ensuring equitable access to behavioral health resources for all NYC communities to thrive and recover from traumatic events. The bureau will provide direct intervention and connections to care and engage and support community action to understand community experiences, priorities and expectations for behavioral health services and supports.
The Assistant Commissioner will be responsible a nearly $40 million budget and more than 200 staff, with oversight of data and surveillance, program and field operations, crisis prevention and intervention teams, re-entry support for justice-involved individuals, policy and planning, community engagement and training, and consumer affairs.
JOB Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead Bureau activities in the areas of policy development, strategic direction, programmatic oversight, research and evaluation, staff leadership, and fiscal/contracting/procurements
Serve as principal advisor to the Executive Deputy Commissioner, and at times the Commissioner of Health, on all issues related to the Bureau’s work
Actively participate in Division of Mental Hygiene leadership team; partner and collaborate closely with other Mental Hygiene bureaus/offices as well as bureaus across the Department
Represent the Bureau/Division/Department to mayoral offices, government and non-government partners, including maintaining strong working relationships with constituent groups, providers, and the communities of NYC
Represent the Bureau, Mental Hygiene and the Department in various forms of public facing events including, public hearings, presentations, town hall meetings, community board meetings, etc.
Ensure a racial equity and social justice lens is applied to all the Bureau’s work
New York State Licensed Physician, Board Certified in Psychiatry or a Mental-Health related field or PhD in Public Health, Psychology, Behavioral Health, Health Administration, Social Services or related field
Minimum of 5-7 years serving in executive management positions, preferably with leadership experience in behavioral health, mental health, and substance use prevention and recovery issues
Experience in utilizing program evaluation techniques or other forms of mental health measurement techniques to assess results and effectiveness of substance abuse intervention techniques and programmatic impact.
Ability to provide comprehensive oversight of all aspects of Mental Health operations and provide strong fiscal accountability for the delivery of equitable mental health services to clients across the five boroughs of NYC
Demonstrated history of managing, leading and mentoring experienced staff members, including delegation and oversight of deadlines and operational systems; helping them develop their careers by increasing access to learning and development opportunities, and building inclusive teams
Ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with intersection of mental health and criminal legal systems.
Demonstrated success as a strategic leader capable of designing and implementing change in a large program or organization
Experience creating and implementing new programs with measurable outcomes
Experience collaborating with community-based organizations
Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and justice through program planning and implementation
Creative problem-solver who enjoys working in fast-paced environment, highly motivated and able to coordinate multiple projects/tasks
Superior decision-making skills, including demonstrable critical thinking skills and impeccable judgement
Experience in program planning and monitoring, including budgeting and staffing
Highly collaborative, team player able to build effective collaborative relationships across sectors
Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to represent the Health Department in various forums
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 579407.
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.
Public Svc Loan Forgiveness
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The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
Minimum Qual Requirements
A master's degree in social work, psychology, public health or related field, from an accredited graduate school and five (5) years of satisfactory, full-time paid experience in social work, psychology, public health or related field; one (1) year of the experience shall have been in a responsible administrative or consultative capacity directly concerned with mental health; or
A satisfactory equivalent. However, all candidates must have the one (1) year specialized experience as described above.
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.
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