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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER/Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Epidemiology and Data

Job ID569451
Business Title
Executive Deputy Commissioner/Chief Epidemiology and Data Officer
Title ClassificationExempt
Job CategoryConstituent Services & Community Programs, Health, Policy, Research & Analysis
Career LevelExecutive
Work Location42-09 28th Street
Division/Work UnitBureau of Epidemiology Srvcs
# of Positions1
Title Code No95477 LevelM7
Proposed Salary Range$106,729.00 - $233,800.00 (Annual)
As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

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Job Description

Established in 1805, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (the NYC Health Department) is the oldest and largest health department in the country. Our mission is to
protect and improve the health of all New Yorkers, in service of a vision of a city in which all New Yorkers can realize their full health potential, regardless of who they are, how old they are, where they are from, or where they live.

As a world-renowned public health agency with a history of building transformative public health programming and infrastructure, innovating in science and scholarship to advance public health knowledge, and responding to urgent public health crises — from New York City’s yellow fever outbreak in 1822, to the COVID-19 pandemic — we are a hub for public health innovation, expertise, and programs, and services. We serve as the population health strategist, and policy, and planning authority for the City of New York, while also having a vast impact on national and international public policy, including programs and services focused on food and nutrition, anti-tobacco support, chronic disease prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment, family and child health, environmental health, mental health, and racial and social justice work, among others.

Our Agency’s five strategic priorities, building off a recently-completed strategic planning process emerging from the COVID-19 emergency, are:

1) To re-envision how the Health Department prepares for and responds to health
emergencies, with a focus on building a “response-ready” organization, with faster
decision-making, transparent public communications, and stronger surveillance and
bridges to healthcare systems

2) Address and prevent chronic and diet-related disease, including addressing rising rates of
childhood obesity and the impact of diabetes, and transforming our food systems to
improve nutrition and enhance access to healthy foods

3) Address the second pandemic of mental illness including: reducing overdose deaths,
strengthening our youth mental health systems, and supporting people with serious
mental illness

4) Reduce black maternal mortality and make New York a model city for women’s health

5) Mobilize against and combat the health impacts of climate change

Our 7,000-plus team members bring extraordinary diversity to the work of public health. True to our value of equity as a foundational element of all of our work, and a critical foundation to
achieving population health impact in New York City, the NYC Health Department has been a leader in recognizing and dismantling racism’s impacts on the health of New Yorkers and
beyond. In 2021, the NYC Board of Health declared racism as a public health crisis. With commitment to advance anti-racist public health practices that dismantle systems that perpetuate
inequitable power, opportunity and access, the NYC Health Department continues to work in and with communities and community organizations to increase their access to health services and
decrease avoidable health outcomes.

The Chief Epidemiology and Data Officer (CEDO) is a new position, reporting directly to the Commissioner of Health, and a member of the Agency’s Executive Leadership Team. The
overarching goal of the new CEDO position is to create a standard-setting, equity-centered, pioneering public health data infrastructure for New York City that incorporates lessons learned
from COVID-19 and recent public health emergencies, to improve population health in New York City and in doing so, combat widening inequities in health outcomes and increases in
premature mortality borne disproportionately by low-income communities of color. The CEDO will foster a culture of rigorous, data-driven, equity-centered decision making, planning, and

The three strategic functions of the CEDO will be to drive:

1. Data for Understanding and Excellence;
2. Data for Action; and
3. Data for Leadership and Planning,
Towards the achievement of citywide population health and health equity goals.

The CEDO will be the Agency’s strategic data leader, serving as the architect of an overarching data infrastructure and complementary data processes, enabling data from multiple sources both internal and external to the agency, to be used for knowledge creation and understanding of public health priorities and equity-focused solutions; rapid and strategic decision-making for the Agency and citywide public health preparedness and response; equity-centered policy and program development; and informing public health communication, narrative change, and community engagement and empowerment. The CEDO will lead the Division of Epidemiology consisting of the Bureaus of Epidemiology Services, Public Health Training and Information Dissemination, Vital Statistics, the World Trade Health Registry and Administration. Building on a rich history of population health surveillance, pioneering survey efforts, clinical and non-clinical data collection, and data integration, visualization, and dissemination activity, the inaugural CEDO will connect and further develop these capabilities. The CEDO will convene and work closely with other parts of the Agency that collect and manage large amounts of data including the Division of Disease Control (DIS), which collects and manages communicable disease surveillance data and public health clinic data, as examples. With other Executive Leadership Team members and senior leaders, the CEDO will increase cross-divisional collaboration, and support the implementation the Agency strategic plan that has a focus on internal agency process improvement including efforts tied to data strategy, equity, governance, and innovation.

The CEDO, in collaboration with data leaders throughout the agency, will lead the work of the existing Health Department Data Modernization Workgroup and Data for Equity Workgroup,
providing vision and executive leadership in overseeing efforts related to modernizing data systems to be flexible and interoperable, maximizing data sharing capabilities, building
predictive analytical capacity, strengthening data visualization capabilities, advancing equitable data-driven public health data practices, and further developing agency data and research talent.

The CEDO and team will partner and work closely with the Division of Information Technology (DIT). DIT is currently responsible for technical cloud and on-premises systems and
cybersecurity support, data analytics and visualization platform support, data engineering services, and application data interoperability. The CEDO work closely with DIT leadership to
lead key initiatives and strategies to modernize of the agency’s public health data infrastructure.

The CEDO will envision and implement external partnerships that maximize the Agency’s data
systems and capabilities toward achievement of citywide public health and health equity goals. This will be accomplished by expanding internal data modernization efforts in partnership with
counterparts at other city agencies, including the NYC Office of Technology and Innovation and with key stakeholders external to government, including the healthcare delivery system, state and
federal government partners, and social/human service agencies throughout NYC.


• Expand and execute strategies to integrate and utilize public health data from across the agency, including population health surveys, communicable and non-communicable
disease surveillance, and public health program service data, including stockpile and supply chain data, amongst others.
• Strengthen data sharing and connection between internal agency data with external data sources toward greater understanding, action, and leadership for population health
planning and goal setting for NYC
• Lead and collaborate with current co-leads of the Data Modernization Workgroup and Data for Equity Workgroup, leading and strengthening these efforts within and beyond
Health Department.
• In collaboration with other agency, public health and healthcare leaders build out data models to support citywide public health initiatives including the Health Department’s
role in regional planning and healthcare strategy under the New York State Department of Health 1115 Medicaid waiver amendment (currently under consideration at CMS).
• Lead change management and evolution of the Agency’s Division of Epidemiology to
integrate the role of the CEDO and broader agency policies related to data science, data equity and data governance
• Design and implement structures and processes that drive a culture of consistent and rigorous data-driven, equity-centered decision making and integrate data into all forms of
agency communication.
• Support and nurture data talent across the agency, developing a culture of collaboration and growth.
• Partner with the Chief Equity and Strategy Officer to provide guidance and support in the development and implementation of the Agency’s strategic plan, related to strengthening
data systems, and beyond. Serve as the institutional leader and collaborative partner for priorities related to data modernization and data process improvement across the
agency. Participate in yearly and multi-year agency priority-setting with senior leadership.
• In consultation with DMI steering committee, establish agency governance structure and
process, align agency work around DMI priorities and support best practices in data science.
• Represent DOHMH and contribute to broader citywide data equity, data integration and data interoperability initiatives led by NYC’s Office of Technology and Innovation and
other entities.
• Partner with agency leadership to support critical Agency research and evaluation activities and training, encouraging, and continuing to foster a culture of knowledge creation, and equity centered scholarship, in service of policy or programmatic impact.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

• Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Population
Health, Health Informatics, Epidemiology, Information Systems Management, Data
Science or a related field
• Ten or more years of experience working with complex data and information
management systems, demonstrating progressive responsibilities over that time period
• Minimum of five years of executive leadership experience
• Experience developing and implementing interoperable systems and standards to support
• Exceptional strategic, analytical, and critical thinking skills with experience
implementing strategic plans across a large organization, and with a variety of external
• Demonstrated experience with complex partnership and relationship management
including bringing diverse stakeholders to the table around a shared value proposition
• Experience in the areas of data privacy, data security and data sharing arrangements
• Experience with data modeling, cataloging, inventory and discovery
• Proven track record of applying an equity lens to processes, planning and policies
• Demonstrated ability to lead a change management process
• Commitment to anti-racism, social justice and equity
• Proven track record of applying an equity lens to data processes, planning and policies.

Minimum Qual Requirements

No job description available

Preferred Skills

• Training and/or practical experience in epidemiology and population health
• Experience using data for persuasion, influence, and policymaking
• Experience with public health data formatting, coding standards, optimizing data
integration, data governance, interoperability and visualization
• Previous leadership roles within a rigorous, data-driven organization
• Experience building or overseeing complex data infrastructure
• Experience with use of survey data, lab, surveillance, and clinical services data to assess
performance of public health programs and policies
• Deep knowledge of and strong connections within the public health and healthcare data
• Experience with matching large data sets, epidemiologic assessments, data visualization,
and predictive analytics and modeling
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate
technical and non-technical information to various levels within the organization. Ability
to translate and explain complex models and health care analytics to senior management,
segment leaders, and external stakeholders
• Excellent judgement
• High degree of self-awareness, humility, sense of humor and diplomacy.

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.

As a current or prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. Please review the notice to see if you may be eligible for programs and how to apply at loans.


To Apply

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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.

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Residency Requirement

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.
POSTING DATE01/18/2023
POST UNTIL05/18/2023
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.