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Job ID559252 Child Health Survey Manager / City Research Scientist II - NYC DOHMH

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Job ID559252
Business Title
Child Health Survey Manager, Bureau of Epidemiology Services
Title ClassificationNon-Competitive
Job CategoryConstituent Services & Community Programs, Health, Policy, Research & Analysis
Career LevelExperienced (non-manager)
Work Location42-09 28th Street
Division/Work UnitBureau of Epidemiology Srvcs
# of Positions1
Title Code No21744 Level02
Proposed Salary Range$ 75,504.00 - $ 86,830.00 (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

The New York City Health Department works every day to protect and promote the health of more than 8.5 million diverse New Yorkers. This includes centering health equity and racial justice in all the work the Agency does.

To support this mission, the Bureau of Epidemiology Services (BES) conducts systematic data collection and monitoring, rigorous analysis, and effective data communication. BES seeks to provide accurate and timely public health data to inform decision-making, to optimize data use, and to ensure accurate analysis of health data.

The Bureau is responsible for developing, collecting, and facilitating the use of population-based surveillance survey data and other data sources; and providing support to DOHMH in study design, questionnaire development, and survey weighting.


Under the direction of the Public Health Surveys Lead, manage the implementation of NYC KIDS, a large-scale, multi-mode survey conducted every other year focusing on the health of New York City children ages 1-13.

Work closely with DOHMH programs to solicit questions for inclusion in NYC KIDS, including questions about physical health, mental health, and COVID-19.

Maintain project documentation such as question inventories and matrices.

Organize submissions and overseeing the review process to select questions for inclusion in NYC KIDS with Bureau, Division, and Agency leadership, including assessing the extent to which survey questions contribute to the DOHMH goal of promoting health equity and racial justice.

Work closely with the survey vendor to develop recruitment materials such as letters and postcards and test the final questionnaire in Web and CATI formats.

Work across Divisions to obtain administrative samples and coordinating Data Use Agreements among internal and external stakeholders to ensure sample quality and timeliness.

Ensure that human subjects research protocols and project materials are reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board.

Manage surveillance survey data collection and monitoring the quality and timeliness of survey data collection and contract deliverables (including response rates and distribution of completes across different strata coming from multiple sample frames including administrative sample frames).

Identify challenges in data collection and helping to develop solutions for those problems.

Provide regular progress reports to leadership.

Supervise the NYC Youth Risk Behavior (YRBS) coordinator. The NYC YRBS is an annual survey of middle and high school students.

Supervision will include the following:
Monitor progress to ensure the survey vendor completes project deliverables successfully and on schedule.

Provide guidance and support to the YRBS coordinator in negotiating the needs of multiple stakeholders, including the NYC Department of Education, and developing questionnaires that include questions about COVID-19.

Provide mentoring and other resources for the YRBS coordinator's professional development.

Assist the YRBS coordinator in cognitively testing questions as time and resources allow.

Contribute to DOHMH efforts to promote health equity and racial justice.

Author and co-author papers on research results from the NYC KIDS and YRBS data for publication.

Provide survey-related consulting to other projects within the Agency. Support other Bureau projects as needed; be an active participant in the Bureau; and be provided with support for their own professional development.

Coordinate with NYC DOHMH programs and the Commissioner of Health to determine the questionnaire content of the biennial NYC KIDS survey.

Oversee the vendor's cognitive testing of the survey materials and questionnaire and help test the programmed CATI and web versions of the survey.

Obtain the needed administrative data from DOHMH and DOE programs to be used as sample for the survey.

Monitor the vendor's collection of data -- consistent with the study's age and geographic distributions goals -- and their completion of other deliverables, including final survey data set and survey weights.

Coordinate with the Bureau of Epidemiology Services Data Team who will provide DOHMH researchers with an analytic data set and give internal and external presentations on NYC KIDS design and survey results.

Provide supervision and guidance to Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Coordinator as they coordinate the questionnaire content and oversee the vendor conducting the middle school and high school YRBS surveys to ensure timely completion of data collection consistent with CDC protocols.

Contribute to DOHMH efforts to promote health equity and racial justice, provide survey-related consulting to other projects within the agency, and be provided with support for your own professional development.

Minimum Qual Requirements

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:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
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" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two 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.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

- Experience in developing and implementing public health surveys.
- An interest in testing survey methods for public health surveys.
- Experience working collaboratively with others to implement data collection, including vendor management and collaboration with stakeholders from multiple parts of the organization to reach consensus.
- Knowledge of public health and policy related to child and/or adolescent development and health
- Experience with descriptive data analysis using statistical software such as SAS and SUDAAN; and comfort with data base software such as Microsoft Excel or Access.

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 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and Federal Perkins Loan Cancellation and Discharge, please visit:

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To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 559252.

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.

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.
POSTING DATE11/09/2022
POST UNTIL03/02/2023
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.