Director, Clinical and Scientific Affairs

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
September 25, 2018
Long Island City, New York
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The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control (BCDPTC) spearheads programs and initiatives to reduce the burden of chronic diseases by addressing underlying risk factors, such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use - while also working to leverage clinical tools and settings to promote public health. Across these priority areas, BCDPTC employs evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research to advance its objectives, as well as spearheads and evaluates innovative projects in order to develop new approaches to addressing chronic disease.

Reporting to the Assistant Commissioner in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, the Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs leads the Bureau’s efforts to leverage evidence-based clinical tools and provider engagement in order to increase risk factor awareness and chronic disease prevention and management. The Director will provide vision and strategic direction for improving community integration and the quality of primary care services for underserved populations, with the goal of eliminating health inequities in New York City.

The Director of Scientific and Clinical Affairs specific duties will include:

  • Oversee the Public Health Detailing program, a program that engages in-person with health care providers and their staff to improve utilization of prevention strategies and provide patient and provider clinical resources for management of chronic diseases and tobacco control.
  • Oversee the Cancer Prevention and Control Program which includes initiatives such as the Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5), Community Cares Project, and Colonoscopy Patient Navigation Program. Key activities include increasing colon cancer awareness and screening in clinical settings through a citywide stakeholder coalition, linking uninsured patients to free colonoscopy screening tests, and using hospital-based patient navigators to improve patient access, understanding, preparation, and follow-up related to colonoscopy testing.
  • Assess scientific literature and clinical practice to further evidence-based programmatic work.
  • Develop long- and short-term program goals, objectives, and priorities for both aforementioned programs.
  • Identify and collaborate effectively with internal and external partners necessary for program implementation, innovation, and expansion.
  • Identify new research and funding opportunities in order to explore new program areas.
  • Provide content expertise and consultation to other health department teams as needed.
  • Contribute to the bureau's involvement in relevant division and agency strategic projects, particularly to the agency’s goal to eliminate health inequities, or unjust differences in health outcomes, for residents in neighborhoods impacted by racism and long-term disinvestment by organizations and institutions.
  • Assist with the development and review of provider and patient educational and training materials.
  • Work with teams to publish reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Serve as a point of contact with key local and national stakeholders and develop presentations, memos and briefing materials for agency and external audience.
  • Manage unit budgets and contracts.
  • Provide strategic advice on policy and programmatic issues to Department leadership, including the Assistant Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of Prevention and Primary Care.
  • Perform other duties as needed in support of chronic disease prevention agenda.

Preferred Skills:

  • Medical training in internal or family medicine a strong asset.
  • Experience in program management, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation, including strong supervisory skills;
  • Ability to navigate complex bureaucracies and communicate clinical concepts to non-clinical staff and work well in fast paced environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple high-priority projects and assignments; simultaneously, to shift fluidly among them, and to work independently, when necessary, towards creative problem-solving.
  • Familiarity with program evaluation and research methods, such as in health services research or epidemiology/biostatistics;
  • High-level reasoning skills for assessing scientific literature and clinical practice to further evidence-based programmatic work;
  • Superior interpersonal, analytic, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Familiarity with peer reviewed literature on chronic disease prevention, health equity, and strategies to close racial disparities in health.


  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Supervisory Differential
  • Loan Forgiveness
  • Vacation/ Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance / Healthcare Cost Reimbursement Benefit
  • Family/ Medical/ Military / Parental Leave
  • New York City Retirement Membership (via Payroll Contributions)
  • New York City Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or the 401(k)/ via Payroll Contributions)


Commensurate with experience (Up to $165,000)

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