Public Health Emergency Canvassing Operations Planner [Job]

A friend just forwarded me a great job opportunity in emergency health planning with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They are looking for Post-Emergency Canvassing Operation (PECO) Planner that has both health planning, management and data/tech skills.

This job is at the forefront public health emergency preparedness and I would encourage anyone who wants to be at the cutting edge of data in public health to apply for this position.  

Job Description

PECO Planner (Job ID: 191046) 

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), an agency recognized worldwide for being a leader in public health and at the forefront of cutting-edge public health emergency planning initiatives, seeks a dynamic professional with excellent writing, project management, and facilitation skills, to serve as a PECO Planner within the Agency’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR), Post Emergency Canvassing Operations project. The selected candidate will develop and maintain the operational plans relevant to the Post Emergency Canvassing Operations (PECO). 

The Post-Emergency Canvassing Operation (PECO) project will be a process initiated after the impact from an event, depleting electric power, and/or heat, and/or water to over 5,000 households, lasting at least, or anticipated to occur for more than 48 hours. Such events can be the result from, but not limited to, heat waves, coastal storms, localized earthquakes, and water main breaks. The canvassing is an operation meant to rapidly survey newly vulnerable populations to determine critical needs such as water, food, power, and medical care. These needs will be referred to appropriate partners and the services the City provides post-emergency to individuals who are unable or who have difficulty, because of their disability, to access services that the City will coordinate. This canvassing operation is targeted at those who did not evacuate and may need assistance to maintain their independence in a post-disaster scenario. 

This candidate should be able to: 

  • Coordinate with city agencies’ leadership to resolve policy issues regarding the canvassing of NYC residents, such as privacy, security, and language issues. 
  • Collect large quantities of data from disparate sources and perspectives and develop written reports, protocols, and process documents. 
  • Coordinate and request information from subject matter experts and city agencies. 
  • Serve as a liaison with city agencies on the development of planning materials related to PECO program. 
  • Coordinate with DOHMH’s Community Resilience Unit to create plan components that leverage capabilities of non-profit and community-based organizations to determine how they can best integrate with PECO . 
  • Conduct data analysis and research on best practices utilized in NYC canvassing efforts. 
  • Develop several operations tools, including operational checklists and job action sheets. 
  • Maintain testing/evaluation plans and associated corrective actions to ensure that plans continue to be viable, effective, and fulfill the needs of NYC 
  • Coordinate and oversee PECO Program plan contract deliverables with consultants and vendors.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and five years of full-time professional satisfactory experience acquired within the last fifteen years, in a health services setting such as a laboratory, hospital, or other patient care facility, or in a public health, environmental health, or mental hygiene program, at least 18 months of which must have been in a managerial capacity, consisting of managerial experience clearly demonstrating the ability to perform difficult and responsible managerial work, requiring independent decision-making concerning program management, planning, allocation of resources, and the scheduling and assignment of work 

2. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" above. Education may be substituted for experience on the basis that each 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited college in hospital administration, public health, public administration, business administration, management or administration can be substituted for one year of non-managerial experience up to a maximum of 60 semester credits for two years. However, all candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and 18 months of managerial experience as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills

  • Proven experience conducting emergency preparedness planning and implementation within an Incident Command System environment 
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills 
  • Be able to coordinate a large number of projects simultaneously under pressure with very tight deadlines 
  • Strong writing skills and presentation skills 
  • Experience working with New York City Agencies is preferred.