NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Capacity Building Assistance Specialist, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in New York, New York

Job Description

** HIRING RATE: $59.708.00 (FLAT RATE)

The HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program (CTP) within the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (BHIV) has a City Research Scientist I vacancy to work on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program, Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) for High-Impact Prevention. The goal of this program is to provide capacity building assistance to health departments and community based organizations nationally, on high-impact HIV prevention activities that align with meeting the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The mission of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control is to prevent and control the spread of HIV and ensure that People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) have the best possible prevention, treatment and care. This position will be responsible for providing training and specialized technical assistance, for community based organizations (CBOs) and health departments (HDs) requesting capacity building nationwide around the following topics; Prevention with individuals who are HIV positive, High Risk HIV negative individuals, policy, HIV testing, condom distribution and Syringe service programs.


  • Respond to capacity building requests assigned to NYC CBA through CDC which will require conducting needs assessments, developing action plans and conducting technical assistance activities to identified and prioritized organizational needs.

  • Monitor and document progress of events in web-based application.

  • Develop customized curricula and technical assistance for CBOs and HDs to address organizational needs, and increase organization capacity and program sustainability that include, but are not limited to: implementing syringe service programs (SSPs) and related harm reduction activities, policy and community mobilization, enhanced outreach and community mapping within marginalized and varied settings, PrEP navigation and implementation, working effectively with gay and non-gay identified men who have sex with men, and persons living with or at risk for HIV, cultural humility, trauma and resilience in HIV services, improving service delivery in metropolitan and rural locales.

  • Develop content for webinars and other presentations using PowerPoint, and various distance-learning programs.

  • Develop resources and tools for health departments and CBOs to strengthen their HIV prevention programs in Condom distribution, HIV testing, Prevention with individuals who are HIV positive, High risk HIV negative individuals, Syringe service programs and Policy.

  • Conduct trainings on evidence-based interventions and public health strategies supported by CDC as assigned.

  • Participate in case conferences, share CBA and TA best practices and engage in professional development activities to stay abreast of the latest developments in HIV prevention, care and treatment.

  • Facilitate Training and Technical Assistance Program, city based trainings when needed.

  • Up to 30% domestic travel.

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:
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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

Preferred Skills

  • Previous training, technical assistance and/or capacity building experience strongly recommended

  • Ability to handle multiple and diverse assignments and priorities while traveling

  • Knowledge around harm reduction theory, harm reduction project implementation and development and syringe service programs

  • Background working with Social Work theory

  • Experience working with communities and populations most impacted by HIV

  • Experience presenting via webinar, Adobe Connect Pro or other platforms preferred

  • Ability to communicate promptly, effectively and diplomatically across platforms and organizations

  • Experience working with racial/ethnic and sexual minorities as well as transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

  • Familiarity with frameworks of health equity, sexuality and gender, sex positivity, and critical race theory.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office

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.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to

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We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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.

Job ID: 291729

# of Positions: 1

Business Title: Capacity Building Assistance Specialist, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control


Title Classification: Non-Competitive

Job Category: Health, Policy, Research & Analysis

Career Level: Experienced (non-manager)

Work Location: 42-09 28th Street

Division/Work Unit: HIV/AIDS Care & Treatment

Title Code No: 2174401

Level: 01

Proposed Salary Range: $ 59,708.00 - $ 65,678.00 (Annual)

POSTING DATE: 06/16/2017

POST UNTIL: 10/13/2017