NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Senior Data Scientist, Bureau of Primary Care Access and Planning in New York, New York

Job Description

The Bureau of Primary Care Access & Planning (PCAP), within the Division of Prevention and Primary Care, at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is seeking a City Research Scientist III to serve as a Senior Data Scientist. During this period of unprecedented health care reform, primary care remains a key anchor to advance population health and is undergoing rapid change. PCAP has a dedicated staff working to improve access to quality, culturally appropriate primary care for New Yorkers, particularly those who are at risk for poor health outcomes. The Bureau sets and implements policy, program and research initiatives aimed at maximizing the impact of primary care on population health, including increasing health insurance coverage and reducing access barriers for vulnerable populations served by the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. PCAP contains two offices: Office Health Insurance Services (OHIS) and Office of Health Planning (HP). These units work in collaboration to ensure on-the ground programmatic work and policy and data activities are continuously informing one another. Since 2000, OHIS has worked to educate the NYC uninsured population about their health insurance options and enroll individuals into coverage. Enrollers specialize in helping low-income, medically vulnerable, minority and immigrant communities. Even before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, various public and private agencies in New York State, including DOHMH, worked to address the persistent problem of uninsured residents who are eligible for public insurance yet not enrolled. After the ACA-created New York State of Health Marketplace launched, OHIS staff were trained and designated as Certified Application Counselors (CACs) to provide assistance with enrolling individuals into public insurance programs and new Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). HP staff utilizes research, data and policy expertise to analyze components of the health system in NYC and identify barriers to obtaining insurance coverage and accessing primary care services. This includes a focus on healthcare safety net components such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), health insurance (including public programs such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program), federal shortage designations (Health Professional Shortage Areas, Medically Underserved Areas, Medically Underserved Populations), and health care system utilization and efficiency. Staff have also developed expertise in and conduct research on the intersection of emergency preparedness and primary care with a focus on reducing primary care access deficits post-disaster. As part of the policy focused work, HP has been analyzing, monitoring, and weighing in on the implementation of the insurance expansion components of the Affordable Care Act and NY's state-based Marketplace from the perspective of low-income and vulnerable populations. This position will have a portfolio of research, data analysis and evaluation responsibilities that provides support across the Bureau.


  • Lead program evaluation activities for OHIS including regularly scheduled quarterly and monthly productivity reports, ad hoc reports. This will include: Provide strategic interpretation of programmatic data analysis to OHIS Executive Director and managers and provide other relevant data to inform program planning.

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and operations for a new data platform including complex coding, and report automation.

  • Serve as key conduit to manage programmatic dialogue between lay users, IT, and analytic staff to efficiently troubleshoot and provide sound business analytic solutions.

  • Ensure seamless transition of legacy OHIS data to new database. Manage and conduct quality assurance of all OHIS data, reports and solutions.

  • Provide leadership for epidemiologic analysis of data using existing (including Community Health Survey, Census) or new complex surveys surveillance, or administrative databases to support agency/bureau missions to improve access to care and insurance coverage. This includes: Serving as key data expert on priority topic areas for the Bureau related to health insurance status and access to care Respond to high-level time sensitive request for data and related interpretation in a timely and strategic manner.

  • Oversee the program evaluation for the Agency's prescription drug discount card, Big Apple Rx. This includes: Produce audits and ad hoc data reports and provide interpretation to Bureau leadership.

  • Oversee the development, implementation and management of a new pharmaceutical data platform. Ensure Big Apple Rx vendor data, web, and dashboard solutions/services meet agency requirements.

  • Produce data-driven reports and presentations, as well as author journal manuscripts relevant to the NYS Medicaid program, low-income populations and health insurance status, and other relevant topics to support planning and policy development.

  • Additional duties as assigned.

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

  • Strong analytic and statistical skills with experience in manipulating and analyzing data using statistical software such as SAS

  • Expertise in data analytics, data mining and visualization software such as Python for machine learning techniques

  • Familiarity with data architecture principles and process systems

  • Ability to develop data algorithms to monitor performance and improve program policies using large qualitative and quantitative datasets

  • Knowledge and capacity to implement best programming practices by writing legible, maintainable and documented code

  • Demonstrated database management skills, including fast-paced, high-profile, complex and large data

  • Expertise in epidemiological data analysis, research & program evaluation methodologies including experience with Community Health Survey, SPARCS, administrative or clinical data (e.g., claims, EMR databases, Vital Stats, etc)

  • Knowledge of NYS's insurance landscape and public health insurance programs including Medicaid managed care organizations and knowledge of the Medicaid and New York State of Health enrollment process

  • Demonstrated ability to direct and develop different levels of staff in a dynamic and fast paced work environment

  • Strong leadership, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

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 In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 341134.

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.

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: 341134

# of Positions: 1

Business Title: Senior Data Scientist, Bureau of Primary Care Access and Planning


Title Classification: Non-Competitive

Job Category: Policy, Research & Analysis

Career Level: Experienced (non-manager)

Work Location: 42-09 28th Street

Division/Work Unit: Primary Care Access & Planning

Title Code No: 2174403

Level: 03

Proposed Salary Range: $ 78,630.00 - $103,332.00 (Annual)

POSTING DATE: 04/16/2018

POST UNTIL: 08/08/2018