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Central Accessioning Program Coordinator, Central Accessioning Program Coordinator

Central Accessioning Program Coordinator, Central Accessioning Program Coordinator

Posted on: 01/30/2024
  1. Full-time



  1. No exam required



$82,506.00 – $94,882.00

Job Description

This vacancy has now expired.

Established in 1805, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (the NYC Health Department) is the oldest and largest health department in the country. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of all New Yorkers, in service of a vision of a city in which all New Yorkers can realize their full health potential, regardless of who they are, how old they are, where they are from, or where they live.

As a world-renowned public health agency with a history of building transformative public health programming and infrastructure, innovating in science and scholarship to advance public health knowledge, and responding to urgent public health crises from New York City’s yellow fever outbreak in 1822, to the COVID-19 pandemic we are a hub for public health innovation, expertise, and programs, and services. We serve as the population health strategist, and policy, and planning authority for the City of New York, while also having a vast impact on national and international public policy, including programs and services focused on food and nutrition, anti-tobacco support, chronic disease prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment, family and child health, environmental health, mental health, and racial and social justice work, among others.

Our Agency’s five strategic priorities, building off a recently-completed strategic planning process emerging from the COVID-19 emergency, are:
1) To re-envision how the Health Department prepares for and responds to health emergencies, with a focus on building a “response-ready” organization, with faster decision-making, transparent public communications, and stronger surveillance and bridges to healthcare systems 2) Address and prevent chronic and diet-related disease, including addressing rising rates of childhood obesity and the impact of diabetes, and transforming our food systems to improve nutrition and enhance access to healthy foods
3) Address the second pandemic of mental illness including: reducing overdose deaths, strengthening our youth mental health systems, and supporting people with serious mental illness
4) Reduce black maternal mortality and make New York a model city for women’s health
5) Mobilize against and combat the health impacts of climate change

Our 7,000-plus team members bring extraordinary diversity to the work of public health. True to our value of equity as a foundational element of all of our work, and a critical foundation to achieving population health impact in New York City, the NYC Health Department has been a leader in recognizing and dismantling racism’s impacts on the health of New Yorkers and beyond. In 2021, the NYC Board of Health declared racism as a public health crisis. With commitment to advance anti-racist public health practices that dismantle systems that perpetuate inequitable power, opportunity and access, the NYC Health Department continues to work in and with communities and community organizations to increase their access to health services and decrease avoidable health outcomes.


The New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is a public health leader serving over 8.4 million New York City residents from diverse ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. The NYC Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is one of the largest local public health laboratories in the United States offering a dynamic and innovative work environment where employees contribute to the health and safety of NYC residents by providing clinical and environmental laboratory testing services. With more than 100 years of leadership in public health, a team of over 200 scientific and support staff are committed to its mission to safeguard the health of all NYC residents by providing quality laboratory testing services that support the priorities of the NYC DOHMH and its community partners to prevent and respond to clinical and environmental public health concerns. The Bureau of Public Health Laboratory is seeking to hire a Program Coordinator for the Central Accessioning Unit (CAU).


Overseeing resolution of problems associated with submitted specimens, including full understanding of all regulatory requirements for specimen submission, contacting providers and recording all such cases in a database.
Supporting the PHL HIV testing units by continually monitoring Ending the Epidemic (EtE) projects.
Assisting in administrative activities related to EtE projects.
Implementing enhancements and modifications for the specimen resolution data base, and pulling and reviewing records from this data base, especially as they pertain to EtE projects.
Supervising, training, assigning work and evaluating the performance of staff including overseeing the consolidation of reports of accessioned specimens to include meaningful metrics.
Overseeing the consolidation of laboratory test reports to include meaningful metrics that represent lab testing performance, volume, and confirmed cases using SQL, R, and SAS.
*Directing staff to run queries, generate reports and develop analysis programs.
Conducting investigations regarding agents related to public health outbreaks using independent judgment and initiative and performing data analysis on test results.
Assisting in the coordination of agency, local and federal partners in investigations.
Ensuring the lab complies with regulatory agencies.
Implementing and monitoring laboratory quality, and health and safety policies and procedures.
Maintaining and participating in a program of quality control and assurance; and advising staff on appropriate methods and techniques.
Evaluating data, preparing complex reports, maintaining records and assisting in the coordination of research efforts of the Agency.
Writing original manuscripts for publication based on data analyses.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Background and experience working with pathogenic organisms validating lab developed tests performing PCR and other molecular biology assays performing microbiological assays and familiarity with BSL2 practices and laboratory information systems. Experience with 1st and/or 2nd generation sequencing methods including, WGS and metagenomics. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to supervise to staff, and work well within a management team environment. Possess or be eligible for a NYS Clinical laboratory Technologist license as described in Part 58, Article 16 of the New York Station Education Law effective September 23, 2008.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/
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.
Additional Information

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.

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Central Accessioning Program Coordinator, Central Accessioning Program Coordinator

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455 First Ave., N.Y.

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