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YRBS Survey Coordinator, Bureau of Epidemiology Services

YRBS Survey Coordinator, Bureau of Epidemiology Services

Posted on: 10/18/2023
  1. Full-time



  1. No exam required


Bureau of Epidemiology Srvcs

$70,087.00 – $70,087.00

Job Description

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 Health Department works every day to protect and promote the health of more than 8.5 million diverse New Yorkers. This includes centering health equity and racial justice in all the work the Agency does. To support this mission, the Bureau of Epidemiology Services (BES) conducts systematic data collection and monitoring, rigorous analysis, and effective data communication. BES seeks to provide accurate and timely public health data to inform decision-making, to optimize data use, and to ensure accurate analysis of health data. The Bureau is responsible for developing, collecting and facilitating the use of population-based surveillance survey data and other data sources; and providing support to DOHMH in study design, questionnaire development, and survey weighting. The NYC YRBS provides NYC KIDS is an important part of the Division of Epidemiology's bedrock health surveillance surveys, focusing on the health and emotional development New York City youth in grades 6, 8 and 9,12. YRBS data are critical for multiple City initiatives including student education. For example DOHMH runs the School-Based Testing and Education Program for Urban Populations in which students are given information derived from the YRBS. YRBS data are used as background for providers being trained in the care of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and are routinely included in Grand Round presentations to pediatricians and adolescent care providers. The DOHMH's New York City Teens Connection uses YRBS data to inform its CDC grant-funded teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Disease prevention work. YRBS data will be used to evaluate the Sensible Tobacco Enforcement and Tobacco 21 laws. In addition, YRBS data have been used to inform the local service plan for the Mental Hygiene system that DOHMH submits to the state annually.

-Oversee all aspects of the NYC YRBS - an annual survey of New York City public middle and high school students - including, but not limited to: -Developing the questionnaires in conjunction with other programs in DOHMH and the Commissioner of Health. -Coordination with the data collection vendor(s) (including managing budgets and invoicing), CDC, and DOE during all phases of the survey. -Developing the Institutional Review Board packages and progress reports; contributing to the training of data collectors and monitoring compliance with the DOHMH and DOE IRBs. -Managing and coordinating DOHMH/DOE assistance during data collection; and working with the Bureau's Data Branch to release the data once finalized
-Be the lead author or co-author of publications utilizing YRBS and other data.
-Create other useful products, such as fact sheets, using YRBS data for the schools.
-Support other activities of the Surveys and Data Analysis Unit including reviewing and pretesting questionnaires, providing consultations and trainings.
-Contribute to other work in the Bureau including evaluation of responses to RFPs.


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.


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 StudentAid.gov/PSLF.


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

Ability to multi-task on large-scale health surveys, including experience in survey implementation, survey methodology, and contract/vendor management Strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with school administrators and staff Training and/or experience in adolescent health Although not required, experience collecting data in NYC public schools is very valuable Basic computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (or similar programs) are required Some experience in applied analysis for public health and/or social science, including analyzing large datasets and familiarity with statistical software packages such as SAS or SPSS. NOTE: This position may be eligible for remote work up to two days per week, pursuant to the Remote Work Pilot Program agreed to between the City and DC37.
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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YRBS Survey Coordinator, Bureau of Epidemiology Services

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42-09 28th Street

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