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OEM Job Opportunity: Health & Medical Specialist

Health and Medical Specialist

Office Title: Health & Medical Specialist Level: 02
Civil Service Title: Emergency Preparedness Specialist JVN: 017/15/297
Division/Work Unit: Planning & Preparedness/Health & Medical Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000
Work Location: 165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Hours/Shift: M-F, 9-5
(see description)
Number of Positions: 1  


Reporting to the Director of Health & Medical within the Planning and Preparedness Division, the Health and Medical Specialist will collaborate with relevant agency partners to develop citywide emergency response plans for a wide range of natural and man-made hazards. The Specialist will be involved in the periodic testing, review, and revision of these plans and will work with local, state, federal, and private sector partners to ensure their successful implementation. The candidate would be responsible for supporting planning and outreach for all aspects of a Post-Emergency Canvassing Operation (PECO) within the City. PECO is designed to rapidly survey populations after a disaster to determine critical needs and refer those needs to appropriate partners for resolutions. In addition, the Specialist will assist with Ready New York presentations to external groups.

The Specialist should also have experience working with persons with disabilities and access and functional needs (DAFN) as they will serve as the Health and Medical liaison for a newly formed DAFN Division within OEM. In this capacity, the Specialist will be asked to work with other DAFN Division liaisons to ensure that disability-related needs, as they pertain to the Health & Medical Unit, are met during response and recovery operations.

The Specialist will be required to staff the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergency activations and to work non-business hours during emergencies.


1. A master’s degree from an accredited college in emergency management, public health, public administration, urban planning, engineering, economics, political science, the physical sciences or related field and one year of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: emergency management, fire or police, or military service, public safety, public health, public administration, urban planning, engineering, or another specialized area to which the appointment is to be made; or

2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in the areas described in “1” above; or

3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a state’s department of education or a recognized accrediting organization and six years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in the areas listed in “1” above, at least two years of which must have been in one of those areas, or another specialized area to which to appointment is to be made.  

NOTE: 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.


  • Demonstrated ability to interface with government agencies and other external partners and manage long-term projects, including setting project timelines, monitoring output, and producing final deliverables
  • Previous experience working with persons with disabilities, including those with access and functional needs
  • Understanding of American with Disabilities Act and compliance standards
  • Superior oral communications skills
  • Superior editing and written communications skills
  • Experience writing of emergency plans
  • Experience managing multiple projects in a high pressure work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver complex projects within specified deadlines
  • Experience applying the concepts, theories, and practices of emergency management to real-world plans

To apply:

Current City Employees: Apply via Employee Self-Service (ESS). Go to Recruiting Activities - Careers and search Job ID# 169155.

Non-City Employees/External Candidates: Apply via NYC Careers. Go to and search Job ID# 169155.

NOTE: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Reasonable Accommodations provided for applicants with disabilities.