Deputy Director of Research for Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC

Sep 18, 2019

Job Description

The overarching aim of new Mayoral Office of ThriveNYC is to ensure that every New Yorker who needs mental health support has access to it, where and when they need it. The Office addresses needs that have gone unmet by traditional services and we pilot innovative strategies. This includes new services for historically underserved special populations, expanding the range of mental health support available to New Yorkers, and enhancing mental health equity across the city. The Office works with City agencies and strategic partners to achieve effective citywide implementation of strategies, maximize their effectiveness and ensure sustainability.

The Office of ThriveNYC is seeking a Deputy Director, Research to join a team that develops and implements critical research and evaluation projects related to the Office's work. The Deputy Director, Research will report to the Director, Research.

The ideal candidate will be curious and have excellent analytic and project management skills. Additionally, the Deputy Director, Research will have the following main responsibilities:

• Work closely with Director, Research and the program team to set research and data collection priorities and develop a comprehensive strategic research plan for the Office.
• Help structure the scope and focus of external evaluations and manage relationships with external evaluators and other strategic research partners.
• Put programmatic outcomes into larger research context, using an array of methods from statistical analysis of administrative data to surveys.
• Contribute to the refinement of programmatic outcome measures and oversee the creation and implementation of a data dashboard to measure ongoing performance.
• Monitor and synthesize relevant emerging research and provide analytic expertise in the development of new strategies and programs.
• Contribute to research briefs on programmatic design and impact.
• Manage relationships and joint research projects with partner agencies.

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:
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.

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

Preferred Skills

• A master's degree in a social science discipline or relevant discipline required; doctorate degree preferred
• 5+ years of experience with relevant research methodologies; a demonstrated interest in the fields of public health, mental health, substance misuse or a relevant field preferred
• Experience working in government preferred
• Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods; prior experience with administrative datasets and surveys preferred
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, and statistical packages (e.g. R or SPSS)
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate research findings into clear and compelling presentations for an array of audiences

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 # 404354.

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

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.

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