Chief Financial Officer / Deputy Commissioner

New York, Kings, Bronx, Queens, Richmond

Posted 12/1/2022

Job Type: Full-time


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is a world-renowned public health agency with a long tradition of protecting and promoting mental and physical health in the nation’s most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Our 7,000-plus team members bring an extraordinary diversity to bear on the work of public health. DOHMH aims to improve the health outcomes of all New Yorkers, including by centering persistent racial inequities and promotion of social justice at the core of its work.
The Chief Financial Officer / Deputy Commissioner (CFO) is responsible for overseeing and managing the Division of Finance. Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the CFO provides leadership and direction to a division of approximately 300 staff members and ensures the fiscal integrity of the agency’s $2.5 billion expense budget, $1.5 billion revenue budget, $900 million capital budget, and $1.9 billion in procurements.
The Division of Finance provides analysis, resources, budget development and allocation, and fiscal integrity through a racial equity lens. The division improves and informs agency-wide strategic priority setting, decision-making, and operations and program management; and facilitates and implements agency-wide activities and strategic initiatives. The CFO is responsible for the oversight of the following bureaus:
• Bureau of the Agency Chief Contracting Officer
• Bureau of Budget
• Bureau of the Controller
• Bureau of Finance Administration and Planning
• Bureau of Revenue
The CFO supervises 6 positions. This includes 5 Assistant Commissioners, each of whom oversees one of the bureaus listed above, and a Special Projects Director, who supports the CFO and supervises an Executive/Special Assistant, Special Projects Manager, and Equity Liaison. DUTIES WILL INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
• Advise the Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer on matters related to the fiscal health the agency.
• Oversee the Division of Finance’s approximately 300 employees to provide high-performing financial services and compliance activities to reduce risk, strengthen internal controls, and increase operational efficiency of the agency.
• Advise and support all agency divisions and programs on matters pertaining to funding, expenditures, budget reductions, and new needs; direct analyses on program efficiencies with the use of financial
resources; and make managerial decisions in line with enhancing financial and process efficiencies and increasing productivity.
• Ensure the maximization of agency-wide resources by closely monitoring Personnel Services (PS) and Other Than Personnel Services (OTPS) budgets at the agency and divisional level; oversee training and professional development with the goal to strengthen knowledge of operating procedures; manage the agency’s capital budget, and ensure appropriate financial controls are in place.
• Clearly identify the budget allocation of internal and external funding sources; issue standardized fiscal operating policies and procedures; ensure compliance with citywide and oversight regulations and guidelines; provide agency-wide training on the effective use of financial resources; and automate financial tools for clear and meaningful data reporting.
• Assist in the further development of collaborative processes related to resource mobilization and allocation, with the goal to create tools (i.e., standardized forms and scoring rubric) and processes that enable a senior agency leadership team to arrive at objective decisions related to allocation of resources.
• Manage the financial and contractual relationship with various oversight agencies, including, but not limited to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of the Comptroller, the Mayor’s Office of Contracts (MOCS), and various governmental counterparts at the State and Federal levels, including the State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD), and Office for Addictions Support and Services (OASAS), and the New York State Department of Health.
• Lead the agency in preparing for and testify at annual and other New York City Council budget hearings as necessary.
• Provide oversight of the agency’s contracting and purchasing processes for over $1.9 billion in contracted and purchased goods and services. Ensure procurements comply with City Charter and Citywide regulations.
• Ensure agency’s commitment to racial equity is applied throughout the financial and procurement systems, such as in service allocations, budget negotiations, payroll, budget reductions, and new need requests.
• Analyze current procedures and implement strategies to streamline contract and procurement workflow.
• Participate in various citywide, State and Federal health policy organizations conferences, associations, and board activities. Represent agency on non-profit and/or association boards as directed.
• Represent the agency with professionalism and diplomacy at external meeting with City Hall, elected officials, community-based organizations, and others, as directed. • Provide leadership and long-term strategic planning for agency financial, procurement, and operational issues.

Minimum Qualification

1. A master’s degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, urban studies or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: working with the budget of a large public or private concern in budget administration, accounting, economic or financial administration, or fiscal or economic research; in management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; in personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, social services program planning/evaluation, or fiscal management; or in a related area. 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or
2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of professional experience in the areas described in “1” above, including the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience, as described in “1” above.
• Minimum of 7 years of experience in a financial leadership role, preferably in City or State government or in a public health or health care setting.
• A Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, or similar.
• Knowledge of New York City’s contracting, budgeting, and/or accounting systems and familiarity with the policies and procedures of the Office of Management and Budget, Mayor’s Office of Contracts, and the NYC Comptroller’s Office, or demonstrated capacity to rapidly gain such knowledge.
• An informed perspective on applying a racial equity lens to financial and operational systems.
• Demonstrated experience in implementing the conversion of existing financial business processes and policies into technical automated systems
• Demonstrated proficiency in applying management processes to identify organizational deficiencies and implement means to successfully correct them.
• Demonstrated experience in health care administration and third-party payer environment and compliance.
• Ability to integrate program objectives with financial requirements and funding limitations.
• Knowledge of the fiscal regulatory provisions of City, State, and Federal government agencies.
• Excellent communication and written skills with a strong focus on strategic thinking and problem-solving.
• An orientation toward creative thinking and a focus on solutions in an environment with bureaucracy.
• Demonstrated team player, with experience working collaboratively, and building relationships at all levels of an organization to achieve goals.
• Ability to deal with multiple and changing demands in a fast-paced environment.

Special Requirement

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES: 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 include, but are 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.

**LOAN FORGIVENESS: 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: FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL

Salary: $97,830 – $221,470 (Annual)

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter. In the Job ID search bar, enter job ID number # 562527. Alternatively, go directly to this link. 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. NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.