Executive Director, Race to Justice

New York, Kings, Bronx, Queens, Richmond

Posted 1/21/2020

Job Type: Full-time

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:



The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Long Island City Office is looking for an Executive Director, Race to Justice.  The Office of Chief Operating Officer/Executive Deputy Commissioner (COO) is responsible for ensuring that agency priorities are fully operationalized by effectively and efficiently managing resources.  The Office is charged with ensuring that administrative functions support all programmatic activities of the agency, both centrally and through divisional administrative unit.  The Office will lead in operationalizing the Agency’s Equity Agenda and hardwiring policies that are equitable and just, with a goal to eliminate systemic injustices and discrimination, including racism.

Race to Justice is the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) internal transformation initiative for advancing racial equity and social justice. It aims to promote equity and build capacity within the agency to improve health outcomes for all New Yorkers by: 1) building a shared intersectional analysis of racial equity among staff and generating energy among stakeholders to operate with urgency; 2) organizing staff and developing their leadership to plan and implement change efforts; and 3) using tools and data to guide and inform the development of policies, practices, and programs to break systems of oppression, such as racism, sexism and transphobia, within DOHMH.

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer, the Executive Director of Race to Justice advances racial equity and social justice across agency policies, systems, and practices by performing the following duties:

– Supervise a growing team dedicated to developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies that advance racial equity and social justice in DOHMH.

– Provide strategic direction on all aspects of the Race to Justice effort, including goal setting, action planning, communications, infrastructure, and training.

– Guide the staff engagement and organizing strategy, including developing and supporting Race to Justice’s internal infrastructure, that promotes and sustains changes in programs, policies, and practices toward equity.

– Guide the development, implementation, and expansion of a legislated agency-wide intersectional racial equity action plan.

– Lead or support the development of policies that institutionalize equity in DOHMH.

– Lead the development of tools, primers, and best practices for applying intersectional racial equity frameworks in DOHMH work.

– Support the evaluation of Race to Justice and use the data generated to inform strategy and new directions.

– Provide consultation and technical assistance to other teams throughout the agency seeking to implement racial equity initiatives.

– Disseminate successes and lessons from Race to Justice through appearances and publications, such as participating in conference panel discussions and presentations, contributing to manuscripts, or serving as a guest on a webinar, among other opportunities.

– Serve as liaison for the COO’s Office with internal committees and external partners.

– Work on related assignments for the COO’s Office, as directed.

Minimum Qualification

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in public health, public administration, health administration or public policy and at least 5 years of satisfactory full-time professional experience as an executive or high-level manager in one or combination of the following: oversight of a large program, clinical service, public health service or closely related field including program evaluation, fiscal/financial management, or project management, business promotion or urban economic planning; or

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and at least 7 years of satisfactory full-time experience as described above, with at least 2 years of which must have been in a managerial or executive capacity with primary focus on business promotion or urban economic planning; or

A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience. However, all candidates must have 2 years of managerial or executive experience as described in “1” above.

Preferred Skills

– A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience, preferably developing and leading internal reform in large organizations;

– Extensive knowledge of and experience in health equity programs;

– Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in facilitation and presentation

– Ability to build strong relationships and work with diverse groups of individuals at all levels of the agency

– Prior experience leading multi-faceted, complex initiative

– Strong intersectional racial justice lens

– Background in trauma-informed systems approach (some familiarity, at a minimum; training and experience in implementing, a plus)

– Demonstrated experience as a mentor

– Prior government experience, a plus


Special Requirement

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.

Salary: $58,700.00 - $124,000.00 (Annual)

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/.  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #428629

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.