Communications Specialist
Job Details
LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Full Time
Communications Specialist

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.  



 With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FPHNYC is hiring a Communications Specialist to support the Neighborhood Health Corps. The Neighborhood Health Corps, under the larger Public Health Corps, is a cadre of anti-racist public health workers and programs to address place-based inequities exacerbated by COVID-19. Through Neighborhood Health Corps, FPHNYC and DOHMH mobilize place-based community engagement via community health workers, anchored by community-based organizations with support and capacity-building from FPHNYC and DOHMH staff. The Neighborhood Health Corps will include 100 community-based organizations working with the City on vaccine education and outreach. This position will sit in the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building in CHECW. 



The Communications Specialist will report to the Communications Manager and is responsible for supporting community networks to disseminate and expand the reach of COVID-19 response and recovery messaging. They will help to identify, coordinate, and support contracted community partners to connect to messaging outlets in the community to counter mis/disinformation and disseminate Health Department campaigns and messages. 



  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to contracted community partners to disseminate and expand the reach of COVID-19 response and recovery messaging  
  • Identify opportunities to connect contracted community partners with Health Department campaigns and messages 
  • Contribute to the design of health communication materials focused on countering mis/disinformation related to a COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Maintain situational awareness and understanding of best practices related to behavior change, communication strategies, and building vaccine confidence 
  • Support communications projects across COVID-19 equity programs such as community story-based projects, materials requests, partner resource digests, and document review 
  • Support strategic partnerships with external stakeholders providing media and communications support 
  • In partnership with the Data and Evaluation team, leverage qualitative data to create publicly shareable stories and narratives 
  • Make community-specific recommendations from partner feedback to inform operational planning and strategy 
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or relevant field 
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in public health communication strategy experience required 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail 
  • Public health communication and social marketing experience required 
  • Experience coordinating external media and communications partnerships preferred 
  • Understanding of racial equity framing and story-based strategies 
  • Familiarity tailoring public health information to specific priority populations. 
  • Experience leveraging data to inform communication and messaging strategies 
  • Creative, flexible, problem solver, and able to meet tight deadlines 
  • Interest in working in a new initiative being developed to respond to a public health crisis 



FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $75,000 annually, commensurate with experience.  



  • All staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious reasonable accommodation.  This requirement must be met by your start date. 
  • This position will initially operate in a hybrid work environment with the potential of shifting to 100% in-office. The office is located at 42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY.  
  • This position is funded until May 31, 2023, with the possibility of extension. 
  • There is a potential for this position to transition to DOHMH, for which eligibility requirements include NYC residency.


To apply, send resume, with cover letter, including salary requested and how your experience relates to this position.  Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.



The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.