Technical Assistance Specialist
Job Details
LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Full Time
Technical Assistance 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.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW (Naloxone CBO Project and Gotham Center)

The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers. BADUPCT develops, implements, and evaluates interventions and prevention strategies by contracting treatment, recovery, and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology and surveillance; dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach; education and community involvement; and interagency collaboration.


The Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Unit (OENDU) develops and implements initiatives to reduce and prevent opioid overdose deaths in New York City. The Unit provides naloxone, training, and technical assistance to over 311 Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs (OOPPs) across New York City. OOPPs provide community-based overdose prevention, recognition, and response education and distribute naloxone directly to community members.



The Technical Assistance Specialist will provide technical assistance and programmatic guidance to current and potential opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs) on implementing successful overdose prevention and naloxone distribution programming, with the goal of preventing overdose deaths in New York City.


Under general direction from the Overdose Prevention Technical Assistance Coordinator, with wide latitude for independent initiative and judgment, the Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist will:



  • Provide technical assistance and programmatic guidance to registered opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs) on program implementation, naloxone distribution, data collection, and reporting
  • Maintain records of technical assistance, OOPP dispensing strategies, and other relevant program updates in Naloxone Access Database
  • Design and maintain protocols and other technical assistance documents for OOPPs to improve workflow, including the development of a yearly quantitative survey
  • Collaborate with Overdose Prevention Training Institute to plan, schedule, and deliver Training of Dispensers for OOPPs and/or Training of Responders for community members as needed
  • Contribute to the development of new materials and resources aimed at preventing overdose
  • Participate in OENDU meetings, including facilitation on a rotating basis
  • Represent OENDU in intra-Bureau and Divisional workgroups and meetings and liaise and present to community coalitions
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.




  • 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.
  • Knowledge of substance use issues and harm reduction practice and theory, including syringe exchange, overdose prevention and education for HIV and Hepatitis C prevention.
  • Sensitive to various ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic conditions
  • Be able to work independently, have excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, and be a flexible team player. The candidate will also be detail-oriented with outstanding organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment, with proficiency in Zoom, Excel, Access, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.



Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street LIC, NY 11101



35 hours per week. This position will be funded through 6/30/2023, with possibility of extension.



$35 per hour. Compensation for the position is hourly, with a rate commensurate with experience.



This position will be hired through a staffing agency. There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency.




To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. 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.