Temporary Tobacco Retail Educator
Job Details
LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Full Time
Temporary Tobacco Retail Educator

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 (NYC) 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. 



The DOHMH is seeking three (3) qualified persons to provide education to tobacco retailers in NYC about New York State (NYS) and NYC tobacco and related product laws. As part of a contract with NYS, the DOHMH is responsible for educating tobacco retailers on the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA), in particular the sale of tobacco and related products to underage persons. Tobacco retailer education is an essential part of the larger Tobacco Control Program’s goal of restricting youth access to tobacco and related products.

These three temporary positions will be housed within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at the DOHMH. The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP) strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, and cancer, among New Yorkers. We work to address the impact of structural racism and other injustices that are a root cause of the inequitable prevalence, treatment and outcomes of chronic diseases in communities of color and among other marginalized communities. BCDP focuses on nutrition, tobacco use, the built environment, screening for cancer, and reducing the incidence and impact of hypertension. BCDP works with partners in government and the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research aimed at shifting environments, changing systems and promoting health equity. The Bureau sits within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.

These 3 temporary positions are funded through March 31, 2023. There is a potential to be hired for the following year’s campaign cycle. 



The Tobacco Retail Educators will visit a predetermined list of tobacco retailers across NYC and provide one-on-one, in-person education to tobacco retailer owners/managers/staff about NYC and NYS tobacco and related product laws. This position will be hired through a temp agency. 



Each Tobacco Retail Educator will:

  • Attend a paid training, provided by DOHMH, to learn about NYC and NYS tobacco and related product laws, as well as to practice communication skills.  
  • Perform one-on-one, in-depth visits to approximately two hundred tobacco retailers across the five boroughs to educate them on NYC and NYS tobacco and related product laws. 
    • Note: This is not a virtual position; education is conducted at retail locations. Tobacco Retail Educators must be able to travel either by foot/public transportation or their personal car. There will be no reimbursement for travel, parking or cellular/internet data usage. 
  • Attend supervision meetings as requested by DOHMH. 
  • Collect and submit program evaluation data on a weekly basis. 
  • Maintain open lines of communication with DOHMH throughout the campaign. 
  • Bachelor degree; preference given to candidates who have completed or are in the process of completing a masters degree in one of the following (or related) fields: public health, public policy, public administration
  • 2–3 years of work experience; preference given to those with experience providing community education outreach/field work or similar experience
  • Interest in, knowledge of, or experience working with tobacco control or smoking cessation projects
  • Excellent presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to be organized and work independently
  • Comfortable with data entry on a computer and cell phone
  • Ability to travel to appointments throughout all five boroughs of NYC; car ownership is a plus. 
  • Understanding of social and economic determinants of health and the underlying causes of health inequities, including systemic racism and other systems of oppression
  • Have personal access to a computer, internet and a mobile phone
  • Manage up to 15 pounds of materials for distribution and be on your feet for most of the workday
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)



This is not a virtual position; education is conducted at retail locations. 



Each Tobacco Retail Educator is expected to work at least 21 hours per week for up to 12 weeks (293 hours maximum) including a mandatory paid training. The campaign has an estimated start date of Monday, October 3rd, 2022 (subject to change) and will be completed no later than March 31, 2023. 



Knowledge of one of the following languages is a plus, but not required: Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Chinese.



Pay rate is $35/hour. 



To apply, send resume and cover letter, including how your experience relates to this position here. 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.