Program Specialist, Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Job Details
LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Full Time
Program Specialist, Suicide Prevention Initiatives

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.



DOHMH is launching a coordinated suicide prevention effort that aims to reduce suicide deaths and suicide-related behaviors among NYC youth and young adults. This effort will be supported by a dedicated team of staff who will:

  • Develop DOHMH's capacity to monitor this urgent public health issue
  • Increase and diversify suicide prevention services for youth and their families/other support networks
  • Provide strategic direction to existing endeavors and expand efforts to mitigate the socio-environmental risk factors for suicide through public health, urban planning, and urban design strategies

This position is funded through the BIPOC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative and is located within the Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Mental Hygiene, DOHMH, in Long Island City, Queens.



The Program Specialist for Suicide Prevention Initiatives will have a background in program oversight/management and child/adolescent mental health. They will focus on suicide prevention initiatives, including a set of community-based suicide prevention demonstration projects for BIPOC youth and a new hospital-based suicide prevention program.  They will report to the Director of Suicide Prevention Initiatives and collaborate closely with other members of the suicide prevention team, all working within the Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families.



  • Monitor program performance of suicide prevention programs, assessing programmatic needs and improving quality of operations using data.
  • Review and approve program budgets, invoices, and other contract-related documents and deliverables. Monitor adherence to scopes, budgets, and relevant regulations.
  • Manage the collection of data from provider agencies contracted with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide suicide prevention services.
  • Liaise with an external evaluator conducting an evaluation of the hospital-based pilot.
  • Convene and facilitate provider meetings and provide technical assistance to providers as needed.
  • Conduct literature reviews on equitable, evidence-based/informed suicide prevention practices to inform ongoing successful program operations.
  • Maintain records, write reports and prepare and conduct presentations to specific groups of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with other relevant or special projects overseen by the new suicide prevention team
  • Assist with supervision of interns and other student work, when needed.

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and either:

  1. Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work, or 60 graduate semester credits from an accredited university in social work, psychology, health, rehabilitation, public health, psychiatric nursing or special education; plus one year of full-time, satisfactory experience providing direct care in a social, psychiatric, health, mental retardation/developmental disabilities or substance abuse/chemical dependency/alcoholism agency or in the administration of a program providing direct care as described above, or as a consultant on program planning or evaluation for such services; OR
  2. A Master's degree of at least 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited university in psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, special education, psychiatric nursing, counseling, human services, health, rehabilitation, public administration, or business administration; plus two years of experience as described in "1" above; OR
  3. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience. Candidates without either a Master's degree as described in "1" or "2" above or at least 60 graduate semester credits in the areas listed in "1" above, must have at least: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of actual experience as described in "1" above; plus b) a satisfactory combination of: (i) graduate semester credits in the areas listed in "1" and "2" above; and/or (ii) additional experience as described in "1" above, to equal 60 graduate semester credits or 2 years of experience.
  4. Graduate semester credits from an accredited university may be substituted for the experience in qualification “3b)” only, on the basis of 30 graduate semester credits for each year of experience. Experience may be substituted for graduate semester credits in qualification “3b)” only, on the basis of one year of experience for each 30 graduate semester credits.



  • Knowledge of government contracting or grant administration and oversight
  • Expertise using data to provide targeted technical assistance and quality improvement support to provider staff
  • Knowledge of research methodology and/or program evaluation methodology
  • Strong sense of teamwork and collaboration with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Background in child/adolescent mental health preferred.
  • Highly organized worker with ability to handle multiple priorities and work to deadlines.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to effectively present data in verbal, written, and visual formats to program management, program leadership, and non-technical audiences
  • Strong computer and data management skills, including proficiency with Word, Excel and Powerpoint



FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is $82,086.



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. 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.