Senior Advisor, Health

As part of the Programs and Evaluation Team, the Senior Advisor will coordinate the design, implementation, program management, evaluation for multiple initiatives and projects. This position will be part of NYC Opportunity’s Programs and Evaluation Team, and will work closely with other NYC Opportunity teams, Mayoral offices and City agencies.

The Senior Advisor will lead and manage a portfolio of programs, special projects and evaluations for projects generated by NYC Opportunity and YMI, as well as other initiatives of the Mayor focused on low-income populations.


Responsibilities include:

  • Manage a portfolio of evaluations related to mental health initiatives that are part of the Office of Community Mental Health (formerly called Thrive), as well as evaluations in other issue areas. Responsibilities will include leading evaluation scoping and design for initiatives; managing external evaluators in developing, implementing, and finalizing evaluations; coordinating the dissemination of evaluation findings to various constituencies; and translating technical evaluation information to policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Manage a portfolio of new and existing initiatives and programs related to health/behavioral health, and will also include other issue areas affecting low-income New Yorkers such as food policy programs, children and family services, workforce development, education programs, out of school youth, and others.
  • Work with and provide ongoing feedback to City agencies to design and manage programs, including developing program implementation work plans, budgets, and data collection strategies, in alignment with NYC Opportunity’s existing practices and systems.
  • Determine appropriate metrics, targets, and benchmarks for performance of initiatives, such as direct service programs, digital service tools (e.g., web and mobile-based apps and platforms), and systems change efforts. Identify and lead quantitative and qualitative data collection from a range of sources, in partnership with relevant City agency staff.
  • Conduct strategic planning, evidence-based policy research, stakeholder consultation and coordination, service design, and City agency oversight in support of programs and initiatives.
  • Generate summary reports and develop written products on program operations, evaluations, and related topics. Support NYC Opportunity communications efforts with writing reports, articles, public facing presentations, stories to highlight, draft releases, talking points, and other materials.
  • Respond to rapid turnaround research requests into: program service areas and research-based practices to assist low-income populations, Mayoral policies, State/Federal anti-poverty programs, and other areas as needed.
  • Regularly analyze data and research, reflect on lessons learned, and produce actionable findings and summary reports. Share insights via meetings, speaking engagements, written products, data visualizations and other community engagement activities, translating technical evaluation information to policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Work to develop and support the launch of new programs and policy initiatives, and to identify and pursue funding opportunities for the expansion of programs, as needed.
  • Engage City agency partners and external audiences including policymakers through meetings, conference presentations and helping to organize events.
  • Supervise staff, fellows, and/or interns and tasks assigned to others, as needed.
  • Execute special projects as necessary

  Skills We're Seeking

We understand that candidates may not meet all of the preferred skills below. We encourage those interested to apply even if they do not meet all of them. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Commitment to the mission of advancing greater equality and opportunity.

Experience working closely with communities who are engaging with public services and programs and/or has lived-experience engaging with public services and programs.

Experience in policy, government or non-profit, in particular with low-income and vulnerable youth and families is a plus.

Ability to think creatively and proactively, embrace new approaches and pioneer innovative solutions to intricate problems, while working collaboratively with a diverse constituency.

Experience with project and performance management, program evaluation, and knowledge of policies/strategies to support low-income populations. Ability to become familiarized with new issue areas and relevant research bases as needed.

Motivation to guide a project and problem solve, through design, execution, and completion while engaging the support of the team/ management as appropriate. Ability to work independently and within a fast-paced environment, as well as thrive in a collaborative and supportive team environment. Persistent and detail oriented.

Strong grasp of analytic and evaluative principles and concepts, including the ability to analyze and recommend policies and procedures, knowledge of program evaluation methodologies, ability to scope evaluation projects and support implementation/analysis/dissemination, and ability to analyze complex systems and propose innovative approaches to multi-faceted problems facing low-income New Yorkers. Experience managing evaluation consultants is a plus.

Understands and/or has employed participatory research and community-centered design research/ qualitative methods and engagement practices, as well as basic quantitative data analysis.

Strong interpersonal skills and judgement; ability to establish productive and collaborative relationships with all levels of staff.

A motivated individual who can contribute positively to a learning culture and collaborative team and is willing to perform a range of tasks in a dynamic and rapidly responsive organization. Effective and creative leadership ability.

Subject area experience in health, behavioral health, or related issues.

Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.

  Education and Experience

Masters degree (MPA, MSW, MPH or related degree preferred) and at least 4 years relevant work experience


Bachelors degree and at least 6 years relevant work experience.

  Benefits and Compensation

This is a permanent, full-time position offering competitive salary and benefits. To learn more about the New York City's Employee benefits, visit the NYC Office of Labor Relations.

The salary range for this position is $72,000 - $90,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  How to Apply

Please fill out the application form. The form will prompt you to upload a resume and cover letter.

In addition to the application form, candidates will have to complete a separate application on the Mayor's Office job portal.

Due to the volume of applications received we may not be able to respond to every application.

Please note that as of September 13, 2021, NYC government employees are no longer working remotely. This position will require work from our office at 253 Broadway, in Manhattan. All new staff are required by the City of New York to be vaccinated against Covid-19.