Technical Assistance Specialist-355446

Job Type

Full Time




42-09 28th Street
New York
United States


HIRING RATE: $59,708.00 (Flat Rate)

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 through: contracting of 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 and education and; community involvement and interagency collaboration.

The Overdose Prevention Unit develops and implements initiatives aimed at reducing and preventing overdose deaths in New York City. The Unit provides naloxone, training, and technical assistance to over 190 Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs (OOPPs) across New York City. OOPPs provide community-based overdose prevention, recognition and response education, and also 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 Outreach Specialist, with wide latitude for independent initiative and judgment, the Technical Assistance Specialist will:

- Utilizing data from the Naloxone Access Database and Research and Surveillance Unit to inform recruitment of organizations working with target populations to become new OOPPs.

- Assist with the design of protocols and other technical assistance documents for OOPPs to improve workflow, including development of a yearly quantitative survey.

- Maintain records of technical assistance provision to OOPPs by writing summary reports in Naloxone Access Database.

- Prepare reports with technical and programmatic guidance to registered opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs) on naloxone implementation, distribution, data collection, and reporting to support research and analysis.

- Develop and maintain relationships with Program and Clinical Directors at existing and new OOPPs.

- Assist Overdose Prevention Trainers with preparing presentations on overdose prevention trainings for internal and external partners.

- Participate in Overdose Prevention Unit meetings, including facilitation on a rotating basis.

- Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

Minimum Qual Requirements

GroupBox11. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) 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.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or

2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.


Probationary Period

Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

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

- Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, and be a flexible team player

- Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high volume environment

- Proficient in Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, and Visio.

Additional Information


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license. 

• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title. 

• Current Resume  

• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment.  By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 355446.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.

Residency Requirement

GroupBox1New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement