Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 10/31/23
Applications Due: 12/12/23
Vacancy ID: 142917

Position Information


AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 5 (Epidemiology) - 15015 (Director, Tobacco Control)

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary Grade31

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $123721 to $150612 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes


County Albany

Street Address Division of Chronic Disease Prevention - Bureau of Tobacco Control

Corning Tower Building, ESP

City Albany


Zip Code12237

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Master’s degree Biology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Infection Control, Statistics/Biostatistics, Biomedical Science, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, or relevant degree and five years of post degree professional scientific research experience in a relevant field, OR a Doctorate degree in the above fields and three years of post degree professional scientific research experience in a relevant field.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have experience in tobacco control or a related field, such as public health, chronic disease, public policy, epidemiology, or sociology, and experience developing, implementing and evaluating population-based strategies. Preferred candidates will have experience in a leadership position overseeing a multi-component public health program including staff supervision, budget management, grant writing, and directly contributing to legislative proposals to advance public health. Preferred candidates will have a strong understanding of health disparities and the impact of racism and health inequity on tobacco control use and outcomes.

Duties Description The Research Scientist 5 (Epidemiology) will serve as the Director of the Bureau of Tobacco Control. The Director is responsible for implementing effective science-based tobacco control interventions to prevent and reduce tobacco use; effectively invest and manage approximately $39 million in program resources and coordinate program delivery across the state; supervise and mentor approximately 20 program staff; manage the nearly $2 million/year CDC cooperative agreement; and other duties such as responding to legislative inquiries, preparing responses to media requests, facilitating program audits, implementing Governor Office and Department initiatives, and making public appearance and presentations.

Additional Comments The incumbent is joining a successful, well-established, nationally recognized tobacco control program. Telecommuting is allowed up to 50%.

Permanent, non-competitive full-time position. Frequent travel, including overnights and travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation, is also required (~25%).

We offer a work-life balance and a generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:

• Holiday & Paid Time Off
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
• Pension from New York State Employees’ Retirement System
• Shift & Geographic pay differentials
• Affordable Health Care options
• Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost
• NYS Deferred Compensation plan
• Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, and U.S. Savings Bonds
• And many more...

For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.

The NYS Department of Health is committed to making New York a safer, healthier, and more equitable place to live. Understanding health equity, social determinants of health and health disparities is critical to accomplish our goal of eliminating health disparities. For more information on the NYS Department of Health’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan, please visit:

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Contact Information

Name Human Resource Management, EGB/RS5/15015/DCDP-BTC

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street RM 2217, Corning Tower Building, ESP

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit your resume and cover letter as one (1) document, preferably in PDF format, by email to, with Reference EGB/RS5/15015/DCDP-BTC included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, EGB/RS5/15015/DCDP-BTC, Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Failure to include the required information may result in your resume not being considered for this position.