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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  The work involves performance of support service functions associated with the administration of public health services and programs, specifically the NYSPHC Fellowship Program. This position will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the NYSPHC Fellowship program to ensure Host Organization Supervisors and Fellows are meeting expectations. The Local Coordinator will build and oversee the NYSPHC Local Public Health Partnership with the support of the Regional Fellowship Placement Coordinator and community mentors. This position, in cooperation with the Regional Fellowship Placement Coordinator, will screen Fellow applications, share applications with appropriate offices/projects, assist with the recruiting and onboarding process, monitor Fellow performance in coordination with supervisors, and prepare and submit reports with the Regional Fellowship Placement Coordinator. The Local Coordinator will work with Fellow supervisors to determine specific goals and responsibilities for each Fellow and will also communicate directly with Fellows about their goals and expectations for the fellowship term. The Local Coordinator will ensure that Fellows receive the proper onboarding and training, complete all required trainings, and meet the parameters of the program.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Oversees the implementation of the NYSPHC Fellowship Program and coordinates local fellows;
  • Works with Fellow supervisors to  organize a comprehensive onboarding plan for each fellow;
  • Coordinates onboarding of Fellows;
  • Determines experiential learning outcomes and plans to ensure the development of professional skills for Fellows;
  • Determines broad fellowship outcomes and communicates outcomes to Fellow Supervisors;
  • Collaborates with Fellow Supervisors to create a workplan for fellows that will develop their professional skills and reach the desired fellowship outcomes;
  • Communicates with Fellows to evaluate their fellowship experience;
  • Holds Fellows accountable for completing all required trainings and surveys;
  • Collects and manages all Fellow information and paperwork and provides updates to Fellowship Placement Coordinator on a regular basis;
  • Checks in with fellows and fellow supervisors regularly to provide guidance, answer questions, problem-solve, and evaluate the experience;
  • Works with the Regional Fellowship Placement Coordinator to build and oversee the NYSPHC Local Public Health Partnership in order to enhance Fellows’ experiences;
  • Leads the NYSPHC Local Public Health Partnership teams with support from community mentor(s) who volunteer from the county public health network;
  • Assists in identifying mentors in the county public health network to be a part of the NYSPHC Local Public Health Partnership;
  • Communicates regularly with community mentors about their role and feedback on the mentorship piece of the NYSPHC Fellowship Program;
  • Assists Fellows in preparing for their next steps following the end of their fellowship term;
  • Collects exit surveys from all Fellows and send to Regional Fellowship Placement Coordinator;
  • Provides guidance to Fellows looking into pursuing a career or higher education in public health;
  • Identifies and arranges for organizations within the county’s public health network, to serve as Host Organizations and provide work experience for Fellows that aligns with the NYSPHC mission;
  • Communicates regularly with Host Organization Supervisors on efforts across the NYSPHC Local Public Health Partnership submitting information to the Fellowship Placement Coordinators;
  • Communicates regularly with the Fellowship Placement Coordinator on matters that arise from the implementation or necessary revision of Placement Agreements within the jurisdiction;
  • Shares relevant updates as part of monthly reporting expectations, including updates on fellow placements and performance;
  • Works with Fellowship Placement Coordinator to raise and resolve concerns related to the NYSPHC Fellowship Program or participants;
  • Engages with higher education in the region to bring professional learning opportunities to the fellows, mentors, and others in the public health network;
  • Reviews and understands the Cornell University’s public health essentials certificate program;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good understanding of project coordination; good understanding of project management; working understanding of the field of public health; working knowledge of public health programs and services strong written and verbal communication skills; familiarity with County and community resources; ability to analyze and organize data and prepare records and reports; ability to deal effectively and objectively with clients of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultures; ability to maintain positive working relationships with Fellows and staff; ability to work independently as well as with a team; ability to organize, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines; good listening skills, social perceptiveness; tact; confidentiality; good judgment; reliability; accuracy.


  1. Associates degree or higher and six months of program or project coordination experience; or
  2. An equivalent combination of training and experience.


A Master’s degree or above in a health-related field and a minimum of one year developing and managing experiential learning opportunities or other related programs including some supervisory or team oversight experience

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.




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Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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