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Hunger Free New York City

Bilingual (Spanish) WIC Help Specialist

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.

The NYS Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), administered by the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), provides breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health education, health care referrals, referrals to other services, and nutritious foods to approximately 435,000 women, infants and children each month through 92 local providers (hospitals, local health departments and community based organizations) at 400 services sites. The fundamental purpose of the program is to ensure the health and well-being of income eligible families with young children. WIC provides individually tailored food prescriptions issued to each participant for specific types and brands of foods that meet strict nutrition requirements. In New York State, there are currently an estimated 775, 000 women, infants and children potentially eligible to participate in the WIC program but only 435 actively participate and received benefits.

Job Description:

The WIC Help Specialist will:

  • Assist in determining eligibility of potential WIC participants (pregnant women, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children) living in Richmond County (Staten Island), through health and nutrition screening/assessment  in accordance with State and Federal guidelines as well as program standards.
  • Conduct outreach presentations to low income individuals, community agencies, and the general public, and connect with other community groups serving potential WIC recipients.
  • Establish partnerships with community providers with the goal of presenting program services and soliciting referrals.
  • Complete documentation, follow-up, data entry and quarterly reports in order to meet agency standards and program requirements.
  • Achieve program targets and submit comprehensive quarterly reports.
  • Attend required trainings/webinars and conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

HFNYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills:

*ONLY BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (SPANISH, English) will be considered for this position. 

Experience in: anti-hunger/nutrition; benefits screening (esp. for SNAP / WIC); working in Staten Island’s low-income communities.  High-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger.  Comfort working in diverse neighborhoods and with diverse people.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, although people with significant, relevant, work experience will be considered.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations, including a strong health insurance / benefits plan.  The employee will also have opportunities for training and professional development.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@hungerfreenyc.org

Be sure to include WIC Help Specialist in the subject line. Applicants sending resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.