Hunger Free New York City
Bilingual (Spanish) Part–Time WIC Help Specialist
*Temporary Part –time Position until March 31, 2020,* with the possibility of extension depending on funding.
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.
The WIC Help Specialist will:
- Assist in determining the 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 and data entry. Achieve program targets and assist in gathering all the information for the quarterly reports.
- Attend required training/webinars and conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Participate in events late nights and during weekend hours.
- Work from 20-25 hours per week.
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.
*ONLY BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (SPANISH, English) will be considered for
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 interpersonal 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 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.