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Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Educator – Schenectady, NY

CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a part-time (25 hours/week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Educator to provide breastfeeding education for participants in the WIC program based on established materials. Develops supportive relationships with WIC participants in an effort to improve the likelihood that participants will decide to nurse their infants and use peer counselor expertise after they give birth.Assists the supervisor in implementing program goals and objectives, and assist with establishing peer counseling program protocols and policies. Serves as a peer mentor of breastfeeding peer counselors. Assists the supervisor in collection of peer counselor program documentation.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate's Degree in related field OR high school diploma/GED equivalent and 1 year related experience.
  • One-year experience as a breastfeeding peer counselor under the supervision of a breastfeeding educator or one-year experience educating breastfeeding women.
  • Must have an enthusiasm for breastfeeding and be willing to share with others in supportive relationships.
  • Ability to meet the occasional travel requirements associated with this position.A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Commitment to working in limited income urban settings with diverse program participants in their homes and surrounding communities
  • Program Skills – Ability to effectively deliver programs. Serve as an effective subject matter resource for program participants. Maintain program participant and volunteer data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Administrative Skills – Ability to effectively support program efforts including: compiling and maintaining materials and resources; data entry, management and reporting; and following financial reporting requirements.
  • Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to appropriately communicate verbally and in writing with program participants, employees and others through a variety of media.Ability to escalate issues quickly as needed. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders. Ability to work in a busy open office with occasional to frequent distractions and opportunities to demonstrate positive collaboration amongst staff, visitors and the public.
  • Computer Skills - Ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software (NYWIC), and Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. This position occasionally works in community based education efforts, including working in directly in program participant homes, community centers and other venues. In addition, this position occasionally lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in delivery of informal education programs
  • Bilingual in Spanish

This is a part time position, 25 hours/week. Excellent benefits, prorated and based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program

All applications must be received on-line by February 26, 2020.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

To Apply & For Further Details:

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last updated February 13, 2020