Maternal Child Health Specialist

Jamaica, NY
Full Time
Mid Level

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-
need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year
from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to
our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining
our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse
backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every
role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team
members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.
Job Summary: To provide short or long term case management and parent education services to prenatal
and parenting families residing in Jamaica and Southeast Queens, with children 0-2.

Essential Functions: 
 Participate in street and community outreach, community presentations and other efforts to educate
the community about the program and increase referrals; Target hard to reach or transient families
such as families in shelters and women not connected to prenatal care.
 Obtain consent and provide prenatal and postnatal information and support to a caseload of 25-30
families on a variety of topics (breastfeeding, childbirth education, safe sleep, family health, pre-natal
and postpartum care, parent child interaction etc) through the use of groups, workshops, and case
management; Utilize the Growing Great Kids curriculum to provide support around parent child
bonding and attachment individually or in groups as needed (such as “Mommy & Me” or “Daddy &
Me” programming)
o Groups and workshops may take place off site such as in schools, WIC centers, hospitals
and hospital satellite sites, shelters, libraries depending on the needs of the population etc.
 Assess families for risk factors for pre-term birth and poor child and family outcomes using several
screening tools and determine appropriate referrals; refer high risk families to long term home
visiting/case management programs.
 Provide community referrals as needed and accompany families to health and human service
appointments as needed in order to link them to services; coordinate care and advocate for families
to receive high quality services
 Provide timely documentation of all activities, including information gathered on health and
development and family functioning; this includes data entry responsibilities using Challenger Soft
Data System.
 Organize and execute tasks at client/program activities and events, which may be held in evenings or
on weekends and may require some moderate lifting of items

 Complete all program trainings as assigned
 Establish a trusting relationship with families and remain strength based
 Other duties as assigned

 Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree preferred but the minimum requirement is a high school
 Experience working with high-risk families in a community setting
 Have knowledge of infant and child development
 Ability to be non-judgmental and establish trusting relationships; good problem solving, listening and
practical skills; demonstrates maturity, self awareness and emotional well-being; shows respect and
sensitivity with individuals of differing cultural, racial, sexual or ethnic identities; some knowledge of
community resources.
 Open to working evening hours and weekends when necessary
 Fluent in Spanish required

Salary: Starting 32k

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees
and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race,
creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status,
partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions,
including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion,
upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of


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