The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
The Healthy Eating Unit within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention is seeking a full-time JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator to support and implement Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Stellar Farmers Markets (SFM) program and Healthy Pantries Initiative (HPI). Both programs are funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) via a contract with New York State Health Department. Programming will be conducted virtually until further notice. The goal of SFM is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by building on New Yorkers’ knowledge and skills about healthy eating. The Healthy Pantries Initiative integrates Policy, Systems, and Environmental strategies to support food pantries in making environmental changes that promote healthier choices for clients.
This position will be housed within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, which strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, among New Yorkers. The Bureau addresses poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, and tobacco use, which are key risk factors that lead to chronic disease. The Bureau recognizes that a history of discrimination and social injustices have led to unfair and unjust barriers to health and, in turn, risk factors for chronic disease disproportionately and unfairly affect some New Yorkers more than others. The Bureau aims to work with partners in government and in the community to create new and change existing systems, policies, programs and environments to prevent chronic disease and promote health equity. The Bureau sits in the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.
The JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator will be a key team member in executing the SFM program and HPI and will report directly to the Farmers Market Nutrition Education Program Manager. The JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will include planning, coordinating, and monitoring the SFM program and HPI.
During the summer and fall 2021, the JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator will join a team of up to five staff implementing virtual SFM workshops. They will supervise and support part-time, temporary educators, observe virtual workshops and provide feedback, plan and convene weekly team meetings, communicate and coordinate with community-based organizations and farmers’ market operators who host and support the program. They will also be responsible for developing and disseminating promotional materials for virtual workshops, via social media posts and calendar events.
During the fall and winter 2021/2022, in addition to the tasks above, the JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing HPI at two food pantries.
During the spring 2022, the JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating preparation for the upcoming SFM season including assisting the Program Manager with recruiting, interviewing, and training seasonal educators for the 2022 SFM season.
During the summer 2022- onward, the JSY Nutrition Project Coordinator will supervise and support up to 25 part-time, temporary educators implementing in-person workshops at farmers markets from July-November. They will observe in-person workshops and provide feedback, plan and convene weekly team meetings, communicate and coordinate with community-based organizations and farmers’ market operators who host and support the program.
This paid position is 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. There is a potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirements, including NYC residency.
- Plans, coordinates, and monitors the Stellar Farmers Markets program and the Healthy Pantry Initiative
- Supervises and supports part-time, temporary staff who provide virtual and in-person nutrition workshops to the public
- Plans and convenes regular staff meetings to develop strategies, share community resources, and provide updates for community outreach and education
- Revises SFM community program materials and conducts community nutrition education workshops, as needed
- Performs outreach and promotion of programs to community partners
- Conducts site visits to monitor program operations and prepares reports for New York State Department of Health contract manager to share implementation updates, successes and challenges
- Responsible for assisting with the procurement, inventory and distribution of supplies to educators, farmers markets and pantry partners as needed for proper implementation of community programs
- Prepares quarterly SFM reports for New York State Department of Health contract manager
- Recruits pantries to participate in HPI
- Assesses pantry environment, pre and post intervention, and enters assessment data
- Develops HPI implementation plan and supports the pantry with the implementation of intervention strategies
- Performs other duties as assigned