Perinatal Community Health Worker


Reports to: Executive Director                       Classification:  Part-time


Location: Remote                                            Work Hours: 20-25 hours/week

Summary of Job: The community health worker is a vital member of the public health team.  Screening, education and support to black mothers and families are the primary role responsibilities. The Perinatal community health worker will be responsible for overseeing the Sistahs Who Breastfeed peer breastfeeding support group and the development of new chapters as well as teaching Then Came Baby Series with The Southward Promise Neighborhood initiative in the southward of Newark. Role includes in person and virtual visits. 

Our ideal candidate will have the lived experiences reflective of our target  community and knowledge about Essex County, NJ. This candidate will also have personal breastfeeding experience, an strong interested in disparities in black infant and maternal, and a healthcare background (community health worker, navigator, doula, health educator, etc). Black women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements, and coordinated all SWB promotion and support activities

  • Recruitment and engagement of black women in SWB support group

  • Attends professional conferences, meetings, seminars, and trainings impacting the provision of  breastfeeding education, promotion, and support participants of SWB 

  • Counsel mothers and infants with breastfeeding situations within the SWB Scope of  Practice 

  • Provide in home and telehealth support as needed

  • Provides follow-up breastfeeding support to participants. 

  • Program administrator of “Then Came Baby” with the SWPN grant

  • Responsible for data collection and management of assigned grant programs

  • Manage a small caseload of clients for case management support.

  • Assist participants in attaining their goals by identifying and locating community resources for participants and by making referrals to appropriate services

  • Escort participants to appointments (educational, medical, social service, etc.) 

  • Teaching and coordinating classes and workshops

  • Other duties as assigned by the direct supervisor 

Minimum Education and Experience

  • HS diploma or equivalent

  • Personal experience breastfeeding (direct or pumping)

  • Intimate knowledge of the barriers to breastfeeding and perinatal risks related to the Black community.

  • 1-2 years experience as a community health worker


Job Skills Required

  • Applicable breastfeeding/chestfeeding experience 

  • Must be willing to commit to all responsibilities and functions of the position 

  • Must have or be willing to acquire knowledge of maternal and breastfeeding outcomes for the African American population 

  • Excellent organizational, administrative skills, problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 

  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and public speaking communication skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment 

  • Ability to work from home (Temporarily during COVID-19)

  • Computer literacy in MS Office, Google, & Zoom 

  • Working knowledge of Canva (or like software) & social media.


Preferred Skills

  • Individuals who identify as Black strongly encouraged to apply

  • Certification in breastfeeding (CLC, CLE, CBS or other)

  • Previous experience as a community health worker in perinatal or maternal child health

  • Experience running community classes and workshops

Other Requirements:

  • Some evenings and/or weekends may be required

  • Some travel (Around Essex County, NJ)

Compensation & Dates Of Employment

  • Pay rate: $15-17 per hour

  • Bi-weekly pay made by direct deposit

  • Start date December 14, 2020

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