Healthy Harlem is an initiative that encourages our students and their families to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their daily lives. The program consists of best practices in physical activity, nutrition education, and community support. Healthy Harlem is designed to instill a culture of healthy living throughout the Zone but is more expansive and strategically focused in the way we reach youth in our programs, their parents and care givers, and the community at-large.
We are seeking dynamic, energetic health educators to facilitate family health workshops for caregivers and individual goal-setting sessions with youth. Health educators are part of site-based teams dedicated to implementing Healthy Harlem programming at respective sites and report to the health coordinator.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitate individual and small group sessions to guide youth to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits
- Facilitate weekly family health workshops for parents and caregivers
- Ensure that all high-risk students meet every two weeks for one-on-one goal setting sessions
- Facilitate Wellness Clubs to promote peer support and opportunities to engage in fun wellness activities
- Support site-based Healthy Harlem team in implementing nutrition and physical activity programming
- Document student activities, participation, and services provided
- Provide consistent motivation, enthusiasm, and role modeling for healthy lifestyle choices
- Advocate healthier eating for students, families, and staff
- Gather measurements for height, weight and PACER fitness test
- Attend in-house professional development trainings
Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, health education or related field with 2-3 years of relevant work experience; experience working with youth is preferred
- Must have experience conducting health/nutrition assessments, facilitating group and individual health counseling, and implementing health education workshops
- Comfortable working in various urban settings and with diverse populations
- Familiarity with motivational interviewing techniques
- Team-oriented with strong organizational and collaborative skills
- Excellent group facilitation, classroom management and presentation skills
- Adapts well to changes in assignment and priorities with the ability to respond effectively to new information, changing conditions, and unexpected obstacles
- Must be available to work after-school hours and evenings (3-7 p.m.), 20 hours per week as well as attend trainings on the second Thursday of every month, 12-2 p.m.