The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a part of the Peer Counselor Team
Following the NYS DOH WIC Loving Support model, she performs optimally and meets the program’s needs. Routine quality assessments (QA) are performed on each PC to promote constant improvement. Coordination will take place at WIC centers. Collect and Manage participant data ensuring confidentiality at all times.
Provide counseling and support throughout the pregnancy and while breastfeeding, utilizing counseling skills acquired during training.
Be a resource for participants and make connections with other community services.
Prepare a participant for what to expect in the first few hours and days of breastfeeding.
Be available to participants after delivery and when they return home.
This position is grant-funded for a limited time through the WIC office and Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
Associate’s degree and one-year volunteer or work-related experience or high school diploma or equivalency with 2 years of volunteer or work experience.
Proficiency with windows-based software, including use of the internet and navigation with various browsers, and Microsoft Office proficiency, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Publisher.
Ability to meet the travel requirements of the position.
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and occasional overnight travel.
Ability to carry supplies and equipment.
Ability to communicate and to read and write in English.
Experience with breastfeeding – at least one baby (does not have to be currently breastfeeding).
Have good organizational skills, enabling her to manage her assigned caseload, keep track of her scheduled hours, meetings, and training, and meet necessary deadlines.
Experience in adult and youth education or other relevant work experience
Enthusiastic about breastfeeding and want to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place.
Experience working with the target audience.
Ability to present effective and relevant educational lessons to target audiences (one-on-one and group) and work with diverse audiences of all ages.
Ability and willingness to collaborate with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
Sound judgment, problem-solving skills, and the ability to keep the information confidential.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
Current or previous WIC participants are preferred.
Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)
Program Delivery – 80%
Attends NYS DOH Loving Support model breastfeeding training classes to become a peer counselor coordinator, completing a certified lactation counselor course, and passing the CLC exam within one year of employment.
Receives a caseload of WIC mothers and regularly contacts all mothers assigned.
Gives new mothers basic breastfeeding information and support, including educating them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. She also helps mothers prevent and manage common breastfeeding concerns. As a PCC and CLC, she can function as a designated breastfeeding expert (DBE) if a PC is involved in a situation she is required to yield.
Counsels WIC pregnant mothers by telephone and during WIC appointments at local WIC sites.
Acting as a peer provides breastfeeding information and continued support to WIC moms filling the gap between home and medical professionals while striving to improve the rate of exclusivity among breastfeeding participants.
Ensures that breastfeeding moms are prepared to return to work while breastfeeding to increase breastfeeding duration among WIC moms.
Respects each mother by keeping her information strictly confidential.
Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC mothers.
Assists in establishing program goals and objectives for the EPC program.
Work with the breastfeeding coalition to identify gaps in breastfeeding resources to improve breastfeeding outcomes.
Speaks and promotes breastfeeding events as needed, such as the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health and HRH care prenatal groups funded by March of Dimes.
Program Evaluation – 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Coordination/Operation – 10%
Maintain a record of class participants.
Complete reports accurately.
Collect and prepare paperwork as required for the program evaluation process.
Collect enrollment participants.
Maintain extreme confidentiality of information, participant information, and data collected.
Submit collected data (above)
Professional improvement – 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that support Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement, and standards.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County policies, procedures, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the organization’s overall success by performing all assigned duties professionally, timely, and accurately.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,
Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.
Salary: $17.50 per hour
Schedule: Non-exempt (35 hours per week)
Date Position Available: October 15, 2023
Benefits: Full Benefits include 21 days of vacation days per year, accrued sick days, 16 holidays, health and dental insurance Program (NYSHIP), Employees’ Retirement System (New York State Retirement System -NYSLRS), Cornell University Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan (CUTDAP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Long-Term Disability, Auto/Home/Pet Insurance, Legal Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Long Term Care Insurance, and NY’s 529 College Savings Program.
HOW TO APPLY:
A review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.
Applicants need to:
Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Attach/upload a resume to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Attach/upload contact info for three references to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
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No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 ext 326 or via email at
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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 government 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.
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