Public Health Solutions (PHS) in collaboration with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC), a Community Development Corporation in Jamaica, Queens, was awarded a 3-year contract in October 2013, by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and implement a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) project in the high-need, underserved communities of Jamaica, Corona and Flushing in Queens County.
The HFFI, a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!Campaign, is a federal program that supports projects that increase access to healthy, affordable food in communities that currently lack these options and expand the availability of nutritious food, including developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores, and farmers markets selling healthy food. GJDC (together with their partners) will use the HFFI funds to build Healthy Corner Stores, beginning with a flagship store in Jamaica, Queens and later opening sister stores in Corona and Flushing. The Corner Stores will be operated by FACNY, a private food retail company that has developed an effective model that caters specifically to WIC and SNAP beneficiaries; stores carry all of the products authorized by the State WIC Program as well as a diverse selection of other healthy, fresh foods and do not sell or stock any alcohol, tobacco products, candy, or other or processed snacks. The stores will all be located either directly adjacent to or within close walking distance of WIC Centers, allowing for close collaboration with the WIC program and direct, ongoing client outreach and education. Another key component of the project is the creation of 40 new, sustainable full time jobs in each of these communities, where rates of poverty and unemployment are much higher than in other parts of NYC.
PHS, one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in New York City and a nationally recognized Public Health Institute, addresses critical public health needs such as food security, nutrition and obesity; women’s reproductive health; early childhood development and family planning capacity building; HIV prevention and care; healthcare access and quality; tobacco control; and health information technology. Through a sub-contract with GJDC, PHS will oversee all programmatic aspects of the HFFI project including recruiting, hiring, and supervising the Project Manager.
The Project Manager will be based in Jamaica and will report directly to PHS’ Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Programs. The Project Manager will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the HFFI Project including:
- Working closely with PHS staff and managers and our partners at GJDC and FACNY to ensure successful implementation of the project (e.g. coordinating and leading regular meetings, ensuring ongoing communication with other members of the team, developing a work plan, collecting and reporting on relevant project data, creating and tracking achievement of milestones and project deliverables, working collaboratively to reduce barriers and solve problems, and monitoring and reporting on progress to local partners and federal funders, in a timely way and aligned with funder and project requirements , etc.)
- Developing and implementing a community outreach and engagement plan to ensure that members of the target community and other stakeholders are aware of the project and have the opportunity to actively participate and access resources made available through the Initiative (i.e. healthy foods, healthy eating workshops); as well as participate in other relevant local and City-wide partnerships and collaborations.
- Working closely with GJDC, FACNY, PHS staff and other community-based organizations to develop an outreach plan that ensures low-income individuals from the community who are seeking employment, particularly those who are currently receiving public assistance, are aware of and have the opportunity to apply for sustainable jobs with the Healthy Corner Stores, and that hiring meets the funder requirements.
- Supporting FACNY to identify and secure rental property and community partners for Healthy Corner Stores in Flushing and Corona in Queens
- Recruiting, hiring and directly supervising the Distribution Coordinator and Peer Educators and working closely with these staff to achieve their project milestones and deliverables
- Supporting PHS’ Deputy Director of Development and Special Projects to identify additional funding and other resources to enhance and sustain the project after the end of the grant period
- Participate in HHS’s evaluation activities.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field (nutrition, public health, city planning or equivalent); Master’s Degree preferred
- Experience with and knowledge of food security, nutrition, cash assistance programs (e.g. WIC, SNAP, TANF) and the retail food environment, required
- At least 5 years of experience developing and implementing community projects that engage community members and stakeholders from across a variety of disciplines
- Proven communication skills (verbal, written, public speaking); experience facilitating workshops or trainings a plus
- Ability to travel locally
- Bi-lingual English and Spanish preferred
How to apply
Public Health Solutions is an equal opportunity employer, is committed to and encourages diversity in the workplace.
To be considered for this position, please visit www.healthsolutions.org and click on the careers tab to submit an online application. We accept online applications only.