Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Open Until Filled

Job Code: 29-2051 Status: Permanent, Part Time, 8 Hours/Week

Exempt: No Location: Health Services

Department: Health Promotion & Planning Reports to: Program Manager

SUMMARY: Under the direction and supervision of the Program Manager, the Peer Counselor will develop supportive relationships with women to improve the likelihood that expectant mothers will decide to nurse their infants and use peer counselor’s expertise after their infant’s birth.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Provide basic breastfeeding information and support to breastfeeding women:
    • Talk with pregnant and breastfeeding women by telephone and/or visit with mothers at the WIC clinic or hospital.
    • Maintain contact with clients, from the list provided by the Peer Counselor Coordinator and/or the Breastfeeding Coordinator (a minimum of three times throughout pregnancy).
    • Be available outside normal WIC clinic hours to new mothers who require breastfeeding support.
    • Refer mothers to Peer Counselor Coordinator and/or Breastfeeding Coordinator as needed.
    • When requested, provide support to WIC staff for special breastfeeding classes, support groups, community events or local agency projects.
  • Keep accurate records:
    • Peer Counselors will maintain “clinic contact” sheets and client/Peer Counselor contact records. Information will be updated as appropriate and provided to the Breastfeeding Coordinator weekly.
  • Attend further training (as budget allows):
    • Attend conferences, workshops, teleconferences to learn new techniques to manage breastfeeding; share common concerns, network with other peer counselors and learn from more experienced staff (as budget allows).
    • Meet with Peer Counselor Coordinator and/or Breastfeeding Coordinator to:
      • Review logs and case studies.
      • Communicate information.
      • Discuss changes in policy and procedure.
      • Discuss problems and concerns.
      • Discuss case management.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Paraprofessional who is recruited and hired from the target population and available to WIC families outside usual clinic hours and outside the WIC clinic environment. Must be available for evening and weekends.
  • Enthusiasm, communication skills, prior breastfeeding experience, current or previous WIC participant or member of the community.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of Native American Cultures is an asset
  • Excellent computer skills,
  • Ability to interact effectively with all age groups.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience breastfeeding at least one child, 1-year breastfeeding experience preferred.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:

  • Uses appropriate interpersonal skills:
    • Cooperates with fellow staff to accomplish tasks.
    • Demonstrates respectful manner toward patients, visitors, staff and members of the community.
    • Demonstrates a willingness to help when needed for additional tasks.
    • Resolves conflicts constructively.
  • Demonstrates effective and productive personal behaviors:
    • Uses time in an efficient manner, completing duties timely and safely.
    • Complies with agency time and attendance requirements.
    • Is always courteous and professional to other staff, patients, and members of the community.
    • Maintains confidentiality in full compliance with SRMT Health Services policies.
    • Demonstrates initiative for personal growth by attending in-services and meetings.
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to tolerate extensive exposure to computer monitor/screen.
  • Ability to tolerate extensive use of computer keyboard.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor.

The successful candidate must pass a test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.


Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.

NATIVE PREFERENCE POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

DRUG TESTING POLICY

The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.

BACKGROUND CHECK

Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.

ELIGIBILITY LIST

A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.

INTERVIEW

Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.

EMPLOYEE COVID VACCINATION POLICY

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has adopted a “Tribal Employee Vaccination Policy” that requires all employees to be “Fully Vaccinated” against the Coronavirus. Applicants are not required to disclose their vaccination status at the time of application; however, they must do so upon becoming the successful candidate. The successful applicant must submit their proof of vaccination status, apply for a Medical Exemption or begin the vaccination process. If the successful applicant is not vaccinated, they will be required to receive their first vaccine dose prior to starting employment and must receive their second dose, if applicable, within 30 days of employment.