Nutrition Assistant, Food and Nutrition Services

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth.  CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.

CAMBA’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) contract provides food services that include Congregate Meals, Food Pantry Bags, Food Vouchers and nutritional services to 300 HIV positive individuals and their minor children who are residents of NYC and who meet the financial eligibility for the program.   All enrolled clients will meet with our Registered Dieticians for an assessment and the completion of a Comprehensive Treatment Plan to address their food and/or nutrition needs.  Clients identified as having special nutritional needs will receive appropriate services including Individual Nutritional Counseling and Group Nutritional Education. Through counseling and group education, clients will learn about meeting their own, unique nutritional needs and ensuring proper nutrition and diet while managing co-morbid conditions and treatment adherence.  In counseling sessions, clients will set nutritional goals and make specific plans to achieve them.  For clients whose physicians have made referrals for nutritional supplements, the appropriate supplements will be distributed in conjunction with counseling sessions. The program staff will ensure that clients are connected and remain in HIV Primary Care in order to continue receiving services under this contract.

Position: Counselor 

Reports To:  Program Manager

Location: 19 Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225

What The Counselor Does:

  • provide group counseling services to assist individuals to understand the connection between proper nutrition and the relationship to a healthier lifestyle
  • counsel clients in dealing with such issues as: behavior, educational progress, family dynamics, mental and physical health, housing, personal finances, substance abuse, mental and/or physical trauma, etc.
  • Consult/coordinate with others both inside and outside of CAMBA (i.e. other providers, primary care provider) to determine causes of client problems and effect solutions.
  • Review all documentation establishing clients’ eligibility for program.
  • Assist clients in completing all program applications and forms.
  • Coordinate food pantry purchases and distribute vouchers for food pantry.
  • Assist the program cook in preparing healthy meals based on clients’ individual nutritional needs, etc.
  • Tasks may be modified, expanded and/or assigned over time.

 

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S.) or an Associate’s Degree (A.A.) and 2 years of experience with similar services, and/or equivalent experience. (As per funder).

 

Other Requirements:

  • Must have experience working with People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
  • Must have general knowledge of special diets and nutritional therapy.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Knowledge about, understanding of, and ability to work closely with, persons with HIV/AIDS and related issues.

 

 

CAMBA is a City contractor that provides services where employees can be expected to physically interact with members of the public. All CAMBA staff are subject to the City’s October 21, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, whether they have direct involvement with members of the public, or they support others who have direct involvement.

All new hires must provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. If you are offered employment at CAMBA, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation is received and approved by CAMBA.