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15 Apr 2021

Instructional Support Health and Nutrition Specialist

Grand Street Settlement

Job Description


Health and Nutrition Specialist



Early Childhood


REPORTS TO:              

Head Start and EHS Director


SALARY:     $40,000-45,000 (Annually)



Manages overall health and nutrition/food service activities of the organization; including supervision of heath roles, reporting and maintaining information regarding child health and nutrition events as well as records, monitoring, tracking, overseeing and assuring confidentiality of health and nutrition records; working with  nutritionist consultant  to review individual child and family nutrition data and individual nutrition plans; confers with staff and parents about nutrition related issues. May oversee food service operations, including food safety and sanitation checks.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Health Care Management, Health Care Administration or related field
  • Excellent computer skills including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to accurately enter and analyze health data to maintain health and safety requirements of all participants
  • Knowledge of community resource and skills to link families with appropriate agencies and services, preferred
  • Good understanding of prenatal, new born, infant, toddler and preschool age health
  • Experience working with infants/ toddlers and preschool age  preferred
  • Medication Administration certificate preferred
  • Bilingual English/ Chinese or Spanish strongly preferred



Under the direct supervision of the Head Start/ EHS Director, the Health & Nutrition Specialist shall be responsible for:

  • Coordinate ,and work with Health/ Nutrition Coordinator to manage, and enhance all Grand Street Early Childhood Programs’ health and nutrition policies and procedures in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards, DOHMH Article 47 and other applicable regulations
  • Serve as a resource to staff and families with immediate and ongoing health questions and concerns
  • Supervise Health Specialist in implementing and monitoring Health and Nutrition Services for all programs
  • Collaborate with Family Advocates and Home Visitors with the tracking of all children and family health care needs and services, including medical, dental, vision and      hearing/screening examinations as specified by the NYC Department of Health and Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to Family Services staff and Home Visitors in the tracking and follow-up of all child and family health and nutritional needs and services
  • Collaborate with cooking staff in accurate record keeping and ensuring compliance with Head Start nutrition Performance Standards and Department of Health regulations
  • On an ongoing basis,  review all children and family health records, seeking to eliminate gaps in services and detecting and following up on any abnormal findings/ areas of concern
  • Develop systems to ensure the confidentiality of family records and information
  • Participant in Self- Assessment, PIR, grant renewal and updates, program monitoring, reviews and other programmatic compliance requirements
  • Ensure appropriate staff is informed of any special health needs of a child in the program, and monitor compliance health recommendations
  • Collaborate with Disabilities Coordinator to meet all the special health needs of children with disabilities
  • Coordinates with Nutrition Consultant services for children, pregnant woman and food services
  • Participate in staff meetings, trainings as needed and multi-disciplinary case conferences with staff and parents
  • Meet with families at times of parent preference for both immediate and ongoing health questions and concerns
  • Make postnatal home visits with Home Visitor after birth of child, as per Head Start Performance Standards
  • Coordinate and serve on Heath Advisory Group
  • Develop and disseminate health/nutrition curriculum for home and center based programs
  • Provide guidance and support to all staff on children’s health issues
  • Coordinate and implement training related to health and nutrition for all staff
  • Provide training and support to parents, both individually and in groups on health issues
  • Intervene in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as mandated by federal and state law
  • Conduct health checks  and provide health and safety education during home visits and in the classroom as needed
  • Report immediate concerns regarding trends in illnesses, accidents or health related issues to the Director
  • Network in the Lower East Side Community and all Brooklyn service areas to develop health/nutrition collaboration in services of our children and families
  • Actively participate in Citywide health-related coalitions
  • Identify and use local, state, and national resources to improve the health of our children
  • Remain current in best practices for health and nutrition services for child care settings
  • Other duties may apply


New job Responsibilities

  •  Brooklyn Health Advisory -Works along with Health Coordinator 



  • Clearance through DOI Fingerprint Screening, NYS Central Registry, Sex Offender Registry clearance, 3 reference checks, physical examination with updated TB test, varicella, tdap, MMR (fees may apply)
  • Obtain Mandated Reporter training certificate (every 2 years) and comply with agency’s policy and procedure regarding identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect

How to Apply

Submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills & experience meet the specific components you are applying for this position. We ask that you also provide us with three professional references that we can contact (at least one should be from a former supervisor). Please click on the link provided below, or use the link in a search bar and apply online through our career center.   No phone calls, please.   EOE   If selected for this position, applicant must obtain NYC Dept. of Health fingerprint clearance and State Central Registry (SCR) clearance (fees may apply); ability to maintain State Central Registry (SCR) clearance and fingerprint clearance throughout the duration of employment.  

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support.