Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) is currently seeking a Benefits Specialist, and fluency in Chinese and Cantonese is absolutely required.
Deadline to apply: 06/01/2017
Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC), the NYC arm of Hunger Free America, strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.
A significant aspect of HFNYC’s work is to connect eligible residents to SNAP / food stamp benefits and to assist them during the application process. The receipt of SNAP for those eligible individuals and families contributes to improved nutrition and reduces the financial strain of trying to pay for other household expenses on a limited budget. Approximately 1.7 million New York City residents are now in receipt of SNAP benefits. However, hundreds of thousands more are eligible for but not receiving SNAP.
The primary responsibility of the Benefits Specialist is to provide SNAP / food stamps eligibility screenings and application assistance from several community-based host locations spread throughout NYC. The Specialist will also attend community events to perform outreach and screenings, and to conduct presentations on SNAP and other nutrition benefits. All work must be entered into a database in order to track client progress.
The Specialist will conduct follow-up to ensure that applicants receive the correct amount of monthly benefits in a timely manner, and help to resolve cases in which this has not occurred.
HFNYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.
*ONLY BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (ideally both Mandarin & Cantonese, English) will be considered for this position.
Experience in: anti-hunger/nutrition; benefits screening (esp. for SNAP / food stamps); working in NYC low-income communities. High-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger. Comfort working in diverse neighborhoods and with diverse people.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, although people with significant, relevant, work experience will be considered.