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Childhood Lead Community Outreach and Education Worker

POSITION TITLE: Childhood Lead Community Outreach and Education Worker

SALARY RANGE: $20.00 per hour (35 hrs/weekly) (Temp Services)

DEPARTMENT: Health and Community Wellness

94 William Street

OPENING DATE: February 10, 2023

REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be City of Newark Residents.


Robert Lynch, Program Coordinator, Lead

Sandra Williams, Personnel Officer



The City of Newark, Department of Health and Community Wellness, is seeking Childhood Lead Community Outreach and Education Workers. Reports to Program Manager of the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program (HUD). Works closely and under direct supervision of the Community Health Lead Coordinator responsible for referrals to medical providers, social services agencies and short term care coordination and connection to resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program in developing a plan to disseminate data to the community
  • Disseminate resources to support providers (Early Intervention, home visiting, City departments, physicians, etc.) to better serve lead-exposed children and their families
  • Maintain inventory of education materials and maintain current information on New Jersey lead prevention services, resources and supports for lead-exposed individuals
  • Maintain and assist in coordinating outreach planning and training.
  • Coordinate parent/guardian recruitment, education, and outreach activities.
  • Attend relevant meetings/events sponsored by partner organizations, lead prevention committees.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of evolving community needs
  • Assists clients in their homes, community, or clinic setting. Communicates to clients/patients the purposes of the program and the impact it may have on their wellbeing.
  • Documents all client encounters and contacts made on behalf of clients; completes and submits monthly reports.
  • Provides support and advocacy during initial encounter or when necessary to assure clients' needs and referrals required are being conveyed.
  • Works collaboratively and effectively within a team. Establishes positive, supportive relationships with participants and provides feedback to other members of the team.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with the clients, providers, nurse case managers, agency representatives, supervisors and office staff, from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Works to reduce cultural and socio-economic barriers between clients and institutions.
  • Work predominately out in the community locations, various agencies, and other outreach destinations.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Background in social work, psychology, health education, or other social science.
  • 2 to 3 years’ experience in community outreach/fieldwork preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Assist patients with Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program application.
  • Knowledge of community agencies and resources.
  • Knowledge of transportation and other barriers to care that may be encountered by client.
  • Skill in use of personal computers and related software applications, including e-mail.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Creative and analytical thinking.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Jersey driver’s license required
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check
  • Newark residency required
  • Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, may be required for this position depending on assignment

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Walking required. Door to Door canvassing
  • Work is normally performed in a typical community work environment