Lantern Community Services
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Health Educator


 We are seeking a creative and engaging Health Educator to design and implement programs in our Supportive Housing buildings aimed at increasing behaviors that lead to the optimal health and wellness of our clients.  The Health Educator will be expected to conduct significant outreach to our clients and collaborate with internal and external partners to promote health and wellness initiatives.  The ideal candidate will have experience with health promotion, education, and community partnerships.  Additionally, the Health Educator should have experience in working with people impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, criminal justice, and medical issues and using evidence-based models. 

 Classification: Non-Exempt

 Reports to: Director of Health and Wellness

 Location: Sites in Bronx and Washington Heights

 Position Type:

 This is a full-time position with a regular daytime schedule that may include 1-2 evening/late shifts.  Lantern staff may be asked to change their work schedule and hours depending on the operational needs of the site and the agency. 

Essential Functions:

  • Outreach and engage the client population in health and wellness programming, as well as other Special Programs. Become knowledgeable in building a culture related to wellness, and best practices for client engagement.  Conduct outreach within the building to assess and engage clients.
  • Work with Case Management to identify high-risk clients and develop strategies to engage them in risk-related Lantern services and programming.
  • Develop and implement programming to ensure all clients have access to information and services based on best practices in the delivery of health and wellness programming. Implement evidence-based and promising practice models (such as Motivational Interviewing and Illness Management and Recovery) with fidelity.
  • Build partnerships and linkages with progressive and/or alternative community agencies that serve the needs of clients. Utilize these partnerships to coordinate programs and events in the building which provide opportunities for relevant community organizations to share their information and services directly with Lantern clients. 
  • Maintain an updated community resources directory.
  • Design and maintain health and wellness bulletin boards in each building.
  • Identify and schedule ongoing workshops with community providers who can share subject matter expertise in educating the clients.  Vet the providers to ensure that educational workshops are culturally competent for Lantern's population.
  • Promote and facilitate a harm reduction or other health and wellness drop-in group in each building, as well as other health-related programs.
  • Train staff and serve as a program expert in the provision of best practices and progressive services and programming related to health and wellness.
  • Participate in weekly clinical case conferences, regular staff meetings, individual supervision and other meetings as required.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Perform other job-related functions, as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in related field required; Master's Degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience providing direct service to one or more of the following populations: persons living with AIDS /HIV, formerly homeless and chronically homeless persons and families, young adults aged out of foster care, persons with mental illness, or persons in recovery from addiction. 
  • Strong client engagement skills and ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team required.
  • Experience using performance metrics to improve outcomes.
  • Proactive problem solver willing and able to seek creative solutions in the interest of clients and building of a strong and respectful community.
  • Experience providing training to staff, facilitating groups and effectively engaging clients with multiple barriers to stability and independence.
  • Experience with alternative health and wellness concepts and programming including smoking cessation, stress management, harm/risk reduction, relaxation techniques, and nutrition.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with evidence-based and/or promising practices, particularly Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management, and Recovery and/or CLEAR strongly preferred.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Work Environment:  

 This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population who experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.  

Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop and/ or kneel. They must also use hands to type, handle, or feel.  The employee is frequently required to talk or hear and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Some positions at Lantern Community Services have work responsibilities at more than one work site as well as field work in the community. These employees are required to travel between sites during the work day with physical demands that could include walking up to .25 miles, climbing stairs and carrying work materials that could weigh up to 8 lbs. 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Duties: 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners.  By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities.  Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, mental or physical disability, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.

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