Internship | Community Engagement Specialists

Job Title: BEAT – Community Engagement Specialists

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Organization: Fund for Public Health in New York – NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Center for Health Equity

Position Reports to: Deputy Director, Center for Health Equity (CHE), District Public Health Office (DPHO)

The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. (FPHNY) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNY implements programs to address pressing public health needs, fosters private sector support to enhance health and health care, and helps educate the public regarding the protection of individual, family and community health.


FPHNY seeks (4) Community Engagement Specialist, funded through the Join the BEAT PROGRAM (Be active,Eat healthy, Act on health risks and Take prescribed medication), a grant which will target four communities located in East/Central Brooklyn, South Bronx, Harlem, and East Queens. Combined, they have over 1.3 million residents and substantially higher than city average rates of obesity, pre-diabetes, hypertension and related mortality. They also have high poverty levels, limited education attainment and English proficiency, less access to healthy foods and few outdoor areas for physical activity. Culturally acceptable and location-based environmental strategies, lifestyle change programs and health system collaborations are needed to make a positive impact on health outcomes in these communities.

This position will be housed within the Center for Health Equity, which is devoted to reducing the differences in health outcomes across the neighborhoods of New York City that can be traced to unequal economic, environmental, and social conditions. This is a 4 year grant opportunity through September 29, 2018; the position is contingent upon the availability of federal funding and successful annual reapplication for continued funding.


Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Community Engagement Specialist will be a key team member in executing an innovative approach to changing the environment. The Specialist will be responsible for partner outreach to key community stakeholders, including academics, health care organizations, and youth ambassadors, and supporting the ongoing exchange of information among stakeholders as part of a strategic plan to help New Yorkers consume a healthier lifestyle by being active, eating healthy, acting on health risks and taking prescribed medication.


The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for coordinating partner outreach to nonprofit organizations, academics, health care organizations and other key stakeholders. In this role, the Specialist will be involved in high level discussions with key partners and will support the ongoing exchange of information among stakeholders as part of a strategic plan to help New Yorkers consume a healthier lifestyle.

  • Manage, foster, and link relationships with community leadership, organizations, local stakeholders and constituents
  • Building lifestyle change plans for community organization with clear benchmarks and goals
  • Create focused community partnerships in line with BEAT, DPHO’s and CHE; collaborate with NYC Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator
  • Provide structured support to lifestyle change programs within community partnerships
  • Attend community events and provide onsite support to stakeholders
  • Co-lead and facilitate Neighborhood Council meetings with Health Systems Specialists to connect and support evidence-based practices to improve their performance on key quality metrics within the community
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Master’s in Public Health, Public Administration, or related field
  • Work experience in nonprofit and the healthcare industry a plus
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, presentation, remote communication and group facilitation skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Willingness to travel; work days, evenings and weekends, as needed


FPHNY offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is dependent upon experience and salary history.

How to apply


To apply, send resume and cover letter to with “BEAT Community Engagement Specialist_your name” in the subject line and your preferred location (e.g., East/Central Brooklyn, South Bronx, Harlem, and East Queens).


The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.

Fund for Public Health in New York

22 Cortlandt Street, 11th Floor, Suite #1103, New York, NY 10007
Phone: (646) 710-4860 §


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