Bilingual Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator for the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program

CLASSIFICATION:   Full Time Exempt – 37.5 hours/week

LOCATION:   Newark, New Jersey  – Hybrid (Office/Remote) Work Environment

SALARY RANGE:  $45,000 – $50,000 per year

JOB SUMMARY:  The Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator will be providing support, education, and referral information via telephone to expectant and postpartum women. The Perinatal Mental Health Coordinator will educate healthcare providers and consumers on perinatal depression and anxiety, and facilitate support groups in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties in Northern New Jersey.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Provide follow-up care via the Emotional Health Phone Support Program to perinatal women delivering and receiving care at Partnership member hospitals, community-based agencies, and home visitation programs in Northern New Jersey.
  • Collaborate with the New Jersey ‘Speak Up When You’re Down’ helpline and other community/hospital based mental health services to facilitate connection between patients who need perinatal mental health treatment.
  • Establish expectant/new mothers’/bereavement support groups, either in-person or virtual, at community-based organizations such as early head starts, family success centers, faith-based, and other family-centered organizations located in the eight counties covered by the program.
  • Maintain a Perinatal Mental Health Provider Directory and listing of other relevant maternal mental health resources in Northern New Jersey.
  • Conduct in-person and virtual education regarding perinatal mental health for Partnership member hospital staff, community-based providers, and consumers, including perinatal women, their partners and other family members.
  • Plan and organize community events, in-person or virtual, such as health fairs and workshops for expectant women, new mothers, and women who have experienced a perinatal loss.
  • Assist in the planning and execution, in-person or virtual, of full and half-day professional conferences, trainings/presentations on PPD and perinatal loss to all Partnership member hospital staff and community-based organizations located in the eight counties covered by the PPD program.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with various stakeholders, including public, private, and non-profit organizations, county departments, and health insurance advocacy organizations to increase awareness and support perinatal mental health issues in Northern New Jersey.
  • Complete required documentation for all activities and the program’s quarterly report.
  • Handle other duties as requested.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bilingual-English/Spanish
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, nursing or related field.
  • Two years’ experience working in mental health. (Perinatal mental health preferred)
  • Experience facilitating support groups
  • Knowledge of support and community resources within Northern New Jersey.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse communities/families and the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Strong verbal, written communication skills
  • Computer literacy in MS Office Suite including MS Teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to multitask and meet deadlines.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed in a variety of office, health care and community settings; may involve bending, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting to 35 pounds, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping and walking.  Successful performance requires specific vision abilities that include close vision.  The employee will attend meetings at a variety of places and will need to drive.  Occasional stair climbing is required.

WORK REQUIREMENTS: There are no unusual work conditions. Noise level at work is moderate. The employee will experience outside weather conditions while in transit to and from meetings or during special events. Able to work evenings and weekends as required.  Must have own car and valid driver’s license.

COVID VACCINATION: Offer of employment is contingent on employee obtaining the Covid Vaccine and/or showing proof of vaccination.

All applications must include a cover letter and salary requirements.  No phone calls.

Please address your cover letter to:

Yvelisse (Yve) Gonzalez MSW, LSW
Manager , Perinatal Mood Disorders Initiative
Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey
50 Park Place Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102

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