Peer Counselor – Grant Funded

City of San Antonio

Job Summary
Under immediate supervision, is responsible for performing duties specific to the Project Worth Program or the WIC Program. Performs social and emotional learning activities and developing service-learning projects for Project Worth or documents and maintains client records and teaches classes on the advantages of breastfeeding for the WIC Program. Exercises no supervision.
This position is a “grant funded” position, therefore unclassified and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason.

The San Antonio Metro Health District (SAMHD) provides public health services to clients, which may include risk for exposure to and possible transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases. Employees in high-risk positions will be required to obtain relevant immunizations, per SAMHD Policy DM13.2 (Download PDF reader).  Review and consideration will be given to requests for exemption from this policy.

The San Antonio Metro Health District (SAMHD)is committed to advancing health equity throughout the community and to creating a work environment in which all staff feel valued, respected, and accepted. Per SAMHD Policy DM15.1 (Download PDF reader), all employees are expected to apply a health equity lens to programs, services, and decision making that directly impact the communities we serve.

Work Location
City Tower, 100 W. Houston Street (78205)

Work Hours
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday;  7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p., Friday
7:45 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m., One Saturday per month
One late night per week 7:45 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Essential Job Functions
Teaches classes on the advantages of breastfeeding and the management of normal breastfeeding experiences.
Provides information and promotes breastfeeding as the normal way to feed an infant, among peers and community.
Counsels pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on a one-to-one basis, and provides support and follow-up as needed.
Documents and maintains records.
Attends all training provided for Peer Counselors.
Teaches use, cleaning, and assembly of breast pumps and expression and storage of human milk.
Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.

Job Requirements
High School Diploma or GED equivalent (recognized by the Texas Education Agency or a regional accrediting agency).
WIC Program Specific Requirements (as required by grant funding requirements):
Must have breastfed or expressed breastmilk for at least one baby
Must have the ability to work outside of regular clinic hours and outside of the WIC Clinic
Must have taken appropriate training prior to serve as a Peer Counselor to participants
Valid Class “C” Texas Driver’s License
Preferred QualificationsBilingual in English & Spanish.
Current or former participant in the WIC Program.
Applicant Information
If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing.  Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application.
Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months.  One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university.
Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks.  If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of office procedures and practices.
Knowledge of related program and terminology.
Ability to utilize Microsoft Office and basic office equipment.
Ability to counsel and communicate clearly and effectively.
Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
Ability to comply with all OSHA regulations and current immunization policies.
Ability to perform all the essential functions of the job.
Ability to work in a clinical environment.
City of San Antonio
Human Resources Department

San Antonio, Texas, 78205


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