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Make the Road New York | White Plains, NY

Make the Road New York

Published 17 days ago

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates neighborhood-based community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island, Brentwood, Long Island, and White Plaines, Westchester. With a membership of 24,000 low-income New Yorkers, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our community: workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant civil rights, language-access, LGBTQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform.   

MRNY is a multi-service organization. Our Education Department offers ESOL, Citizenship preparation, and computer literacy, and in-school and after-school youth programs. Our Community Organizing Projects help New Yorkers to implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. And our Departments of Legal, Health & Support Services provides direct legal representation, case management, and facilitated enrollment into public health insurance programs, training, and strategic support for members and organizing campaigns. Our attorneys and advocates specialize in labor and employment law, public benefits, disability benefits, housing law, healthcare and health insurance access, immigration, public education, domestic violence, and TGNCIQ civil rights issues.   

Health Department:  

MRNY’s health department promotes the health and well-being of our community members. They advocate for improved access to healthcare for immigrants and provide health services to community members. The health department combines one-on-one assistance, helping individuals and families navigate the health system and apply for health insurance; operates two food pantries, and creates a safe space where TGNCIQ community members can obtain necessary health information. MRNY’s health department also runs a promotora program, training community members to do outreach and screening for food stamps (SNAP) and health insurance benefits and refers eligible families to apply. The health department also runs a community health worker (CHW) training program and has several projects where CHWs do home visits with families who have asthma or other chronic illnesses. The health team also leads campaigns at the city and state level to increase access to care and coverage for immigrants in New York.   

Current Opening:  

Make the Road New York (MRNY) seeks a Part Time (20 hours/ week) Health Advocate to work out of our Westchester office in White Plains with occasional travel to other offices.   


  • Advise community members on eligibility for premium subsidies and public health insurance programs, like Medicaid and Child Health Plus.  
  • Enroll individuals into public and/or private health coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace, and help them choose an appropriate health plan.   
  • Educate individuals on their benefits and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act.  
  • Make sure all applications are accurately completed and submitted on time, adhering to submission deadlines  
  • Provide one-on-one assistance to individuals helping them navigate the health system (lower hospital bills, negotiate between insurance companies and providers, access low cost care, etc.).   
  • Maintain thorough case records of services provided, advice and/or referrals.  
  • Enter all cases in necessary internal and funder required databases in a timely fashion.   
  • Schedule and maintain appointments with potentially eligible individuals.  
  • Meet productivity and quality performance targets.  
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and trainings.  
  • Conduct community outreach and presentations to potential enrollees and other organizations.  
  • Participate in meetings with other organizations in Westchester to improve coordination of services and participate in required network and coalition meetings.  
  • Support occasional additional health projects at our Westchester office.   
  • Work with other MRNY staff to envision and implement ways to support and mobilize MRNY members around health-related issues.   
  • Work with the health team to identify health issues of concern and develop strategy/carry out initiatives to solve systemic problems in the health system.    


  • Eligible to work in the US  
  • Fully Bilingual (Spanish/English) MANDATORY- NO EXCEPTIONS   
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience in public health, public administration or a related field   
  • A commitment to collective action and community organizing    

Job Competencies:

  • Strong computer skills (web-based database, word processing, Excel, etc.)   
  • Experience conducting outreach to recruit eligible participants   
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment   
  • High level of accountability and initiative; needs to be a self-starter and eager to do team work to support the organization as a whole   
  • Ability to work under pressure during deadlines   
  • Ability to travel to more than one work site as needed   
  • Flexible work schedule, some evenings or weekends required   
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills   
  • Must be willing and able to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic work environment    

Salary and Benefits:  

Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. MRNY offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, 401K, and generous paid vacation, sick, personal days.   

How to Apply:  

Please Apply with a cover letter and a resume in Make the Road New York's Career.   

MRNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.   

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates…

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How to Apply

How to Apply:

Please Apply with a cover letter and a resume in Make the Road New York's Career.…


46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605

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