Job: Public Health Nutrition Consultant
Public Health Nutrition Consultant
Department of Health WIC Program
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Job Description and Requirements
This position has technical public health nutrition consultation responsibilities within the Nutrition Section of the Bureau of WIC Program Services.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Performs on-site monitoring of local WIC agencies in the areas of nutrition risk assessment, certification, nutrition education, and efficient clinic operations. Prepares written reports and assists in the development and monitoring of corrective action plans to improve the quality of nutrition services.
Provides technical assistance, training and guidance to local WIC agencies and other departmental staff, particularly in the WIC Program areas of nutrition education, certification and food packages through staff training, on-site visits, correspondence, or via the telephone. Provides technical nutrition support to local nutritionists who counsel high risk clients on the development of nutrition care plans and the usage of special medical nutritional formulas.
Tests WIC data system changes related to certification, breastfeeding, nutrition and food package issues. Drafts policies, manuals, and trainings on data system related issues. Prepares and compiles data for special reports and assignments. Writes and reviews reports, correspondence and other written materials as required.
Assists in WIC food approval process by conducting on-site approvals in retail grocers with vendor team and reviewing products submitted electronically.
Serves as a liaison with WIC local operations unit program review team and with other departmental programs and agencies to coordinate and evaluate WIC services. Participates on work teams or committees to review, analyze or solve operational, programmatic or nutrition related issues.
Researches, evaluates and recommends activities that can provide cost savings, improve operational effectiveness or promote efficiencies at the local and state WIC Program level. Leads and/or participates on work teams to solve operational and programmatic issues.
Develops, revises, and/or reviews nutrition modules and other related materials or forms developed or purchased by the State WIC office.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: the principles of public health administration, planning and regulation; the current science and practice of nutrition and dietetics including maternal and child nutrition and development and life cycle nutrition; adult education; human behavior and techniques for modifying diet; the methods of data collection and analysis; problem solving techniques; correct spelling, grammar and punctuation; and WIC Program regulations and policies.
Skill in: the use of microcomputers and standard software programs; public speaking and communicating nutrition and programmatic information at appropriate levels to different audiences.
Ability to: understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; think critically; compile, organize, analyze and evaluate data; organize data into logical format for presentations and reports; develop reports, manuals, policies and procedures; review and evaluate program to identify improvements and adjustments needed to ensure effectiveness and efficiency; implement corrective actions; present negative findings in an effective manner; utilize problem solving techniques; provide consultation and expert advice; plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work assignments to ensure timely completion of quality, accurate work products; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and work independently.
A Masters degree in public health nutrition, dietetics or food and nutrition preferred. Registration as a dietitian as defined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration preferred. Public Health and/or WIC experience at a local or state agency preferred. At least three (3) years of professional experience in public health nutrition preferred.
LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Florida licensure as a Dietitian/Nutritionist required. This position requires that the incumbent meets the requirements outlined in Chapter 468, Part X, Florida Statutes, or be eligible to practice dietetics in accordance with Chapter 64B8-40 to 45, Florida Administrative Code.
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[posted Apr 23, 2019]
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