Job: SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST
SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST
Department of Health WIC Program
Delray Beach, Florida 33434
Job Description and Requirements
Posting Closing Date: 02/27/2019
This is specialized and complex professional public health and nutrition work as a Senior Public Health Nutritionist in the Palm Beach County Health Department. Employee plans and provides comprehensive nutrition care and education services within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in health clinics and other community settings. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor.
This position is designated as a sensitive position and the position is required to maintain confidential information in accordance with the Department of Health and the Palm Beach County Health Department Information Security policies, protocols and procedures.
Assesses nutritional and dietary needs of high risk and medically high risk clients in the community. Provides nutritional care, management and education for high risk clients in primary care clinics. Reviews medical data, determines nutritional care needs, develops plan of care. Provides individual and group nutritional counseling for the client population. Certifies eligible clients for the WIC Program and provides or arranges for required follow-up. Works with Breastfeeding Coordinator to organize, promote, and support breastfeeding for WIC clients. Documents client contacts and services in appropriate records.
Participates in development and revision of protocols and standards of care. Participates in teams or committees as appropriate. Acts on behalf of the Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor during absences as assigned. Participates in the provision and/or arrangement of on-the-job training of staff for nutrition staff. Assists in the scheduling and assignment of work functions of nutrition staff to ensure optimum delivery of customer services and nutrition education to participants.
Provides nutrition services in off-site facilities serving health center clients. Develops referral network with community groups and agencies serving PBCHD clients. Participates in WIC outreach activities. Coordinates WIC referrals from private providers and HMOÃ¢s. Participate in the development of the WIC Program Plan and program objectives
Provides expert consultation and technical assistance to health care professionals and health center staff. Works with health care team to ensure that comprehensive nutritional care is provided for clients. Assists in providing field experience for nutrition students and interns. Participates in staff meetings, in-service training and other staff development activities. Provides continuing education and consultation for WIC staff, CHD staff and community agencies or organizations.
May be required to perform hemoglobin/hematocrit tests according to DOH, PBCHD Laboratory Procedure Manual and DHM 150-24 as required. If no recent hemoglobin information is available performs finger sticks to obtain blood sample using universal precautions. Disposes of blood contaminated materials in compliance with OSHA regulations. Cleans and sanitizes blood collection area and equipment.
Interprets and disseminates current scientific information for target audiences. Utilizes mass media for dissemination of nutrition information. Plans and coordinates assembly of audio and visual teaching aids.
Maintains records and reports. Completes time sheets, EARS and other reports as required and according to established deadlines.
Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
-Knowledge of the science and application of normal and therapeutic nutrition
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
-Ability to evaluate, analyze and organize information to develop appropriate course of action
-Ability to organize work and control use of time
-Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
-Ability to develop and implement education plans and supporting materials
-Knowledge of the policies, philosophy and procedures of the WIC Program
Licensed as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. This occupation requires that the incumbent meet the requirements outlined in Chapter 468, Part X, Florida Statues, or eligible to practice dietetics in accordance with Chapter 64B8-40 to 45, Florida Administrative Code.
Other job-related requirements for this position:
-Travel throughout Palm Beach County is required; must have access to transportation.
-Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.): Work hours may be adjusted to accommodate evening and/or weekend clinics or activities.
NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. This language simply takes the place of previous language used that referenced the State of Florida application.
[posted Feb 21, 2019]
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