Job: Senior Public Health Nutritionist

Job Title

Senior Public Health Nutritionist

Job Category

Public Health


Department of Health WIC Program
Hudson, Florida 34667

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Job Description and Requirements

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64081775

Salary: $45,370.36

Posting Closing Date: 12/07/2018

Senior Public Health Nutritionist

11611 Denton Avenue

Hudson, Florida 34667

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a highly skilled professional position which requires an expert understanding of the Federal WIC & Nutrition Program and the use of the WIC FL-WiSE system with minimal supervision. Maintains current knowledge of the Federal WIC program regulations including WIC memos, WIC data system guide and the DHM manual 150-24. Having successfully completed the Nutrition Education Series of the Florida Nutrition Training Guide Modules, will provide quality nutrition care to WIC participants in compliance with the Federal Regulations. The incumbent is expected to promote cooperation, courtesy, and teamwork, in a diverse environment and as an employee of the Department of Health in Pasco County, represents the agency and its mission and values. Maintains a courteous and cooperative relationship with staff and the public. Adheres to all departmental policy/procedure, state and federal laws governing participant information, security and privacy. Follow agency guidelines on the use and operation of computers, telephones, copiers and faxes.

Completes Nutrition Assessment for all low, high and medically high-risk WIC clients to provide client-centered nutrition services. Documents Nutrition Care Plan and identified nutrition risks using a standardized process. Provides VENA based nutrition assessment and counseling utilizing appropriate educational materials. Assess clientâs readiness to change and help client choose appropriate goal(s). Makes referrals for appropriate health and social services. Establishes appropriate number of subsequent individual nutrition education contacts. Evaluates and revises nutrition care plan as needed.

Assist the Public Health Nutrition Program Director in ensuring that activities for the WIC Program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) are conducted in an efficient and effective manner and that staff are providing services according to the WIC manual (DM 150-24) by developing, updating, and monitoring quality assurance standards. Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate multiple continuous quality improvement activities and measures.

Assists in planning and updating initiatives and efforts to improve state-monitored indicators for WIC as well as agency-wide awareness campaigns such as Healthiest Weight. Completes special projects as assigned by the Public Health Nutrition Program Director.

Attends in-services on the Nutrition Education Kit and provides interactive nutrition education contacts to low risk participants. Inputs the nutrition service code in the data system. Maintains documentation of participant goal setting. Promotes breastfeeding education. Assists with and participates in QI/QA activities to support the success of WIC.

Obtains accurate data on height and weight measurements on participants. Performs hematocrit/hemoglobin testing and records results electronically. Cleans equipment and area where blood work is done daily. Maintains âuniversal precautionsâ when completing HST duties. Follows established guidelines and standards for safety in handling equipment, biological specimens and waste products to prevent exposure to blood borne pathogens. Accurately completes the lab/anthro screens in the electronic data system. Maintains and inventories all medical supplies.

Disburses WIC EBT and VOC/ID cards following standard procedure to eligible WIC participants. Instructs clients on using the WIC EBT card. Obtains client signature for EBT card issuance letter. Records the necessary information on VOC/ID cards and EBT card log. Reviews all data for accuracy and completeness. Immediately reports any discrepancies to the clinic Supervisor. Informs participants when certification expires and what is required for recertification. Keeps security/separation and inventory of VOC/ID and WIC EBT cards. Loads benefits into WIC EBT account for household.

Collects data for the end-of-day and end-of- month reports as assigned and submits same to the supervisor on a timely basis. Assists with inventories of WIC formula, equipment, and educational resources. Submits reports within the required timeframe.

Assists the supervisor with training of staff. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required. Travels to other clinic sites to provide services to WIC participants as needed. Participates in outreach efforts. Refers vendor queries to the vendor manager and client concerns to the supervisor. Assist with completion of client contact reports from the vendor manager.

Offers all eligible participants at certification/recertification or at change of address the option to complete a National Voter Registration Act Preference Form/Application and processes the information according to the Florida voter registration guidelines and established agency policies. Receives infants and child immunization records and sends copies to Family Health Services in accordance with agency protocol.

Completes and submits time sheets, EARS, and travel correctly, timely and according to established division and agency guidelines. Reads, understands and implements directives assigned.

Greets prospective WIC participants, answers telephones promptly and courteously. Schedules appointments and makes appropriate health and social services referrals. Accurately obtains income, demographic and other participant information necessary to determine WIC program eligibility and advises WIC participants of their rights and obligations according to federal guidelines. Utilizing an electronic data system accurately enters required participant data and obtains signatures. Reviews âHow WIC Worksâ with each new participant.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, Including Utilization of Equipment required for the position:

Knowledge of the current science and practice of nutrition or dietetics. Knowledge of the concepts and theories of dietetics or nutrition as it relates to growth, development, health or disease. Knowledge of the methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data. Knowledge of nutritional and dietary assessment techniques. Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports. Ability to plan and conduct a nutrition program or project. Ability to analyze and interpret anthropometric, biochemical, dietary and clinical data. Ability to apply educational plans and materials. Ability to develop educational/training techniques to learning. Ability to develop educational/training plans and supporting materials. Ability to use various communication channels to provide educational/training. Ability to identify needs and develop programs or projects to meet the needs of the community or patient group(s). Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work activities. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

â¢Mandatory to possess Bachelors or Masterâs Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nutritional science, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, or public health nutrition.
â¢Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations.

When completing the online application process, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Employment Type

Full Time


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