Job: Senior Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor

Job Title

Senior Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor

Job Category

Public Health


Department of Health WIC Program
Quincy, Florida

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Job Description and Requirements

This is work planning, developing, implementing, conducting and/or evaluating food service or nutrition programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing public health and clinical nutrition or food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutrition research.

Some positions in this occupation may be responsible for coordinating work and supervising employees.


The Senior Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor position is a highly responsible professional position for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This position is under the direct supervision of the Operations and Management Consultant Manager and requires independent judgment and decision making, as well as following specific federally regulated procedures in a fast-paced, high-volume setting. Work is primarily performed at Florida Department of Health-Gadsden in Quincy, Florida.

This position is responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the WIC Program in Gadsden County according to the guidelines of DHM 150-24. Monitors clinic operations on a consistent basis to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements. Responsible for all supervisory duties within the WIC Department including, but not limited to: hiring and selection, job-specific orientation and competency, developing and facilitating in-service training, developing performance plans, conducting regular communication of job performance with staff, conducting performance appraisals, planning and directing staff work, approving leave, approving & verifying timesheets and EARs, and taking disciplinary action as appropriate.

In addition to managing personnel, this position collaborates with community agencies, health care providers, WIC vendors, and Health Department staff to conduct WIC program operations in Gadsden County. This includes, but is not limited to, consistently managing program budgets to ensure funding is adequately utilized at 100% spending within each fiscal year; establishing relevant policy and procedures; developing nutrition education curricula; interviewing WIC clients to perform nutritional assessment screenings for medical high risk, high risk, and low risk clients; analyzing medical and anthropometric data to determine nutritional risk eligibility; developing client nutritional care plans and prescribing food packages; documenting client medical record; monitoring accuracy of growth grids by clinic staff; providing individual nutritional counseling and education; coordinating and integrating the WIC program services with other health services (i.e. immunization, Head Start, local hospitals, Healthy Start, private physicians, etc.) to ensure maximum participation from eligible residents; referring clients and families, as needed, to health and social service agencies; as well as conducting community outreach which may include working nights and weekends.

This position is responsible for reviewing and working FL-Wise Reports which may include but not limited to Dual Enrollment Report, Benefit Over Issuance, Access Monitoring, Single User Certification, etc. Manages nutritional aspects of special formula issuances and inventories with assistance from WIC administrative staff. Ensures high-risk clients are given appropriate care plans and proper follow up visits. Works cooperatively with the Breastfeeding Coordinator to promote positive breastfeeding practices to WIC participants according to State WIC standards.

This position works to ensure the clinic organization and workflow are maintained to ensure optimum customer satisfaction, as well as minimum client wait times. Identifies potential administrative or clinic problems and develops practical solutions. Assists staff during peak operating hours or during staffing shortages. Responsible for timely submission of timesheets, EAR's and other required reports/documents.

This position performs other related duties as required by supervisor.

-Supervises employees by assigning work, reviewing progress and assessing performance.
-Develops, documents and implements nutrition care plans based on assessments of nutrition needs and other current health plans, and provides follow up and referral as needed.
-Consults with health care practitioners to determine nutrition or health needs and diet prescription of patient or client.
-Provides nutrition assessment, education and counseling to patients and their families in nutrition principles, nutrition care, and food selection and preparation.
-Monitors food service operations and ensures conformance to nutrition and quality standards.
-Plans, organizes, conducts and evaluates training in dietetics, nutrition, food service and/or management and administration.
-Supervises activities of workers engaged in planning, preparing, and serving meals or in the provision of nutrition services.
-Conducts quality assurance, evaluates nutrition care plans and/or counseling.
-Plans, conducts, and/or evaluates surveys, studies and research and analyzes findings for practical applications.
-Develops menus and/or inspects meals served for conformance to prescribed diets and standards of palatability and appearance.
-Develops or selects curriculum and prepares pamphlets, manuals, visual aids, course outlines, and other materials used in teaching.
-Writes reports and other publications to document and communicate program activities or research findings.
-Supervises the planning, implementing and evaluating of a nutrition program.
-Prepares and justifies budgets for nutrition programs/services. Monitors, analyzes and coordinates expenditures within allocation.
-Participates in the preparation and interpretation of nutrition and food service regulations and standards for licensure.
-Provides breastfeeding promotion, support and/or counseling.
-Provides nutrition consultative services.
-Plans and prepares grant proposals to request program funding.
-Confers with design, building, and equipment personnel to plan for construction and remodeling of food service units.
-Administers fiscal operations, such as planning budgets, authorizing expenditures and coordinating financial reporting.
-Reviews and analyzes facility activities and data to aid planning and to improve service utilization.
-Develops or directs the design of instructional materials and in-service training for employees and the community.


A bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. accredited university or college in nutritional science, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics or public health nutrition is required. Licensure by DOH, Division of Medical Quality Assurance as a licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist is mandatory. A Registered Dietitian is preferred.

Employment Type

Full Time


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[posted Aug 29, 2018]

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