Nutritionist – WIC Program

Application Deadline: 2022-06-05
Job Type: County
Job Description:

The starting wage is $27.24 per hour.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) opportunity offering full benefits! Please click on the Benefits tab to review the full summary of the benefits offered for this position.

Summary: Provides community focused, population-based nutrition services to residents of Polk County. Promotes and maintains the health of individuals and families through consultation and provision of nutrition and health services in a variety of settings including the home, office, worksite, school, and community. Assists with the Community Health Improvement Plan workgroups to meet the identified nutrition and physical activity health priorities in the community by collaborating with other professional and citizen groups. Responsible for WIC certification and nutrition education contacts with WIC participants/proxies in accordance with the WIC Operations Manual. Responsible to enroll participants in the Fit Families program and provide coaching per program guidelines. Provides nutrition education and care coordination for Prenatal Care Coordination (PNCC) program participants. Assists WIC Director with WIC, Fit Families, PNCC and other nutrition grant programs to assure meeting program requirements and provision of quality nutrition programming.

Essential Duties: These duties represent the typical duties and responsibilities assigned to this position but may not be inclusive of all tasks performed.

Assumes leadership and participates with stakeholders in ongoing assessment of community health status including assets and health, nutrition, and physical activity needs. This process may include the formal assessment of the community as a whole as well as ongoing health, nutrition and physical activity assessments of individuals, families and groups.
Collects, manages, and analyzes various health indicators around nutrition, physical activity, obesity and various health related concerns
Provides case findings to identify population groups, families, and individuals at high risk of illness, injury, disability or premature death from nutrition and physical activity risk factors.
Develops and implements plan(s) with the individual/family/community to meet identified nutrition related health needs considering available resources, the range of activities that contribute to the health and prevention of illness, disability and premature death.
Implements individual and community plans, including presentations, effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
Evaluates plans and presentations to determine the extent to which interventions have an impact on the health status of individual, families and the population.
Serves as a resource to community partners and the public on health related best practices.
Develops educational and counseling materials as needed for populations served.
Provides leadership to the Polk County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) workgroups related to nutrition and physical activity to achieve policy change relevant to nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention.
Assists CHIP workgroup development and maintenance by recruiting and maintaining a diverse
workgroup membership and by working closely with key stakeholders to promote CHIP workplan goals and objectives.
Advocates for policies/legislation related to nutrition and physical activity.
Represents the Health Department and CHIP workgroup by collaborating with other local, state and national organizations/associations focusing on nutrition, physical activity and obesity.
Provides consultation to schools, worksites, organizations and communities developing nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention programs.
Actively seeks and applies for grant opportunities to assist with funding programming to impact the nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention community plans and strategies.
Works with agency management to inform and advocate with legislators and local governing boards on public health nutrition and physical activity issues.
Encourages individuals to contact public health policy makers regarding issues of nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention and the relevant public health interests.
Collaborates with the private sector to develop coordinated community policies/programs which address nutrition and physical activity related health priorities in both the local and state health plans.
Assumes responsibility for WIC certification and nutrition education contacts with WIC participants/, Fit Families enrollment and coaching, PNCC, assessment, nutrition education and care coordination and implementation of other nutrition programs
Assists WIC Director in the provision of quality nutrition programming for WIC, Fit Families, PNCC and other nutrition programs by assuring program staff receive appropriate training and are following program policies as well as the development and follow-up on quality improvement project
Marginal Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties as assigned and unit/departmental back-up and support.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct and mentor the work of CHIP workgroup volunteers, assigned students and interns, any grant-related contracted staff and occasionally WIC staff under direction of the WIC Director.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education/Experience:

Registered Dietitian strongly preferred who is registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and Certified Dietitian, certified with the State of Wisconsin or registration-eligible upon hiring and within six months, pass the national examination administered by the CDR and obtain certification with the State of Wisconsin.
Master’s degree in public health nutrition preferred.
Minimum of one year of experience working in public health and/or community nutrition programs required.
Experience leading and/or participating in community coalitions with strong skills in collaborative leadership required.
Experience working with children with special health care needs or pediatric nutrition background preferred.
International Board-Certified Lactation Counselor (IBCLC), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) or equivalent preferred.
Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Competency Requirements:

Integrity/Honesty – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
Customer Service and Community Relations – Anticipates and strives to meet the needs of both internal and external stakeholders (employees, contracted staff, residents, families, and other internal and external clientele). Delivers high-quality services; is committed to continuous improvement. Interacts with members of the public and key stakeholders in a manner to elicit positive response and participation. Presents information and /or represents the facility’s interest.
Communications – Delivers clear, effective communication and takes responsibility that others understand; uses correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; produces both verbal and written information that is appropriate for the intended audience
Interpersonal Relations – Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; show understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness; maintains a professional and courteous attitude with staff, clients, and the community with special regard to Department confidentiality policies.
Accountability – Assumes responsibility for successfully accomplishing work objectives and delivering results, setting high standards of performance for self and others
Judgment and Decision Making – Accurately assesses situations, seeks new information if necessary, and applies all available information to reach sound conclusions/formulate effective response. Requires little guidance for responding to a wide range of complex situations with far-reaching and/or enduring consequences
Data Gathering and Analysis – Seeks or collects and synthesizes information from a variety of stakeholders and sources in an objective, unbiased manner to reach a conclusion, goal or judgment
Facilitation – Effective in leading group processes, problem solving situations and community meetings
Organizational Communications – Demonstrates the county and agency’s mission and goals through collaboration with key stakeholders and community input and involvement.
Partnering/Networking –– Demonstrates ability to engage and maintain key stakeholders and the public in necessary partnerships to potentiate reach of the agency as well as improve service delivery
Minimum Skills Assessment Requirements: Skills and abilities may be evaluated through various assessment tools.

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations: Registered Dietitian, registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and Certified Dietitian, certified with the State of Wisconsin. or registration-eligible upon hiring and within six months, passes the national examination administered by the CDR and obtains certification with the State of Wisconsin.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing this position, employee will be exposed to typical Wisconsin conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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