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On-Call Nutrition Educator - Women, Infants, and Children

Posted: 11/03/2022

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical nutrition or dietetics.
--OR--
Bachelor’s degree Health or Family and Consumer Sciences with applicable coursework in nutrition. Documentation required for minimum coursework evaluation as required by Minnesota WIC Program requirements. 
--OR--
Registered Nurse licensed by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and two (2) years of experience in maternal child health or nutrition program.
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Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
 
Desirable Qualifications:

  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing for Registered Nurse.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish or Somali in addition to English.
 
Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver’s license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

Nature of Work

THIS IS AN ON-CALL (PART-TIME) POSITION

Under supervision, provides public health nutrition services to individuals and families enrolled in WIC.  Determines eligibility of WIC applicants, conducts health screening and dietary assessment. Uses a variety of strategies, including nutrition counseling and breastfeeding support to effect behavior change to improve the health and nutritional status in the WIC population.

Examples of Work
  • Schedules client visits, screens calls, signs clients up for the WIC program and supplies information to clients by phone, email and text.
  • Assess nutrition and conducts health screening including height, weight, and hemoglobin.
  • Establishes financial, categorical and/or residential eligibility of clients for WIC program.
  • In a team environment, provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support services to WIC clients using participant centered counseling. Applies evidence-based information and research to advance nutrition practices in WIC.
  • Documents nutritional services provided according to established guidelines and adheres to federal/state program regulations.
  • Identifies risk factors that trigger a high-risk care plan. Provides information to Nutrition Specialists and assists with the development of care plans for high-risk cases.
  • Supports the department during emergency situations.
  • Performs administrative support duties for the WIC program as assigned.
  • Completes additional tasks as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Knowledge of normal and therapeutic nutrition throughout the life cycle and of current and emerging nutrition issues with the ability to apply information in a clinic setting.
  • Knowledge of education techniques and principles of human motivation for change and ability to apply to work with clients.
  • Knowledge of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals http://www.phf.org/resourcestools/pages/core_public_health_competencies.aspx.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service
  • Skill in the use of computers and technology
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and work effectively with interpreters.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to establish and maintain professional working relationships with clients and other staff.
  • Ability to plan work and exercise sound independent judgment.
  • Ability to support quality improvement culture by continuously growing improvement knowledge, participating in improvement projects, and celebrating improvement work.
  • Ability to identify and suggest opportunities to improve individual, group, program, and/or organizational performance.
  • Ability to utilize computer systems to maintain documentation of services provided to clients.
  • Ability to perform health and nutrition screening tests according to standard procedures including take height/weight measurements and assess measurements according to growth grids, standard weight charts; perform hemoglobin blood test; complete and evaluate a health history to aid in identifying risk factors; complete a dietary assessment.
Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

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