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Dietetic and Nutrition Specialist
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:04pm
Classification: Dietetic and Nutrition Specialist II
Direct Supervisor: WIC & Community Nutrition Program Director
Competencies: Tier 1
Position Summary: This position performs moderately complex work under the general direction and supervision of the WIC & CN Director. Responsibilities include: determining applicant eligibility, certifying nutrition risk conditions, prescribing supplemental foods, providing nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, and making referrals for recipients of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The position provides staff supervision and leadership and coordinates and manages clinic activities for the Round Rock WIC clinic. Works under general supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned. Job descriptions list the specific tasks to be accomplished by the position the employee is filling at WCCHD. The WCCHD Employee Responsibilities are a set of general expectations for employees about how they should work with each other and the public we serve. Each employee must sign and acknowledge that they have been informed, understand, and agree to abide by these expectations. Violation of these responsibilities may lead to implementation of WCCHD’s disciplinary procedures.
• Performs Certifying Authority (CA) duties and other related duties involved in the determination of WIC eligibility as assigned or required
• Determines program eligibility for program applicants in compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines and policies.
• Reads immunization records and refers participants to WCCHD immunization clinic or client’s provider as needed.
• Assists in the completion and evaluation of self-audits, client surveys, and other surveys and reports as required by the WIC Program.
Policy Development/Program Planning
• Assists in planning and conducting of monthly Nutrition Fairs and provides nutrition information and technical support to staff as needed and according to approved NE Plan.
• If RD, develops high-risk counseling guidelines as needed and in conjunction with WIC Director, Assistant WIC Director, and Nutrition Education Coordinator and assists with development of nutrition education lessons and materials.
• Assures that appropriate forms, materials, and supplies are available at site in adequate supplies to conduct WIC clinic activities.
• Plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates program services in collaboration with WIC Director, Assistant WIC Director and other WIC Program staff
• Participates in QI activities to support a culture of Quality Improvement within the program and division.
Communication and Cultural Competency
• Maintains current knowledge of WCCHD and community resources and makes appropriate client referrals. Facilitates reciprocal referrals.
• Works as part of a team with other WIC and WCCHD staff in response to client needs and as an advocate for clients/patients within the public health care system.
• Provides concise, relevant, and sound individual nutrition counseling.
• Conducts group nutrition education classes using approved lesson plans as outlined in the current Nutrition Education Plan.
• If RD, conducts high-risk counseling as needed, or assists RD with high-risk counseling when appropriate.
• Provides direct client nutrition services to other Health District clients and/or consultation to nursing staff.
• Promotes breastfeeding to all pregnant WIC participants; maintains knowledge of guidelines set forth in current Breastfeeding Plan.
• Maintains knowledge of WIC breastfeeding peer counselor program and breastfeeding resources; makes appropriate referrals.
• Assists in community outreach activities
Leadership and Systems Thinking
• Provides direct supervision and leadership for Round Rock WIC staff
• Completes job performance evaluations in a timely and professional manner, as they are due or warranted
• Maintains thorough working knowledge of policies and procedures (WCCHD and DSHS WIC); assures that support staff is also kept current.
• Assures clinic is safe, clean, and inviting for clinic clients, visitors, and staff. Assures that all clinic fixtures and equipment are maintained in working order. Works with appropriate personnel to assure that WCCHD Administration is contacted with cleaning service concerns, when WC Facilities’ services are needed, or other issues pertinent to daily operations.
• Resolves customer service issues at clinic. Consults with supervisor as needed.
• Oversees Round Rock staff training to assure required and needed training is scheduled, provided, and completed.
• Assures that staff at site participate in safety drills. Assures that staff, clients, and visitors at site comply with weather advisories.
• Assists WIC Director, Assistant WIC Director, and/or other Health District staff with the orientation of new staff, students, and volunteers.
• May participate on a WCCHD committee or task force
• In the event of a public health emergency, employees may be called upon to support WCCHD’s response in ways that are outside the usual scope of their job responsibilities. This may involve working hours that are outside the employee’s usual work hours. Employees will not be required to perform duties that are outside of their competence or professional licensure.
Education, Licensure, Certifications, Experience
• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in dietetics, food and nutrition, food systems management, food science, or a related field is required.
• A minimum of 2 years experience as a WIC Certifying Authority (CA) is required.
• Previous supervisory experience or leadership role is preferred.
• Registration as a Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is preferred.
• Licensure as a Dietitian by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians is preferred.
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
• CPR certified or willingness to obtain
• Valid Texas driver’s license and access to reliable transportation to all assigned work locations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with our without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed without posing a direct threat to health or safety of themselves or others.
• Knowledge of current nutrition recommendations for women, infants, and children
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and management
• Knowledge of state, local, and federal WIC policies
• Knowledge of public health essential services
• Skill in program development, management, and evaluation
• Skill in applying supervisory and management principles
• Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships
• Skill in facilitating meetings and groups
• Skill in communicating with angry/irate clients, objectively evaluating situations, and resolving conflicts
• Skill in interviewing
• Skill in using a computer, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Professional
• Ability to establish goals and objectives, policies, and procedures that support a strategic plan
• Ability to counsel others on food and nutrition
• Ability to work in a collaborative manner
• Ability to establish goals and objectives, policies and procedures
• Ability to prioritize activities and manage multiple responsibilities and assist others in prioritizing their activities
• Ability to supervise the work of others
• Ability to train others
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
• Ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking clientele with minimal use of an interpreter or exhibit consistent progression towards this goal
• Ability to apply rapport building, critical thinking, and goal-setting skills with clients to achieve positive health outcomes
Environmental Factors: Works mostly in a well-lighted, air-conditioned office. May work in various WCCHD offices around the county and in a variety of community locations. Occasional work activities may be outdoors and, therefore, employee will be exposed to heat and cold. May have extensive contact with the public. May have contact with persons who may be infected with contagious diseases. Certain immunizations and/or TB skin test may be required. Tobacco/vapor-free workplace.
Direct Supervisor of: 6
Location and Hours: 211 Commerce Boulevard, Round Rock, TX; general hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm. This position may be subject to travel. Work may require occasional early morning, evening, weekend, and/or holiday hours. Extended hours may be required in the event of a public health emergency.
Job Performance Evaluation: The employee will be evaluated at least annually, but more often if warranted.
Contact Info:
Williamson County & Cities Health District
355 Texas Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 943-3600
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