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Posted:
8/18/2017
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Health Care Provider
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Nutrition Educator - 64027217
State of Florida | Punta Gorda, Florida
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Job Description

DESCRIPTION:

This Career Service position as a Nutrition Educator is with the Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte).  The incumbent provides nutrition and breastfeeding services to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) families. Referrals to internal and external services are made to maximize the health and well-being of families.  The incumbent is expected to work with a high degree of independence and must be relied upon to maintain patient confidentiality and adhere to HIPPA guidelines while providing excellent customer service.  The incumbent will work 40 hours per week at a salary ranging from $34,000 to $37,000.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

A valid Florida driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.  Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition or Dietetics with a strong background in education and customer service.  Ability to perform a finger stick for hemoglobin is required.  Ability to work an occasional weekend to conduct outreach activities is preferred.  A strong background in breastfeeding is necessary with an International Board Certified Lactation Counsultant (IBCLC), a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CLC), or a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) credential is preferred.  Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours in the event of a disaster or as needed.  EMERGENCY DUTY:  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat thereof, man-made or natural.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 1.  Nutrition Counselling

  • Provides nutritional counseling on nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, postpartum, infancy and early childhood, either individually or in groups.  Refers clients as appropriate to other providers, including but not limited to immunizations, medical care, family planning, dental services, smoking cessation, community food, clothing and shelter sources and other assistance.
  • Performs nutrition assessments and determines nutritional risk factors in clients applying for WIC.  Develops care plans and provides appropriate nutritional counseling and follow-up on nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, post-partum, infancy and early childhood, and properly documents all services provided.
  • Provides appropriate WIC food packages to clients based on individually assessed information and current rules in place. 

2.  Breastfeeding

  • Promotes breastfeeding as the normal and preferred method of infant feeding in WIC clinics, support groups, breastfeeding classes, and other locations as necessary.  Provides basic breastfeeding information and support and assists in teaching clients the use of breastfeeding equipment, ie. electric and manual pumps.
  • Issues and tracks breastfeeding equipment
  • Follows up with clients who have been issued breastfeeding equipment monthly
  • Refers WIC clients to other community breastfeeding support systems
  • Collaborates with the local hospital and Healthy Start to promote breastfeeding

3.  Other Duties:

  • All other duties as directed by the Sr. Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor.
  • Responsible to work in a laboratory to obtain anthropometric and hematological data.  Performs and records accurate measurements (heights/lengths and weights) as needed for certification, mid-year certification, or follow-up.  Uses CDC approved equipment correctly.  Will obtain hemoglobin measurements as needed.
  • Assists in scheduling and enrolling clients in the WIC program and completing duties for certifications
  • Completes all required reports, documentation requirements, requests and assignments correctly and within needed time frames. 
  • Accurately and promptly completes all administrative forms, including but not limited to timesheets, employee activity reports (EARS), and travel forms. 
  • Participates in quarterly WIC Quality Assurance monitoring using monitoring tools.
  • Actively participates and or leads quality improvement or process improvement initiatives
  • Participates in outreach activities

 

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES DEEMED ESSENTIAL TO THIS POSITION:

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

Knowledge of:

  • Statutes, and Rules and Regulations that pertain to the programs;

    Skills:

  • Use of equipment and supplies related to the position;

    Ability

  • Initiative: Is self-confident, motivated, and has an enthusiastic drive to perform current job duties & undertakes duties of greater responsibility;
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others; relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations;
  • Technology: Navigates the Internet, uses office suite and assorted software, and uses technology equipment;
  • Time Management: Manages a variety of responsibilities in a timely, efficient manner and is able to prioritize tasks.

     

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.  Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).

Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, eligible veterans and spouses of veterans will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply. For applicants claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach supporting documentation that includes character of service (for example, DD form 214 Member Copy #4) when you apply for a vacancy. Applicants may also fax their supporting documentation to People First at 1-888-403-2110. All documentation is due by the closing date of the job announcement.

 

  • ** NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
  • This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
  • Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
  • If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • The State of Florida is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
  • Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

 

If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.

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