Job: WIC - Nutrition Education Specialist I (part-time 32 hrs/wk)

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WIC - Nutrition Education Specialist I (part-time 32 hrs/wk)
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Under general supervision, the Nutrition Education Specialist I screens, certifies and provides comprehensive nutrition assessments to participants for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Provides participant-centered services according to federal guidelines, rules and regulations.

 

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalency; required.
  • Associate’s Degree in Nutrition; preferred.
  • At least 12 credit hours of college level nutrition coursework; preferred.
  • Any combination of training, education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position; required.
  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License; required.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification; required.
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card through Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS); required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to provide excellent participant-centered customer service in person and/or on the telephone.
  • Able to successfully complete Learning Management System (LMS) courses within 60 days of hire.
  • Able to operate a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Able to successfully complete Certified Breastfeeding Consultant (CBC) or equivalent breastfeeding course within six (6) months of hire.
  • Possesses multicultural awareness - respectful of diversity in client population.
  • Possesses critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possesses outstanding organizational skills.
  • Able to determine rebated versus non-rebated formula, formula approvals and formula approval process.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In addition to performance expected of Certification Specialist.
  • Serves as a mentor when training new WIC staff.
  • Develops rapport and fosters open communication with participants and caretakers.
  • Completes eligibility screening, records documentation, food benefit issuance, schedules appointments and provides nutrition education and referrals to other programs using culturally appropriate communication styles to collect information.
  • Demonstrates appropriate anthropometric measurement techniques and hematological data collection by obtaining measurements of stature, weight and hemoglobin.
  • Provides participant-centered nutrition education to participants individually or in groups according to age, category, health risks and family needs.
  • Selects and tailors participants’ nutritional preference needs.
  • Analyzes health and nutrition histories based on lifecycle stages.
  • Evaluates the impact of the parent/feeding dynamics on nutritional status, growth and development.
  • Loads and issues food benefits and eWIC cards when applicable to WIC participants.
  • Maintains security and inventory of food benefits supplies and eWIC cards.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Refers medium- and high-risk participants to the Nutrition Education Specialist IIs and Registered Dietitians for counseling and follow-up.
  • Promotes breastfeeding and breastfeeding support activities, and refers to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) as needed.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use interpretation and/or translation services to collect information from clients with limited English proficiency.
  • Plans and participates in community outreach activities.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Attends statewide nutrition education workshops, regional training, departmental in-services and MHC-sponsored in-services as assigned.
  • Opens and/or closes the clinic as assigned.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • WIC program requirements, including the WIC nutrition assessment process and acceptable anthropometric measurement practices.
  • Human nutrition, normal nutrition issues for pregnancy, lactation, the postpartum period, infancy, and early childhood.
  • Public health nutrition programs, principles and services.
  • Principles of participant-centered education.
  • Principles of critical thinking.
  • Behavioral change theories.
  • Available health and human services and resources within the community.
  • Basic arithmetic to accurately perform computations.

Benefits:

As an employee of MHC Healthcare, we share in a very strong mission: Dedication to providing Service Excellence in Promoting Health and Well Being. To support this mission in our community, MHC Healthcare believes it must start at home. Therefore, employees have many opportunities to care for our health and wellness with benefits such as:

  • Medical, dental, vision
  • 403b
  • Short-term disability and other benefits
  • Paid time off (including holidays/vacation/sick leave/community service)
  • Paid bereavement and jury duty
  • Employee discount for medical services
  • Tuition reimbursement

Pay Type: Hourly

Travel Required: Yes

Required Education: Some College

Location: Marana Main Health Center, Marana, Arizona, United States of America

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