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*NUTRITION PROGRAM MANAGER
Pay Range GC22

INTRODUCTION

This classification has responsibility for the management and coordination of the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program in the design, implementation and evaluation of nutrition education; administer needs assessment of clients and plan programs to meet needs; ensure program compliance to Federal and State standards. This classification supervises unit professional and support staff and has accountability for work performed by unit.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Design procedures for assessment of nutritional needs of WIC clients, plan and evaluate procedures and programs, develop goals and objectives for delivery and evaluation of the program which involves client eligibility, client flow, vouchering systems. Prepare and monitor unit budget. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Supervise WIC support staff and clinic operations; offer technical assistance as needed. Ensure program is in compliance with federal and state regulations. Assume final accountability for work performed within the unit. Is involved in selection, training, and evaluation of staff. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

3. Develop annual WIC nutrition education plan defining yearly nutrition goals and objectives. In conjunction with staff, review and select or prepare nutrition education materials.

4. Coordinate WIC program with other division programs, outlying County offices and outside community facilities. Provide in-service and education for division staff.

5. Represent WIC program to the community, advisory boards, committees, outside agencies and the public.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of nutritional needs and assessment methods for women, infants, and children to provide and evaluate nutrition services; considerable knowledge of management of nutrition programs to analyze situation, determine course of action, implement the action and evaluate results; considerable knowledge of personnel and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate unit programs. Skill in: Report and budget management, interviewing and counseling techniques. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; plan and consult with clients, families and community agencies; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish new policy when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise clinic operations and support staff; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, community, advisory boards, committees, public agencies, clients and the public. Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in nutrition, health education or dietetics with coursework emphasis in nutritional services as applied to public health agencies and three years progressively responsible work experience which includes supervision and program management experience OR satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess registered dietitian licensure and a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Knowledge of Federal WIC program; Master's degree in public health in nutrition.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the guidance of the community health division director. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established department policies and procedures, federal and state statutes, rules and regulations; WIC training modules, nutritional reference materials, personnel rules. Employee uses considerable judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; however, may involve bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 35 pounds, reaching, standing and walking. Employee shares common exposure to communicable disease. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

 
   
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