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Douglas County  7170
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*NUTRITIONIST
Pay Range GC18

INTRODUCTION

This classification provides nutrition education to Women, Infant and Children (WIC) clients through program services of community health division of health and social services department; assess needs of individuals, design and implement a plan and then evaluate the results; participate in WIC certifications; provide training to WIC support staff, division staff and public agencies.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

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

1. Assess, identify, plan and coordinate individual nutrition treatment plans for women, infants and children; monitor results which includes: interview and identify risk factors of clients, assess nutrition status, determine caloric intake, design and implement treatment plan, evaluate results. Counsel client in preventative care, nutrition education and promote health and prevention of disease. Provide these services to other community health programs and/or other public and community agencies.

2. Design and teach nutrition education both individually or in group classes for WIC clients. Coordinate education and support programs for breastfeeding women and professionals. Develop nutrition education materials. Provide nutritional training and guidance for WIC and community health staff and public and community agencies.

3. Establish, maintain and complete required records, reports and statistical information. Maintain client recordkeeping.

4. Promote County breastfeeding program. Coordinate education and support programs; coordinate with other agency programs.

5. Provide consultation and in-service training to department staff, local agencies, community, schools, etc.

6. Serve as liaison between WIC program and the community; interpret policy and procedures.

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, analyze situation, determine course of action, implement the action and evaluate results; considerable knowledge of training and education techniques.  Skill in: Design and presentation of educational materials; interviewing and counseling techniques.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; prepare educational training material; plan and consult with clients, families and community agencies; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, clients and families, state agencies, community agencies and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in nutrition, health or dietetics and two years progressively responsible work experience. At time of appointment, must possess registered dietitian licensure or Master's degree in public health and a valid Oregon driver's license.

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

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of the nutrition program manager. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established department policies and procedures, federal and state statutes, rules and regulations; WIC training modules and nutritional reference materials. 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; may involve bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 35 pounds, pushing, reaching, standing and walking. Employee shares common exposure to communicable disease. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

   
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