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WIC Health Educator/Nutritionist
Location:River Block Building - WR
FT/PT:Part-time 60%- 22-26hrs/week-1200+hrs WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:12/06/2022
Hiring Range:$26.71/hr to $30.52/hr
  
Job Responsibilities:
WHO WE ARE:

The Wood County Health Department has great passion for helping the members of our community. As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality services is a shared goal across all departments. If you have a background in Health Services and a passion to help the members of our community, please consider joining our team! 
 

WHAT WE OFFER:
In addition to who we are, Wood County team members are offered competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including:

*Health Insurance - we offer low premiums and low deductibles, with excellent coverage!
*Dental Insurance
*Vision Insurance
*Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) - This is one of the best-funded public pension plans in the U.S.!
*457 deferred compensation plan
*Vacation and Sick Time - Start accruing for both on your first day!
*10 Paid Holidays
*Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
*Life Insurance
*Short and Long-Term Disability
*Wellness Incentive Plan
*Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program
*Ability to earn comp time
 
Purpose of Position

The primary purpose of this position is to provide nutrition education for the WIC program by determining nutrition risk, setting goals for behavior change pertaining to nutrition and breastfeeding, and developing and distributing nutrition educational materials.

Additionally, this position may assist WIC participants with program requirements and benefits, coordinate appointments, and perform clinic intake. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

1. Obtain height, weight and hemoglobin during WIC clinics,
2. Determines participants’ WIC eligibility based on nutrition risk.  Utilizing motivational interviewing (MI), determine WIC participant nutrition and health needs. Completes and records physical assessment of client height, weight, hemoglobin and lead. Interprets growth charts and calculates gestation periods.
3. Educates on nutrition and breastfeeding using MI, to set behavior change goals. Educating may include explaining WIC program services and goals, use of benefits, and participant rights and responsibilities.  Referrals made to appropriate health care providers and other services.
4. Charts results of health and diet screening, education and care plans in the WIC Real-time Online Statewide Information Environment (ROSIE). 
5. Provides follow-up appointments for high-risk participants.
6. Attends and participates in staff, department and regional meetings regarding WIC program.
7. Works to support the mission of the department and adheres to the core values as described in the most current agency strategic plan. 
8. Responsible to know and practice the Safety Policies of the County. Perform all job tasks in a safe and prescribed manner.

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities
While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

1. Answer inquiries about the WIC program eligibility requirements; process requests for application and maintain documentation of the application process.
2. Assist with appointment reminders and missed appointments. Make or change initial and re-certification appointments. Maintain auto-dialer functions and ROSIE text reminders for WIC appointments.  
3. Assist with intake of WIC participants and benefit issuance for WIC participants during WIC clinics.
4. Organize rosters for WIC clinics. Enter data into appropriate software program.
5. Participate as part of the Incident Command Structure in planning, training, and exercising for emergencies.
 
Job Qualifications:
Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
Possession of Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, Nursing, or related field from an accredited college or university required, preferably a Registered Dietitian (RD) who is registered with the American Dietetic Association and a Certified Dietitian (CD) who is certified with the State of Wisconsin.  One to two years dietetic or nutrition counseling experience preferably in public health agency. Must have transportation available for business use.  Ability to work independently within guidelines under supervision.  Basic, everyday living skills are needed, as is the ability to understand and follow oral and written directions (will act based on oral and written directions and make independent judgments based on data collection within the Agency protocols).  Ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with individuals.  Reading, writing, adding, and subtracting is needed for reports, data collection, statistical evaluation, charting, and writing referrals.  Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.  Working knowledge of computers, specifically Microsoft software, and the ability to learn any updates as required.


*To maintain RD and CD status, 75 hours of continuing professional education (CPEs) are required every 5 years.  The agency must keep copies of the Project Nutritionist’s current ADA Commission on Dietetic Registration Certificate of Registration and Certificate of State of Wisconsin Certification on file.