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WIC Nutritionist/Health Educator
River Block Building - WR
Part-time 50% - 20-22hrs/week
Deadline to apply:
$22.05/hr - $25.20/hr
The purpose of this position is to function as a WIC clinic nutritionist and 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. The work is performed under the supervision of the Nutrition/Lactation Program Supervisor.
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.
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.
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.
Charts results of health and diet screening, education and care plans in the WIC Real-time Online Statewide Information Environment (ROSIE).
Provides follow-up appointments for high-risk participants.
Attends and participates in staff, department and regional meetings regarding WIC program.
Project Nutritionist Specific Duties
Participate in the development/revision of agency policies and procedures in order to support WIC and nutrition goals pertinent to the WIC population.
Annually perform chart reviews of all WIC staff.
Evaluates program nutrition education needs based on ROSIE reports and determines and maintains annual nutrition education plans.
Approves and documents participant need for special formulas and food packages according to physician’s orders.
Serve as preceptor for dietetic interns. Provides orientation to the WIC program for students in other health care disciplines.
Supervises subordinate nutrition staff in the absence of the Nutrition/Lactation Program Supervisor, and functions as the lead WIC clinic nutritionist.
Develops, implements, monitor, and evaluate annual nutrition performance objectives with WIC Director.
Possession of Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition 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.
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