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Date: Nov 30, 2017

Location: DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL, US, 32433

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Requisition No: 25403 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: NUTRITION EDUCATOR - 64005601

Position Number: 64005601 

Salary:  $32,500.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/14/2017 


Certifies participants for WIC in accordance with federal requirements and Florida Department of Health WIC policies and guidelines.  Accurately determines a nutritional/health risk for certification through individual nutrition assessments and evaluations of health data obtained.  Provides appropriate WIC food packages to clients based on individually assessed information and current rules in place.    Documents all utilizing the SOAP method of Problem Oriented Recording in Florida WISE.  Provides professional nutrition counseling and follow up to clients in accordance with established care plan, nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion requirements in DHM 150-24.       

Participates in VENA (Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment) principles that include critical thinking, open-ended questions, readiness for change and client centered goal setting.

Provides Healthy Start initial contacts, care coordination, education and case management to clients that have a positive pregnancy test in the Walton County Health Department Family Planning Clinic. Provides care coordination to Healthy Start clients and families located within Walton County. Case management, including home visits, referrals and follow-ups, will be conducted following Healthy Start standards and guidelines. Will provide home visits to other pregnant or parenting families as indicated. Maintains client records; assists in collection of statistical data and evaluation of information to assure objectives are met and standards are maintained. Provides parent education and affirmation in prenatal health, parenting skills, and infant/child health with referral to other providers as indicated. Conducts and organizes educational classes and parent support groups as indicated.

Provides breastfeeding support, equipment, and information.  Promotes breastfeeding as the normal and preferred method of infant feeding in WIC clinics, support groups, breastfeeding classes, and other locations as necessary. Provides basic breastfeeding information and assists in teaching clients the use of breastfeeding equipment, ie. electric and manual pumps.

Will provide a structured interaction between the professional and client which assists client to identify concerns or needs by addressing social, emotional and behavioral and environmental issues that affect the client’s well-being. Responsible for the receipt of services, facilitating care and minimizing other obstacles to full participation in prenatal and infant health care. Documents all activities appropriately in the Well Families System and codes all services accurately into the Well Families System adhering to Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines.

Responsible to work in a laboratory to obtain anthropometric and hematological data. Performs and records accurate measurements (heights/lengths and weights) as needed for certification or follow-up.  Uses CDC approved equipment correctly. Will obtain hemoglobin’s as needed. Check client’s immunization status in FL Shots and accurately inputs client information into the FL WiSE system. Provides nutrition assessment and appropriate nutrition counseling to high risk clients as well as low risk clients

Participates in monitoring QI/QA activities to assure compliance with program guidelines, objectives and regulations. Acts as a role-model to co-workers and other DOH staff.

Completes and all required reports, documentation requirements, requests and assignments correctly and within needed time frames.  Functions as a team leader for other positions in the absence of supervisors.  Will be cross trained and will be expected to foster teamwork and assist staff when clinic staffing is short.  Attends meetings and participates in Walton CHD committees as needed.  Performs other duties as assigned.   

Employee is responsible for processing invoices for exempt infant formula and WIC-eligible nutritionals to standards of which comply with Section 215.422, Florida Statutes and Chapter 691-24, Florida Administrative Code.

NOTE:  Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening, and participation in direct deposit. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct the background check.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health – Walton County is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Panama City

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