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Date: Nov 15, 2019

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Requisition No: 85143 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST - 64005679

Position Number: 64005679 

Salary:  $38,000.00 to $41,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/25/2019 

Thank you for your interest in a career opportunity with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County. If you’re looking to build a great career in public health – you’ve come to the right place. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health your employer of choice. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Florida Department of Health in Manatee (DOH-Manatee) is a customer driven public health organization in continuous pursuit of performance excellence. Our Mission – To protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Our Vision – To be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Our Values - Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness, Excellence (ICARE)


The incumbent of this position will function as a Public Health Nutritionist in the main WIC office and may periodically be located at the sites of Tillman Full Service Center, Pine Village Apartments and various other locations in the county as needed for the WIC Program. The incumbent of this position will directly report to the PHN Supervisor.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, certifying eligible clients into the WIC Program, handling customer issues and providing clients with nutritional counseling and appropriate health related information.  Incumbent is responsible for making referrals to other programs, which may include Breastfeeding and any other social service agencies, as needed.  This individual will interact with the WIC Director, other WIC staff nutritionists and clerical staff.


Evaluates the clinical and anthropometric data and dietary histories of women, infants and children under the eligible guidelines for participation in the WIC Program.  Completes all forms, enters data on appropriate computer screens, and documents certification information in the client electronic medical record.  Provides individual nutritional counseling and may teach group nutrition classes to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women up to six-month post-partum and caretakers of infants and children participating in the WIC program.  Documents counseling and prepares nutrition care plans for WIC participants meeting the state high-risk criteria.  Enters client nutrition education and breastfeeding contact codes into the WIC system on a daily basis.  Promotes breastfeeding to WIC clients. Participates in the Quality Assurance Program for the WIC department.  Occasionally rotates with other staff members to conduct peer review and will participate in any multi-disciplinary QA team responsibilities that are needed in the Health Department.  Will report findings to the director, senior manager and at staff meetings.  Accurately completes, reviews and submits all required reports such as employee activities report (EAR) and timesheets daily, or at minimum, no later than the last day of a pay period.  Assists in planning, implementing and periodically reviewing and revising nutrition education plan for Manatee County Health Department WIC and nutrition programs.  Selects and evaluates audio-visuals and printed nutrition materials for use with WIC clients.  Attends staff meetings, WIC conferences, and any special nutrition workshops and seminars as scheduled.  Ensures that surveys are provided and completed by clients.


Participates in outreach activities which will enhance the community's knowledge of the WIC program by attending health fairs and\or providing presentations on appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding education.  These activities will be on current science based information for clients who may be eligible for the program and will represent the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County in a professional manner. 


Will make every effort to independently and professionally address and resolve all customer service issues and take appropriate actions.  Will keep supervisor informed of the situation and outcome by the end of the workday. May be required to perform additional duties at the direction of WIC Director or Public Health Nutrition Supervisor. Travels to other clinic sites, when scheduled to provide nutrition education to WIC participants or caretakers and to perform WIC certifications.


Other Duties: Performs other related duties as required. Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.”


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles, techniques and practice of the science of nutrition, nutritional treatment techniques, chemistry, biochemistry, statistics, research methods and other supporting nutrition sciences. 
  • Skilled in the theories and concepts of preventative health care in a community or public health setting and the principles of interviewing and counseling patients along with the principles and techniques of effective communication. 
  • Ability to coordinate participation in nutrition care plans, to perform nutritional assessments, to determine nutritional problems, to monitor the quantity and quality of nutritional care and to work independently with others. 
  • Ability to plan work priorities and evaluate work outcomes. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and to contribute to the organization and implementation of program activities. 
  • Skilled at independently handling the majority of customer problems and making decisions based on applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures. 
  • Ability to analyze and interpret nutrition and other scientific related materials and to formulate and\or apply policies and procedures.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate activities in a multi-task work environment.
  • Computer skills in Windows and Microsoft Office software. 
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing effectively.


Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

  • Dietitian/Nutritionist in accordance with Chapter 468, Florida Statutes, or be eligible to practice dietetics in accordance with Chapter 21M, Section 48.001, 48.002, 48.003, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Must be licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Florida. 
  • Bachelors Degree in Dietetics or Food & Nutrition related subjected required.


Other job-related requirements for this position: Emergency Duty: Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.  Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.

Working hours: (A) Monday to Thursday from 8:00AM to 5:30PM, Friday 8:00AM to 12:00PM (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.)


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: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradenton