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Date:  Jun 25, 2022


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Requisition No: 631469 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64003034 & 64035983 

Salary:  $45,000.00 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/05/2022 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

The Florida Department of Health in Manatee; a customer driven 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)


This individual will be responsible for all supervisory duties including, but not limited to,

  • hiring and selection,
  •  developing performance plans,
  • conducting performance appraisals,
  • planning and directing their work,
  • approving leave,
  • and taking disciplinary action as appropriate.

This is a highly responsible public health nutrition position supervising and performing nutrition and quality management duties at any site or location in the geographic area covered by the Manatee County WIC Program.  

The incumbent in this position is directly responsible for supervision and coordination of nutrition and breastfeeding education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in compliance with Federal Regulations.

 The incumbent will collaborate with WIC staff to ensure reliable and current nutrition education and the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. 

 Incumbent will be involved in the overall WIC program coordination as well as direct patient care. 

 Incumbent also provides quality nutrition care to the WIC participants.


QI Responsibilities:

This consists of work carrying out local WIC agency quality improvement responsibilities at all sites including but not limited to the following:

-monitoring local sites for compliance with inventories

-completing nutritionist record reviews

-assures completion of customer satisfaction surveys

-compiling indicator scorecard information for supervisors, meeting with staff, and providing technical assistance

-training new staff and serving as mentors to new hires

-coordinating and developing QI reviews in clinics, tracking the results, and providing technical assistance

-recommends changes in procedures as appropriate based on QI findings.

-serving on health department quality teams, if applicable

-providing rewards and recognitions to assigned staff

-Assists with required monthly reports for state WIC office.

-Provides assistance assessing, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluation of local agency needs, policies, procedures, and expansion activities of the WIC Program at all locations.


Office Management and Supervision Duties:

-Supervision of the WIC program in Manatee County.  Supervision of subordinate staff.

-Interviews potential subordinate employees and recommends their hire.

-Trains new employees according to local, state, and federal rules and guidelines.

-Evaluates employees according to previously determined standards, meeting state-imposed deadlines.

-Recognizes and rewards high performing employees; disciplines employees as necessary.

-Communicates with employees on a regular basis and uses team building skills to motivate and guide the team to improved performance.

-Uses time management skills and delegation to stay on track with all assignments and work responsibilities.

-Takes and resolves client complaints, ensuring customer satisfaction as much as possible.

-Assists in the orientation for new public health nutritionists.

-Works closely with health care professionals to provide an integrated approach to nutrition and health care; coordinates nutrition services at the WIC site with other health services.

-Complies with all Department of Health and WIC security and confidentiality rules and requirements.

-Information Custodian for the WIC/Nutrition Division.  Serves as the Information Custodian of assigned Information Sets; maintaining the confidentiality of the information in accordance with state and federal statutes, rules, regulations and Department of Health Information Security Policies, Protocols and Procedures, in accordance with Protocol:  Security – 3, V, Sec 1-3.

-Accurately completes all required tracking forms and ensures that the subordinate staff is in compliance with this requirement.

-Assists by servicing clients as needed.

-Implements County, State and Federal WIC rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for administrative activities and client services.

-Conducts ordering of special formula for high risk WIC clients. 

-Interacts with formula representatives for proper ordering procedures. Updates direct distribution logs monthly per local protocol. 

- Monitors prescription and formula expiration dates for direct distribution clients. 

- Ensures product availability for client appointments.  Responsible for WIC formula inventory, reconciliation, and reporting of inventory issues.

-Organizes and maintains direct distribution logs, invoices, packing slips and order logs for previous fiscal years per state policy. 

-Ensures formula destruction procedures are followed per state policy. Develops internal operating procedures regarding direct distribution and formula storage.


Accurately completes and approves all forms such as timesheets, EARs, encounter documentation, leave and attendance records, mileage and other necessary items by the required deadlines

Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-service training, and other professional and staff development activities.


Performs other duties as required, including performance of additional interpreter duties, consistent with skill level, and as needed.  This position may provide backup for WIC Director and perform those functions as needed.  This position may serve clients that speak only Spanish, Creole, or other languages.  It may require performance of interpreter duties, if bilingual, or implementation of the Department’s Limited English Proficiency Plan.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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

  • Knowledge of the science and current practice of nutrition or dietetics; Knowledge of the concepts and theories of nutrition or dietetics as it relates to growth, development, health or disease; Knowledge of nutritional and dietary assessment techniques; Knowledge of the methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data.
  • Ability to develop educational/training plans and supporting materials; Ability to use various communication channels to provide education/training
  •  Ability to analyze and interpret anthropometric, biochemical, clinical and dietary data
  •  Ability to interview and counsel patients
  •  Ability to plan, organize and evaluate a nutrition program or project
  •  Ability to supervise people
  •  Ability to determine work priorities, assign work, and ensure proper completion of work assignments
  •  Ability to communicate effectively & professionally
  •  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  •  Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  •  Ability to use WIC program related software and provide proof of successful completion of the WIC WISE competency test, or new hires be able to pass this test within 60 days following date of hire.  This information may be verified through the State WIC office, local agencies, or through competency testing at the time of the interview.



  • Must be Licensed Dietitian (LD) with the State of Florida. 
  • This occupation requires that the incumbents meet the requirements outlined in Chapter 468, Part X, Florida Statutes, or be eligible to practice dietetics in accordance with Chapter 64B8-40 to 45, Florida Administrative Code - and/or Registration as a dietitian as defined by the American Dietetic Association.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics or Nutrition
  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent required to possess and maintain a valid Class E driver’s license


Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.


Where You Will Work:

Manatee County

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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Please be advised:


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. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this 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 the 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 upon the date of your retirement. 


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   


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 (department) 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 Department's 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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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. 

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