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Date: Dec 11, 2019

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Requisition No: 86613 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64006950 

Salary:  $45370.36 

Posting Closing Date: 12/20/2019 






Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Pasco 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.


Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a highly skilled professional position which requires an expert understanding of the Federal WIC & Nutrition Program and the use of the WIC FL-WiSE system with minimal supervision.  Maintains current knowledge of the Federal WIC program regulations including WIC memos, WIC data system guide and the DHM manual 150-24.  Having successfully completed the Nutrition Education Series of the Florida Nutrition Training Guide Modules, will provide quality nutrition care to WIC participants in compliance with the Federal Regulations. The incumbent is expected to promote cooperation, courtesy, and teamwork, in a diverse environment and as an employee of the Department of Health in Pasco County, represents the agency and its mission and values. Maintains a courteous and cooperative relationship with staff and the public.   Adheres to all departmental policy/procedure, state and federal laws governing participant information, security and privacy.  Follow agency guidelines on the use and operation of computers, telephones, copiers and faxes.


Completes Nutrition Assessment for all low, high and medically high-risk WIC clients to provide client-centered nutrition services. Documents Nutrition Care Plan and identified nutrition risks using a standardized process. Provides VENA based nutrition assessment and counseling utilizing appropriate educational materials. Assess client’s readiness to change and help client choose appropriate goal(s). Makes referrals for appropriate health and social services.  Establishes appropriate number of subsequent individual nutrition education contacts. Evaluates and revises nutrition care plan as needed. 


Assist the Public Health Nutrition Program Director in ensuring that activities for the WIC Program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) are conducted in an efficient and effective manner and that staff are providing services according to the WIC manual (DM 150-24) by developing, updating, and monitoring quality assurance standards.  Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate multiple continuous quality improvement activities and measures.


Assists in planning and updating initiatives and efforts to improve state-monitored indicators for WIC as well as agency-wide awareness campaigns such as Healthiest Weight.  Completes special projects as assigned by the Public Health Nutrition Program Director.


Attends in-services on the Nutrition Education Kit and provides interactive nutrition education contacts to low risk participants.  Inputs the nutrition service code in the data system. Maintains documentation of participant goal setting.  Promotes breastfeeding education.  Assists with and participates in QI/QA activities to support the success of WIC.


Obtains accurate data on height and weight measurements on participants.  Performs hematocrit/hemoglobin testing and records results electronically.  Cleans equipment and area where blood work is done daily.  Maintains “universal precautions” when completing HST duties.  Follows established guidelines and standards for safety in handling equipment, biological specimens and waste products to prevent exposure to blood borne pathogens.  Accurately completes the lab/anthro screens in the electronic data system.  Maintains and inventories all medical supplies.


Disburses WIC EBT and VOC/ID cards following standard procedure to eligible WIC participants.  Instructs clients on using the WIC EBT card. Obtains client signature for EBT card issuance letter. Records the necessary information on VOC/ID cards and EBT card log.  Reviews all data for accuracy and completeness.  Immediately reports any discrepancies to the clinic Supervisor. Informs participants when certification expires and what is required for recertification.  Keeps security/separation and inventory of VOC/ID and WIC EBT cards.  Loads benefits into WIC EBT account for household.


Collects data for the end-of-day and end-of- month reports as assigned and submits same to the supervisor on a timely basis.  Assists with inventories of WIC formula, equipment, and educational resources. Submits reports within the required timeframe.


Assists the supervisor with training of staff.  Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.  Travels to other clinic sites to provide services to WIC participants as needed. Participates in outreach efforts. Refers vendor queries to the vendor manager and client concerns to the supervisor. Assist with completion of client contact reports from the vendor manager.


Offers all eligible participants at certification/recertification or at change of address the option to complete a National Voter Registration Act Preference Form/Application and processes the information according to the Florida voter registration guidelines and established agency policies. Receives infants and child immunization records and sends copies to Family Health Services in accordance with agency protocol.


Completes and submits time sheets, EARS, and travel correctly, timely and according to established division and agency guidelines. Reads, understands and implements directives assigned.


Greets prospective WIC participants, answers telephones promptly and courteously.  Schedules appointments and makes appropriate health and social services referrals. Accurately obtains income, demographic and other participant information necessary to determine WIC program eligibility and advises WIC participants of their rights and obligations according to federal guidelines. Utilizing an electronic data system accurately enters required participant data and obtains signatures. Reviews “How WIC Works” with each new participant.


Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, Including Utilization of Equipment required for the position:   


 Must have a Bachelor’s or higher from an ACEND accredited program with a major in nutritional science, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics or public health nutrition.

Must be able to lift and carry up to 30lbs with or without reasonable accommodations.


Knowledge of the current science and practice of nutrition or dietetics.  Knowledge of the concepts and theories of dietetics or nutrition as it relates to growth, development, health or disease.  Knowledge of the methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data.  Knowledge of nutritional and dietary assessment techniques.  Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports.  Ability to plan and conduct a nutrition program or project.  Ability to analyze and interpret anthropometric, biochemical, dietary and clinical data.  Ability to apply educational plans and materials.  Ability to develop educational/training techniques to learning.  Ability to develop educational/training plans and supporting materials.  Ability to use various communication channels to provide educational/training.  Ability to identify needs and develop programs or projects to meet the needs of the community or patient group(s).  Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work activities.  Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others


When completing the online application process, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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Important Notices- Please be advised:

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

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

Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/paygrade. 

Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

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, visit

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.

Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.

Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

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 on the date of your retirement.

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

Applicants 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.




Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).

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 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



Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waiver available


Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums.  Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!

Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $50

Family coverage is $180

 Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $15

Family coverage is $64.30


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. 

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