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OPS PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST - 64908128

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: PORT CHARLOTTE, FL, US, 33980

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Requisition No: 316621 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST - 64908128

Position Number: 64908128 

Salary:  $23.00 to $25.00 per Hour 

Posting Closing Date: 03/12/2021 

DESCRIPTION:

This is an OPS position as a Public Health Nutritionist with the Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte).  Employee plans and provides comprehensive nutrition care and education services within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in health clinics and other community settings.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Senior Public Health Nutritionist Supervisor.  The incumbent may also be tasked to determine eligibility, take anthropometric measurements, provide a finger stick for hemoglobin testing, and complete State Office required reports. The incumbent is expected to work with a high degree of independence and must be relied upon to maintain patient confidentiality and adhere to HIPAA guidelines, while providing excellent customer service.  Work hours may be adjusted to accommodate early and/or evening appointments. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A valid Florida driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.
  • Must have a strong background in customer service, with at least one year of professional experience.
  • Licensure/registration/certification requirements: Licensed as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. This occupation requires that the incumbent meet the requirement outlined in chapter 468, part X, Florida Statues.
  • The ability to perform a finger stick for hemoglobin is required (with training).
  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours in the event of a disaster or as needed.  EMERGENCY DUTY:  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat thereof, man-made or natural.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Nutrition Counseling and Clinic Services

  • Assesses nutritional and dietary needs of high risk and medically high-risk clients in the community.  Provides nutritional care, management and education for high risk clients in primary care clinics.  Reviews medical data, determines nutritional care needs, develops plan of care.  Provides individual and group nutritional counseling for the client population.  Certifies eligible clients for the WIC Program and provides or arranges for required follow-up.  Works with Breastfeeding Coordinator to organize, promote, and support breastfeeding for WIC clients. Documents client contacts and services in appropriate records
  • Provides expert consultation and technical assistance to health care professionals and health center staff.  Works with health care team to ensure that comprehensive nutritional care is provided for clients. Assists in providing field experience for nutrition students and interns.  Participates in staff meetings, in-service training and other staff development activities.  Provides continuing education and consultation for WIC staff, CHD staff and community agencies or organizations
  • Provides excellent customer service. Promptly answers the telephone, schedules client appointments, re-schedules and/or follows up missed appointments by telephone or in person.
  • As needed, instructs WIC participants, parent/guardian in the co-caretaker/proxy procedures, appointments scheduling and certification period(s). Completes and/or updates WIC program verification of certification/identification (VOC/ID) cards. Instructs participant, parent/guardian and co-caretaker/proxy in redemption process of WIC program food instruments and notifies participant of their rights and responsibilities as a WIC program participant.
  • As needed evaluates program eligibility status of each WIC participant to ensure a valid EBT issuance and/or formula issuance can be performed. Issues WIC program EBT issuance and/or formula in accordance with procedures outlined in DHM 150-24 and the WIC System Guide.
  • Offers the opportunity for voter registration to each eligible participant/parent at certification. 
  • Performs and records accurate measurements (heights/lengths, weights, and hemoglobin), as needed, for certification, mid-year certification, or follow-up.  Uses CDC approved equipment correctly.

 

Other Duties

  • Fosters a positive environment for promoting breastfeeding as the normal and preferred method of infant feeding.
  • Refers WIC clients to WIC breastfeeding staff and other community breastfeeding support systems.
  • Completes all State Office required reports, documentation requirements, requests and assignments correctly and within needed time frames. 
  • Accurately and promptly completes all administrative forms, including but not limited to timesheets, employee activity reports (EARS), and travel forms. 
  • Participates in quarterly WIC Quality Assurance monitoring using monitoring tools.
  • Actively participates and/or leads quality improvement or process improvement initiatives.
  • All other duties as directed by Supervisor.

 

Working hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Employee may be required to work additional hours if needed.  Variable locations.  May change days off depending on staffing needs.

 

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES DEEMED ESSENTIAL TO THIS POSITION:

  • Knowledge of Statutes and Rules and Regulations that pertain to the WIC program
  • Knowledge of principles, practices & office procedures
  • Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage
  • Knowledge of standard business formats & styles for letters & business forms
  • Knowledge of theories & concepts of preventive health care, current science & practice of nutrition
  • Knowledge of prenatal, breastfeeding, postpartum, infant and children nutrition
  • Knowledge of breastfeeding benefits and ability to promote and educate on it
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection
  • Knowledge of the principles & techniques of records management
  • Knowledge of planning principles & techniques
  • Skill in operating a personal computer
  • Ability to provide nutrition education for individuals and groups
  • Ability to assess nutritional status and develop basic nutrition plans
  • Ability to teach and develop or select education materials
  • Ability to operate general office equipment
  • Ability to train others and deal effectively with a variety of people
  • Ability to follow office procedures and practices
  • Ability to organize and maintain filing systems
  • Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous and effective manner
  • Ability to plan, organize & coordinate work assignments & communicate effectively verbally & in writing
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationship with others
  • Ability to understand, interpret & apply applicable rules, regulations, polices & procedures
  • Ability to prioritize individual workload, prepare reports & maintain records
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to frequently use telephone, computer, copier and small hand tools, i.e. Stapler, scissors, etic
  • Ability to work with occasional loud noises
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds as needed
  • Ability to review data for accuracy & completeness
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work indoors with occasional temperature change

 

  • ** 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. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. 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: http://www.sss.gov
  • 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.  Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
  • Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
  • 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 DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

 

If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.

 

OPS – Other Personal Services / Temporary Employment

 

WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan* - mandatory

Workers’ Compensation - mandatory

Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory

Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements, please consult with your servicing HR office for details)

Deferred Compensation - voluntary

Employee Assistance Program - voluntary

 

WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

Any form of paid leave

Paid holidays

Participation in the Florida Retirement System

Reinstatement rights or retention rights

 

APPLICABLE LAWS/RULES:

Sections 110.131, 110.1315 and 216.011(1)(dd), Florida Statutes

Rules 60L-33.005 and 60L-34.001, Florida Administrative Code

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.


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