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Date: Aug 12, 2020

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Requisition No: 188542 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64035858 

Salary:  $60,000 - $80,000 

Posting Closing Date: 12/14/2020 

Florida Department of Health
Bureau of WIC Program Services

4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin # A-16
Tallahassee, FL 32399


** Salary range is approximate and will be determined by experience and qualifications.


**NOTE: All responses provided to the qualifying questions for this vacancy advertisement must be verifiable on your State of Florida, Employment Application. **

This position requires a security background check (fingerprinting required) 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.




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 position has major administrative and technical responsibilities for planning, coordinating and supervising the work of the Nutrition Section, which includes the Local Operations Unit, of the Bureau of WIC Program Services.  Oversees the operation of the WIC Dietetic Internship Program, breastfeeding program, Loving Support Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program, and data review areas supervised by Nutrition Program Director.  The incumbent serves as the State WIC Nutrition Coordinator as identified in the USDA Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 246.  This position is 100% supported by the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) grant. 




Provides leadership and support to staff of the Nutrition Section through supervision and direction of the section’s activities.  Assigns and monitors work of the section to ensure workload is appropriately distributed and that all priority projects and routine assignments are completed on time.  Reviews work performed by section staff for accuracy and completeness and performs other general administrative duties.  Reports routinely to the Bureau Chief on the work of the section and other related assignments.  Identifies and eliminates duplicative functions within the section.  Performs all supervisory duties including, but not limited to, hiring and selection, developing performance plans, conducting performance appraisals, planning and directing staff’s work, approving leave, and taking disciplinary action as appropriate.  Ensures activities conducted by the Bureau and participating local agencies comply with all state and federal guidelines, rules, and regulations.


Participates in the development of long-range program plans and the development/implementation of program policies ensuring compliance with Federal Regulations and state laws, regulations and/or rules.  Ensures promotion of and adherence to the goals and objectives of the Department and completion of planned program objectives included in the annual state plan submitted to USDA/FNS.  Evaluates the impact of program policies and procedures on operations and recommends changes based on need and analysis.


Conducts user acceptance testing of FL-WiSE data system enhancements as well as bug fixes associated with the clinic module, including the certification, nutrition/medical history, nutrition care plan and food package screens as well as testing of other clinic related functionality of the system.  Documents test results.  Assists state staff with trouble-shooting difficult FL-WiSE system operational and policy questions not previously encountered.  Coordinates updates of FL-WiSE training materials.


Identifies FL-WiSE system modifications and enhancements that will improve clinic functionality and productivity through system performance and processes and ensure compliance with federal regulations.  Develops business requirements for system modifications and enhancements associated with the clinic module and nutrition-related screens.  Prioritizes needed changes to achieve operational efficiencies and maintain program integrity.


Provides technical assistance, training and guidance to local WIC agencies and other departmental staff particularly in the areas related to nutrition, breastfeeding, certification and food packages of WIC program operations through staff training, on-site visits, and correspondence, or via the telephone.


Serves as liaison between the Nutrition Section and the Operations Section within the Bureau and with other state and federal agencies including educational institutions and other agencies concerned with food and nutrition in order to strengthen and promote program coordination to improve the nutritional and health status of people in the state.  Represents the WIC and the Bureau Chief at national, state, and local meetings regarding nutrition services.


Prepares and compiles data for special reports and assignments.  Produces federally required reports and related portions of the State Plan and Procedure Manual.  Writes and reviews reports, correspondence and other written materials as required.  Reviews and/or develops recommendations for state and federal nutrition legislation, legislative budget issues, legislative reports, or position papers.


Researches, evaluates and recommends methods or activities that can provide cost savings, improve operational effectiveness or promote efficiencies at the local and state level.  Leads and/or participates on work teams to solve operational and programmatic issues.  Participates as a member of the monitoring team in reviewing local agency operations on a periodic basis.


Develops statewide nutrition counseling guidelines and standards.  Establishes standards and policies of quality control for nutrition and dietetic components of public health programs.  Monitors, reviews and evaluates local agency nutrition education plans to assure the availability of nutrition services to populations in need of services.  Monitors and evaluates the nutrition services component of and nutrition education materials used by the program.


Provides or coordinates training for state or local agency staff in the delivery of nutrition services and program services based on identified training needs.  Develops training materials as needed.  Measures effectiveness of training to identify needed changes.


Maintains professional knowledge and skills through participation in regular staff meetings and through other staff development activities.  Advises the Bureau Chief on new scientific findings in nutrition and dietetics with potential application for program planning and policy developments.


Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.




Knowledge of:  the principles of public health administration, planning and regulation;  the current science and practice of nutrition and dietetics; concepts and theories of dietetics and nutrition as it relates to growth development, health, or disease, nutrition and dietary assessment techniques;  human behavior and techniques for modifying it;  the methods of data collection and analysis;  basic management and supervisory principles and practices;  problem solving techniques;  correct spelling, grammar and punctuation;  and WIC Program regulations and policies.


Skill in:  the use of microcomputers and standard software programs; public speaking and communicating nutrition and programmatic information at appropriate levels to different audiences.


Ability to:  understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures;  think critically;  compile, organize, analyze and evaluate data;  organize data into logical format for presentations, reports, and documents;  develop reports, manuals, policies and procedures;  review data for accuracy and completeness;  develop objectives, strategies, plans and effectively implement;  review and evaluate plans, processes and programs to identify improvements and adjustments needed to ensure program effectiveness and efficiency;  implement corrective actions and evaluate the resultspresent negative findings in an effective manner;  conduct basic research;  utilize problem solving techniques;  provide consultation and expert advice;  guide, direct and supervise staff; plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work assignments to ensure timely completion of quality, accurate work products;  communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  establish and maintain effective working relationships;  and work independently.




Chapter 468, Part X, Florida Statutes

Chapter 64B8-40 through 64B8-45, Florida Administrative Code

Federal Regulation 7CFR 246.3 e

  • Have a Master's degree with emphasis in food and nutrition, community nutrition, public health nutrition, nutrition education, human nutrition, nutrition science or equivalent.
  • Currently hold credentials as a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association
  • Have at least one of the following: Program development skills, education background and experience in the development of educational and training resource materials, community action experience, counseling skills or experience in participant advocacy
  • Have two years work experience as a nutritionist in education, social service, maternal and child health, public health, nutrition, or dietetics (5 years preferred)

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: Tallahassee