Placer County Department of Health and Human Services is currently recruiting for the position of Nutritionist - II. The eligibility list from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future permanent and/or extra help vacancies within the Public Health Division. We are seeking a self-motivated and flexible individual with outstanding customer service skills to provided services for the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program.
This position is scheduled to receive a 2% wage increase effective pay date July, 5th 2019. POSITION INFORMATION
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal assistance program that provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Nutritionist - II provides counseling to high risk participants, communicates with health care providers on WIC participants behalf regarding access to health care and therapeutic formula requests, and is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition education materials and class lesson plan. DEFINITION
To provide nutrition education and counseling to eligible low income pregnant women and families of young children as part of the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC); and to develop appropriate educational materials. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the full journey level class within the Nutritionist series. This class is distinguished from the Nutritionist I by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.
This class is distinguished from the Senior Nutritionist in that the latter provides nutrition services requiring a high level of skill and independent judgement and exercises technical and functional supervision over professional and paraprofessional staff. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives direction from assigned supervisory or management staff. EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below. Experience:
- Assess program participants' nutritional status, including a general assessment of social well-being; review clinic intake information, verifying eligibility status; analyze medical data relative to nutritional status; identify high risk individuals.
- Provide nutrition education on a group or individual basis; develop theme for classroom settings and select and/or prepare appropriate instructional materials; prepare periodic program newsletter.
- Coordinate with other public health professionals to ensure an integrated approach to service delivery; make referrals as appropriate within the Public Health Nursing Division or to other County departments or community agencies/resources.
- Prepare and present in-service training to public health and other program staff as directed; provide nutrition consultation to public health staff, other program staff, and outside agencies.
- Maintain appropriate records and documentation relative to departmental, regulatory, and funding source requirements.
- May oversee clinic staff in absence of program coordinator.
- Assist with clinic set up and take down as appropriate.
- Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Two years of responsible professional nutritional experience performing duties similar to a Nutritionist I with Placer County.
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in food and nutrition or a related field, including an academic internship approved by the American Dietetic Association. NOTE:
Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency. License or Certificate:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge of:
- Possession of a valid certificate as a Registered Dietitian.
- May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
- Principles of nutrition.
- Recommended nutritional requirements for various age groups; impact of various medical conditions upon nutrition requirements.
- Educational methods used in counseling low literacy groups; instructional methods used in training professional and technical staff.
- Comparative costs of various foods relative to their nutritional values.
- Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
- Public health nursing procedures and practices relative to the provision of nutritional services.
- Services, programs and other community resources appropriate for program participants.
- Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
SELECTION PROCEDURE Training & Experience Rating (100%)
- On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects, identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; explain program and nutritional information to participants, families, and various County staff.
- On an intermittent basis, sit at a desk for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, and reach while making educational presentations. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; sufficient acuity to see and hear participants; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift heavy weight.
- Provide nutritional assessment, including analysis of diets for nutritional adequacy, relevance to medical conditions, and identification of high risk cases.
- Prepare and present nutritional information appropriate for client groups with low literacy skills and from a variety of socio-economic, age, and ethnic populations.
- Relate to and communicate with individuals who may be dysfunctional and socio-economically disadvantaged.
- Provide individual nutritional counseling.
- Prepare and present nutritional training to professional and technical staff.
- Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
- Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
- Obtain information through interview and deal fairly and courteously with the public.
- Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
- Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, photocopy machine, and various audiovisual equipment.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Independently provide nutritional assessment, including analysis of diets for nutritional adequacy, relevance to medical conditions, and identification of high risk cases.
- Independently prepare and present nutritional information appropriate for client groups with low literacy skills and from a variety of socio-economic, age, and ethnic populations.
- Independently provide individual nutritional counseling.
- Independently prepare and present nutritional training to professional and technical staff.
Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT
Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph) and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications, and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn. SUBSTITUTE LISTS
The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied. EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES
Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here
. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation. BENEFITS
The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view benefits for Professional bargaining unit Selection Plan This Timeline is Tentative and Subject to Change:
- 07/01/2019 - Minimum Qualifications Screening
- 07/03/2019 - "Not Qualified" Notices Emailed
- 07/10/2019 - Training and Experience Rating
- 07/15/2019 - Eligible List Established
Closing Date/Time: 7/8/2019 5:00:00 PM