WIC Senior Nutritionist
Position Title: Senior Nutritionist
General Description: The Senior Nutritionist is responsible for the administration and management of nutrition services and health care aspects of the program.
Reports to: WIC Program Director
Supervises: Nutrition Staff
- Master's degree in public health nutrition, nutrition, foods and nutrition, or nutrition education, and one year of post graduate community nutrition experience.
- Registered Dietitian with one year of post graduate community nutrition experience.
- Bachelor's degree in public health nutrition, nutrition, or nutrition education, and two years of post graduate community nutrition experience.
- Experience in program planning and administration.
- Leadership and decision-making skills.
- Excellent communication skills.
- At least one year of experience in counseling.
- Sensitivity to the needs of the participant population.
- Availability to work at multiple WIC sites and during evening and weekend hours, as needed.
- Licensure with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists preferred. Registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, desired.
Principle Responsibilities and Duties:
- Plans, supervises and evaluates the nutrition component of the program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and state policies, including all procedures for:
- Determination of nutritional risk.
- Nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education.
- Nutrition appointment schedule (certification and follow-up).
- Follow-up nutrition education.
- Food package prescriptions.
- Health and social service referrals.
- Nutrition care plans.
- Documentation of nutrition services.
- Develops local program nutrition procedures based on state WIC policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Recruits, hires (with program director), trains (with The Learning Center), and provides ongoing supervision for program nutritionists and nutrition assistants.
- Mentors staff to ensure the provision of effective nutrition services and education to families.
- Defines (with the program director) staff responsibilities, work schedules, participant service hours, and participant flow.
- Supervises nutrition assistant staff in the completion of required activities to obtain CPA I and CPA II status, within established timeframes.
- Conducting annual nutrition staff reviews (with the program director).
- Plans staffing, participant service hours, participant flow, and staff roles and responsibilities to provide services according to federal regulations and state policies, in coordination with the program director, and assists in planning certification appointment/schedule.
- Establishes schedules for follow-up nutrition education (individual and group).
- Plans, develops, reviews, monitors, and evaluates delivery of nutrition education; implementing new strategies to enhance services.
- Oversees the planning, provision and evaluation of nutrition education associated with Farmers' Market.
- Attends WIC Nutritionist Work Group and Business meetings and other required meetings at The Learning Center.
- Acts as nutrition liaison between state agency and local program, and between local program and health care community.
- Works with and supervises the breastfeeding coordinator to develop, implement and evaluate breastfeeding promotion and support activities, including the Mother to Mother Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program.
- Works with and supervises the Certified Happiest Baby Educator on staff to offer routine classes to WIC participants and WIC partners, as appropriate.
- Works with the program director and community coordinator to develop outreach and referral networks, and provide training, as needed, to community agencies and health care providers.
- Regularly visits and communicates with healthcare providers.
- Performs other duties as needed, including:
- Ensures that nutrition staff has up-to-date knowledge and skills by:
- Ensuring that nutrition staff obtains 10 CEU credits annually.
- Certifying high-risk women, infants and children.
- Providing nutrition education and referrals.
- Assisting in program administration.
This position also requires the ability to use a computer, work at a computer workstation, viewing a CRT and have some knowledge of a keyboard.
From time to time, this position requires the ability to work long and arduous hours.