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1029-01 WIC Nutritionist

Closes On: November 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Location: Knox County, Knoxville, TN 37902
Department: Health Department
Job Status: Full-Time
Status: Accepting Applications
Details: Salary: $43,829.99
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Job Description

Purpose of Job:

The purpose of this classification is to thoroughly perform routine and high-risk assessments of the nutritional status and dietary practices of WIC program participants. Duties include but are not limited to: counseling clients, interviewing clients, evaluating clients’ needs for nutrition education, breastfeeding education and related health information, presenting nutrition lessons, and developing effective teaching methods. Additional duties may also include assisting in the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the Health Department’s Nutrition Education and related programs, promoting the WIC Outreach Program, and performing additional duties as assigned by the WIC Nutrition Program Manager.                

Essential Functions :       

  • Certifies participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program who meet eligibility criteria and documents in electronic records to provide appropriate services.
  • Assesses nutrition related questionnaire and interviews participants to assess their literacy level and cultural background data; performs calculations such as body mass index, gestational age, estimated date of delivery and nutrition intake to determine program nutritional risk criteria along with clients’ stage of change and goals.
  • Analyzes medical information including biochemical data and anthropometric data to identify lab value fluctuations, how food interacts with participants’ medication, or other nutrition related information, comparing participants’ data against program nutrition risk criteria to determine whether participant is high or low risk.
  • Develops and documents appropriate nutrition plan of care for both routine and high-risk participants; prescribes appropriate supplemental food packages; evaluates participants’ progress on nutrition goals utilizing motivational interviewing skills and monitors participants’ nutrition status to identify needs.
  • Determines participant eligibility for therapeutic products to comply with program guidelines; consulting with healthcare providers to determine nutrition related needs of the participant, as required.
  • Conveys information on breastfeeding techniques, food allergies, diabetes care, and other nutrition issues and interprets and explains nutrition data and risk to participant to promote behavior change by using multiple media to promote healthy lifestyles behaviors.
  • Identifies and contacts health care providers and staff of health facilities, health department programs, and agencies within the community that can offer medical care and social services assistance to WIC clients; maintains knowledge of community resources to provide referrals and resources to public; promotes community nutrition and education activities for healthy lifestyle behavior changes; and serves as the nutrition expert on multi-agency committees by providing technical nutrition information and advice.
  • Develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work in an efficient manner; maintains constructive and cooperative working relationships with others to promote effective work environment; and communicates with supervisors and co-workers using multiple media to effectively relay work related information.
  • Handles upset participants, complaints, and misunderstandings to minimize disputes and facilitate performance, as needed.
  • Monitors and inventories resources related to infant feeding such as breastfeeding aids and infant formula according to policies and program guidelines, as needed.
  • Assists in the recruiting and/or interviewing process to fill staff positions; mentors others to improve their knowledge or skills; and evaluates how well a peer performs according to policies and program guidelines, as needed.
  • Identifies and assesses community nutrition trends and needs at the local level to develop appropriate services for the public, assists in the development of long-range goals and objectives to create nutrition and breastfeeding plans; and prepares reports as directed by supervisors to track nutrition activities, as needed.
  • Maintains continuing education as required by the Commission of Dietetic Registration and attends required trainings in order to stay up to date with current knowledge and policies.
  • Additional Job Functions      
  • Responds to and reports immediately if called upon by local, regional or central office supervisors as part of a coordinated emergency response by the Department of Health.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Training & Qualification 

  • Training and qualifications for the position include the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred in human nutrition, dietetics, or any public or community health field dealing with applied human nutrition
  • Possession of proof of registration in active status as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Current professional licensure or eligibility for licensure within the State of Tennessee
  • Successful candidate will be required to maintain licensure as a dietitian/nutritionist in the State
  • Certification as a Health Education Specialist preferred.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of program development experience and administration (or similar)
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience providing the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
  • May require to possess and maintain a valid Tennessee Driver’s License depending on work assignment.