National WIC Association

Alliance Clinical Dietitian

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Position Description
Job Title: Alliance Clinical Dietitian
Department: Family & Community Health Alliance
Reports To: WIC Coordinator
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Prepared Date: 08/2018
Updated Date: 04/2022
Under the supervision of the WIC Coordinator/Breastfeeding Coordinator, conducts all aspects of the nutrition education component and process of assessing for nutritional risks associated with the WIC & Maternal Health programs, in full compliance with federal, state, and local regulation to provide nutrition services to the target community.
1. Conduct, review, and document the results of the following tasks necessary for assessing nutritional risk: a) measurement of length/height and weight; b) hemoglobin/lead; c) health and nutrition questionnaire.
2. Provide health, nutrition and breastfeeding education for all participants.
3. Provide individual nutrition counseling and documentation, utilizing the Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) approach for clients utilizing WIC services.
4. Serve as a staff person qualified to provide nutrition information to interested professionals, outside agencies, and individuals.
5. Provide nutrition services to the Maternal and Child Health programs as assigned.
6. Assist in tailoring the WIC program food package to best meet individual participants' dietary needs.
7. Assist in the responsibility for referral of WIC participants to other sources of social, nutrition or health care as needed, including accurate documentation and follow-up of referrals made.
8. Attend and participate in state nutrition meetings and other conferences that serve to enhance training and skills.
9. Assist WIC coordinator in the development of needed program evaluation tools and plans.
10. Function as a member of the agency chart audit team annually.
11. Work with community leaders and health professionals.
12. Provide breastfeeding education, support, and guidance to clients.
13. Provide accurate documentation follow-up of referrals made.
14. Assist the WIC Coordinator in the preparation of the WIC portion of the annual grant application.
15. Assist with missed appointment reports.
16. Responsible for special formula documentation and ordering of specialized formula.
1. Support the organization's mission, vision, values, policy, and procedure by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect personalization, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
2. Demonstrates personal commitment to HACAP through quality job performance, a sense of
responsibility for high achievement, professional appearance, awareness of current events
throughout HACAP, and positive promotion of HACAP.
3. Consistently work in a positive and cooperative manner with fellow Team Members.
4. Consistently demonstrate the ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in
order to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary.
5. Consistently come to work on time, working as scheduled, and leaving at the scheduled time.
6. Maintain appropriate attire and good grooming habits to support HACAP’s desire for safe and
efficient operations, providing greater service and better customer relations.
7. Must possess high integrity and ensure confidentiality of any information concerning an
employee, client, family, financial condition, or personal peculiarities is strictly maintained.
8. Ensure that personal health information is protected during its collection, use, disclosure,
storage, and destruction within HACAP as required by HIPAA.
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics/Nutrition. Must be a Registered Dietitian (RD) or a
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Must be a Licensed Dietitian (LD) in the state of Iowa or have
the ability to obtain license by the Iowa Board of Dietetic Examiners within the first six months of
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee
to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger,
handle, feel, and grasp; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must
occasionally use the repetitive wrist, hand, and finger movements to operate a computer keyboard.
The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, squat, twist, crouch. The
employee must occasionally climb stairs or steps. The employee is occasionally required to sit and
taste or smell. The employee must be able to work with children on their level. The employee must
regularly lift, move, push, or pull up to 10 pounds; frequently lift, move, push, or pull up to 25 pounds;
and occasionally lift, move, push or pull up to 50 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The Alliance Clinical Dietitian will work in various WIC clinics in the Cedar Rapids area and may
occasionally work at WIC Clinics in Jones and Benton Counties. HACAP reimburses mileage for
travel between clinics or mileage in excess of normal work commute.
1. Must be able to communicate and work effectively with a diverse population of low-income
individuals with possible language/cultural barriers.
2. Complete Bloodborne Pathogen training within ten days of employment and updated annually.
3. Complete Child Abuse Reporter training within six (6) months of employment and update every
three (3) years.
4. Completion of required continuing education hours to retain state licensure.
5. TB testing at hire.
6. Willing to work flexible hours including early evenings.
7. Valid driver’s license.
8. Reliable transportation to use on the job.
9. Valid car insurance.
10. Complete WIC training requirements as outlined in the WIC policies: “Local Agency Personnel
Training,” “Training and Education Record,” and “New Employee Training Checklist.”
This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and the essential requirements for
the performance of this job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them
from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will”
relationship and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements
of the job change.
I have been given the opportunity to review this job description and ask questions. I agree that I am
able to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.
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