National WIC Association

Clinical Breastfeeding Coordinator

Indiana Department of Health (Indianapolis, IN)

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About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):  
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.

Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $37,778.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.
About the Job:

You will work closely with the Indiana WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinator to coordinate clinical lactation initiatives for the WIC program in its efforts to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity.  The Clinical Breastfeeding Coordinator will work as part of the Indiana WIC Breastfeeding team to provide guidance and technical assistance to local WIC agencies to enhance breastfeeding support for WIC participants across the state.  You will be responsible for coordinating the local WIC agency implementation of breastfeeding outreach plans to increase awareness of WIC breastfeeding initiatives.   

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Works under the direction of the State WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator and in collaboration with State WIC Nutrition & Breastfeeding staff.  Supports and promotes the breastfeeding goals of the Indiana WIC program and the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH).
  • Consults with State and local WIC agency staff on clinical breastfeeding initiatives and provides guidance and technical assistance to ensure local agencies provide evidence-based breastfeeding information within the appropriate scopes of practice of their WIC staff. 
  • Coordinates quarterly breastfeeding coordinator meetings for local agency staff to share best practices, facilitate networking, and offer opportunities for continuing education on breastfeeding-related topics. 
  • Develops and maintains New Breastfeeding Coordinator training and IBCLC training content.  Serves as the Indiana WIC content expert for Levels 3B (Breastfeeding Coordinator & Peer Counselor Management) and 4 (Designated Breastfeeding Expert) of the USDA WIC Breastfeeding Support curriculum.
  • In coordination with the Communication Specialist, establishes and implements the Indiana WIC breastfeeding social media and outreach plan to increase awareness of Indiana WIC’s breastfeeding initiatives at the state and local levels.
  • Serves as the breastfeeding team lead for development and implementation of the Indiana WIC Breastfeeding Support app.
  • Provides technical assistance to local WIC agencies providing certifications at local hospitals.  Reviews and approves local WIC agency MOUs established with hospital prior to implementation.
  • Assists with local agency breastfeeding audits and performs periodic spot checks of local agency performance in breastfeeding education and support.
  • Routinely reviews WIC program breastfeeding data to identify trends and strategies for improvement.
  • Assists in Indiana WIC breastfeeding policy and guidance development.
  • Maintains WIC breastfeeding information and resources stored on the state WIC SharePoint site, specifically related to Breastfeeding Coordinator responsibilities, the WIC Breastfeeding Support app, and WIC hospital certification content.  
  • Supports and promotes the breastfeeding goals of the Indiana WIC program and the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH).
  • Attend annual USDA Midwest regional meeting and IDOH-sponsored conferences related to infant mortality and/or breastfeeding.  Participates in relevant trainings or conferences for ongoing professional development.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition or public health-related field
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Nurse (RN) credential 
  • International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential 
  • At least 1 year of WIC experience

Preferred: 

  • Master’s degree in a related field (ie. nutrition, public health, health behavior & education, evaluation, training development) 
  • Experience in program planning & evaluation, staff training & development, policy development 

Additional requirements include:

  • Extensive knowledge of WIC program implementation requirements and best practices for breastfeeding promotion and support, and the ability to apply appropriate federal regulations and state policies and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, standards, and practices of lactation, nutrition, and public health.
  • Strong ability to identify problems or needs in local WIC agency operations, determine solutions, and provide constructive feedback.
  • Ability to research evidence-based programs and initiatives and present key concepts to WIC leadership and external partners.
  • Ability to present/instruct on information in an organized, clear, understandable, and professional manner.
  • Proficient in using applications and platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, to present content and provide technical assistance.
  • Ability to create training/instructional materials, including handouts, PowerPoints, flow charts, etc.
  • Possess a basic understanding of program evaluation and quality improvement processes.
  • Ability to track, review, and present data.
  • Outstanding organizational skills. 
  • Ability to balance multiple projects professionally and with ease.
  • Highly motivated and able to take initiative.
  • Able to work well under pressure and shifting priorities, independently and as a team member.
  • Maintains positive relationships with State and local WIC agency staff, IDOH employees, and partner organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (professional writing samples are required). 
  • Ability to travel with occasional overnight stays.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More Information: https://workforindiana.in.gov/job/Indianapolis-Clinical-Breastfeeding-Coordinator-IN-46204/808420400/