Current employees: Please apply through the employee portal to be considered for this opportunity.
Pay Range:$21.60 - $26.47 Hourly
Job Type:Regular Represented
Exemption Status:United States of America (Non-Exempt)
Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):May 31, 2022
This Work Matters!
Applications for full time or part time work will be accepted and are encouraged.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Assistant helps families get enrolled on WIC. They weigh and measure participants and do hemoglobin screenings. They complete a health history and review eating patterns. They discuss children’s growth and development. They work with families to develop a health and nutrition plan and follow-up activities. In this role, you will facilitate group classes, help connect participants with programs and services in the community, and participate in community outreach activities, especially in the Native American/Alaska Native community. Nutrition Assistants receive significant training in WIC services. Topics include nutrition, breastfeeding, health screening and participant centered counseling. This position will also serve WIC families from many different traditions, cultures and backgrounds. Creates a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community. Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County's attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Native American/Alaska Native Culture: This position requires advanced knowledge of and experience working with the Native American/Alaska Native communities. This would be demonstrated by knowledge of the traditions, values and customs, traditional foods of the community as well as the ability to identify specific examples of lived or worked experience directly with individuals and families who identify with the Native American/Alaska Native communities.
This position will work in the Gateway Building and may be assigned to outreach/satellite locations or East County WIC.
As the Nutrition Assistant, you will:
WIC Participant Certification: Weigh and measure and complete a small finger prick blood screening test for WIC participants. Complete health and diet screening and assessment; assess basic nutrition needs and provide appropriate nutrition focused counseling based on diet, health and lifestyle factors; determine risk factors; assign food benefits; and document all services provided in an electronic chart. This may also include reviewing income and other eligibility requirements.
Nutrition Education: Provide appropriate nutrition focused counseling during individual appointments, classes and events based on Oregon State WIC and USDA guidelines and other approved sources; and facilitate group classes using approved lesson plans.
Community Outreach and Referrals: Refer participants to community programs and services such as health, dental, food assistance, education, home visiting, mental health, early intervention, housing, domestic violence, and/ or parenting skills training or needs. Provide WIC outreach and services to the Native American/Alaska Native communities, to include serving on committees to represent the WIC program and services to support the Native American/Alaska Native communities.
Breastfeeding Promotion, Education and Support: Promote breastfeeding as the usual and best way to feed babies; provide counseling at each prenatal WIC visit; teach group prenatal breastfeeding classes; provide basic breastfeeding information and support; issue breast pumps and provide pump education as appropriate and refer families who need additional support.
Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. As a Health Department employee you will create a work culture of respect, trust and understanding for the highly diverse populations the Health Department serves in the office and in the community. Every employee shares the responsibility for promptly bringing to the County's attention conduct that interferes with providing a work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item in a section is labeled required. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process.
Minimum Required Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be as noted below. All non-traditional education, training and experience will be evaluated.
Education/Training: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade AND
Experience: Experience: One year of experience dealing with the public in a health-related field
This position requires advanced knowledge of and experience working with the Native American/Alaska Native communities, providing WIC Nutrition Assistant services. This would be demonstrated by knowledge of the traditions, values and customs of the community being served as well as the ability to identify specific examples of experience working directly with individuals and families who identify with the Native American/Alaska Native communities.
Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Certificate issued by the American Heart Association is required within 90 days of hire.
Preferred Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/ transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.
*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experiences that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception as a qualification of employment.
The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date.
SCREENING AND EVALUATION:
The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:
Initial review of application/ resume and cover letter for minimum qualifications and all required attachments. If you do not address the minimum qualifications in the application, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the recruitment process.
Consideration of top candidates
Background, reference, and education checks
Required: The Application Packet: You must submit all requested items below. Failure to do so will be deemed as an incomplete application.
1. A resume that explains all related experience (paid or unpaid) and training in your resume AND
2. A cover letter that expands on your resume, addressing how you qualify for the position and why you are interested in the role. Please include your lived or work experience with individuals and families who identify with the /Native American Alaska Native community.
Note: Please be mindful of checking your email inbox for messages from the Recruiter as you may be emailed requesting additional information. If a response is not received in a timely manner your application may not be considered.
Type of Position: This position is eligible for overtime.
Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.
Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.
Phone:+1 (971) 5001690
Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.
Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
Job Profile:6342 - Nutrition Assistant