$4,627.00 - $6,063.00 Monthly
Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Full Time - Permanent
Dept. of Health
6/30/2022 11:59 PM Pacific
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The Nutrition Education and Training Consultant reports directly to the supervisor of the Communication and Training Team (CTT), in the Client Services Section (CSS). The position provides leadership for WIC’s nutrition education program planning and evaluation, coordinates nutrition messages and materials, develops and implements policy, and provides professional consultation and training. The consultant also oversees the electronic nutrition education contract and assures project goals and deliverables are met.
In this position, you’ll contribute to the organization’s mission by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities. WIC works to promote a healthy start by supporting families with breastfeeding, healthy eating, physical activity, and access to nutritious foods. This position supports WIC health professionals and clinic staff to provide quality, culturally sensitive, and participant centered WIC nutrition services to Washington’s low-income families.
Washington State WIC contracts with 56 local agencies including local health departments, hospitals, community health centers, tribal programs, migrant health clinics, and non-profit agencies. The WIC workforce includes about 700 staff comprised of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Registered Nurses, Breastfeeding Consultants, Certifiers, Front Line Staff or Clerks, Peer Counselors, and other staff.
This is a full-time permanent Health Service Consultant 3 (HSC 3) within the Division of Prevention and Community Health (PCH).
The incumbent may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Telework (mobile work) is currently expected. When approved, the incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance including telework and reporting to the Tumwater, WA duty station for work activities as needed.
About Office of Nutrition Services (ONS)
ONS is within the Division of PCH and works to create opportunities for people with limited resources to make healthy nutrition choices. We support healthy eating, breastfeeding, access to healthy foods, and physical activity through contracts with local health jurisdictions, community agencies, tribal organizations, and food retailers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds our services
About the Department of Health
The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optimal health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state.
Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it. Our values are:
Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all.
Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision alone.
Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work protects those who will come after us.
Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high performance, and compelling value in our work every day.
The Washington State Department of Health acknowledges that our locations statewide are on the homelands of Native people, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, within the boundaries of Washington State, there are 36 tribes, 29 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State. Some of these are nations and confederacies that represent multiple tribes or bands. We express our most profound respect for and gratitude toward these original and current caretakers of the region. As a public health agency, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in public health programs and policies. We pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.
Benefits of Working for DOH
Washington is America's Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We also offer:
A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
Growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
Employee resource groups that provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their personal and professional lives and support career development.
Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state's capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated in the Puget Sound area between Seattle and Portland. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance, and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.
Tumwater is located in Thurston County, Washington, homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including those recognized today as the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and the Nisqually and Squaxin Indian Tribes. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water, and to their ancestors.
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Duties Include the following:
Provide leadership for WIC nutrition education program planning and evaluation.
Coordinate and develop guidance for local agency annual nutrition service plan; include core components of goals, action plan and evaluation.
Develop and implement nutrition education policies and procedures to guide WIC health professionals and clinic staff to deliver participant centered nutrition services to families.
Develop, deliver, and evaluate training for WIC health care professionals and clinic staff.
Serve as contract manager for Washington’s electronic nutrition education contractor and assure participants can access platform.
Assess needs for nutrition education materials and assure culturally relevant education materials are available for participants and families.
Coordinate evaluation of current nutrition education materials and update as needed. Create and update standard evaluation tool.
Research and identify new nutrition education materials and nutrition education aids to purchase.
Coordinate nutrition message development and nutrition education material testing.
Provide professional consultation and technical assistance to WIC health care professionals and clinic staff on maternal and child nutrition, nutrition education, WIC nutrition services and WIC policy.
What we're looking for
Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate demonstrates resilience to model outward behaviors including seeing people like ourselves whose goals, objectives, needs, and challenges matter.
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in nutrition science or dietetics.
Registered as a Dietitian Nutritionist.
One (1) or more years of experience working in a nutrition or health education program.
Experience effectively using MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
One (1) or more years of experience working in a local or state WIC program.
One or more years of experience with nutrition or health education material development.
One (1) or more years of experience developing and delivering training to adult learners.
One (1) or more years interpreting state and federal regulations for a local or state program.
Demonstrated experience giving presentations to large and small groups.
Bilingual in Spanish.
Intrigued? Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
A current resume.
Three (3) or more professional references included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have managed or led.
Important Note: Do not attach documents that are not requested in the Application Process. Please ensure that the documents that are attached are not password protected or contain a photo or private information (social security number, year of birth, transcripts, etc.). Documents not requested will not be reviewed.
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and year of birth.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. We prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, genetics, or disability.
This position is covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
As stated in Governor's Proclamation 21-14, all employees engaging in work for the Department of Health must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their hire date. The Office of Human Resources will verify proof of vaccination after an employment offer has been extended.
This position requires an onsite/in-person presence at state WIC sponsored trainings and meetings. A medical or religious exemption to the vaccine mandate cannot be accommodated at this time. Contact HR@doh.wa.gov with any questions.
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
Legally operate a state or privately-owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week and/or adjust typically scheduled hours, including evenings and weekends.
Occasionally travel either alone or with another person, overnight, for several days and/or out of state.
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