National WIC Association

Nutrition Educator

Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (New Port Richey, FL)

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Pasco
County. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right
place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We
hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.
The incumbent is part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida
Department of Health in Pasco County in its mission to protect, promote and improve the health of all
people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts and its efforts and its vision to
be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency
values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence in all aspects of their
Your Specific Responsibilities:
This is a highly skilled professional position which requires an expert understanding of the Federal WIC &
Nutrition Program and the use of the WIC FL WiSE system with minimal supervision. Maintains current
knowledge of the Federal WIC program regulations including WIC memos, WIC data system guide and
the DOH manual 150-24. Having successfully completed the Nutrition Education Series of the Florida
Nutrition Training Guide Modules, will provide quality nutrition care to WIC participants in compliance
with the Federal Regulations. The incumbent is expected to promote cooperation, courtesy, and
teamwork, in a diverse environment and as an employee of the Department of Health in Pasco County,
represents the agency and its mission and values. Maintains a courteous and cooperative relationship
with staff and the public. Adheres to all departmental policy/procedure, state and federal laws
governing participant information, security and privacy. Follow agency guidelines on the use and
operation of computers, telephones, copiers and faxes.
Completes Nutrition Assessment for all low- and high-risk WIC clients to provide client-centered
nutrition services. Documents Nutrition Care Plan and identified nutrition risks using a standardized
process. Provides VENA based nutrition assessment and counseling utilizing appropriate educational
materials. Assess clients readiness to change and help client choose appropriate goal(s). Makes referrals
for appropriate health and social services. Establishes appropriate number of subsequent individual
nutrition education contacts. Evaluates and revises nutrition care plan as needed.
Attends ins-ervice on the Nutrition Education Kit and provides interactive nutrition education contacts
to low risk participants. Inputs the nutrition service code in the data system. Maintains documentation
of participant goal setting. Promotes breastfeeding education. Assists with and participates in QI/QA
activities to support the success of WIC.
Obtains accurate data on height and weight measurements on participants. Performs
hematocrit/hemoglobin testing and records results electronically. Cleans equipment and area where
blood work is done daily. Maintains “universal precautions” when completing HST duties. Follows
established guidelines and standards for safety in handling equipment, biological specimens and waste
products to prevent exposure to blood borne pathogens. Accurately completes the lab/anthro screens
in the electronic data system. Maintains and inventories all medical supplies.
Disburses WIC EBT and VOC/ID cards following standard procedure to eligible WIC participants.
Instructs clients on using the WIC EBT card. Obtains client signature for EBT card issuance letter. Records

the necessary information on VOC/ID cards and EBT card log. Reviews all data for accuracy and
completeness. Immediately reports any discrepancies to the clinic Supervisor. Informs participants
when certification expires and what is required for recertification. Keeps security/separation and
inventory of VOC/ID and WIC EBT cards. Loads benefits into WIC EBT account for household.
Collects data for the end-of-day and end-of- month reports as assigned and submits same to the
supervisor on a timely basis. Assists with inventories of WIC formula, equipment, and educational
resources. Submits reports within the required timeframe.
Assists the supervisor with training of staff. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required. Travels to
other clinic sites to provide services to WIC participants as needed. Participates in outreach efforts.
Refers vendor queries to the vendor manager and client concerns to the supervisor. Assist with
completion of client contact reports from the vendor manager.
Offers all eligible participants at certification/recertification or at change of address the option to
complete a National Voter Registration Act Preference Form/Application and processes the information
according to the Florida voter registration guidelines and established agency policies. Receives infants
and child immunization records and sends copies to Family Health Services in accordance with agency
Completes and submits time sheets, EARS, and travel correctly, timely and according to established
division and agency guidelines. Reads, understands and implements directives assigned.
Greets prospective WIC participants, answers telephones promptly and courteously. Schedules
appointments and makes appropriate health and social services referrals. Accurately obtains income,
demographic and other participant information necessary to determine WIC program eligibility and
advises WIC participants of their rights and obligations according to federal guidelines. Utilizing an
electronic data system accurately enters required participant data and obtains signatures. Reviews
“How WIC Works” with each new participant.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the current science and practice of food and nutrition, dietetics or food service.
Knowledge of normal nutrition principles and food needs throughout the life cycle.
Knowledge of meal planning, food budgeting and purchasing.
Ability to provide nutrition education to others in groups or individual instruction.
Ability to determine nutritional needs and develop nutrition education plans for individuals who are not
at medical high nutritional risk.
Ability to educate individuals and families about food and nutritional needs.
Ability to participate in education or in-service training programs through teaching classes,
demonstrating food practices, giving talks, and developing or selecting educational materials.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to maintain records, communicate, maintain effective working relations and good rapport.
Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds.

Bachelor’s degree from an ACEND accredited college or university in nutritional science, community
nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, or public health nutrition.

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