National WIC Association

Nutritionist II - Northwoods - Position 120999/61008559 - Closing 10/31/2021

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA - DHEC-PH Region-Low Country (North Charleston, SC)

Nutritionist II - Northwoods

$28,215.00 - $52,203.00 Annually

Charleston County, SC

Job Type
FTE - Full-Time

DHEC-PH Region-Low Country

Job Number
120999 / 61008559

10/31/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Class Code:

Position Number:
61008559 / 120999

Normal Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)

Pay Band
Band 4

Hiring Range - Min. $33,874.00
Hiring Range - Max. $41,874.00

Opening Date 10/20/2021

EEO Statement
Equal Opportunity Employer

Agency Specific Application Procedures:
If you meet the requirements of the position and would like to be considered, you must submit a state application online. Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position. The quality of the application presented (completeness and accuracy as well as grammar and spelling) will be considered prior to the offer of an interview. A criminal records check will be conducted prior to the offer of employment. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm on the stated closing date. Please contact Donna Graff, Human Resources Coordinator at 843-953-2586 or with any questions.

Veteran Preference Statement
South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.

Job Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Nutritionist III Supervisor or the Site Supervisor, performs WIC certification, breastfeeding promotion and support, individual low risk nutrition education and health promotion, and group nutrition education. Delivers service to clients and families in clinics, schools, hospitals or office settings. Provides assistance and education to participants/families on contract and List I Special Formulas. Provides technical assistance and consultation to staff as part of the multidisciplinary team delivering care to clients.  

Completes WIC certifications and mid-certifications including health history, nutrition assessment, anthropometrics, immunization screening, hemoglobin or hematocrit testing, evaluation of risk status, prescription of WIC food package, documentation, and referrals following program standards and protocols. Provides participants with information about the WIC program and how to redeem benefits. Schedules upcoming WIC appointments. Performs hemoglobin controls as needed in accordance with CLIA and Agency standards.

Provides participant centered nutrition education, counseling, and follow-up for participants. Develops mutual nutrition and physical activity goals with client during certification and mid-certification. Refers clients to web-based nutrition education. Plans, conducts, and evaluates group nutrition education classes using the facilitated learning process. Documents nutrition education contacts.

Prescribes, updates, and explains food packages. Tailors formula package for partially breastfeeding infants. Documents changes to the WIC food package in SCWIC. Issues benefits during certification, mid-certification, nutrition education encounters and as needed from SCWIC reports. Approves List I Formulas. Provides assistance to families with infants on contract and List I formulas including education, dispensing, and monitoring as assigned. Refers participants on List II and metabolic formulas to the registered dietitian according to WIC guidelines. Pulls and completes reports in SCWIC.

Provides breastfeeding promotion and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Screens and refers pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants to the breastfeeding staff according to the Referral Guidelines. Issues and monitors breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies.

Provides consultation and technical assistance to other members of the multi-disciplinary health care team and community in areas related to normal nutrition, including health promotion and disease prevention. Participates as a member of the multi-disciplinary WIC team in clinic/class scheduling, caseload monitoring, and outreach.  Works with other program staff and disciplines to enhance integration and quality of service.

Updates professional skills and knowledge to assure delivery of quality nutrition services. Participates in continuing education opportunities. Completes and maintains certification(s) required for the position. Participates in continuing education, WIC trainings, region in-service programs, and agency required trainings to enhance job-related knowledge and skills. Completes and maintains Certified Lactation Consultant credential if required for the job duties. Prepares and submits reports and documents as required.

Minimum and Additional Requirements
State Minimum Requirements:  A bachelor's degree in home economics, home economics education, human ecology, family and child development, dietetics, or foods and nutrition or institutional management.  

Institutions of Higher Learning must be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Agency Additional Requirements:  B.S. or B.A. degree in Nutrition, Foods and Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences, Home Economics, Health Promotion or other approved nutrition or health-related degree.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of normal nutrition related to the maternal, infant, and child population. Must have or be willing to be trained in the specialized technical skills required to collect screening information and anthropometric measurements. Able to provide nutrition education, health promotion, and disease prevention education to clients. Has the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds.  This position requires practical knowledge of the principles of adult learning. Has the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of public. Must have good oral and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills, and committed to providing excellent customer service.

The employee must have a valid SC Driver’s License and be willing to use their personal car to travel to clinic sites in the region. The standard work week is 37.5 hours and may require some flexibility to meet the needs of clients and staff health clinics, including evening and weekends. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. The employee must participate in preparation and response to emergencies/disasters as required by the supervisor, region public health director and/or agency director.

Preferred Qualifications
Nutrition experience is preferred but not required.  

Additional Comments
Immunization:  All new employees who are healthcare providers are required to provide documentation of immunity or be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Covid 19 prior to beginning employment.

State Disaster Plan:  In accordance with the State's Disaster Plan, which includes hazardous weather, SHEC employees may be required to work in times of an emergency or disaster.

College Transcript:  If the State minimum requirements require a degree, applicants will be required to upload a copy (official or unofficial) of the transcript as an attachment to the application.  Please note that some of the areas of the agency may require an official, certified copy of the transcript prior to hiring or within a specific timeframe by that area, after hiring.

Driving Record:  If this position requires the applicant to possess a valid driver's license to operate a state vehicle, any applicant being considered in the final stages of selection for the position will be required to provide a certified copy of a 10-year driving record.

SC DHEC is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employing agency.  We are committed to a diverse workforce.  SC DHEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Benefits for State Employees

The state of South Carolina offers eligible employees generous benefits, including health and dental insurance; retirement and savings plan options; and paid vacation and sick leave. Plus, work-life balance programs such as telecommuting and flexible work schedules are available to employees of some state agencies.
Insurance Benefits
Eligible employees may enroll in health insurance, which includes prescription coverage and wellness benefits. Other available insurance benefits include dental, vision, term life insurance, long term disability and flexible spending accounts for health and child care expenses.
Retirement Benefits
State employees are also offered retirement plan options, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Additionally, eligible employees may elect to participate in the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program, which is a voluntary, supplemental retirement savings plan offering 401(k) and 457 plan options.
Workplace Benefits
State employees may also be eligible for other benefits, including tuition assistance; holiday, annual and sick leave; and discounts on purchases, travel and more.
Note: The benefits above are available to most state employees, with the exception of those in temporary positions. Employees in temporary grant and time-limited positions may be eligible for all, some or none of these benefits as benefits are associated with each position type. For these positions, contact the hiring agency to determine what benefits may be available.


More Information: