National WIC Association

Registered Dietitian

Monfort Family Clinic (Evans, CO)

The WIC Nutritionist performs WIC program eligibility and nutritional assessment for individual clients.  

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assesses the nutritional status of and provides nutrition counseling to high-risk pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants, and children in the WIC program.
  • Performs health screening:gathers accurate heights, weights and hemoglobin.
  • Interviews participants to collect comprehensive diet and nutrition-related health information.
  • Reviews participants medical and nutrition information to assess nutritional status; determines participants’ eligibility for program services by reviewing applications, nutrition questionnaires, and medical charts.
  • Develops, implements, evaluates and monitors nutrition care plans for participants.
  • Counsels participants and families on nutrition needs in a participant-centered, positive approach to attain nutrition-related goals.
  • Counsels clients with consideration of their physical, financial, cultural, religious, education and other social factors.
  • Counsels high risk participants at least once during a certification period.
  • Consults with health care providers on participant’s nutritional needs, special formula and other health concerns.
  • Promotes breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice.
  • Authorizes the use of non-contract brand formula, exempt infant formulas, WIC-eligible medical foods and individual needs for tailoring of WIC food packages.
  • Provides appropriate documentation in participant charts including participant concerns, nutrition assessment, materials provided, nutrition education, referrals progress toward attaining new behavior change and follow-up plans.
  • Reviews charts of high and moderate risk participants to assure assessment, counseling, education plan, follow-up, documentation, food packages, referrals and all aspects are accurate and appropriate.
  • Develops, reviews, and evaluates nutritional education material such as pamphlets, textbooks, and audio-visual aids for use by participants.
  • Participates in keeping educational material stocked, organized and updated.
  • Prepares and leads group education classes and/or in-services to WIC participants and WIC staff.
  • Assists with Outreach and public relations activities (health fairs, presentations).
  • Maintains a professional working relationship with community participant providers.
  • Collaborates with WIC partners (UNC, CSU, Health Departments, United Way).
  • Maintains contacts and supports assigned retailers.
  • Assists and supports team to meet participant needs and coordinate participant flow within the department.
  • Assists in supervision of paraprofessional staff as needed.Participates in training volunteers, students, and interns.
  • Other duties as assigned by the WIC Director or WIC Supervisor.

Education & Experience Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in dietetics and/or nursing, Registered Dietitian, R.D., Registered Nurse, RN, preferred, and 1-2 years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bilingual English/Spanish, preferred.

 

Preferred Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of nutrition principles and practices, current trends and issues in nutrition, methods of nutrition and dietary assessments, comparative costs of foods in relation to their nutritional value, counseling techniques, community resources and services.
  • Knowledge of nutrition in health and disease and its application to public health practices.
  • Knowledge of nutrition for infants, children and women during the prenatal, postpartum and breastfeeding stages.
  • Ability to learn, interpret, and apply program rules and regulations, perform diet analyses, learn nutritional habits or cultural needs of program participants, establish rapport with and motivate individuals from diverse backgrounds, conduct group presentations, learn the educational methods appropriate for superiors, co-workers, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of community resources and of WIC policies and regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for counseling and guidance.
  • Knowledge of socio-economic conditions of local community. 

    Computer Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Products: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.Ability to sufficiently perform daily word processing tasks and work with data in spreadsheets. 

    Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Skills – Responds promptly to internal and external customer needs, maintains confidentiality.
  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Communication – Communicates well both verbally and in writing.
  • Judgment & Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities.
  • Problem Solving –Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Dependability – Being reliable, responsible, and dependable and fulfilling obligations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility – Being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative – A willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Attention to Detail – Requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Efficiency – Ability to provide services to the assigned caseload and complete documentation within time limits.
  • Teamwork – Ability to work as a team with other WIC staff. 

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

This position works in a medical clinic office setting and while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand, walk, and use hands/fingers to handle or feel. Specific vision abilities include close, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

 

Current immunizations are required to work at Sunrise Community Health and may vary dependent upon the position. Influenza (Flu) and Tdap Vaccines are required for ALL staff.  

More Information: https://www.vscyberhosting3.com/sunrise/Careers.aspx?req=2022-10-035&type=JOBDESCR