National WIC Association

Senior Nutrition Aide

City of Pasadena (Pasadena , CA)


$41,623.92 - $49,500.05 Annually


City of Pasadena, CA

Job Type

Limited Term


Public Health

Job Number


Closing: 12/9/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

The City of Pasadena's Public Health Department is seeking a Senior Nutrition Aide to serve the community through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. This position provides nutrition education and assistance to qualifying participants. This work includes interviewing and/or assessing women, infants and children to determine eligibility and assess nutritional status, conducting individual and/or group education and breastfeeding support as well as performs a variety of related duties as assigned. This is a full-time limited term, grant funded position.

The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills and initiative, in addition to a WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA) certificate. 

About the Department/Position

The City of Pasadena has had its own Public Health Department for over 125 years. Many Public Health positions are funded through external grants with various time durations. We have been fortunate to sustain most of our positions over many years through success and growth and we have many opportunities for our employees. Therefore, though this position is "limited term, grant funded" this does not necessarily mean that the position is likely to be discontinued or lost in the near future. We are excited about serving our community and we hope you are too. Come join our team and grow with us!

Essential Functions

The major responsibilities of this position are listed below. For more detailed information, please review the job description.

  • Determines eligibility of applicants for WIC program benefits. 
  • Performs certification and recertification of participants using the WIC Web Information System Exchange (WIC WISE).
  • Provides nutrition and breastfeeding-related information and support to WIC participants.
  • Educates participants on specific topics in a one on one and/or group setting using various educational methods and delivery platforms.
  • Refers participants to a Registered Dietitian or other professional level staff following established protocols.
  • Reviews health and intake related questionnaires of WIC participants, evaluates height and weight of participants on growth grid and evaluates hematocrit/hemoglobin of participants.
  • Remains flexible and multifunction between tasks and projects as required.
  • Travels between WIC sites and to off-site trainings.
  • Assists with outreach in the community. 
  • Responds to program inquiries from the public via telephone or in person; serves as primary backup for all office support procedures. 

Qualification Guidelines

The following list represents the core competencies needed for success in this position.

  • Adaptability - Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires.
  • Handling Stress - Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity.
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics - Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability. 
  • Self-Management - Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability.
  • Informing - Proactively obtaining and sharing information.
  • Oral Communication - Engaging effectively in dialogue.
  • Presentation Skills - Formally delivering information to groups.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent 
  • One year of experience in the nutrition field that includes heavy public contact, at least six months of which was working in WIC program administration.
  • WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA) certificate is required.
  • Experience and/or training in the WIC Web Information System Exchange (WISE) is highly required. 
  • A bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or a related field is desired.

The selection process will consist of a training and experience evaluation, interview panel, and department-level interviews.

There are currently two vacancies in the WIC Program of the Public Health Department. The resulting eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill these vacancies and similar vacancies in the future.

Candidates selected for this position are subject to a one year probationary work period. 

Special Requirements

Bilingual in English/Spanish is highly desired.
WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA) certificate is required.

Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver's license, access to a car and proof of automobile insurance to travel to different work sites in the city is required.

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