National WIC Association

Staff Services Manager I (SSM I)

Department of Public Health (Sacramento County, CA)

Communications and Strategic Planning Unit Chief

$6,403.00 - $7,954.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/31/2021

Application Methods:

Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail
Job Description and Duties
The duties of this position support the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Mission Statement to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. As an employee of the Policy and Planning Branch, the incumbent serves as part of a team that monitors, improves, and implements local and statewide policies which protect and serve Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants, vendors, and local agencies.


The incumbent works under the general direction of the Communications and Strategic Planning Section Chief, Staff Services Manager II (SSM II). The Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) is responsible for managing operations of the Communications and Strategic Planning Unit (CSPU), and oversees the planning, development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of WIC Division strategic planning and employee engagement activities; state and local WIC agency eLearning (electronic learning) trainings; and California WIC program digital communications and outreach efforts. The SSM I supervise and directs CSPU tasks to ensure that staff complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner and adhere to departmental policies and procedures. The SSM I actively participate as a member of the WIC Division Management Team. May require statewide travel up to 5% of the time.

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Working Title:
Communications and Strategic Planning Unit Chief
$6,403.00 - $7,954.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Women, Infants, Children Program (WIC) has been part of the nation’s nutrition safety net for over 40 years.

Extensive research has found WIC to be a cost-effective investment that leads to healthier infants, more nutritious diets, health care for children, and subsequently higher academic achievement for students. WIC helps families receive healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other community services.

Like other divisions within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), WIC builds its program by addressing social determinants of health. WIC impacts the life course by promoting health practices that can ultimately improve life outcomes often experienced by vulnerable communities.

WIC serves babies and children up to age five, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too!

Monthly, nearly one million WIC participants can find support at one of 84 local agencies which offer services at more than 500 sites throughout California. WIC participants can redeem their food benefits at approximately 3,800 grocers who are authorized to serve WIC families.

In 2020 - 2021, the WIC Division implemented a new Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card called the California WIC Card and a new management information system that will allow WIC participants to be served more efficiently.

About the CDPH/WIC Family

Over 200 state staff work at California Department of Public Health’s WIC Division located at the Natomas campus in Sacramento (free parking!). During the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC has supported a teleworking environment to allow employees and their families to remain safe. As with all CDPH divisions, some staff have been re-directed to work on COVID-related projects to support the health of all Californians.

The WIC Division is led by senior managers administering a Local Services Branch, Vendor Management Branch, Policy and Planning Branch, and the Data Analysis, Research, and Evaluation Section.  Through these branches, support staff, analysts, specialists, researchers, and nutritionists serve the needs of WIC local agencies.

As important as our work, WIC is in its fifth year of a professional development process to build a division wide team that is collaborative, and strengths based.  WIC is serious about this commitment to excellence, and it is expected that all managers embrace this approach through introspection and participation in all aspects of this opportunity.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the WIC community!  

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