National WIC Association

WIC Nutrition Education Consultant (Nutrition Consultant)

Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Oregon WIC Program (Portland, OR)

Job Description:

This is a full-time, permanent, classified position which is represented by a union.

You must be a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to quality for this position.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Oregon WIC Program in Portland, OR is recruiting for a WIC Nutrition Education Consultant to provide leadership and direction in health and nutrition services and policy.  WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. This public health program is designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population. Nutrition education is the cornerstone of the WIC Program.

The Oregon Health Authority’s strategic goal is to end all health inequities by 2030.

OHA values health equity, service excellence, integrity, leadership, partnership, innovation, and transparency. OHA’s health equity definition is “Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances. Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address: the equitable distribution or redistributing of resources and power; and recognizing, reconciling, and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.” OHA’s 10-year goal is to eliminate health inequities. Click here, to learn more about OHA’s mission, vision, and core values.

OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership.

Most of this work may be performed remotely at an alternative worksite with full access to the needed operating systems and technology.

What will you do?
As the WIC Nutrition Education Consultant, you will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as key staff in the WIC program and provide leadership and direction in nutrition services.

  • Coordinate the program’s nutrition education component, working collaboratively with the other state nutritionist consultants, health educators, and other WIC team members to assure quality education is provided by qualified staff to WIC participants.

  • Coordinate the development, implementation, evaluation, and follow-up of the annual nutrition services plans for local WIC agencies.

  • Provide nutrition consultation regarding prevention and intervention of nutrition-related medical conditions.

  • Provide administrative, management, educational, breastfeeding and nutrition education consultation to local agency staff and managers and to state staff and managers.

  • Conduct biennial monitoring of contracted assigned local agencies to assure compliance and quality of services.

  • Integrate WIC services with other health program areas and integrate nutrition with all aspects of the WIC program.

  • Promote and support the development of culturally competent programs, services, and policies for the WIC program.

What's in it for you?
The public health division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.

We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans. If you are a registered dietitian with experience in WIC working with at risk populations, don't delay, apply today!

What are we looking for?

Special Qualifications

You must be a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to quality for this position.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree with emphasis on nutrition AND current status as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics AND three years of certified work experience as a nutritionist or dietitian in public health, education, maternal and child health, social services, nutrition, or dietetics.

Requested Skills

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree in nutrition and at least three years of experience working with the WIC program.

  • Experience working in a local WIC agency as either a WIC nutritionist or WIC coordinator providing nutrition, education, program administration, and management consultation to local agencies to improve health services.

  • Experience providing leadership and direction providing health and nutrition services.

  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating WIC and nutrition policies.

  • Experience selecting, reviewing and/or developing educational materials and other resources for use by local agencies and other state staff.

  • Experience working with at risk populations.

  • Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application

  • Complete questionnaire

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Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about this recruitment or need an alternate format to apply, please contact Cyndi Phipps-Roman, Senior Recruiter, at cynthia.phipps-roman@oha.oregon.gov or call 503-569-0066. Please be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.

TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. For technical support, please call toll free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance. 

Additional Information

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  • If you are a veteran, you may receive veteran’s preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, you will be required to provide your documents later in the process.

  • We do not offer VISA sponsorships or transfers at this time. You will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States within three days of hire.

  • If you are offered employment, your offer will be contingent upon the positive outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check.The information will be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

  • Please attach only the documents that are related to the position such as cover letter, resume and transcripts. Additional documents that are attached will not be reviewed.

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Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Pay Equity

The Oregon Health Authority is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other protected class under state or federal law. In addition, we do not discriminate or screen applicants based on current or past compensation. We determine salary by reviewing your application materials to evaluate your related education, experience, and training for this position. For further information, please visit the Pay Equity Project homepage. To learn more about OHA’s mission, vision, and core values, click here.

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and anti-racism.

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