25 Aug
Senior Public Health Nutritionist - 64005749 1
Florida, Lakeland

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Requisition No: 190222


Agency: Department of Health


Working Title: SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST - 64005749 1


Position Number: 64005749


Salary: $41,400.06


Posting Closing Date: 08/31/2020


Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County. If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join our team! Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Duties and Responsibilities:


This position provides professional nutrition education and breastfeeding counseling and support to clients at any site or location in the geographic area covered by the Polk/Hardee WIC Program.


WIC Program Duties:



  • Completes the medical history, nutrition history, and breastfeeding assessment for WIC clients.

  • Develops, monitors, evaluates, and revises nutrition education plans for high risk, medially high risk and low risk WIC clients and provides/documents nutrition and breastfeeding counseling according to all local, state and federal guidelines.

  • Certifies eligible clients for participation in the WIC program by determining and assigning correct nutrition risk per program policies.

  • Assigns/updates client food prescriptions according to program regulations.

  • Provides nutrition programs and outreach to healthcare professionals and members of the community.

  • Completes inventories as assigned.

  • Provides classes and group nutrition education per class lesson plans with appropriate documentation.


Assists the Public Health Nutritionist Supervisors in the supervision of the clinic and clinic staff. Takes and resolves client complaints, ensuring customer satisfaction as much as possible.


Completes administrative forms such as EARs, time sheets, and travel per department policies and required deadlines.


Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-service trainings, and other staff development activities.


Assists with outreach activities, health fairs and other community activities as needed.


Conducts quality improvement (QI) monitoring and reporting as directed by supervisor. Assist the Public Health Nutritionist Supervisors in presenting results to subordinate staff and in making changes in clinic policies/procedures as appropriate based on QI findings.


Completes all mandatory trainings within required time frames.


Complies with all Department of Health and WIC security and confidentiality rules and regulations.


This position may serve clients that speak only Spanish, Creole, or other languages. It may require performance of interpreter duties, if bilingual, or implementation of the Department's Limited English Proficiency Plan.


Performs other duties as required, including performance of additional interpreter duties, consistent with skill level, and as needed.


Prompt Payment Compliance: Complies with and when applicable, monitors compliance with the mandatory requirements in Section 215.422 F.S., and Ch. 3A-24, FAC regarding payment of invoices.


Alternate Information Custodian for the WIC/Nutrition Division. In the absence of the information Custodian, acts as the Information Custodian of Assigned Information Sets; maintaining the confidentiality of the information in accordance with state and federal statutes, rules, regulations and Department of Health Information Security Policies, Protocols and Procedures in accordance with Protocol: Security – 3, V, Sec 1-3.


Performance other assigned duties as requested by supervisor.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:



  • Knowledge of the current science and practice of food and nutrition, dietetics or food service.

  • Knowledge of normal nutrition principles and food needs throughout the life cycle.

  • Knowledge of meal planning, food budgeting and purchasing.

  • Ability to provide nutrition education to others in group or individual instruction.

  • Ability to determine nutritional needs and develop nutrition education plans for individuals who are not at medically high nutritional risk; Ability to participate in education or in-service training programs through teaching classes, demonstrating food practices, giving talks, and developing or selecting educational materials.

  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.


Licensure/registration/certification requirement (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):



  • Dietitians & Nutritionists, Chapter 468, Part X

  • Valid Florida Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with the major course of study in public health nutrition, nutrition, dietetics, food and nutrition, or food service management.

  • Certification of Acknowledgement – This position is in compliance with and monitors compliance (when applicable) of the mandatory requirements in Section 215.422, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 3A-24, Florida Administrative Code.

  • Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

  • Note: Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee's current payband/ paygrade.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, visit http://www.sss.gov.


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.


Nearest Major Market: Lakeland

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