Company: Contra Costa County Health Services
Position: Nutrition Assistant
Location: Contra Costa County, CA
$50,038.08 – $60,821.64 Annually

Why Join Contra Costa County Health Services? The goal of the WIC Program is to provide women, infants and children with healthy food, knowledge and the opportunity to make healthy choices in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, thus enhancing the potential for all to enjoy a higher quality of life.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a federally funded supplemental food and nutrition program for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children under age five who are at nutritional risk.

The Contra Costa County WIC Program is offering an excellent employment opportunity for qualified individuals interested in the position of Nutrition Assistant. The program is currently hiring multiple positions at various WIC sites. You may be required to occasionally travel to different locations throughout Contra Costa County.

Under general supervision, the nutrition assistant provides community education in the areas of nutrition, breastfeeding, selective shopping and effective utilization of resources; performs other related work as required; determines, enrolls and recertifies WIC applicants’ program eligibility in the Public Health Division of the Health Services Department; provides nutrition and breastfeeding education; develops care plans for participants; provides group classes, and performs other nutrition-related tasks.

We are looking for someone who has/is the following:

  • Fluent in Spanish. You will be communicating in Spanish-speaking clients in a professional manner and setting.
  • A strong communicator. You will be responsible for communicating (both in writing and verbally) relevant nutrition and breastfeeding information to WIC program participants.
  • Values Diversity. You will acknowledge and respect cultural and linguistic differences of the county’s diverse population.
  • Customer Focus. You will be respectful, empathetic, compassionate and engaged when communicating with WIC participants and the WIC team.
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics. You will display honesty, adhere to principles and be personally accountable.
  • Group Facilitation. You will provide virtual or in-person group education to WIC participants.
  • Teamwork. You will establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals within the WIC Team.

You will typically do the following:

  • Perform participant screenings, registration, determine program eligibility, verify income and address, and document medical and nutrition data. Provide orientation to participants regarding program services
  • Perform certification and recertification of participants using California’s WIC WISE (Web Information System Exchange) System
  • Assess the nutritional needs of WIC participants, provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and refer high-risk participants to the program’s public health nutritionists
  • Provide group education on nutrition, breastfeeding, consumer education and health-related topics
  • Answer phones using phone etiquette
  • Working with computer, data-collection and electronic client records
  • Assist in identifying and referring participants to health providers, public health nurses and local community resources
  • Support staff and community health professionals with nutrition and health information and referrals

A few reasons you might love this job:

  • You will be part of a dynamic team working to improve health outcomes and empower low-income families to make healthy choices and enjoy a higher quality of life.
  • You will be able to support and mentor young families in your local community.
  • You will work with a diverse population of staff and participants.
  • It is an opportunity to grow professionally through trainings, webinars, conferences.

A few challenges you might face in this job:

  • The demands and needs of the program can change rapidly.
  • Work can be time-sensitive and stressful at times.
  • Clinic flow moves at a rapid pace as we serve a large population.

Competencies Required:

  • Using Technology: Working with electronic hardware and software applications
  • 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
  • Listening: Fully comprehending spoken communication
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing
  • Customer Focus: Attending to the needs and expectations of customers
  • Group Facilitation: Enabling constructive and productive group interaction
  • Teamwork: Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in dietetics, nutrition, or closely related field
  • Certified Lactation Educator or similar certificate
  • WIC Nutrition Assistant certificate
  • Computer knowledge (Epic, Microsoft Suite, WIC WISE)
  • Bilingual Spanish

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Closing Date:  Continuous

The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases: 5% on July 1, 2023, 5% on July 1, 2024, and 5% on July 1, 2025.

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