• Nutrition Educator – WIC (Mount Vernon)

  • Posted: 01/05/2024

    The Nutrition Educator provides nutrition and breastfeeding education, and conducts nutrition assessments for the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program.  The Nutrition Educator formulates individualized client education and plans of care, and provides appropriate referrals.
     
    Looking to fill one position potential for part time or full time.
     
    JOB DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

    1. Become oriented to WIC program/procedures through staff observation/assisting, training modules, classes and workshops.
    2. Complete the state WIC Certifier training.
    3.
    • Conduct client assessment interview for service eligibility:
    • Determine client nutrition risk and needs;
    • Provide nutritional and breastfeeding counseling individually and classroom setting;
    • Develop individual plan for WIC services and basic information required;
    • Refer client for health care and social services, as appropriate;
    • Prescribe WIC foods and educate on food purchasing.
    4. Maintain client record in WIC database system.
    5. Coordinate communications with program staff, outside medical providers, DSHS, state WIC and various service organizations.
    6. Identify, research, design and produce educational materials and referral information.
    7. May assist with WIC activities at satellite locations, community outreach, and local events.
    8. May coordinate and present regularly scheduled cooking classes for client education.
    9. May mentor other staff, volunteers, interns and nursing students.
    10. Participate in agency meetings and trainings, WIC meetings/training, as required.
    11. Other related duties as assigned by management.
     
    QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
    Education & Experience 
    • High School Diploma or GED/HSE minimum required; Associate Degree in related field preferred.
    • Two-years of experience in WIC or other maternal/infant related field, with training in nutrition preferred.
    • Previous experience working with the public, interviewing, counseling and teaching preferred.
    Or a combination of education and experience providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work
    License(s) & Certification(s)
    • Must have valid driver license and auto liability insurance, if personal vehicle is used for work-related travel.
    • Medical Assistant Phlebotomist Certificate (May be needed after hire)
    • WIC State Competent Professional Authority Recognition
    • May require Food Handler Permit
    Skills and Abilities
    • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred; additional languages helpful.
    • Proficient in operations for manual and auto scales, height/length boards, hematocrit/hemoglobin analyzers, and blood draw techniques.
    • Knowledge of basic cooking techniques required.
    • If not previously trained, must become proficient in motivational interviewing and client-centered interaction techniques.
    • Interest in teaching nutrition, maternal/infant health and breastfeeding.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel and Outlook; WIC database system.
    • Must have strong and effective communication skills (oral and written).
    • Working knowledge of standard office procedures and technologies (phone, computer, printer, photocopier, scanner, fax machine) is needed.
    • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with people from varied cultural, socioeconomic, educational and experiential backgrounds.
     
    COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
     
    Starting pay range between $18.97 - $22.05 per hour (DOE)
     
    Full Time Benefits include:
    • Medical & Dental Insurance including Rx and Vision
    • Life Insurance and AD&D coverage
    • SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plan (3% Employer Match)
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Paid Sick and Vacation Leave
    • 12 Holidays per year
    • Health club discount
     
    (Community Action reserves right to modify, amend, or terminate any benefit at any time for any reason.)
     
    TO APPLY:
    Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by providing ALL items requested. Please submit the following:
    (1) Community Action Application (2) Resume (3) Letter of Interest.
     
    You can find all job announcements and apply online on our website at www.communityactionskagit.org
     
    Community Action of Skagit County reserves the right to extend application deadlines and to modify the selection schedule without notice, to form eligibility lists for, or make appointments to, other positions with similar employment requirements.  Community Action of Skagit County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should you require accommodation in the application process, please contact our HR Department