Nutrition Assistant Columbia Public Health Center

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on June 17, 2022
Apply Now

Public Health | Seattle & King County is seeking to hire TLT/SDA Nutrition Assistant to join our diverse WIC team!
 The Nutrition Assistant will provide services to participants of our Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program. They will assess program eligibility and provide nutrition education and support to individuals and families - both through individual appointments and in a group or classroom setting. The Nutrition Assistant works closely with Registered Dietitians, Public Health Nurses, Social Workers, Community Health Workers in the Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management (MSS/ICM) programs, and with healthcare workers from community partners.
  The successful candidate will exhibit excellent customer service skills, have the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with our clients from various cultures, and communicate effectively with English as a Second Language (ESL) clients with the assistance of an interpreter. The candidate will also exhibit flexibility in managing tasks such as teaching classes, providing administrative support, and conducting certification appointments.

Commitment to Racial Equity and Social Justice
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit 

Job Duties

  • Provide direct customer support and WIC services to diverse families, issue benefits and provide support on how to use WIC benefits.
  • Gather and assess information to determine program eligibility, health and nutrition risk factors, and needs of families.
  • Provide client education and support, provide and follow up on referrals.
  • Provide individual and group nutrition education, including breast/chestfeeding support. 
  • Obtain and document anthropometric measurements for infants, children and adults, including obtaining blood samples for hemoglobin testing. 
  • Respond to telephone inquiries – screen, schedule, and interview diverse clients to determine client needs. Schedule appropriate appointment type with appropriate provider. 
  • Document client information and services, manage appointment schedules in various electronic records, including Cascades and Epic, to support WIC and MSS/ICM programs. 
  • Conduct WIC outreach and program tasks, such as generating reports and client letters.
  • Participate in WIC-related committees, including breast/chestfeeding promotion activities, clinic health and information fairs, and the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. 
  • Order and maintain program supplies and educational materials. 
  • Participate in quality assurance activities. 
  • Complete annual WIC trainings, and continuing nutrition and breastfeeding education requirements. 
  • Use Microsoft Outlook, Teams and other electronic communication tools to coordinate work, and training requirements. 
  • Ability to work with a variety of computer programs, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Suite – Teams, Word, Excel, and Outlook 
Ability to lift and lower a child weighing up to 35 pounds onto a surface more than 4 feet high with or without accommodation

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Deep knowledge and commitment to racial equity and social justice principles and practices.
  • Ability to complete the Washington State WIC competencies within 4 months of hire. 
  • Ability to obtain Washington State Medical Assistant-Registered or Phlebotomist certification within 30 days of hire in order to perform hemoglobin/hematocrit testing for WIC participants.
  • Ability to obtain a Washington State food worker card. 
  • A current CPR BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED certification before hire.
  • Ability to apply nutrition and health promotion knowledge/practices in working with clients from diverse backgrounds to support healthy families
  • Working knowledge of basic nutrition theory and practice, medical terminology, asepsis practices, and universal precautions.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direct client services in a health care setting. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to basic cooking and food demonstration techniques. 
  • Ability to understand various perspectives and listen to others without conveying judgment. 
  • Excellent problem solving, priority setting, and organizational abilities.

Desired Qualification: Bilingual in Spanish or other language spoken by most WIC clients

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office. 

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

WHO MAY APPLY: This is a Term Limited Temporary position or Special Duty Assignment is open to all qualified applicants and is eligible for benefits.
Term-Limited Temporary positions are "at-will" positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last until 2/21/2023.
 The TLT vacancy can also be filled as a Special Duty opportunity:
For Special Duty Assignment interest, you must be a Career Service, Career Service Exempt or other regular (non-temporary) employees in King County who have completed their initial County probation and are applying to a higher job classification. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application
  • Supplemental questionnaire responses. Must be answered thoroughly and completely
You may attach multiple documents if you wish:
  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
 WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time opportunity. Workdays and hours will vary based on business need, currently between 8:00am-6:00pm M-F. Workdays and hours will be determined at time of hire, may vary based on client service needs, and may include some early morning, evening, and weekend hours. This position may work at various sites throughout King County, depending on business need.
 WORK LOCATION: The position is located at Columbia Public Health Center 4400 37th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118. The candidate must have the ability to work and travel to sites throughout King County and drive a King County-issued car. 
 Some of the work associated with this position will be performed through teleworking, although, predominately will be reporting to office location and to meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
 Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
  • Public Health relies on Microsoft Office, and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.

  • The selected candidate must complete a background check. Please note that we strive to be a workplace inclusive to people who have experienced incarceration or other interactions with the criminal justice system, and candidates will not be removed from consideration solely on the basis of felony convictions.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal law.
  • You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application. 
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including, but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.
  • Employee is required to have an active CPR/BLS for healthcare providers at the time of hire. 
CONTACT: For questions about the application process or request accommodation, please contact Debbie Baker Human Resources Analyst, at 206-263-4053 or
 Union Affiliation: This position is represented by PROTEC 17, Professional & Technical Employees Union, Local 17 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you have demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe your experience and/or knowledge. If you do not have this experience and/or knowledge, please write N/A.
Do you have experience working with racial and social justice, promoting healing and resilience in clients and communities who are underserved, marginalized and/or traumatized?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe your experience working with racial and social justice, promoting healing and resilience in underserved, marginalized and/or traumatized clients and communities. Include in your response where you got this experience. If you do not have this experience, please type n/a.
Do you have awareness and understanding of systematic and historical racism in our health system in this country towards our BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous and People of Color) community that has contributed to health disparities and health outcomes?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe where you got this knowledge, and how it has applied to your work. If you do not have this experience, type n/a.
Please indicate the computer applications you have used. (Check all that apply)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom
  • Cascades
  • Epic, NexGen, or other
  • None
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing, and speaking? (Able to pass a test on this skill and provide services without the aid of an interpreter.)
Please describe your level of experience making individual or group presentations. If you do not have this experience, please put N/A.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

Required Question