Nutrition Assistant Midway Public Health

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on May 4, 2022
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Summary

WIC is looking to hire a career service Nutrition Assistant to join the Midway Public Health team in Des Moines. 
The Nutrition Assistant will provide services to clients participating in the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program, assess eligibility, and provide nutrition education 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 assisting with 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.
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.
 
Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.

Job Duties

  • Gather and assess information for determining health and nutrition risk factors, program eligibility, client education, and referrals.
  • Provide group nutrition education and individual nutrition education, which includes breastfeeding support. 
  • Obtain and document anthropometric measurements for infants, children and adults, which includes obtaining blood samples for hemoglobin testing. 
  • Respond to telephone inquiries – screen, schedule, and interview diverse clients to determine the appointment type and appropriate provider. 
  • Document client information and services, and manage appointment schedules in various electronic records, including Cascades and Epic, to support both the WIC and MSS/ICM programs. 
  • Provide direct customer service to a diverse clientele, providing WIC services, issuing and educating on the use of WIC checks, determining appointment types.
  • Conduct WIC outreach and program tasks, such as generating end of day reports and client letters.
  • Participate in WIC-related committees, including breastfeeding 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 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

  • Ability to complete the Washington State WIC paraprofessional competencies within 6 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 on WIC participants.
  • Ability to obtain a Washington State food worker card. 
  • A current 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 make positive changes in health behaviors.
  • 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.

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.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.   People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.  

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.


Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates. We are currently recruiting for 1 full-time Career Service position. This is FLSA non-exempt and eligible for overtime. 
 
Application Process: 
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Responses to supplemental questions.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.
  • 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 an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours.
Necessary Special Requirements
The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.

The selected candidate will be required to have a current CPR/BLS for healthcare providers certification at the time of hire.
 
This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs/applying.aspx
 
Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
 
Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time and obtaining required immunizations, including Covid-19 vaccination.
 
Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
 
Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
 
If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.

Work Location:  This position is primarily at the Midway Healthpoint site located at 26401 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines, WA 98198, with the flexibility to also work from the Federal Way Public Health Center.
 
Work Schedule: This is a full-time opportunity. Workdays and hours will vary based on business need, currently 8:30-5:30 M-F. Work days are Monday- Friday with a Saturday rotation 1-3 times every 4-6 weeks.
 
Contact: For questions regarding the recruitment or if you need assistance, please contact Debbie Baker, Human Resource Analyst, at debbaker@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-4053
 
Telecommuting
Some of the work associated with this position will be performed predominantly through teleworking with 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.  

Union Affiliation:
This position is represented by PROTEC 17, Professional & Technical Employees Union.

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.

01
Do you have demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program?
  • Yes
  • No
02
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.
03
Do you have working knowledge of nutrition theory and practice?
  • Yes
  • No
04
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.
05
Do you have documented experience or training providing WIC and/or Maternity Support Services/Infant Case Management services in a health care setting?
  • Yes
  • No
06
If you answered "yes" to the previous question please describe your experience/knowledge. If you do not have this experience please put N/A.
07
Please indicate the computer applications you have used. (Check all that apply)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom
  • Cascades
  • Epic, NextGen, or other Electronic Health Record System
  • None of the above
08
Do you have documented experience or training conveying nutrition health promotion information to clients from diverse backgrounds in order to make positive changes in their health behaviors?
  • Yes
  • No
09
If you answered "yes" to the previous question please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience put N/A
10
Please indicate if you possess any of the following (check all that apply).
  • One year or more of formal education at the post-secondary level, including basic nutrition theory and practice, human development and life sciences (will be asked to supply transcript if selected for interview).
  • Washington State WIC Paraprofessional Competencies or equivalent from another state. (Will be asked to verify completion if selected for interview.)
  • AA Degree in Dietetic Technology
  • BS in Nutrition or other health-related field
  • None of the above
11
Are you bilingual in Spanish and English? (Able to pass a test on this skill and provide services without the aid of an interpreter.)
  • Yes
  • No
12
Please describe your level of experience making individual or group presentations. If you do not have this experience please put N/A.
13
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.
14
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

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