Nutrition Assistant Parent Child Health Regional Teams

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Food Service
Posted on November 22, 2022
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Summary

Public Health | Seattle & King County is seeking to hire three Term Limited Temporary Nutrition Assistants to join our diverse WIC teams! 

  • One will be dedicated to the North Regional Team (serving Downtown to North Bend and North Seattle to Shoreline, Bothell, and Kirkland areas.) 
  • Two Nutrition Assistants will be dedicated to the South Regional Team (spanning from White Center, to Skyway, Kent, and down to Auburn, Muckleshoot and Enumclaw areas.) We have a goal to expand hours and add sites as well.
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 artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

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 breast/chestfeeding 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
  • Refer clients to other PCH programs and services in addition to community resources
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License or ability to obtain upon hire. 

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 frequently spoken by WIC participants.

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.

Application process:
Applications will be reviewed after the job posting closes. The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
 
  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application 
  2. Supplemental questionnaire responses
  3. Please do not use "see resume" in your application or answers to supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.
  4. Please do not copy and paste your entire resume, or copy and paste your entire job history, as your answers to the supplemental questions as these will be considered incomplete.    
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.
 
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the standard information in the application. Providing information only in a resume will not be considered a complete application.
 
Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.
 
The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation. In the event the job classification requires an exam; an offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam and must maintain security clearance.
 
Supplemental Information:
 
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.
 
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.
 
Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.
 
If you need a disability accommodation in the application or testing process, please call the contact number listed on the job announcement.
 
Applicants from this job posting may be used to fill temporary or other positions in this classification for a period of up to a year.
   
Union Affiliation:
Protec 17
 
Contact:
For more information about the application process please contact Dawnette Yust at dawnette.yust@kingcounty.gov

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
There are 6 positions for two Regions. What is your preference?
  • North Regional Team (serving Downtown to North Bend, and North Seattle to Shoreline, Bothell, and Kirkland areas.)
  • South Regional Team (spanning from White Center, to Skyway, Kent, and down to Auburn, Muckleshoot and Enumclaw areas.)
02
Do you have demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program?
  • Yes
  • No
03
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.
04
Do you have working knowledge of nutrition theory and practice?
  • Yes
  • No
05
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe your experience/knowledge. Include in your response where you got this experience/knowledge. If you do not have this experience, please write N/A.
06
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
07
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe your experience/knowledge. If you do not have this experience write N/A. .
08
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 EHRs
  • Other
09
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
10
If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please describe your experience. Include in your response where you got this experience. If you do not have this experience and/or knowledge, please write N/A.
11
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
12
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
13
Please describe your level of experience making individual or group presentations. If you do not have this experience, please write N/A.
14
If selected for this position, you will be required to possess a valid CPR/BLS card upon hire. The certification must be obtained from an in-person class that includes both a skills and cognitive test. If you have one, please attach it to your application. Please select from the following options:
  • I have attached a valid CPR/BLS card to my application.
  • I have a valid CPR/BLS card but did not attach it to my application.
  • I do not possess a valid CPR/BLS card, but will be able to obtain one at time of hire.
  • I do not possess a valid CPR/BLS card and will not be able to obtain one by time of hire.
15
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.

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