Nutrition Assistants (2)- North Regional Teams

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Food Service
Posted on June 18, 2022
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Summary

Public Health- Seattle & King County is seeking to hire two (2) Career Service Nutrition Assistants 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.

This recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by 11:59pm on May 31, 2022.

Commitment To Equity And Social Justice: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant 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.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies within the next six months.

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

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • A current CPR BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED certification is required before hire.
  • 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. 
  • 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: These Career Service positions are open to all qualified applicants.

 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. Please do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as responses to Supplemental Questions. Doing so will result in an incomplete application, unless the submitted information completely and directly answers the questions posed. 
  • If you have a valid BLS Card for Health Care Providers- please attach it to your application.
 
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 NeoGov 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.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
  • In order to operate a County vehicle, a valid WA State Driver License is required.
 
Work location: 
  • North Regional A- will serve multiple sites throughout North King County, with a base site at Northshore Public Health Center at 13030 121st Way, NE, Kirkland. 
The selected must have the ability to travel to and from sites throughout King County- that may not be well-served by public transportation- in a timely manner. A County-issued car may be available for use in travel between sites.

Some of the work in these positions may be performed via telecommuting. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
 
To support employees during this time 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. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 
Work schedule: These positions are full-time opportunities- 40 hours per week, 1.0 FTE. Workdays and hours will vary based on business need, will be determined at time of hire, and are currently between 8:00am-6:00pm M-F. Specific hours may vary based on client service needs, and may include some early morning, evening, and weekend hours. These positions are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and eligible for overtime pay.
 
   
Union affiliation:
These positions are represented by PROTEC17.
 
Contact: For more information about the application process, please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, HR Analyst at Catherine.fitzpatrick@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
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. Include in your response where you got this experience/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 EHRs
  • 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. Include in your response where you got this 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
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 obtain one by time of hire.
14
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.
15
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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