Nutritionist I - CHS Division Float Pool

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on March 14, 2023
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$74,484.80 - $94,411.20 Annually

Multiple locations in King County, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DPH - Public Health

Job Number

Community Health Services

3/27/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


Public Health - Seattle & King County is seeking one (1) Nutritionist I to provide First Steps (Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management) and WIC services within the context of an office-based multidisciplinary team including Nutrition Assistants, Public Health Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers, and Community Health Workers.

Nutritionists are responsible for providing direct nutrition services, including breastfeeding support, to individuals and groups as part of a client-centered Public Health WIC and First Steps clinic. Nutritionists may also provide Medical Nutrition Therapy services to primary care clients seen at the health center.

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 ideal candidate will demonstrate initiative, flexibility, compassion, and positive team skills. Applicants bilingual in English and Spanish are desired.

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice

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.

The county government has 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 all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

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Job Duties
  • Provide direct client and nutrition services to a diverse clientele.
  • Provide group nutrition education and individual nutrition education, which includes breastfeeding support.
  • Gather and assess information for determining health and nutrition risk factors, program eligibility, client education, and referrals.
  • Conduct individual nutrition assessment and counseling through the use of anthropometric, biochemical, clinical and dietary information. Create, implement, and document care plans developed through nutrition assessment.
  • Provide Medical Nutrition Therapy services to children and adults.
  • Assess the changing needs of medically complex and high-risk clients, primarily pregnant, post-pregnant, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children.
  • Coordinate care with team members and other health care providers, and make referrals to appropriate services; provide and document case management, as appropriate.
  • Accurately obtain and document anthropometric measurements for infants, children and adults, which includes, but may not be limited to, hematocrit/hemoglobin, height/length, weight, occipital frontal cortex.
  • Actively participate in Quality Assurance activities and WIC Program Self Audits of service delivery throughout the year.
  • Assist with completing the yearly WIC Nutrition Education Plan and other projects as needed.
  • Orient new staff to clinic and WIC program as requested; provide discipline-specific training at various staff meetings.
  • Precept nutrition interns from various educational institutions.
  • Conduct WIC outreach and program tasks; participate in program committees, including breastfeeding promotion activities, clinic health and information fairs, and the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
  • Document client information and services, and manage appointment schedules in various electronic health records, including CIMS/Cascades and Epic, to support both WIC and MSS/ICM programs and services.
  • Ability to work with a variety of computer programs, including but not limited to, Microsoft Suite - 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
  • Current Registered Dietitian (RD) registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration or have the ability to attain registration by date of hire.
  • Bachelor, Masters of Science, or Masters in Public Health Nutrition required.
  • Must be a Washington State Certified Dietitian or have an application in process and be able to obtain within 30 days.
  • Candidates selected will also be required to successfully complete the department credentialing process and maintain credentialing for the duration of employment.
  • A National Provider Identification (NPI) must be obtained within the first 30 days of employment.
  • Ability to obtain Washington State Medical Assistant-Registered or Phlebotomist license within 30 days of hire in order to perform hemoglobin/hematocrit testing on WIC participants.
  • A current BLS CPR certification and AED training required at time of offer. CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
  • Ability to complete Washington State WIC new employee trainings within 6 months of hire.
  • 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 providing direct client nutrition services.
  • Knowledge of theoretical and practical principles and practices of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Ability to maintain positive interpersonal interactions with clients and co-workers as a member of a multi-disciplinary public health team with a diverse, multi-cultural population.
  • Experience providing nutrition education in a group setting; as well as clear ability to organize, lead, and facilitate group discussions and staff training.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully perform a number of tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines and work under strict time constraints and remain flexible to changing work responsibilities based on staffing.
  • Public Health relies on computer technology and web-based tools; candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use and programs, such as Microsoft Office Suite and electronic health records, to perform work.
  • Ability to travel in a timely manner within King County to locations that may have limited access to public transportation.

    1. Familiarity with WIC Cascades Computer System and/or Epic electronic health record (EHR).
    2. Work experience providing WIC and/or First Steps (Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management).
    3. Work experience providing training on nutrition services and principles to other staff.
    4. Established knowledge of local health and social service resources available in the community and skill in establishing working relationships with community partners.
    5. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Supplemental Information

Forbes 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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

If you are the successful candidate for the position(s), as a condition of your employment, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in the medical clinic(s) outlined in this job posting prior to your start date. To ensure this condition is met, prior to your start date, the county will send you a conditional offer letter requesting you to provide 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.

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 Career Service position is open to all qualified applicants.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through or (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.
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
  • 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.
Work schedule: This career service position is full time (40 hours/week). Work schedule may include weekend and extended hours, based upon business needs.

Work location: Travel to various locations throughout King County.

Union affiliation:
This position is represented by the Professional & Technical Employees Union, PROTEC17.

For more information about the application process, please contact Dawnette Yust, HR Analyst at

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
  • 12paid 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.