Nutritionist I Family Ways Program

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on October 6, 2021
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Family Ways is a partnership with communities to supporting pregnant, parenting families, and children.  There are three specific communities of focus services will be provided to: U.S. born Black/African American, the American Indian/Alaskan Native, and the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. The Nutritionist will be a consult and resource for team members and conduct care coordination with other team members and referral sources. The Nutritionist will also foster strength-based practice with client and families. They will also carry a case load to provide client and family services. Team members will be upheld to Family Ways Guiding Principles: leading with racial equity, respect, participant-centered services with strength-based practice, collaborative decision making, accountability, and continuous improvement in their services and programming. 
This position will train and consult with team members and work closely with individuals and families that identify with the communities of focus in a variety of settings, including home visits. This position will utilize effective teaching and coaching skills, collaborate with others, and apply communication skills that are inclusive and inviting, especially during difficult situations.  In addition, this position will contribute to continuous improvement and quality of services and engage others to contribute to improvements in services and team processes. 
This position is situated in the Community Health Services Division in the Parent Child Health Program. Staff may report to work at one or more community-based organizations or county offices as part of their work locations within King County. This is a represented position at 1.0 FTE. Workdays and hours may vary depending on community events, client/family need and staff coverage.  Some weekday evenings and weekend work will be required, as well as the ability to drive and travel to multiple locations throughout King County.

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.
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Job Duties

Training and consultation

  • Conduct individual sessions to assess client’s nutritional needs using anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, and dietary information; implement and document care plan.
  • Screen for client health needs and connect to services in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate care with team members and other health care providers and make referrals to appropriate services; provide and document case management, as appropriate.
  • Provide technical assistance and nutrition consultation to other members of the multidisciplinary team; may provide in-service training for staff.
  • Act as liaison with food access and subsidy programs.

Direct care and coordination
  • Partner with client/family to develop care plan that may include support to navigate social and health systems and support to connect to community resources 
  • Conduct educational and informational learning for staff, clients, community groups and other professionals.
  • Respond to calls, emails, or requests in a timely manner. 
  • Promote and/or market sound, accurate, culturally appropriate educational materials, and information.
  • Collaborate with client/family, community, and county programs to support access to services and referrals.
  • Foster and coordinate community and agency partnerships and attend community events.
  • Help assess needs for education for client/families and other staff.
  • Assist in program and educational materials development, as it relates to nutrition content.
  • Implement and evaluate nutrition education materials.
  • Conduct/arrange for culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate presentations for targeted audiences.
  • Implement and initiate processes to ensure public and community involvement.
  • Maintain and update a library of training and reference materials.
  • Gather and assemble data.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Partnership and Community Engagement
  • Develop and present information to clients individually, in classes or to community groups on nutrition, food preparation, safe food handling and related topics.
  • Participate in the collection and analysis of data to identify populations at risk and participate in research and improvement efforts related to health care delivery.
  • Participate collaboratively with the community to assess and address health issues, including the development of health programs.
  • Develop and implement nutrition standards for focused populations such as prenatal and high-risk patients.
  • Foster relationships with community organizations 
  • Support expanding partnerships and program participation. 
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and assist with other County programs and community-based organizations to advance racial equity and social justice. This may include active participation in development of racial equity/anti-racism trainings or resources.  

  • Engage actively and consult with team members in program goals/objectives, especially those related to nutrition. 
  • Be aware and conscious of budgetary and operating conditions for the program. 
  • Develop and assist participant-centered, strengths-based practices. 
  • Apply trauma recovery and healing. Prioritizing racial equity and social justice in collaborative work in the teams and with other county programs.
  • Work collaboratively with evaluation team and electronic medical record support staff. 
  • Collaborate and share decision making with team members fostering and creating space for authentic and respectful dialogue.
  • Experience being an active, productive contributor within a team environment. 
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities working collaboratively with client and families, community-based groups, service providers, other staff, and programs. 

  • Be an active participant and advocate for a continuous improvement workplace culture.

Other Duties as Assigned 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work locations, and working hours.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Theoretical and practical principles and practices of nutrition and dietetics
  • Community health and nutrition resources
  • Education principles including human behavior and behavior modification techniques
  • Federal and state regulations for specific health programs
  • Medical terminology and scientific information
  • Current scientific literature, trends, and developments in nutrition
  • Universal precautions and sanitation/safety procedures
  • Educational, cultural, and religious influences on dietary behavior
  • Case management and care coordination 
  • Use and care of anthropometric and laboratory equipment
  • Human systems including anatomy, physiology, biology, human growth and development, and psycho-social and family systems
  • Confidentiality guidelines and reporting requirements
  • Basic health screening and assessment techniques and principles
  • Electronic medical record documentation
  • Alternative health care treatment
  • Use and operation of a computer and peripherals

Skills in assessments:
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Performing anthropometric measurement 
  • Reading and following written medical orders

Knowledge of communication methods:
  • Public information techniques and methods, adapting and strategies considering the audience
  • Marketing principles, mass media and methods of instruction

Skills in effectively communicating:
  • Consultation skills
  • Information to a wide variety of audiences, making individual or group presentations and trainings
  • Interpersonal communications skills, group process and facilitation
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • problem-solving and handling crisis situations and clients in distress.
Skills in maintaining working relationships and working with diverse populations.
Skills in time management and handling several tasks simultaneously, ability to meet deadlines and be flexible and adjust to changing needs.
Skills in identifying and determining response to emergency situations.
Skills and experience using computer, Microsoft programs (Word, Outlook), electronic health records, video meeting platforms and wide range of audio-visual equipment and programs.
Racial Equity, and Social Justice
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices. 
  • Experience working with communities striving to overcome systemic racism.
Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements
  • Washington State Driver’s License 
  • Current Registered Dietitian  registered with the Commission of Dietetic Registration (RD)
  • Must be a Washington State Certified Dietitian or have an application in process and be able to obtain within 30 days
  • National Provider Identification (NPI) must be obtained within the first 30 days of employment
  • A current BLS CPR certification and AED training required by start date. CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement. 
  • Able to successfully complete the department credentialing process prior to hire and maintain credentialing for the duration of employment. 
Desired experience, qualifications, and experience
Partnership and Community Engagement
  • Experience working with communities to build partnerships and gain understanding of unique community needs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability of how to engage authentically with client and families. 
  • It is desired or preferred that candidates have direct knowledge and/or experience working in more than one of these communities: U.S born Black/African American, the American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. Our goal is to have a team that is representative of the populations we serve and dedicated to serving clients with quality and compassion. 

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

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.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified candidates. 

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.
  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position and how do you meet the required qualifications for this job. 
  • 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
  • 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 submit to a thorough background investigation. 
  • Complete the department credentialing process prior to hire and maintain credentialing for the duration of employment. 
  • 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
The regular workweek is 40 hours, Monday through Friday.  This role is FLSA non-exempt and is eligible for overtime. 
Work Location: 

The home base for this position is Chinook Building located in Downtown Seattle, Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave., Suite 1000, Seattle.  This program is intended to provide direct services and will be working with clients in person. However, until is safe to return to the our locations, work will be done virtually. 

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 labor union.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Lea Lakes at or 206-263-0957. If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at or 206-263-8736.

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 possess a Washington State Driver License, or have the ability to obtain one by the time of hire?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you posses a CPR/BLS Certification or have the ability to obtain one by the time of hire?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you a Registered Dietitian?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to the question above, please enter your registration number. If no, type "n/a."
Do you possess or have an application in process for the Washington State Dietitian Certification?
  • Yes
  • No
If you possess a Washington State Certified Dietitian qualification, please enter your certification number. If not, please indicate whether you can obtain qualification within 30 days of employment
Do you have experience providing direct client nutrition services after completing an internship or practicum?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "yes" to question #7, please provide a brief description of your experience providing direct client nutrition services after completing an internship or practicum. If you do not have this experience, type "n/a."
Describe your experience and knowledge working with more than one of these communities: U.S born Black/African American, the American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. Please be thorough and explicit on your role and experience. If you don't have this experience, type N/A.
Describe your experience and knowledge of working in community-centered programs serving pregnant and parenting program participants from one or all 3 of the named focus communities. Be thorough and explicit on the following: a. Your role b. Length of time working with the focus populations c. Activities and responsibilities of the job you performed If you don't have this experience, please type N/A.
King County has transformed its work on equity and social justice from an initiative to an integrated effort that applies the principle of "fair and just" intentionally in all the county does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities. What is the most important equity and social justice issue to you and why?
What strategies do you use to promote equity in your work? Provide 3-5 specific strategies that you have used to promote equity and social justice as Social Worker.
What strategies do you use to promote equity in your work? Provide 3-5 specific strategies that you have used to promote equity and social justice as Social Worker.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND 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 AND 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. AND 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

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