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Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is looking to hire a career service Nutrition Assistant to join the North Meridian Public Health team in North Seattle.

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.

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:
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.

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.
  • Resume
  • 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: 

  • This position is primarily at the North Meridian Public Health Center at the Meridian Center for Health, 10521 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.

Work Schedule: This is a full-time, onsite, opportunity. Workdays and hours will vary based on business need, currently between 8:00-6:00 M-F. Work days are Monday- Friday with a Saturday rotation 1-3 times every 4-6 weeks.

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.

Union affiliation: This position is represented by PROTEC17.

Contact: For more information about the application process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, HR Analyst at sdunkinson@kingcounty.gov.