Nutrition Assistant (with Special Skills...
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Note: This job announcement is applicable only to the "Special Skills" positions currently on continuous file. See the section, Employment Standards , for a description of the "Special Skill Requirement".
This is a continuous filing exam, with cutoffs at 5:00pm on the fourth Monday of each month. The next cutoff dates are: 1/24/2011, 2/28/2011, 3/28/2011, 4/25/2011, 5/23/2011, 6/27/2011, 7/25/2011, 8/22/2011, 9/26/2011, 10/24/2011, 11/28/2011, 12/27/2011

Salary Information:
Level I: $2,272.42 to $2,763.08 monthly
Level II: $2,394.25 to $2,911.00 monthly IMPORTANT UPDATE: EMAIL OR PAPER EXAM NOTIFICATION If applying on-line, exam notices will be sent according to the notification preference (email or paper) selected on your "Job Application" under the "Personal Profile". Time-sensitive exam notices contain important information related to your job application status. Be certain your email and mailing addresses are current. For more information refer to Instructions for Notification or Instructions for Application and Edit Personal Profile .

Positions in the Nutrition Assistant class provide nutrition education and assistance to qualifying participants. Incumbents interview and/or assess women, infants and children to determine eligibility for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program; assess nutritional status and provide education, counseling, referrals and other information to program participants; provide nutrition services to senior citizens through the Senior Nutrition Program; and perform related duties as assigned.
Nutrition Assistant (Level I) is the entry and training-level of the class.
Nutrition Assistant (Level II) is the journey level of the class. Employees assigned to this salary level generally have either: (1) at least one year of experience in the class of Nutrition Assistant (Level I) in Sacramento County service; or (2) one year of full-time nutrition education or food services experience in a community nutrition or public aid program, or healthcare facility; or (3) successful completion of nine semester units of coursework in nutrition, health, food science, food services management, or family and consumer sciences at an accredited college or university; or (4) certification as a WIC Nutrition Assistant by the California Department of Health Services.
The level at which the initial appointment is made and when advancement occurs are at the discretion of the appointing authority.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of
Principles of nutrition
Interviewing, counseling and teaching techniques
Types of available community resources
The problems, needs, attitudes and behavior patterns of physically, socially, educationally or economically disabled or disadvantaged people
Proper food handling, food safety and sanitation practices Ability to
Accurately gather information to assess nutritional needs and progress
Communicate effectively with a diverse clientele
Present information clearly and effectively in a group setting
Formulate and make recommendations to clients regarding behaviors which impact nutrition
Use community resources to assist clients
Establish and maintain effective working relationships
Understand and accept differences in attitudes toward health and diet resulting from medical, financial, cultural and other factors
Understand and apply regulations, rules and procedures
Keep records and prepare reports
Perform basic mathematical computations
Read, write and speak English at a level necessary for successful job performance
Use computers and related equipment as necessary for job assignments

Employment Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications : There are no minimum education or experience requirements. A high school diploma, GED or equivalent is highly desirable.

License Requirement :
Some positions require a valid California Class C driver's license prior to appointment to this class. Failure to maintain a valid Class C license may constitute cause for termination from this class in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions :
Duties require exposure to any of the following: hostile, verbally abusive, or otherwise disorderly clients; and dangerous, high-crime areas of the community.

Child and Elder Abuse Reporting :
Persons selected for employment must, as a condition of employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 and 11160 of the California Penal Code relating to child and elder abuse reporting.

Special Skill Requirement :
Some positions may require the use of specific language and multi-cultural knowledge in the performance of duties. This includes sufficient knowledge to speak/read and/or write fluently in a language other than standard English. Also, knowledge of family member roles and living environments; the various characteristics or problems unique to the group in employment, education, health, economics, and social customs, and current social movements involving the group may be required. These requirements may also include translation and interpretation using standard English and a language other than standard English, and acting as a consultant to other employees regarding multi-cultural groups.

A list of the cultures follows:
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Armenian Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Cambodian Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Chinese Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Farsi Language & Persian Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Filipino Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Hmong Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Japanese Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Korean Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Laotian Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Mien Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Punjabi Language & East Indian Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Romanian Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Russian Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Spanish Language & Latin Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Ukrainian Language & Culture
Nutrition Assistant (Lv I/II) Vietnamese Language & Culture

Application and Testing Information:
Testing Process
Minimum Qualifications – To be accepted into the testing process, the information submitted on the application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the required minimum qualifications by the cut-off date. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications by the final filing date will advance to the next testing phase – the Training & Experience Evaluation Exam.
Formula Rate (Training & Experience Evaluation) Exam – The evaluation of the candidate's relevant experience, education and training, as shown in response to the Training & Experience Evaluation supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Only the responses to the Training & Experience Evaluation supplemental questions in this job announcement will be evaluated. All candidates successful in the testing process will be notified by mail of their score and ranking and placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the evaluation of the candidate's responses to the Training & Experience Evaluation supplemental questionnaire.
Note: Responses to the Training & Experience Evaluation supplemental questionnaire must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date in order to be evaluated.
Note: The information provided should be consistent with the information in your standard County of Sacramento application and is subject to verification. Please refer to the Training & Experience Evaluation instructions (located in this job announcement) for guidance on how to respond to the supplemental questions.

How to Apply

As vacancies occur, a cut-off date will be established and posted in the County of Sacramento Employment Office. All applications/supplements received by 5:00 p.m. on the current posted cut-off date will be processed. Applications received after the current posted cut-off date will remain on file and processed after the next established cut-off date.

Application packets may be submitted to our office on-line, in person or by mail. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the standard County of Sacramento application form on-line. Click here to apply on-line . Any required additional documentation (such as copies of transcripts, etc.) may be attached to your application electronically, submitted in person or by mail. Documents submitted in person or by mail must be clearly marked with your name and the title of the position you are applying for. All documents must be received by the final filing date.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure his/her application, responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, and any other required document(s) are received by the current cut-off date. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Note: Resumes may be attached to your submitted application. However, a resume (electronic or hard copy) will not substitute for the experience information that is required on your application. Your application will be considered incomplete if the required information is not filled out in its entirety. A notation of "See Resume" will not substitute for the information requested on the application.

To apply, please complete and submit a standard County of Sacramento application, responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, and any required document(s) by 5:00 p.m. on the application cut-off date to the:

County of Sacramento Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone 916-874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

Note: The County of Sacramento Employment Services Division is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail or County interoffice mail.

For information regarding other County jobs, call (916) 874-5627. You will be provided with a recorded message, accessible 24 hours a day. Applications are available by calling (916) 874-5593 or

For additional information related to the County of Sacramento's employee benefits, appeal rights, application and testing process information, please read the "Sacramento County Employment Benefits You..." brochure, review the "Employee Benefits" section on our website, or review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) .

For Applicants with Disabilities ONLY
Applicants with disabilities requesting an applicable ADA testing accommodation must complete and submit the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form filled out by applicant and their doctor to the Disability Compliance Office by the final filing date as listed in this job announcement. The Reasonable Accommodation Request Form can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting the Sacramento County Employment Office or Disability Compliance Office. Failure to submit this request by the final filing date may result in the County being unable to provide the requested accommodation in a timely manner for this administration of the examination.
Sacramento County Disability Compliance Office
700 H Street, Room 5720
Sacramento, CA 95814
Supplemental Questionnaire Instructions
Please note that your response to the Supplemental Questionnaire is the exam for this job posting, and your responses to the questions will be scored against a pre-determined formula. Responses to the Supplemental Questions not received by the final filing date will not be rated.
Please complete the Supplemental Questionnaire attached to this job bulletin or if applying on-line, see the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". This is an essential part of the testing process. When completing the Supplemental Questions, please include all relevant experience, education, and training for each question and explain your answers thoroughly. Please include 1) places of employment; 2) pertinent dates; 3) duties performed, etc. when responding to each question. If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely. A notation or reference to other materials such as resumes or the application will not be considered in scoring that part of the exam. Incomplete or missing responses to the Supplemental Questions will negatively affect your score.
If you are not submitting your application on-line, include the steps below when preparing your responses to the Supplemental Questions.

Place ONLY your last name, first name, and middle initial on each page.
Identify each question on your responses.
Attach to your standard County of Sacramento application and submit by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.
Note: Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered by the rating panel as responses to the Supplemental Questions.

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