Nutrition Assistant - Federal Way
Public Health - Seattle & King County - Federal Way, WA

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THE POSITION: This is a full time career service position working as a Nutrition Assistant. The Nutrition Assistant in this position will provide services to clients in a clinic-based Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Program at the Federal Way Health Center. Nutrition Assistants assess eligibility and provide nutrition education to individuals and families in the WIC Program in a group classroom setting. They also coordinate with Maternity Support Services (MSS) and participate on a team that includes Registered Dietitians, Physicians, Medical Assistants, Public Health Nurses, Social Workers, and Community Health Workers.

WORK LOCATION: Federal Way Health Center 33431 13th Place S., Federal Way, Wa 98003.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

CONTACT: For questions about this job announcement, please contact Rosalind Monteros, Human Resources Analyst at (206) 263-8737 or

Examples of Duties:
  • Using established protocols, interview clients for general medical and dietary history using client centered services.
  • Using established protocols, evaluate anthropometric and medical/dietary history data for health and nutrition risk factors and program eligibility; perform and plot adult and child anthropometric measurements.
  • Conduct periodic reassessment of client health risks and need for resources.
  • Promote and support breastfeeding as the optimal feeding method.
  • Using appropriate educational methods, provide basic health and nutrition information related to client risk.
  • Provide group nutrition education to clients, and community groups as appropriate, including cooking classes.
  • Maintain, document, and process medical and various client records according to program guidelines.
  • Orient clients to program policies and procedures, issue WIC checks, and educate clients on their use.
  • Schedule client appointments as appropriate, including follow-up appointments, reminder calls and documentation of appointment status in hard copy record and program database.
  • Perform quality first-line customer service duties; respond to inquiries by phone and in person, identify clients' needs.
  • Generate specified reports using program data base; collect and maintain laboratory records and data for research studies and program management.
  • Clean, stock and set up assigned client assessment areas; order, inventory, monitor and maintain program supplies and educational resources.
  • Participate in Department and or PHC emergency response development, trainings and drills; aid in response to emergency situations and summon other health care providers and emergency personnel in a timely and appropriate manner when necessary.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance activities as appropriate.
  • Client outreach and referrals for social and health services as appropriate.
  • Provide referrals to preventive health care services, health care professionals, and other available resources when appropriate.
  • Participate in outreach activities to identify, recruit and screen clients for program eligibility.
  • Serve as liaison and advocate to link clients to health care/community providers; develop and maintain working relationships with referral sources.
  • Knowledge of basic nutrition theory and practice, human development, and life sciences through formal post-secondary education.
  • Experience using an electronic health record systems.
  • Knowledge of behaviors and practices to achieve and maintain good health.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and identified clinical procedures.
  • Knowledge of health and social services, resources and client education principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of human systems, including anatomy, physiology, biology and human growth and development Knowledge of health care maintenance and prevention; sepsis and universal precautions; occupational hazards and safety procedures; laboratory procedures including phlebotomy.
  • Knowledge of and skill in medical record-keeping procedures; administrative support practices and procedures.
  • Communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to read, write and converse in the English language.
  • Problem-solving and motivational interviewing skills.
  • Possess basic computer skills analytical/assessment and basic mathematics skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in working with racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse populations; maintaining and establishing working relationships with community resources.
  • Skill in performing client nutrition education, both individually and to groups, with the purpose of changing behavior and health habits.
  • Skill in performing a number of tasks simultaneously; meeting deadlines and working under time constraints.
  • Skill in working part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Requires the ability to work with non-English speaking clients via use of an interpreter, either in person or by telephone.
  • Ability to move up to 25 pounds. This may include intermittent lifting, standing, stooping, bending and reaching during the course of the work day.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is highly desired.
  • Experience using NexGen.
  • Experience using CIMS (Client Information Management System).
  • Washington State Driver's License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation.
  • Eligibility for Washington State certification as a Health Care Assistant in category A, to include adequate physical ability and sufficient manual dexterity to perform the requisite health care services.
  • Successful mastery of the Washington State Department of Health WIC Paraprofessional Competencies within six months of hire.
Supplemental Information:
This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

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 a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health emergency.

  • The selected candidate must 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 their mandatory trainings on time.
1. NeoGov/Government Jobs on-line application with completed Supplemental Questionnaire.
2. Resume, including any previous experience working in WIC/MSS.
3. Cover letter detailing how you meet or exceed each qualification.

You can attach multiple documents if necessary or required, such as your cover letter to your application. Your options are:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the cover letter. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

This position is represented by IFPTE, Local 17.

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