WIC Nutrition Educator Trainee - Spanish Speaking
Ramsey County, MN - Saint Paul, MN

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To provide nutrition assessment; to provide nutrition education and counseling to lower-risk WIC participants; to participate in voucher issuance; to make referrals to educational, medical, social and other community services; to perform technical work assisting in carrying out the nutrition and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Programs of the Public Health Department; and to perform related duties as assigned.

If you are offered an employment interview your fluency in both Spanish and English will be evaluated.

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Examples of Work Performed:
• Obtain information from applicants to the WIC Program to determine eligibility; accurately enters information collected onto WIC computer forms or directly into the computer.
• Perform health and nutrition screening tests according to standard procedures including: take height/weight measurements and assess measurements according to growth grids, standard weight charts, and pregnancy weight gain grids; perform hemoglobin blood test; complete and evaluate a health history form to aid in identifying risk factors; complete a dietary assessment; complete a child health survey listing M.D. and immunizations if available.
• Assess the participant's health and nutrition status based on nutrition screening; assign WIC risk codes and priority; and record test results, risk codes and priority into the computer system.
• Make and document any/all referrals made to appropriate community agencies; immunization clinic and/or health care provider in the participants chart.
• Develop and implement care plans for lower-risk participants based on information gathered from the health and nutrition screening.
• Monitor and re-evaluate participants' health and nutritional status on an ongoing basis.
• Provide nutrition education to lower-risk participants teaches lower-risk population how they can change their diets to be healthier; and assist lower-risk participants in goal setting to achieve a positive change in food health.
• Determine appropriate food package for participants based on assessed needs through health and nutrition screening.
• Issue regular vouchers (via computer and manually) as well as special vouchers; pre-approve special formula and extra foods for exclusively breast feeding women.
• Maintain voucher log, educate participants on the use of vouchers, and practice voucher security within the department.
• Provide breast feeding promotion, education and support to pregnant women.
• Explain WIC program policies, procedures, rights and responsibilities to WIC participants.
• Assist with clerical duties such as, but not limited to: filing; data entry; appointment scheduling; record in participant's chart; handle phone calls; assist clinic coordinator; and provide basic clinic information over the phone.
• Use bilingual or multilingual language skills to serve participants and the public as needed.
• Drive and transport nutrition equipment to and from clinics or off-site presentations.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education: High School graduation or equivalent.
Experience: One year experience in customer/client service.
(1) Valid driver's license may be required for some assignments.
(2) Fluency in English and Spanish.
Substitutions: None.
Desirable experience: One year of working in a clinic setting.
Exam/Screening Process Information:
EXAMINATION: The examination/screening process will consist of the following sections with each section weighted as indicated:
  • Training & Experience Rating...................Wt. 100% NOTE: The Training & Experience Rating will be based on the supplemental questionnaire that you need to complete as part of your application. Please be sure to be complete in your answers and do not mark "see resume" or "see work history". Failure to clearly and completely outline your training & experience could adversely affect your examination score and rank on the eligible list for this classification. Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

    For further information regarding this posting, please contact Jennifer Otley at jennifer.otley@co.ramsey.mn.us or by phone at (651) 266-2721.