CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a full time qualified and experienced WIC Nutritionist to provide participant-centered nutrition education to WIC participants utilizing a variety of methods. This position also serves as a team member and assists in evaluating the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program). The WIC Nutritionist also performs administrative coordination responsibilities, including but not limited to maintaining participant confidentiality and performing routine data collection utilized by the program.
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All applications must be received on-line by October 23, 2020. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition or appropriate health related field (Associate's Degree in Nutrition or appropriate health related field and two years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor's Degree) and one year related experience.
Travel Requirements - Ability to meet occasional travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Commitment to working in limited income urban settings with diverse program participants in their surrounding communities.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively deliver related programs and trainings. Serve as an effective subject matter resource. Maintain program data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts, including frequent collaboration with staff and outside organizations.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with presenters, program participants, employees and others through a variety of media. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, volunteers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Coordination Skills - Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment with occasional lifting, moving and transporting program materials. This position requires the ability to work in a busy open office with occasional to frequent distractions and opportunities to demonstrate positive collaboration amongst staff, visitors and the public.
Bachelor's Degree with at least 6 credit hours in Nutrition strongly preferred
Association degree with a Dietetic Technician, Registered strongly preferred
Familiarity with a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups in youth and adult audiences and ability to integrate youth and adult development principles into educational activities.
Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place and ability to utilize program resources within the community.
Ability to speak, read and write proficiently in the Spanish language, or other non-English language as is spoken in the target community.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 75%
Deliver nutrition education, based on existing materials, to impact audiences through a variety of educational methods.
Utilize existing evidence-based curricula and support materials to provide accurate, relevant nutrition education to participating families in accordance with WIC approved resources.
Foster acceptance of the WIC program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Teach existing research based education to targeted population on lifelong nutrition and healthy lifestyles including educating on the benefits of and providing educational support for exclusive breastfeeding. Address common breastfeeding concerns, may assist in breast pump issuance based on NYSDOH guidelines. Refer participants to the CCE of Schenectady County WIC Breastfeeding Educator when necessary to help foster program delivery.
Utilize motivational interviewing strategies to provide participant-centered nutrition education (individual/family sessions or facilitated group discussions). This includes educating clients on WIC approved high nutrient foods that support optimal health outcomes and prevent chronic diseases.
Conduct dietetic screening and determine eligibility for WIC based on USDA/New York State Department of Health established nutrition and health parameters.
Work with participants to ensure WIC foods meet the nutritional needs and wants of the individual/family. Authorize, issue and reissue WIC food packages based on established USDA/New York State Department of Health guidelines.
Meets or exceeds targeted education delivery goals assigned by the supervisor as indicated by the funding source.
Collaborate with community agencies that serve the target audience as part of the program delivery process.
Make connections to other Extension programs and community resources, serve as liaison for participants to other programs such as SNAP-ed, EFNEP, Healthy Families, Head Start, etc.
Assist in mass media (social and print) educational efforts related to the program.
Represent CCE and the NYS WIC program to the public, community leaders, government officials and Cornell University as part of the program delivery process.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with various constituencies to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Based on established program parameters, provide program evaluation data to the program supervisor, assist in data analysis and may assist in making recommendations to supervisor for strengthening and improving programs.
Coordination/Operation - 15%
Assist administrative support staff and program colleagues by using CCE office procedures/policies for communication, documentation, work requests, and schedule availability.
Maintain a strong network of peers working in other community agencies and programs with the goal of connecting participant families with the educational and other resources they need in a timely manner.
Implement, update, and/or close participant files with minimal nutritional educational needs or nutritional health concerns.
Document participant centered nutrition education (individual/family sessions or facilitated group discussions).
Complete necessary written documentation as required by programs and funders.
Maintain confidentiality of information regarding all program participants.
Perform routine data collection utilized by the program.
On an occasional basis transports self in personal and/or Association vehicles to community based settings, including WIC satellite offices as needed.
On an occasional basis lifts, moves or transports office and program materials and resources.
Perform general coordination activities including but not limited to attending staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff and general marketing of Extension programs.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time position, 35 hours/week. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120 or via email at: [email protected]
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail [email protected] or phone (518) 765-3503.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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