WIC Nutrition Educator

at MaineGeneral Health in Skowhegan, Maine, United States

Job Description

Job Summary:Nutrition Educators provide evidence-based nutrition/ health and breastfeeding education and counseling to WIC eligible clients; determine nutritional /medical risks and issue WIC food benefits. Nutrition Educators also assist in daily operations of office including client /staff issues, and vendor issues, as well as fostering community outreach through collaborations with community programs that impact WIC clients.This is a 34hr/week position with core hours of 8:00a-4:30p & will include 1 evening shift a month.The Ideal Candidate Will Have:Licensed or Registered Dietary Technician preferred.An Associate’s degree as Dietary Technician or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field that includes nutrition courses preferred.Valid state of Maine Driver’s license and acceptable driving record required.

Job Description:

Follows WIC program policies and procedures for accuracy and detail in:• explaining the WIC program,

• determining WIC eligibility

• obtaining, recording and interpreting anthropometrics and hematological data

• obtaining and reviewing relevant medical and dietary information

• determining nutrition and health risk

• assigning WIC priority status

• assigning appropriate WIC food prescription

• issuing WIC benefits

Uses sensitivity and ensures confidentially when assessing client information.

Insures all nutrition and health assessments are accurate, complete and properly documented.

Accurately interprets anthropometrics and hematological data.

Obtains, reviews and documents relevant medical information.

Determines and assigns nutrition and health risk for priority status according to WIC policies.

Determines nutrition needs and assigns appropriate WIC food prescription according to WIC guidelines.

Counseling and Client Education

Approaches WIC client’s nutrition, health and breastfeeding concerns in a professional and caring manner.

Uses effective counseling, motivational interviewing and evidence-based information to encourage change.

Identifies and addresses client barriers to successfully facilitate change.

Provides nutrition education to all WIC clients in accordance to State WIC guidelines while ensuring education is appropriate for nutritional status and risk criteria at the same time being sensitive to client’s lifestyle, income level, and family and social considerations.

Ensures referral information is up to date and given to clients in a caring, assertive, and sensitive manner and is documented in client records.

Develops and documents goals and objectives with the client that accurately reflect the clients nutrition and health status.

Identifies high-risk clients and initiates consultation or follow-up with WIC Registered Dietitian according to WIC guidelines.

Develops and provides group education programs for WIC clients, as well as bulletin board displays,

newsletters and approved handouts.

Ensures that group topics, newsletters and handouts reflect the interests and needs of the WIC client

population and are presented clearly and sensitively, with an emphasis on appropriate literacy level.

Ensures WIC clinics are inviting, comfortable, and safe for WIC clients as well as promotes healthy living

through handouts, educational videos and bulletin.Community OutreachOrganizes and conducts WIC outreach clinics to populations of WIC-eligible clients outside of main site

service area as determined by State WIC Agency policy.

Ensures the outreach clinics have comparable opportunities for WIC services as provided at main sites.

Works with community partners to ensure that WIC outreach clinics are inviting, comfortable, and safe for WIC clients.

Connects with community services and WIC vendors to increase awareness of WIC services in their area and address issues and concerns.

Engages in outreach efforts to maintain client participation numbers to ensure clinic viability.

Professional DevelopmentTakes initiative for own professional growth and development.

Attends all mandatory WIC trainings required by State WIC Agency.Documents all trainings pertaining to State WIC policies.Meets State WIC Agency required annual continuing education requirements of nutrition and breastfeeding education.Completes trainings as assigned by the date due.

Other Duties AssignedCompletes goals and tasks assigned in timely manner.

Attends staff meetings, workgroups, workshops and conferences as assigned and is present, engaged and prepared.

Promotes WIC through community outreach, special projects and duties as assigned.

Accepts supervision and guidance and actively participates in efforts to improve quality of performance.

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 34 Scheduled Work Shift: Job Exempt: No Benefits:

Supporting all aspects of our employees’ wellness – physical, emotional and financial – is a critical component of being a great place to work. With the wide range of benefits and programs available, employees have the resources they need to be well at every stage of life and plan for the future.

Physical Wellness:

+ We offer quality health, dental, and vision benefits and wellness programs and resources to provide employees access to resources for a healthy lifestyle and help manage health care costs.

+ Employees have access to industry-leading leave for new parents.

+ A generous earned time plan is offered to all employees – We believe employees need and deserve time away from work to observe holiday, be with family, go on vacation, or simply take care of themselves.

Emotional Wellness:

When life gets challenging, employees have access to our Employee Assistance Program for employees and anyone in their household.

Financial Wellness:

+ An employee discount program is available to all employees for services provided by MaineGeneral Medical Center.

+ Tuition Reimbursement is available to all employees to further develop skills and career.

+ We offer eligible employees up to 2% of eligible pay in 403(b) company-matching contributions plus another 2% in the 401(a) retirement income plan.

+ Three insurance plans are available to protect your family from the sudden loss of income in the event of your death, terminal illness or serious injury from accident.

+ We offer both short-term and long-term disability insurance to replace a portion of your income if you become disabled and cannot work for a period of time.

Career Mobility:

Helping our employees develop their skills and grow their careers is critical to how we retain our talent and sustain our business. We do this by offering our teammates a variety of leadership-supported programs and learning and development resources for every stage of their professional development. We know that our employees are our most valuable resource – they’re how we grow our business and care for our community.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Vet/Disability Assistive technologies are available. Application assistance for those requesting reasonable accommodation to the career site is available by contacting HR at (207) 861-3440 .

State of Maine Covid-19 Vaccination MandateAs a licensed health care facility in the state of Maine, MaineGeneral Health must comply with the State’s vaccination mandate for all health care employees. All MaineGeneral Health employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, unless the employee receives a medical exemption. The goal of this mandate is to protect our patients, employees and communities.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Vet/Disability: In furtherance of MaineGeneral’s policy regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, MaineGeneral has developed a written Affirmative Action Program which sets forth the policies, practices and procedures that MaineGeneral is committed to in order to ensure that its policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action is accomplished.

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Job Posting: JC192059154

Posted On: Sep 11, 2021

Updated On: Oct 18, 2021