General Statement of Duties
The primary purpose of this position is to provide direct nutritional services to Buncombe County Department of Health patients, WIC Program participants, Medicaid patients, and referrals from the community. (#2041)
WIC does high risk nutritional counseling for high risk WIC participants which requires a Registered Dietitian, but we no longer bill Medicaid per the county as a result of billing restrictions. Due to WIC regulations, persons having family members employed with WIC vendors cannot be considered. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred.
Examples of Work
The Nutritionist II in this position completes a thorough nutrition assessment using anthropometric and biochemical measurements, health history data, socio-economic information and food/nutrition history for clients with a wide variety of moderate and high-risk medical conditions or complex nutritional needs; provides in-depth individual counseling concerning therapeutic diets, developmental processes, programmatic parameters, and nutrition principles for high risk and low risk pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents and adults; counsels patients on nutritional needs identified in the care plan; coordinates the patients nutrition care needs as identified through nutrition assessment and counseling, refers patients to resources needed to implement the care plan, monitors follow-up, documents all nutrition related services provided to the patient in the medical record. Nutrition assessment information may be used to determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Specialized knowledge and skill in comprehensive nutrition assessment and care planning, including problem diagnosis, counseling and evaluation of clients from diverse backgrounds, ages, and with multiple and complex health and therapeutic nutritional needs. Knowledge of generally accepted and commonly used principles, theories, and methodologies of nutrition and dietetics including knowledge of relevant medical terminology and skill in documenting in the medical record. Full range of knowledge of organization of community health and nutrition resources. Sophisticated knowledge of current scientific information regarding nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy and skill interpreting this to other health professionals and the public. Full range of skill in counseling including interviewing, problem diagnosis, and evaluation. Knowledge of human behavior and techniques for effecting behavior change with considerable skill in counseling. Skill in presenting ideas orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner to supervisors, peers, other health professionals, representatives of community agencies, clients, and families. Must have the ability to efficiently and cordially interact with co-workers to accomplish common tasks; ability to have efficient and courteous interaction with the employer’s customers; and the ability to function in highly stressful circumstances
Minimum Education and Experience
Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetics Registration; or Master’s degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, or Nutrition; or graduation from a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education- approved Didactic Program in Dietetics and two years nutrition experience; or Dietetic Technician, Registered with the Commission on Dietetics Registration with a Bachelor’s degree in any subject area from an accredited four-year college or university and two years nutrition experience; or a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition or Community Nutrition from an accredited four-year college or university and two years nutrition experience.
Applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement, no additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training, and experience. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title. If work history involves part time work, you must state the number of hours per week to receive credit.