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Company: State of Florida
Location: Tallahassee
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

Requisition No: 815641

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64035865

Salary: $55,000.00 - $60,000.00

Posting Closing Date: 11/26/2023


Flexible schedules will be considered.

This is a professional position in the Nutrition Section of the Bureau of WIC Program Services. The employee in this position provides highly technical public health consultation to county health department directors/administrators, physicians, other public health nutritionists, nurses and others regarding the provision of services through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) throughout the state. The position is 100% supported by the federal WIC grant and the incumbent is responsible for the following tasks:

Provides quality assurance and quality improvement evaluation of the nutrition component of statewide WIC nutrition programs. Performs on-site regulatory monitoring and technical assistance reviews of local WIC agencies in order to ensure compliance and quality in the areas of certification, nutrition risk assessment, nutrition education, breastfeeding and efficient clinic operations. Prepares reports describing in detail results of monitoring and technical assistance visits to local agencies. Assists local agencies in the development of plans of corrective action and ensures corrective action is implemented in areas determined to be deficient during on-site monitoring reviews. Conducts on-going desk top reviews and discussions with the local agencies regarding indicators and areas where on-going assistance is needed.

Manages the procurement of the special nutritional products and formulas for the WIC Program. Assists Purchasing with preparation of competitive procurement documents to secure a departmental contract for special nutritional products. Develops requisitions for WIC to purchase off the departmental contract, approves invoices, coordinates activities with fiscal and purchasing staff, and with representatives of formula or nutritional products companies. Compiles, tracks, and assesses the costs and usage levels for the special formula products for management purposes. Coordinates with the Medicaid Program, especially private Medicaid providers, regarding authorization and provision of special nutritional formulas or products for Medicaid eligible clients. Assists local agencies in monitoring this program and in developing and implementing corrective action plans and strategies when necessary.

Revises formulary and formula reference guide to keep up-to-date with formula and policy changes. Prepares memos and correspondence on formulas. Develops, maintains, and revises direct distribution information for the statewide FL-WiSE system, and provides updates to the FL-WiSE Clinic user guide. Approves foods to be added to the Florida WIC Approved Product List.

Provides and/or coordinates technical assistance, training, and guidance to local and state agency staff in various areas of program operations through formal training sessions, on-site visits, correspondence, or via the telephone. Provides technical nutrition support to local agency nutritionists who counsel high risk clients on the development of nutrition care plans, nutrition education services, and the usage of infant formulas and WIC-eligible nutritionals. Provides consultation on nutrition issues as needed.

Writes and reviews reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, standards and other written materials as required. Provides information and/or data for the development of the WIC State Plan of Program Operations, WIC Procedure Manual, and FL-WISE training modules. Problem solves/tests issues related to FL-WiSE data system screens and provides input and/or data for other areas of these documents as assigned.

Provides oversight to the statewide paraprofessional program operated by local WIC agencies in order to ensure compliance with federal and state standards, policies, procedures, and protocols. Serves as the Bureau's liaison with the Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council.

Develops nutrition education resource and training materials. Selects, develops, or updates and evaluates staff resource and client-oriented nutrition education materials. Assists in coordination of nutrition teleconferences and webinars for headquarters staff. Inputs continuing education credits into automated Florida licensure tracking system (CE Broker).

Utilizes the agency data collection and reporting system to document, evaluate and monitor WIC nutrition program activities and outcomes and design and implement system changes and enhancements where necessary. Assists in testing FL-WiSE issues.

Serves as a liaison with other departmental programs and other agencies to coordinate and evaluate WIC services. Participates on work teams or committees to review, analyze or solve operational, programmatic or nutrition related issues.

Maintains and improves professional knowledge and skills through participation in staff meetings and staff development activities.

Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: the current science and practice of nutrition and dietetics and standards of practice in public health; the concepts and theories of nutrition and dietetics as they relate to growth, development, health and disease; nutrition and dietary assessment techniques; organization of health resources to maintain, protect, promote and improve the health of the community; cultural/ethnic eating behaviors of various Florida population groups and how it affects their nutritional status; human behavior and techniques for modifying it; available educational resources; recruitment sources for nutrition personnel; WIC regulations and policies.

Skill in: the use of computers and standard software programs; public speaking and communicating technical information at appropriate levels to different audiences.

Ability to: write measurable health and nutrition-related standards and objectives; assess needs for continuing education of nutritionist and other public health personnel; train professionals/paraprofessionals in nutrition-related areas; develop nutrition training materials for professionals, paraprofessionals or clients;understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; think critically; compile, organize, analyze and evaluate data; organize data into logical format for presentations, reports, and documents; develop reports, manuals, policies and procedures; review data for accuracy and completeness; develop objectives, strategies, plans and effectively implement; review and evaluate plans, processes and programs to diagnose problems, identify improvements or adjustments needed to ensure program effectiveness and efficiency; implement corrective actions and evaluate the results; present negative findings in an effective manner; conduct basic research; utilize problem solving techniques; provide consultation and expert advice; plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work assignments to ensure timely completion of quality, accurate work products; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with emphasis on communicating scientific information at levels of understanding appropriate to different audiences; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and work independently.


Required - Florida licensure as a Dietitian/Nutritionist required. This position requires that the incumbent meets the requirements outlined in Chapter 468, Part X, Florida Statutes, or be eligible to practice dietetics in accordance with Chapter 64B8-40 to 45, Florida Administrative Code.

Preferred - A Master's degree in public health nutrition, dietetics or food and nutrition preferred. Registration as a dietitian as defined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration preferred. Public Health and/or WIC experience at a local or state agency preferred. At least three (3) years of professional experience in public health nutrition preferred.

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

Where You Will Work:

Tallahassee, Florida

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click www.myfrs.com);
    • Flexible Spending Accounts;
    • Tuition waivers;
    • And more!
      For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

      Please be advised:

      Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

      This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

      Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov

      If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

      The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

      Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

      The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

      Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

      The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

      Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

      The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

      Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

      The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

      VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Keywords: State of Florida, Tallahassee , PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION CONSULTANT, Professions , Tallahassee, Florida

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