We're hiring for multiple vacancies for Somali-English bilingual, and Spanish-English bilingual WIC Nutritionists. These positions are part of the Hennepin County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. In these roles, you will help eligible families in Hennepin County by providing nutrition education, supplemental foods, and referrals to other appropriate community services. WIC Nutritionists assist in coordinating these services at numerous WIC service sites across the county.
Hennepin County Public Health is committed to advancing health and racial equity. We recognize racism is a public health crisis. We are committed to change, and to co-creating solutions with those impacted to support communities where everyone experiences optimal health and wellness. Diverse voices are critical to this mission. We encourage you to join us in this work!
Location and hours:
These positions are hybrid and will be performed primarily on-site at various WIC sites across Hennepin County and occasionally remote as job duties require. Locations are still being determined but will include our existing sites and some new additional locations. Work location assignments may include two or more work locations in a week. Work hours are typically Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but candidates must also be available for some evening hours as needs arise. While these positions are designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
Employees must have access to reliable transportation to travel to WIC service sites and have flexibility to work varying shifts dependent upon the location. These positions are eligible for parking and mileage reimbursement for travel between work sites.
These positions are subject to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination. As such, it requires the job offer to be conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law.
In these positions, you will:
Work at various WIC service sites to collect and analyze the following intake data necessary for certification and WIC eligibility: medical history, dietary assessment, and anthropometric and hematological data.
Provide nutrition education and counseling to WIC participants at the appropriate learning level; develop high-risk care plans for at-risk WIC participants.
Refer participants to community services such as medical and social agencies that can further assist them with additional resources.
Issue WIC benefits for supplemental foods and schedule appointments for participants on a computerized-scheduling system.
Explain procedures for redeeming WIC benefits and other WIC regulations necessary for new participants to understand; distribute the written information new participants will need after becoming certified.
Need to have:
One of the following:
Associate degree or higher in nutrition, dietetics, or a closely related field.
Designation as a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Locally Trained Competent Professional Authority (CPA).
Access to reliable transportation to travel to WIC service sites within Hennepin County.
Nice to have:
Working for a WIC program.
Determining nutritional needs and making dietary recommendations for clients/customers.
Working in community health and/or public health nutrition programs.
Providing nutrition information to women and children in a community agency, health care clinic, hospital, or hospital outpatient clinic.
Work effectively and communicate with individuals from a variety of cultural and lifestyle backgrounds in a respectful and non-judgmental manner.
Communicate fluently in Spanish and/or Somali in addition to English, both verbally and in writing.
Working knowledge of nutrients and nutritional needs for infants, children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women.