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Supervisor, Nutrition Sciences and Active Living Unit - Washington State Department of Health

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Location: Tumwater, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: August 16, 2018
Job #12769
Posted: July 5, 2018

Supervisor, Nutrition Science and Active Living Unit (HSC 4)
Office of Nutrition Services

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Client Services Section Manager, the Supervisor, Nutrition Science and Active Living Unit provides supervision, leadership and direction to staff in the Nutrition Science and Active Living (NSAL) unit within the Client Services Section of the Office of Nutrition Services (ONS). 

The Department of Health (DOH) mission is to work to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State. ONS supports the organization’s mission by working to improve the life-long nutrition and health of low-income individuals and families through nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and increased access to healthy foods. This position contributes to the DOH mission through management of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) grant, and setting standards for nutrition science and active living activities for ONS.  Learn more about ONS.
This is a full-time permanent Health Services Consultant 4 (HSC 4).
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, DOH website and DOH at a Glance Infographic (PDF) (Download PDF reader).

DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including: 

  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve. Watch the DOH "Diversity is Rising" video.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options.  (Depending upon job duties.)
  • We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.  Take the DOH Workplace Modernization Virtual Tour.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending upon job duties and work location.) Watch KING 5’s Drew Mikkelsen report on the Infant at Work program.

 Duties include: 

  • Providing supervision, leadership, and direction to staff in the ONS NSAL Unit.
  • Supervising, training, and coaching new and existing staff.
  • Providing supervision, leadership, and direction to the SNAP-ED program team in accordance with the SNAP-ED state plan and guidance.
  • Establish goals, objectives, budgets and action plans for the effective administration of SNAP-ED.
  • Developing and implementing strategies with unit staff to increase access to nutrition services promoting consumption of healthful foods and active lifestyles.
  • Ensuring that ONS develops and maintains nutrition and active living education materials that meet USDA guidelines and Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and are consistent with current research.
  • Pursuing collaborative ways for Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), SNAP-Ed, and other DOH grants to work together that are client-centered and can maximize resources.
  • Participating in internal, state and regional meetings or training with ONS staff, contractors, other DOH staff and/or stakeholders to ensure consistent implementation of ONS programs.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in nutrition, public health, health education, or a closely allied field.
  • Two (2) or more years of professional and consultative experience in a health services program.
  • One (1) or more years of experience developing and managing contracts, including approval of contracts expenditures and writing contract amendments.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications Registered Dietitian.

  • Master’s degree or higher in nutrition, public health, health education, or a closely allied field.
  • Two (2) or more years of experience developing and implementing nutrition education programs.
  • One (1) or more years of supervisory experience, providing strategic direction, oversight and support to a team of direct reports.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the USDA SNAP- ED Program and the WIC Nutrition Program.

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