Nutrition Assistant - Public Health - Seattle & King County


CLOSING DATE: August 30, 2020


JOB #: 16169

POSTED: July 30, 2020


Job Duties 

  • Gather and assess information for determining health and nutrition risk factors, program eligibility, client education, and referrals
  • Provide group nutrition education and individual nutrition education, which includes breastfeeding support
  • Obtain and document anthropometric measurements for infants, children and adults, which includes obtaining blood samples for hemoglobin testing
  • Respond to telephone inquiries – screen, schedule, and interview diverse clients to determine the appointment type and appropriate provider
  • Document client information and services, and manage appointment schedules in various electronic records, including Cascades and Epic, to support both the WIC and MSS/ICM programs.
  • Provide direct customer service to a diverse clientele, providing WIC services, issuing and educating on the use of WIC checks, determining appointment types
  • Conduct WIC outreach and program tasks, such as generating end of day reports and client letters
  • Participate in WIC-related committees, including breastfeeding promotion activities, clinic health and information fairs, and the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
  • Order and maintain program supplies and educational materials
  • Participate in quality assurance activities
  • Complete annual WIC trainings, and continuing nutrition and breastfeeding education requirements
  • Use Microsoft Outlook and other electronic communication tools to coordinate work, and training requirements
  • Ability to work with a variety of computer programs, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Suite – Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to lift and lower a child weighing up to 35 pounds onto a surface more than 4 feet high with or without accommodation



Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills 

  • Ability to complete the Washington State WIC paraprofessional competencies within 6 months of hire
  • Ability to obtain Washington State Medical Assistant-Registered or Phlebotomist certification within 30 days of hire in order to perform hemoglobin/hematocrit testing on WIC participants
  • Ability to obtain a Washington State food worker card
  • A current BLS for Healthcare Providers with AED certification before hire
  • Ability to apply nutrition and health promotion knowledge/practices in working with clients from diverse backgrounds to make positive changes in health behaviors
  • Working knowledge of basic nutrition theory and practice, medical terminology, asepsis practices, and universal precautions
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direct client services in a health care setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to basic cooking and food demonstration techniques
  • Ability to understand various perspectives and listen to others without conveying judgment.
  • Excellent problem solving, priority setting, and organizational abilities.

 Desired Qualification:

  • Bilingual in Spanish, Russian and/or Somali


How to Apply:
Application Process:

A complete King County application will include answers to the supplemental questions.
This selection process may include, but is not limited to, evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
The selected candidate will be required to pass a background investigation.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.  This position supports and advances Community Health Services Division’s values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance, and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to industry and residents.

Union Affiliation:

This position is represented by Professional & Technical Employees Union, Local 17.

Great Benefits:

King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit). We offer a generous benefits package including fully-paid medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner. A generous sick leave and vacation plan, paid holidays, and participation in the Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County’s deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

Who We Are:

As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations’ history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation’s best places to live, work and play.

Public Health- Seattle & King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. 

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