Nutrition Specialist – 40010950

Date: Jun 13, 2024
Location: Durham, NC, US
Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit www.dconc.gov.

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DEPARTMENT: Public Health Services
DATE POSTED: June 4, 2024
CLOSING DATE: June 11, 2024
HIRING RANGE: $61,041.00-$82,369.00
POSITION NUMBER: 40001000
JOB TYPE: Full-Time

**This position is provisionally (grant) funded. Continued employment is contingent upon availability of funding. Renewal of funding is anticipated, however not guaranteed.**

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This is a SNAP-Ed grant funded, full-time position aimed at coordinating and providing nutrition education to and improving the nutrition environments of Durham residents who speak Spanish as their primary language; does related work as required. Some early morning, evening, and weekend work will be required. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.

  • Plan and provide nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and other events in Spanish aimed at reaching SNAP Ed eligible adults and families.
  • Plan and develop curriculum for DINE’s Spanish language programming.
  • Develop and conduct ongoing program needs assessment and outcome evaluation.
  • Develop strong relationships with community organizations that serve Durham’s native Spanish speaking population.
  • Identify, create, and distribute nutrition education materials in Spanish. Assist other team members with translating or adapting materials into Spanish when needed.
  • Assist with DINE’s social marketing campaign so the campaign equitably reaches Durham’s native Spanish-speaking communities.
  • Assist with evaluation and surveying of DINE programming when a bilingual nutritionist is required.
  • Explore possible policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes that will make it easier for Durham’s native Spanish speaking communities to choose nutritious foods and be physically active.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Bilingual in Spanish required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the native Spanish speaking communities and cultures in Durham.
  • Thorough knowledge of nutrition and public health.
  • Understanding of how to assess community needs and assets and to plan programs based on that assessment.
  • Ability to apply research findings and national health/nutrition practice recommendations into public health programming.
  • Thorough knowledge of human behavior and techniques for effecting behavior change.
  • Understanding of curriculum development and evaluation.
  • Ability to establish rapport with communities, organizations, and individuals.
  • Computer literacy skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Excellent customer service skills and attitude.
  • Flexibility.
  • Time and resource management skills.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and hold self-accountable for meeting goals.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics or foods and nutrition and two years of nutrition/dietitian work experience.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES REQUIREMENTS:
• Registered Dietitian (RD or RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition.
• Note: Must submit copy of Registered Dietitian and LDN cards with application.

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience working with a SNAP Ed eligible audience.
• Understanding of community resources and community health/nutrition issues in Durham.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE:

Durham County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires Durham County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

To further the mission of the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) to partner with our community to advance health equity, protect the environment, and promote health and wellness for all, DCoDPH is implementing the employee vaccination and tuberculosis screening policies. All DCoDPH employees are considered healthcare personnel (HCP) working in a health care setting with the potential for exposure to patients and/or infectious materials and, therefore, are required to comply and provide documented proof of the following:
• Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination/immunity
• Varicella-Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox) vaccination/immunity
• Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
• Tuberculosis (TB) baseline screening within the last twelve (12) months prior to employment
• Hepatitis B vaccination/immunity – only required for DCoDPH employees with potential Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) exposures.

Identified DCoDPH HCP with potential Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) exposure have an additional requirement for the Hepatitis B vaccination. Required vaccination, serological testing to determine immunity, and baseline tuberculosis screening are available for all Public Health employees who elect to become DCoDPH patients upon request and at no cost.

Proof of vaccination and tuberculosis screening must be provided to Human Resources within seven (7) business days prior to the date of employment.

Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer