Senior Public Health Nutritionist, Martinez, California

Employer Contra Costa County, CA
Created 03/23/2023
Reference 620767
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Martinez
Salary $77,358.00 - $94,029.24 Annually
The Position


The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases:
5% on July 1, 2023
5% on July 1, 2024
5% on July 1, 2025

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is offering an excellent career opportunity for qualified individuals interested in the Senior Public Health Nutritionist position. The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program within the Public Health Division currently has one (1) vacancy at the San Pablo WIC Site located in San Pablo, CA. You may occasionally be required to travel to various locations in Contra Costa County.

The Senior Public Health Nutritionist provides lead direction to the professional and support staff of a public health nutrition program and performs program liaison activities with collaborating agencies and community groups.

The Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Program serves pregnant women, women who have recently been pregnant, infants, children up to their fifth birthday. WIC's mission is to provide all women, infants, and children healthy food, and the knowledge and opportunity to make healthy choices in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, thus enhancing the potential for all Californians to enjoy a higher quality of life.

We are looking for someone who:
  • Has knowledge of community resources research pertaining to public health nutrition
  • Can interpret the nutritional aspects of a specialized program
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills
  • Can provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to work in a team environment
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Assigning day-to-day activities of the WIC Program’s nutritional services component
  • Directing and reviewing the work of Nutritionists and interns
  • Training and educating program staff and other health professionals
  • Developing and evaluating nutrition assessment systems
  • Collecting and analyzing statistical data
  • Providing individual counseling, group counseling and nutrition education
  • Following federal, state, and county policies and procedures
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • The County offers a generous benefits package
  • You will be working with a team of people who are dedicated and have a passion for their work
  • We are focused on our common mission and goals to serve our community
  • There are opportunities for growth
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You must adapt to ever-changing technology
  • You may work under pressure and need to deliver assignments in tight timeframes
Competencies Required:
  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Delivering Results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability: Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Handling Stress: Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Listening: Fully comprehending spoken communication
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Handling & Resolving Conflict: Managing interpersonally strained situations
  • Professional Impact: Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization
  • Coaching & Developing Others: Supporting others in stretching and expanding their capabilities
  • Leadership: Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal
  • Teamwork: Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals

To read the complete job description, please visit the website: .
The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License will be accepted during the application process.
Registration Required: Current Certificate of Registration as a Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Experience: Two (2) years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience performing community based nutrition work.
Substitution for Experience: Possession of a master's degree in nutrition, public health nutrition, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

Selection Process
1. Application Filing and Evaluation: All applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Training and Experience Evaluation: At the time of filing, within the supplemental questionnaire, candidates will be required to complete a training and experience questionnaire. Candidates that clearly meet the minimum qualifications, as described above, will have their training and experience responses evaluated. The training and experience questionnaire is designed to measure candidate’s relevant education, training, and/or experience as it relates to Senior Public Health Nutritionist classification. (Weighted 100%).

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment questions, please contact Health Services Personnel, Recruitment Team at . For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1-855-524-5627.

Please note that as of August 24, 2021, Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires. The policy requirements can be found here:

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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