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Local Program Consultant (HSC 3) DOH4626

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/27/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2540451
Keywords: planning, consulting

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Note:  This recruitment will remain open until filled.  First review of applications will take place on August 28, 2019 and will be ongoing thereafter.  It is to the applicant's advantage to apply early.
The Opportunity
As a member of the Local Program Operations Unit, the Local Program Consultant helps assure that quality nutrition services are provided to eligible participants according to program requirements. The purpose of this position is to provide professional level consultation and assistance to local WIC contractors on quality service delivery, outreach, budgets, and program development and evaluation. This position also participates in state level WIC outreach work and may be a liaison to the vendor management team.
This position supports the Division of Prevention and Community Health and DOH by collaborating with partners to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities. We work to prevent disease and promote a healthy start, healthy choices, and access to services. The Office of Nutrition Services works to improve the life-long nutrition and health of low-income individuals and families through nutrition and active living education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and access to healthy foods. This Health Services Consultant 3 position ties directly into the DOH mission through its work with our most vulnerable populations, those eligible for the Washington State Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, by providing support and professional consultation to local WIC contractors as they promote and support healthy nutrition and active lifestyles.
This is a full-time, permanent Health Services Consultant 3 (HSC 3) position.

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, visit our websiteDOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
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.
  • 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 life/work 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.
  • 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.)

What will you be doing? – Duties include: 
  • Provide professional health consultation and contract management to WIC local agencies.
  • Utilize state WIC policy and procedures and best practice recommendations to provide professional consultation and training through a variety of mechanisms, including face to face, telephone, webinars, written, or other forms of communication to local staff.
  • Gather, analyze and provide local program evaluation about local agencies' WIC service delivery model.
  • Review monthly and create quarterly caseload reports and work with Local Program Consultant Team to determine status of agencies' caseload.
  • Participate in internal, state and regional meetings or trainings with state staff, contractors, other DOH staff and/or stakeholders to ensure consistent implementation of program policies as funding allows and as assigned.
  • Participate in planning and implementing new WIC software.
What we're looking for
The ideal candidate is a team player who is knowledgeable and passionate about leading WIC services, is comfortable with ambiguity, is flexible and humble, and has an understanding of how their words and actions affect others.
Required Qualifications 
  • Option 1:  Bachelor's degree or higher in Nutrition Science or Dietetics; AND Two (2) or more years of experience managing or consulting for WIC at the local or state level.
  • Option 2:  Two (2) or more years of experience managing or consulting for USDA Nutrition Programs at the state or federal level.
Desired Qualifications 
  • Registered Dietitian.
  • Master's Degree or higher in Nutrition Science or Nutrition Administration.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to do the following: 
  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
  • Work effectively in an open office environment while sitting and working at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with multiple assignments and priority deadlines.
  • Standard business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but the incumbent may be expected to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs. 
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week when necessary to perform the core functions of the position.
  • Travel occasionally, as needed, either alone or with another person, overnight, for several days and/or out of state, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation while on state business.
  • Interact daily with office-level managers and staff and frequently with other state, federal, and national stakeholder organizations.
  • Move objects and materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Participate in emergency response activities and when the Agency Coordination Center is activated.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
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Application Process
Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following: 
  1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position
  2. A current resume.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process. These documents will not be forwarded to the hiring manager.

Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration. 

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.