Public Health Nutritionist I/ Public Health Nutritionist I (Supervisory)

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed below, based on position requirements and successful candidate’s qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

Premium Pay

In addition to the hourly salary, eligible applicants may receive premium pay for the items listed below:

  • Bilingual pay: Qualified employees who meet the criteria found (page 18) shall receive an additional seventy $0.70 cents per hour for all hours paid.
  • Call-Back pay: An employee in this classification who returns to work because of an agency/department request shall be eligible for Call-Back pay as detailed here (page 17).
  • Education Reimbursement: Eligible employees are qualified for up to $10,000 per fiscal year of pre-approved educational reimbursement (Pg 27). The reimbursement program may also be used for related licensure or certifications, subject to approval.

Other Additional Premium Pays

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open eligible list to fill current and future vacancies within the Health Care Agency. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.


The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA)  is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven (7) service areas – Administrative and Financial, Strategy and Special Projects, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Office of Care Coordination, Medical Health and Public Health – is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.


Through assessment, policy development and assurance, Public Health Services provides a wide range of services aimed at reducing death and disability by reducing the transmission of communicable diseases, preventing and lessening the impact of chronic diseases, and ensuring healthy and safe environments.


The department is seeking to fill one (1) Public Health Nutritionist I (Supervisory) within the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and one (1) Public Health Nutritionist I within the CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) program.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervisory Duties:
    • Monitor clinic flow and staff assignments to maintain efficient program operations
    • Maintain work environment where cooperation and teamwork can occur
    • Promote and encourage staff development and skills enhancement
    • Resolve staff and client conflicts and conduct corrective action plan as necessary
    • Provide input to Program Support Staff on clinic operations and needs
    • Enforce WIC Program rules and regulations
    • Provide back up for paraprofessional roles as needed
    • Maintain and ensure secure delivery of negotiable instrument (food instruments and Farmers Market Coupons)
    • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) audits of staff to ensure efficiency and compliance to State mandates
    • Review the work of staff for accuracy
    • Develop and present performance evaluation to staff
    • Verify time sheets and mileage reimbursement claims of staff
    • Conduct staff meetings
    • Assist in mentoring Dietetic Interns
  • Client Services:
    • Determine nutritional risk of participants for certification
    • Provide individual nutrition counseling for low risk and high risk contacts as defined by the State
    • Oversee services to WIC and CFHL participants/recipients such as nutrition education classes, issuance of food benefits, referrals, etc.
  • Community Services:
    • Implement and assist in developing population-based community interventions to guide individual clients to choose healthier diets such as coordinating and facilitating nutrition classes
    • Incorporate public health functions and essential public health nutrition services, community nutrition assessments and program, personnel, fiscal and data management skills
    • Ensure all aspects of education are culturally competent and literacy appropriate
    • Apply, plan, manage, and evaluate techniques to public health nutrition programs and/or individual clients such as administering pre and post-tests and surveys
    • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate activities, projects and programs in order to meet defined public health measures
    • Monitor nutrition policies, procedures, protocols and quality improvement systems and contract deliverables, to assure consistency, effectiveness and compliance
    • Interact with community leaders for the purposes of offering services
  • Other Administrative Duties:
    • Maintain inventory of assets (ie. Electric breast pumps, computers, etc.)
    • Perform tasks as delegated by the Administrative Manager II, HCA Program Supervisor II or Supervising Public Health Nutritionist
    • Assist with surveys to determine nutrition needs and problems of participants
    • Conduct Quality Improvement (QI) audits of staff workload and functions to monitor efficiency and quality of client care
    • Assist in initial and ongoing training of WIC and/or CFHL staff
    • Provide input to Operations Management in developing clinic procedures and/or community activities
    • Provide follow-up consultation/information for public and private providers
    • Prepare reports as needed
    • Serve as liaison with Information Technology (IT) department regarding computer system issues as needed
    • Participate in professional workshops and other trainings to update nutrition knowledge, administrative skills, and to comply with the County/State program mandates

The ideal candidate will be a Registered Dietician or Registered Dietitian Eligible. Also, supervisory experience and two (2) or more years of experience working in a Women, Infants and Children program type of setting is highly preferred. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities that demonstrates the following competencies:

  • Technical Knowledge | Technical Experience
    • WIC Information System Enterprise  (WIC WISE) database
    • WIC and/or CalFresh/SNAP regulations
    • Maternal, child and infant nutrition for optimal health
    • Quality Improvement tools and intervals to conduct audits
    • Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook software
  • Nutritional Care, Counseling and Advocacy
    • Being culturally sensitive to the needs of the multicultural participant background
    • Interpreting and determining the health and nutritional status of participants
    • Improving the nutrition of participants by identifying environmental factors that affect health progress
    • Developing and applying public health nutrition interventions
    • Having the ability to use participant centered techniques when conducting counseling
    • Promoting breastfeeding as optimal feeding choice for infants
  • Leadership, Community Engagement and Supervision
    • Having the knowledge of personnel management and maintaining optimal clinic flow
    • Facilitating meetings with peers
    • Delegating work duties to staff effectively
    • Managing personnel issues and taking care of special participants needs and concerns effectively
    • Applying conflict resolution by using effective leadership style to inspire and motivate staff
    • Reporting team progress to upper management as requested
    • Facilitating team work and cooperation among staff
    • Writing staff work performance and providing feedback to staff
    • Collaborating with upper management and Human Resource Services (HRS) regarding personnel issues
    • Being a role model to staff and mentoring Dietetic Interns
  • Training
    • Developing work and training plans for participants
    • Conducting presentations and providing training in group or individual setting
  • Communication and Professionalism
    • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
    • Assessing and identifying issues when providing services to participants and implementing improvements when necessary
    • Evaluating own practice and requesting for effective feedback from WIC colleagues to identify additional learning needs
    • Using appropriate communication method when communicating/sharing sensitive information with participants and staff
  • Adaptability, Analytical Thinking and Accountability
    • Being adaptable, flexible while maintaining a focus on program quality of care and services
    • Applying different ways of assessing nutrition and health outcomes of participants
    • Using appropriate and effective study designs to evaluate diet related diseases
    • Formulating effective resolutions to problems by being consistent with the WIC’s mission and vision
    • Being accountable for the “negotiable instruments” in the clinic
    • Managing workload effectively, following directions and meeting deadlines
    • Willing to take on additional assignments

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the Public Health Nutritionist I (Supervisory) classification as well as the physical and mental requirements and the environmental and working conditions.