Salary may be negotiable 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 item listed below:

  • Bilingual pay: Qualified employees who meet the criteria found (page 18) shall receive an additional forty $0.40 cents per hour for all hours paid.

This recruitment is open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the needs of the County are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

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.


Nutrition Services currently has one (1) vacancy for Supervising Public Health Nutritionist (SPHN).   The Supervising Public Health (PH) Nutritionist has primary responsibility for the implementation of nutrition programs and regulations per Federal and State requirements.  The incumbent will be responsible for the operational supervision of two (2) to three (3) field teams in a designated geographic area, address client concerns and work in clinics as needed.  The incumbent will be expected to perform clinic duties as needed.

The incumbent will have operational supervision which includes monitoring and training personnel, resolving client and staff/partner issues and conducting routine quality assurance activities. There will be caseload/workload management and developing plans for caseload improvement. This position will also have a key role in the planning, initiation and evaluation of future nutrition projects by assessing the knowledge, practices and opportunities in the community to improve access and provision of services.


The ideal candidate will be a Registered Dietitian with a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory and/or program collaborative experience.  Two (2) or more years of experience working in a Women, Infants and Children program and/or public health nutritional setting is highly preferred. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess extensive knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities in the following competencies:

Technical Knowledge | Technical Experience

  • Maintaining normal, therapeutic and public health nutrition programs including current research and the food system
  • Providing nutrition care and services to populations and individuals at each stage of life and for a range of clinical and socio-economic conditions
  • Developing and implementing population-based community interventions to guide individual clients to choose healthier diets
  • Incorporating public health functions and essential public health nutrition services; community nutrition assessments, and program, personnel, fiscal and data management skills
  • Applying, planning, managing, and evaluating techniques to public health nutrition programs and/or individual client needs
  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating activities, projects and programs in order to meet defined public health measures
  • Monitoring nutrition policies, procedures, protocols and quality improvement systems and contract deliverables, to assure consistency, effectiveness and compliance
  • Interacting with mid and high level managers and government officials, directors, community leaders and other health professionals, educators and the public

Supervision | Leadership

  • Building and leading teams and processes
  • Collaborating with internal and external units to accomplish teamwork
  • Facilitating and demonstrating team work and cooperation
  • Applying conflict resolution skills by using an effective leadership style to inspire and motivate staff and strategic partners
  • Reporting on team progress/partnerships to upper management as needed

Analytical Thinking | Judgment

  • Ensuring accountability for contract and program deliverables
  • Managing workload effectively, following directions and meeting program deadlines
  • Operating clinics and programs with a high level of autonomy and independence
  • Providing critical and relevant information to program management in a timely manner
  • Being adaptable and flexible while maintaining a focus on program quality of care and service


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