Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of WIC Nutrition Program Specialist with the WIC Unit under the Division of Health Promotion in Atlanta, Georgia.

Won’t you join us?

Under broad supervision, performs complex administrative duties and statistical, financial, or operational data analysis and reporting in support of management decision making in functional area. Identifies trends, discrepancies, and variances to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. May partner with other departments, divisions, outside agencies, and vendors to address business issues. Exercises various latitudes of independent judgment. May administer or provide high level support for various projects, grants, contracts, implementation of procedures, and/or any specialized functions. Assists with orientation, training, or providing task guidance of junior team members. Provides strategic analysis.

Job Responsibilities:

Job Summary – “About the Position”:
Reporting to the Georgia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Operations Program Manager, this position is responsible for providing subject matter expertise (SME) related to nutrition policies and practices to provide technical support and development of procedures, guidelines and tools related to nutrition services delivered at the local agencies; reviews local district and clinic operations to evaluate compliance with state and/or federal guidelines. In addition to generalist nutritional support, serves as a statewide SME lead as needed for a variety of functional areas: Food Package and Design, Special Formula Management, Nutrition Education and Risk Assessment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides general technical support for nutrition-related activities related to the WIC program to district and local agencies as requested.
• Assists with reviews and updates of the Procedures Manual based on changes to the state and/or federal guidelines to ensure effective and evidence-based delivery of nutrition activities.
• Conducts program reviews of local WIC agencies to assure compliance with federal regulations and state policies of Georgia WIC and develops summaries outlining specific corrective action needed by the local agency to comply with state and federal regulations.
• Serves as an instructor in various nutrition education programs and as a preceptor to dietetic interns as needed.
• Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for eWIC activities related to nutrition services and leads the development of WIC nutrition education training programs.
• Provides professional coverage for the Nutrition Operations Unit for all specialty areas as needed when assigned SME is not available.
• Serves as the SME as needed on the areas described below:

Food Package and Design

Responsible for updating the WIC Approved Foods List including working with food manufactures to identify WIC eligible foods, evaluating and approving food items, working through a state committee to make updates to the states AFL.
Manages work with contractors (Graphics design and web developers) to support revisions of the AFL, WIC participant training video updates, printing, and distribution of materials.
Updates the State’s Food Package Database as required.
Works with the WIC Vendor Unit to update products on shelf price survey (quarterly)
Assist with the development and implementation of relevant guidelines that support the WIC food package.
Monitor food package design quality and analyzes utilization patterns of WIC food benefits.
Charis the WIC Food Package Committee.

Special Formula Management

Coordinates state level special formula ordering process and system for special formulas and Nutritionals.
Works with the WIC Vendor Unit to monitor and track special formula cost containment activities.
Manages the WIC Emory Genetics Contract.
Manages activities related to the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (GA AAP) contract.
Evaluates use of district created food packages for special formula and Nutritionals during local agency reviews and serves as SME to assist with developing appropriate corrective action plans.
Charis the WIC Special Formula Committee.

Nutrition Education / Risk Assessment

Chairs the Nutrition Education Task Force and Nutrition Education Committee.
Coordinates Nutrition Education Contracts: Department of Public health SHAPE Children’s Contract.
Manages the Strong4Life Champions Program Statewide.
Manages the Advanced Contract that provides Online Participant Nutrition Education through GeorgiaWICOnline.
Develops and coordinates implementation of statewide nutrition education plan; reviews and works with the WIC Nutrition Services Manager to approve nutrition education materials created by districts/clinics to ensure consistency in message, appearance, and format.
Manages the District Nutrition Services Plan (NSP) activities including:Conducting a needs assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses, including staffing, staff competencies, and Nutrition Services Standard Self-Assessment.
Establishes goals, measurable objectives, and action steps in line with the WIC State Plan goals for the local agencies to report on and provide future education plans.
Assess progress toward attainment of NSP goals and objectives from year to year.
Work with WIC epidemiologist and data analyst to evaluate effectiveness.
Provides WIC staff at least one statewide Value Enhance Nutrition Assessment (VENA) training yearly and create opportunities for Georgia WIC CPAs to receive at least 12 hours of nutrition specific continuing education yearly.
Coordinates required activities to update National Nutrition Risk Criteria based on annual federal policy changes, including updates to GA’s Nutrition Risk Criteria Handbook, nutrition questionnaires and high-risk education forms and WIC Systems.
Serves as the SME with the WIC Education Team to ensure effective statewide implementation and training of the Nutrition Care Process (ADIME) for staff.
Coordinates with Public Health Title V Block Grant Activities for statewide obesity initiative as directed.
Responsible for the development and maintenance of WIC 101 trainings intended for WIC Competent Professional Authorities (WIC CPAs).
Manages state level training tracking system to ensure all nutrition education trainings are documented and meets federal requirements. Performs assessment on training effectiveness to identify areas for improvement and provide insight to on ways to increase training effectiveness.
Leverages the sates Exceed Learning Management System to schedule, track, and deliver education programs.
Partners with WIC Training Designer and others to ensure that training material is up-to-date and easy to access.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business or related field from an accredited college or university AND Four years of experience related to area of assignment.

Note: An equivalent combination of education and job specific experience that provided the knowledge, experience and competencies required to successfully perform the job at the level listed may be substituted on a year-over-year basis

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who in addition to meeting the minimum qualification possess the following:

  • Registered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Licensed Dietician in the State of Georgia
  • Master’s degree with emphasis in and Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition Education, or equivalent
  • Familiarity with WIC program policies and procedures
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with internal and external senior leaders
  • Ability to provide solutions-based coaching, guidance and follow up with remote clients
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, specifically related to providing quality consultative services, change management and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to coach others to set priorities and define action plans and metrics
  • Strong meeting planning and facilitation skills
  • Analytical skills with ability to create relevant reports for a variety of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Patient Centered Counseling (PCE) and ability to teach others Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques
  • Able to work effectively in a high stress, changing environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (e.g.., Outlook, Word, Excel)

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.