Nutrition Therapist WIC

Recruitment #200213-UNCZ-04


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Nutrition Therapist providing support to WIC Service. This is an unclassified position (PIN 34002929) in state government. This position will be based out of Cleveland County and serve the surrounding area. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $60,622.56, based on education and experience.

Position Description  
This position will provide technical guidance, consultation and assistance to local Women, Infant and Children (WIC) clinic staff regarding WIC policy and procedure. The WIC nutritionist performs program eligibility and nutritional assessment for individual clients. Client services include nutritional planning, determination of supplemental food needs and provision of breastfeeding supplies. Nutritionists conduct child development and immunization checks, health screenings and referrals.

Duties include, but are not limited to
• Plan, conduct and promote nutrition education. 
• Conduct surveys and studies to assess nutrition problems and to evaluate changes in nutritional status of individuals or groups.
• Provide Women Infant and Children (WIC) certification and recertification services including, measurements, and biochemical tests using standardized procedures.
• Support and assist breastfeeding mothers with problems and solutions.
• Coordinate dietary services in regards to total patient care. 
• Participate in the planning for specific programs and health problems in conjunction with other program areas, and signing requests for and ordering dietary supplies.

Education and Experience:
Level II
Consist of Registration as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Licensure with the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

Those qualified and hired at this level may be paid up to $51,868.80 based on education and experience.

Level III
Requirements at this level consist of Registration as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Licensure with the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.  Plus four years of experience as a registered dietitian in a food service operation or in a public or community health program or facility. A master’s degree in public health with a major in nutrition or a master’s degree in foods and nutrition with an emphasis on nutrition may substitute for one year of experience.

Those qualified and hired at this level may be paid up to $60,622.56 based on education and experience.

This is the leadership level of the job family, where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating the local WIC program for the assigned area.  These positions provide direct service to individuals and groups by conducting nutrition education classes and providing individual nutrition counseling for high-risk WIC participants, increase community awareness and positive perception of the WIC Program by providing outreach in the community including to local area physicians, interacting with other Public Health programs, and coordinate in-service training for other WIC clinic staff.  These positions must supervise other nutritionists, including reviewing and assigning work, evaluating performance, approving leave, and initiating disciplinary actions, as well as performing related administrative functions. 

Responsibilities also include coverage of essential WIC nutrition services for assigned area when local agency nutritionist position vacancies occur.  Additionally, this position may provide direction, technical guidance and supervision, or training to nutrition assistants. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of current dietetics and institutional diet management; of nutrition and its relationship to health; of nutritional values, costs and accounting; of available community resources; and of health requirements and personal hygiene. 

Ability is required to plan menus for general and special therapeutic diets; to keep necessary records; to establish effective working relationships with others; to present and prepare educational materials; to develop curricula for nutrition education programs and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  

Knowledge of administrative principles and practices; of modern methods, materials and equipment used in food preparation and service; of conducting and interpreting nutrition surveys; of economic and social trends in nutrition; of program planning and nutrition education techniques. 

Ability is required to evaluate and judge the quality of food materials and develop menus.  Ability to plan and deliver effective education programs and to evaluate results of programs.

Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices and ability to train nutrition therapist staff and kitchen and food service personnel. The applicant will be able to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, display professionalism and successfully manage conflict, promoting a supportive work environment. The applicant will also exhibit proficient organizational skills.

Position requires statewide travel.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.


All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.