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Requisition No: 24080 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64003384 

Salary:  $40,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 11/30/2017 





SALARY: $40,000.00




Public Health Nutritionists are required to be licensed as a dietitian/nutritionist in the State of Florida. In order to become licensed, the applicant must have already attained a minimum of a bachelor's degree in nutrition, completed a 900-hour preplanned supervised experience (like a dietetic internship), and passed the RD exam. Registered dietitians are able to apply for licensure by endorsement. For more information about Florida licensure, see the Florida Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council web site at: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/dietetics/ .


The incumbent in this position is responsible for the following tasks: 


Provides technical assistance, training and guidance to state agency staff and Child Care Food Program (CCFP) contractors in various areas of nutrition and program operations through formal training sessions, on-site visits, correspondence, or via the telephone.  Provides the technical nutrition consultation and support to CCFP contractors and state agency staff on nutrition issues as needed, in particular, menu planning, developmentally appropriate nutrition practices, food safety and sanitation and the diverse eating patterns of Florida's ethnic populations.    


Develops nutrition resource and training materials.  Selects, develops, or updates and evaluates infant and child nutrition information, menu planning, food safety, and other nutrition education materials.  Writes and reviews reports, correspondence and other written material as required  Also assists with the development and update of various procurement documents for catered meal service including cycle menus and analyses.    


Analyzes federal regulations for needed policy and procedural changes.  Assists with writing proposed legislation, rules, reports, correspondence and other materials as required.  Assists with the development and maintenance of procedure manuals.    


Assists with the development of on-site monitoring review forms and procedures for use by state staff and CCFP contractors to ensure compliance and quality in the program areas of nutrition education, food safety and sanitation, developmentally appropriate food service and meal pattern requirements.  Assists CCFP contractors and state staff in developing corrective action plans to improve the quality of nutrition services to ensure that appropriate corrective action is implemented.    


Assists in determining and providing quality improvement evaluation of the nutrition services provided by the CCFP.  Analyzes nutrition services data from program reviews, sponsor monitoring reviews and other appropriate data sources.  Prepares periodic and special reports for program planning and evaluation.  Provides technical assistance, consultation and training to state staff and CCFP contractors regarding the interpretation and use of the data.    


Reviews and evaluates the current literature and nutrition education resources to maintain up-to-date website and an active reference file on nutrition topics for use by state and local CCFP staff and CCFP contractors.  Recommends purchase of nutrition education reference materials for CCFP.  Annually compiles a listing of staff training needs and resource materials needed by the CCFP contractors.


Knowledge of: federal and state Child Care Food Program regulations, rules, requirements and procedures; the current science and practice of nutrition and dietetics and standards of practice in public health; the concepts and theories of nutrition and dietetics as they relate to growth, development, health and disease; nutrition and dietary assessment techniques; organization of health resources to maintain, protect, promote and improve the health of the community; cultural/ethnic eating behaviors of various Florida population groups and how they affect nutritional status; human behavior and techniques for modifying the diet; available educational resources; and correct grammar usage.  Ability to: communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with emphasis on communicating scientific information at levels of understanding appropriate to different audiences; plan, organize, prioritize, coordinate and complete work assignments; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; write measurable health and nutrition related standards and objectives; identify problems, implement corrective actions and evaluate the results; provide consultation to others; work independently without close supervision and be an effective team member, or team facilitator, to travel and present information to contractors.  Skill in: use of personal computers and standard software packages.


NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.


You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the department’s VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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