DOH Formula Bridge Pilot Coordinator, Health Services Consultant 3 (HSC 3) Project DOH6788
Washington State Department of Health
Location: Tumwater, Washington
Type: Full Time
Salary: $4,777.00 - $6,260.00 Monthly
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: DOH6788
The initial applicant review begins on September 28, 2022. Apply early! The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision and/or to close the recruitment at any time. DOH is looking for a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to serve as the coordinator of the DOH Formula Bridge Pilot project that helps WIC infants meet their nutritional needs by providing additional infant formula. This project position will be carried out by the Office of Nutrition Services (ONS). The ONS mission is to create opportunities for people with limited resources to make healthy nutrition choices. The office has four major programs: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED), Farmers Market Program, and the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program.
This Formula Bridge Pilot Coordinator (HSC 3) position is within the Client Services Section (CSS) and reports to the Client Services Section manger. The primary tasks of the Coordinator will be to establish and use needed forms, protocols, documentation requirements, and communication for this pilot. It also includes being the point of contact for the pilot. As the Coordinator, you will apply nutrition expertise to determine the need for WIC clients to participate in the pilot, and work with the project Administrative Assistant 2 and local agency WIC staff to ensure eligible WIC clients get the appropriate infant formula. Your work with DOH staff and partners will reduce issues related to the purchase and delivery of infant formula, keep vested parties informed of updates and provide needed training. This recruitment is for one (1) full time project Health Services Consultant 3 position with the Office of Nutrition Services and is currently funded through June 30, 2023, with the possibility of an extension through June 30 2025.
The incumbent may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Telework (mobile work) is currently expected. When approved, the incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work telework schedule. High quality internet connection is essential for this position. In-person interactions may be required for essential tasks and meetings.
About the Department of Health The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optimal health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state. Learn more about the DOH Transformational Plan.
Our Values Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it. Our values are:
Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
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The Washington State Department of Health acknowledges that our locations statewide are on the homelands of Native people, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, within the boundaries of Washington State, there are 36 tribes, 29 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State. Some of these are nations and confederacies that represent multiple tribes or bands. We express our most profound respect for and gratitude toward these original and current caretakers of the region. As a public health agency, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in public health programs and policies. We pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.
Benefits of Working for DOH Washington is America's Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We also offer:
Ahealthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
Growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
Employee resource groups that provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their personal and professional lives and support career development.
Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state's capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated in the Puget Sound area between Seattle and Portland. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance, and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.
Tumwater is located in Thurston County, Washington, homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including those recognized today as the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and the Nisqually and Squaxin Indian Tribes. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water, and to their ancestors.
Duties Include Coordinate the DOH Formula Bridge Pilot:
Manage related contracts and purchasing agreements.
Determine WIC participant need for infant formula from the pilot.
Coordinate with pilot AA2 for formula purchases. Complete needed documentation, communication and record keeping for pilot formula purchases.
Work with internal and external customers to resolve issues related to the purchase and delivery of the infant formula.
Provide on-going updates, training and consultation to state and local WIC staff and other collaborators on the program.
Provide an evaluation of the pilot within the last two months of its completion.
Lead and coordinate contract (s), processes, forms, communication, evaluation tools and other items related to the project:
Work with DOH and other state agencies as necessary to establish and extend necessary contracts and agreements needed to purchase infant formula.
Identify and establish delivery mechanism(s) for delivery of formula to WIC participants that assures safety and accountability.
Work with CSS manager to recruit, hire and orient the AA2 associated with this project.
Create internal protocols that assess WIC participant needs for formulas, purchasing, tracking and purchasing reconciliation, documentation and communication.
Create and post referral form for local WIC staff to use when making a referral for the pilot.
Provide guidance and training to local WIC staff on how to refer participants to the pilot.
What we're looking for Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate demonstrates resilience to model outward behaviors including seeing people like ourselves whose goals, objectives, needs, and challenges matter.
Two (2) or more years’ experience in a fast-paced office setting requiring the ability to work independently and meet deadlines under pressure.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentials.
One (1) or more years’ experience using Washington WIC’s Cascades software system.
One (1) or more years’ experience managing contracts.
Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To accomplish all of these, we collaborate with many partners every day.
We help ensure a safer and healthier Washington by:
Working to improve health through disease and injury prevention, immunization, and newborn screening
Providing health and safety information, education and training so people can make healthy choices
Promoting a health and wellness system where we live, learn, work, play and worship
Addressing environmental health hazards associated with drinking water, food, air quality and pesticide exposure
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