Registered Dietitian - PHN II (Public Health Nutritionist II)

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Sep 07, 2018
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Health
  • Salary: $50,169.60 - $61,006.40 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


This recruitment is being conducted to fill a vacancy for the Health Services Agency and establish an eligible list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Stanislaus County Offers lateral Hiring incentives to qualified applicants whohave attained permanentor probationary status with another public agency. Some of the incentives include: vacation accruals, sick leave accruals, and the potential of a reduced probationary period.

Oral examinationswill be held as qualified applications are received.

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using your laptop or home computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.


The Health Services Agency (HSA) consists of primary care clinics including a 7 day per week urgent care operation, specialty clinics, a rehabilitation clinic, managed care and indigent health care and public health services provided for the residents of Stanislaus County. Public Health, a division of the Health Services Agency (HSA) operates the traditional programs of: Communicable Disease Control, clinical and case management services for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Tuberculosis (TB)/Immunizations, Public Health Laboratory, Public Health Nursing in the community (Nurse Family Partnership), Childhood Lead Prevention Program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Education, Cal-Learn/Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) California Children's Services and Medical Therapy Programs, Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP) Administration, Emergency Preparedness, WIC Nutrition Services, Tobacco Education and Health Promotion.


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program by USDA, through the California Department of Health Services. It is a nutrition education and supplemental food program that helps pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children under five to eat well and stay healthy. Program staff provides individual and group nutrition education and counseling; breastfeeding education and support, makes recommendations for supplemental foods, and referrals to health care and other supporting agencies.

The HSA holds strongly to its vision of "healthy people in a healthy Stanislaus" by developing its services with the community in ways that support community need.


The Public Health Nutritionist II is the journey level position within this classification and performs with independence of action within established guidelines. This individual plans, develops, implements, provides and evaluates nutrition activities for the general public, and in particular for low-income, pregnant and breast-feeding women, infants and children under the age of five who are classified as a nutritional or medical risk. This position is expected to supervise and mentor the Public Health Nutritionist I's and other support personnel, such as Community Health Workers, Administrative Clerks, Volunteers and Students. This position is subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments. Performs related duties assigned.


Once it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you will receive an email informing you to complete a conviction questionnaire (you may be asked to complete this process for each application submitted). You will have five (5) working days from the date on the email to follow the detailed instructions and complete the questionnaire. A completed conviction questionnaire is required to continue in the recruitment process.
Typical Tasks
  • Selects and develops nutrition and consumer education materials appropriate to the Women, Infants and Children's Program (WIC);
  • Prepares monthly schedules for the WIC Program;
  • Assists in staff orientation, training and evaluation of subordinate staff's job performance;
  • Plans and provides in-service education in nutrition to WIC, medical and nursing staff and community agencies in conjunction with the Program Coordinator;
  • Conducts nutritional education classes for WIC participants and the community;
  • Plans and participates in WIC outreach activities in recruitment of participants and program publicity;
  • Prepares nutritional assessments and high risk care plans on referred clients;
  • Counsels according to plans and provides for appropriate follow-up;
  • Completes certifications and re-certifications for WIC participants as needed; and works at WIC sites as assigned;
  • Monitors, performs research as needed and implements State policies and mandates;
  • Acts as a supervisor at assigned clinic sites, ensuring effective clinic operations, including flow, appointment schedule, assigning and rotating staff; and
  • Conducts studies and surveys relating to nutrition education program and can adjust curriculum as needed.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
  • Understand technical medical and occupational terminology;
  • Plan and supervise the preparation of specific diets and menus to meet the appropriate mineral, vitamin and caloric requirements;
  • Modify regular diets to meet the particular needs of the patient's condition;
  • Communicate thoughts orally sufficient to counsel and instruct clients and the general public;
  • Provide continuing education to medical, nursing and support staff;
  • Maintain records of food served and diets prepared; and
  • Prepare training and instructional materials for clients and the medical and nursing staff.
  • Modern principles and practices of dietetics with special emphasis on diet therapy;
  • Health precautions necessary in large scale food preparation and services;
  • Food preparation and food service management methods and techniques Chemistry, caloric values and physical properties of foodstuffs, as well as understanding the medical basis for dietetic restrictions;
  • Normal, infant, prenatal and therapeutic nutrition;
  • Behavior modification techniques; and
  • Roles and responsibilities; of community health care agencies and related health professionals.

  • PATTERN I--Professional registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; OR
  • PATTERN II--Eligible for registration with the Academy of Nutrition; and Dietetics.
NOTE: Registration consists of completing an approved internship or Master's program and passing an exam.(All approved by the American Dietetic Association).

Proof of education is required for verification purposes before the Oral Examination Date. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-558-7106 to make other arrangements. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the Oral Examination will result in disqualification.

  • Applicant must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "duties" of section of the online application.

  • Five (5) years of experience in a WIC Program.

Application and Selection Procedures

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Community & Health Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an addition six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application form. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Describe the special test arrangements you require in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.

Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this flyer to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this flyer. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Personnel.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management".

Closing Date/Time: Continuous