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Nutrition Site Supervisor

Salary: $26.61-$32.49 hourly / $4,629-$5,651 monthly / Range: 5912

DEFINITION: Under general direction, supervises staff in one of the Public Health Department's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in this class are responsible for supervising the day-to-day WIC clinic operations and activities of staff providing direct participant services. This class is distinguished from the WIC Program Supervisor by the latter's responsibility for supervising Countywide WIC clinic operations, as well as other County nutrition programs.


1. Supervises and monitors the performance of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical support staff involved in providing direct client services, such as eligibility determination, issuance of food vouchers, standard nutrition education and counseling, and referral of high-risk clients.
2. Monitors and evaluates clinic performance and staffing needs to assure operational efficiency and service effectiveness; conducts chart reviews; responds to and resolves complex issues referred by staff; assists with interviews and staff selection; assigns work to staff; conducts staff meetings; identifies the need for and provides training; conducts employee performance evaluations; recommends and takes disciplinary action as required.
3. Assists the Nutrition Services Supervisor in developing program procedures and with staff development activities; may assist in reviewing the menus for County jails and other detention facilities.
4. Provides direct client services, for WIC and other Public Health Programs, including assessing a client's nutritional and health care status and needs; developing nutritional plans for medically high-risk clients and performing dietary/nutritional counseling; and referring clients to appropriate agencies or medical providers.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in nutrition and dietetics and possession of a dietitian registration with the American Dietetic Association; and,

1. two years of professional nutrition experience that included experience providing nutritional counseling; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to a Public Health Nutritionist with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Incumbents must be willing to travel to various clinic sites, and may be required to work evenings and weekends. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required. Bilingual skills may be required for some positions.

Knowledge of: human nutrition and its relationship to health and disease; current trends and issues in public health nutrition; methods of nutrition and dietary assessments and developing a care plan; comparative costs of foods in relation to their nutritional value; the nutritional habits or cultural needs of program participants; community resources and services; counseling techniques; educational methods appropriate for adults and adolescents; standard English grammar and usage; and standard office software.

Ability to: learn nutrition principles and practices during infancy, childhood, pregnancy, and breastfeeding; learn and apply the principles and practices of supervision; interpret and apply WIC program rules and regulations; analyze diets for nutritional adequacy; establish rapport with and motivate individuals from diverse backgrounds; prepare and maintain client records and reports; monitor and direct the work of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical support staff; organize and prioritize work assignments for self and subordinate staff; identify operational problems and implement or recommend improvements; establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, co-workers, staff, and the general public; prepare reports; maintain client confidentiality; work independently.

Desirable Qualifications: Previous experience as a nutritionist in a Women, Infants, and Children program and supervisory experience are highly desirable.


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