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WIC Coordinator

Job Overview:

The WIC Supervisor works as a member of the SEARHC health promotion team to assess for, implement, administer, and evaluate nutrition and health education programming. The WIC Supervisor also works to ensure high-quality WIC services are provided to eligible women, infants, and children throughout Southeast Alaska. Additionally, the WIC Supervisor partners with organizations working with the WIC population to make appropriate referrals and enhance the WIC program. This is a grant-funded position.

Comes with a sign-on and relocation bonus. Salary range: $35.72-$47.39/Hr.

About Us:

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium that serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.


The WIC Supervisor must be able to effectively follow the State of Alaska Policy & Procedures for nutrition education and distribution of WIC benefits which include assessing risk, assigning proper codes, and providing Patient-Centered Services. This position is responsible for developing/implementing community-level nutrition interventions using evidence-based strategies and in partnership with other SEARHC programs and community organizations. This position requires a self-starter who can work independently and use sound judgment to solve problems in various situations (e.g., conflict resolution with clients/patients, vendors, community members, and infrastructure challenges) without readily available supervision. The WIC Supervisor will practice cultural competence in the delivery of nutrition programming and possess an understanding of how social-cultural issues impact nutrition and health behaviors. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with other SEARHC programs and partner agencies. Ability to effectively supervise off-site subordinate staff members located outside of Juneau; provide follow-up and documentation of supervisory sessions. This position is responsible for accurate and timely preparation of required grant and program needs.

Financial Responsibilities: • $400,000 grant.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Duty/Responsibility #1 (55%): Manage and provide patient services following the State of Alaska WIC and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program Policy & Procedure. This includes ensuring compliance with WIC program policies and procedures, SEARHC WIC grant goals and objectives, program outreach, writing and submitting required grant reports on the WIC program, and WIC vendor monitoring and training.

Duty/Responsibility #2 (20%): Supervise WIC and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor staff with the responsibility and authority to hire, train, evaluate and discipline subordinates. This may include providing WIC CPA mentoring and acting as a preceptor for nutrition students.

Duty/Responsibility #3 (15%): Assist with an annual grant application to the State of Alaska’s WIC Agency and administers program operations in compliance with Federal and State WIC regulations; provide any required reporting to the granting agency; manage the monthly budget to remain in compliance with grant requirements.

Duty/Responsibility #4 (5%): Coordinates and collaborates with community-based program services that may involve WIC clients. Services may include community wellness nutrition programs, Health at Every Size, creating community awareness of the link between nutrition and chronic disease, and providing consultation to other SEARHC programs needing nutrition review.

Duty/Responsibility #5 (5%): Communicate and advocate for nutrition and health promotion i.e., analyze and respond to current and future needs in health promotion, apply a variety of communication methods and techniques, and influence nutrition/health policy to promote health both internal and external to the organization.

Baseline Qualification Requirements: • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in public health, health administration, nutrition, nursing, epidemiology, health sciences, health education, family and consumer science with an emphasis in nutrition, community health, the biological sciences, or closely related field OR Registered Dietitian. • 4 years of professional experience administering or providing specialized health care or public health services or programs including at least 1 year of supervisory experience. The required professional experience includes work such as a registered nurse, public health nurse, nurse consultant, health program specialist or manager, health and social services planner, nutritionist, health practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, and physician’s assistant OR a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in addition to 5 years of current WIC administrative or managerial experience OR a Master’s Degree from an accredited college will substitute for 2 years of the required work experience. • Must be willing to successfully complete the WIC Competent Professional Authority (CPA) Training Program within 6 months of hire if not previously certified. Certification requires 12 hours of continuing education annually to maintain competency. • Valid driver’s license required. Must obtain Alaska-specific license within 5 months of hire. • Ability to travel, including to remote Southeast Alaska locations required. • Supervision/mentoring training preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: • Knowledge of the nutrition care planning process. • Knowledge of behavior/lifestyle change theories and how to apply them. • Skills in brief motivational clinical encounters, value-enhanced nutrition assessment (VENA), and participant-centered education (this is taught as part of the CPA training required). • Skills in oral and written communication including reflective listening skills. • High proficiency in client documentation in SOAP format and computerized code in an efficient manner. • Ability to assess nutrition and health status needs of individuals and communities. • Ability to develop culturally sensitive nutrition/health promotion interventions. • Ability to locate and review the best available research findings for application to a community dietetics practice.

Supervision Exercised: A supervisor has the responsibility and authority to hire, train, evaluate and discipline subordinates. A supervisor is distinguished from a lead person who assigns and checks work, trains and schedules subordinates on a daily basis, and performs the same or more difficult duties performed by the subordinates. • Assistant Educator WIC Nutrition • Educator WIC Nutrition • Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Other Comments: • This position needs to be available to offer occasional consultation, advocacy, and implementation of programs during non-traditional hours, i.e. evenings, weekends, and in non-clinic settings i.e., schools; s/he also needs to be comfortable with intermittently fast work and intense pressure to meet deadlines. • This position will travel to small communities and require grant meetings at least 6 times per year.

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