WIC Degreed Nutritionist


The Degreed Nutritionist is responsible for but not limited to:

Nutrition Counseling and Education 95%

Determines WIC program eligibility and provides direct client services to those in need of higher level of nutritional intervention. Creates and develops individualized nutrition education plans for participants and provides counseling on nutritional needs for all levels of pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children; prescribes and issues appropriate WIC food packages to participants; provides counseling and support to breast-feeding mothers. Provides nutrition education to WIC participants including those at high nutritional risk in a group or individual setting; provides orientation information regarding voucher usage to new participants.

Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned 5%

Participates in staff meetings, training and program planning as needed


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Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the WIC Program and community nutrition with emphasis on maternal, infant and child needs
  • Knowledge of breast feeding benefits, physiology and procedures
  • Knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention
  • Knowledge of WIC nutrition education curriculum
  • Knowledge of the wide variety of policies and procedures integral to the California WIC program
  • Knowledge of adult centered learning theories as applied to nutrition and health instructional materials
  • Knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills and effectively use Word, Excel and Outlook and enter data with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to listen, avoid judgment and show sensitivity and patience
  • Ability to refer community resources and programs to people in need of assistance
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of participant, employee and agency records
  • Ability to identify errors and missing documentation
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to travel throughout San Diego County and work at various WIC Offices
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while working in a fast paced environment with defined time constraints
  • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
  • Ability to relate well to others within the WIC project environment and interact effectively with coworkers
  • Ability to be a highly motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be well organized, meet deadlines, display detail orientation; possess good judgment and common sense
  • Ability to display sensitivity to ethnically and culturally diverse individuals


  • Bachelor s degree in nutrition or Dietetics or related field to include the following coursework:
  • Basic Human Nutrition or Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Maternal, Child, Infant or Pediatric Nutrition
  • Diet Therapy or Clinical Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition
  • Food Selection/Preparation
  • Psychology or Comparable Course
    • Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse individuals, communities and organizations

    Preferred Qualifications and Special Skills

    • Certification as a WNA (WIC Nutrition Assistant)

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation

    Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a fingerprint clearance

    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

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