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HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START REGISTERED DIETITIAN
Scope of work
Edmonds Community College Head Start & Early Head Start (EdCC HS & EHS) is a federally funded program that provides comprehensive child development, early learning, and parent support services to low-income families with children birth to five-years-old. Our program's goals are to enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development; and to strengthen parents' self-sufficiency and parenting skills.
The majority of enrolled families speak Spanish with Mexico as their country of origin followed by families speaking Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian and Korean as their primary language. There are increasing numbers of families from Africa, the Pacific Islands and Central America. Our food service program must be culturally and developmentally appropriate, meet the nutritional needs of and accommodate the feeding requirements of each child, including children with special dietary needs and children with disabilities. Meals are served family style.
Our Early Head Start program is a year round, home-based program for infants through three year olds and their parents. Infants, toddlers and parents receive a once-a-week 90-minute home-visit with twice a month parent-infant/toddler playgroup that includes a meal. Our Head Start program is a part year program that serves children from 3-5 years old in a center based school model, 4 days a week. Children in this model are served family style meals, which follow USDA guidelines. Breakfast and lunch are served for the AM classes. Lunch and snack are served to the PM classes. Our classes are located throughout Snohomish County and we have a central kitchen that produces all meals and sends them out to the various sites. We serve 120 children in Early Had Start and 283 in Head Start.
Under the direction of the Health & Family Services Director, the Registered Dietician (RD) will:
- Establish and implement a system that identifies each infant, toddler and preschool child's nutritional health needs taking into account available health information, including the health records, family and staff concerns, food allergies, special dietary requirements, and /or disability.
- Conduct nutritional assessments for all EdCC HS & EHS children, completing assessments within 90 days from the first home visit and thereafter as outlined in the nutrition care plan or as needed.
- Receive referrals on children who have a BMI score of 95% or more, or less than 5%, review records, provide nutrition consultation to staff and with the parents and, with parent permission, work with WIC to develop a nutrition care plan.
- Consult with parents of children with special dietary needs, as identified by the child's medical provider, providing parents with information and technical assistance in meeting their child's specific nutrition and/or feeding challenges.
- Provide consultation and training with parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers on
- being aware of their infant or toddler's individual developmental readiness and feeding skills,
- feeding infants and toddlers on demand to the extent possible, and
- never laying their infant or toddler down to sleep with a bottle.
- healthy nutrition options for preschoolers.
- Provide consultation and information on breastfeeding, and if necessary, provide referrals to lactation consultants or counselors.
- Provide technical assistance in establishing facilities to properly store and handle breast milk and accommodations, as necessary, for mothers who wish to breastfeed during program hours.
- Provide oversight, direction, training and technical assistance to staff in feeding of specific children who have identified dietary, nutritional, and /or disability feeding challenges.
- In collaboration with appropriate departmental staff,
- evaluate, develop and implement birth to five food and nutrition services
- develop, implement and monitor food and nutrition services
- provide regular reports to Senior Management and, as requested, to Health Advisory Committee and Leadership Council
- develop staff and parent training and information program that addresses
- dietary and nutritional needs of children birth to five years of age,
- other dietary and nutrition topics, and
- community nutrition issues as identified through the community assessment or by the Health Advisory Committee
- Perform regular review of and contribution to menus providing the Food Service Manager and Dietetic Technician with information and strategies to enhance the quality and variety of foods served, including increasing the number of vegetarian meals within the regular cycle menu.
- Provide oversight, direction, training and technical assistance to the Dietetic Technician, Cook and Food Service Manager on the integration of children's food preferences, sensitivities, diagnosed allergies and feeding challenges into the group socialization meal experience and menu plan.
- Provide oversight and guidance to the Dietetic Technician in evaluating diagnosed food allergies and nutrition related concerns, identifying appropriate substitutions for individual children's special diet plans and implementing responses to food preferences in the monthly menus.
- Observe child and parent group food times for compliance with
Scope of Authority
- sanitation and CACFP requirements,
- food service procedures,
- family style meal service,
- modeling presentation and acceptance of food, and
- provide written feedback to Teacher/Family Advocate (copy to Direct Service Manager) and Food Service Manager (copy to Health & Family Services Director).
The Registered Dietician advises and assists the Health & Family Services Director on matters pertaining to the Birth to Five Family programs and contributes to the overall development and implementation of comprehensive, integrated service delivery systems. The RD may provide counsel to the directors on overall direct services matters or on decisions of major significance that may affect all of Head Start and Early Head Start services.
With minimal direction from the Health & Family Services Director, the RD works collaboratively with the other service managers to ensure compliance with contract requirements, Performance Standards and delivery of quality comprehensive direct services. The RD oversees the delivery of nutrition and food services for all infants, toddlers and preschool children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start. The RD works collaboratively with the Head Start & EHS Managers, Direct Services Managers and Food Service Manager on nutrition education and services, on USDA/CACFP contract compliance, and to ensure the health and safety of children, and providing health (nutrition) and wellness education for children and parents.
With delegated decision-making authority, the RD exercises independent judgment in all aspects of the position's responsibilities including the development, management and coordination of collaborative and inter-agency agreements informing directors of the results.
The Registered Dietician provides coaching, guidance, direction, and training for the Food Service, Home Visitors, and Teacher/Family Advocate staff and input into work task and performance reviews. In the area of nutrition and food services, the RD provides oversight for quality and accountability, input on job description responsibilities, and assists in providing employees with suitable guidelines in accomplishing work tasks, assuring completion of work tasks in accordance with DHHS/ACF Head Start Performance Standards and agency's service plan. Arranging and/or providing necessary training for employees and volunteers, and monitoring files for quality, accuracy, completeness and contract and outcomes compliance reporting results to the Health & Family Services Director. Supervision
The Health & Family Services Director supervises the Registered Dietician, reviews and signs all timesheets, approves work schedules, conducts performance reviews, provides guidance and recommendations in the area of professional development. The Health & Family Services Director oversees the implementation of the Registered Dietician job description ensuring there is adequate time allocated to accomplish assigned tasks, accountability for time, effort and service quality; resources to complete the work tasks and ensures professional behavior meets the established quality standards.
The Registered Dietitian supervises the Food Service Manager. The Food Service Manager supervises food service staff. The Registered Dietitian conducts the Food Service Manager's performance evaluations and approves the Food Service Manager's work schedules and timesheets. The Registered Dietitian is responsible for organizational CACFP and nutritional staff training plans. The Registered Dietitian participates in hiring all food service staff, makes employment and training recommendations, and sees to the implementation of food service staff job descriptions providing suitable guidelines for task success.
The Registered Dietician must be able to perform the following essential functions under the environmental conditions outlined below:
- Work in a respectful manner with all children, parents and employees; comply with HS Performance Standard 1304.52(h)(1) Code of Conduct, and exhibit the attributes identified in Professional Behavior Expectations, and Edmonds CC Workplace Civility and Respect Policy.
- While in the presence of children, assure the safety of each child by remaining alert and focused at all times, making quick and spontaneous decisions using problem-solving skills and good judgment based on organizational policies and procedures.
- Maintain the safety of the environment and children through visual, auditory, verbal, mobility and smell.
- All staff must maintain Head Start & Early Head Start children and parents' confidentiality and handle child, parent and family information in a confidential, professional and sensitive manner, exercising appropriate discretion in sharing the information as outlined in program policies, procedures and on a need to know basis.
- Consistent attendance is necessary to the success of the parent and child's educational experiences, is essential for learning continuity, and establishing consistency of expectations. As such, punctuality and consistent attendance are essential functions of this position. It is the expectation of EdCC HS & EHS that this position maintains at least a 95% attendance throughout the school year.
- Communicate in English (both orally and in writing) at a professional level with staff, clients, children, management, outside agencies, educational community, and the public in small to large group settings, one-on-one, or on the phone providing grammatically correct and content appropriate information suitable for diverse population. Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar. Comprehend and make inferences from written material.
- Sort and/or alphabetize documents and files.
- Operate a PC computer accurately inputting data and statistics into established spreadsheet, database and word processing programs and assigned work websites. Maintain required record-keeping and tracking systems using established database, spreadsheet and/or word processing programs; operate other electronic equipment, such as a tablet PC and video camera, generate documents and reports, and use e-mail system; maintain appropriate paper documentation/filing system. Operate a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements, including keyboarding.
- Instruct children and adults in a classroom setting.
- Observe, compare, or monitor data and behavior to determine compliance with other prescribed standards.
- Drive personal vehicle requiring a standard driver's license; some travel between sites may be required.
- Currently licensed as a registered dietician or nutritionist.
- Experience within the last 5 years providing nutrition services in the following settings:
- early learning educational settings
- community health organizations
- infant, toddler, preschool and family health care
- Fluency in Spanish
- Work experience developing and presenting nutrition education workshops to families with young children
- Work experience with immigrant and refugee low-income families
Conditions of employment
Hiring for this position is on the condition that the following requirements will be met:
Before Starting Work:
- Paperwork indicating negative TB Test or clear chest x-ray
- Proof of Tdap (Pertussis) vaccination
- Show proof of a cleared Portable Background Check from the Washington State Department of Early Learning (NOTE: if you do not have a current PBC, you must first create an account in the DEL's MERIT system by clicking here. The fees for obtaining a PBC are your responsibility. The entire process of obtaining a PBC takes 3-4 weeks. You may not start working until we have a copy of your cleared PBC.)
Within three days of hire:
- Submit proof of US Citizenship or ability to work in US (must show original social security or Alien Registration Card/Work Permit, as well as one piece of picture identification).
- Completion of all pertinent personnel/payroll forms.
Within two weeks of hire:
- Completion of state mandated compliance trainings: State Ethics, Diversity Basics, Sexual Harassment Prevention, and FERPA
- Completion of the following Head Start mandated trainings: Blood borne Pathogens, Child Abuse/Neglect, and Confidentiality, and SCHS & EHS Professional Expectations/Standards and Edmonds Community College's policy 6.5.600 Work Place Civility and Respect
Within 30 days of hire:
- Applicant must provide verification of earned college credits in the form of official transcripts.
Within 60 days of hire:
- Signed statement by a health provider that the employee is free from communicable diseases and physically able to perform job responsibilities.
- Receipt of Fingerprint Criminal History report free of position related criminal convictions.
Condition of continued employment:
- Successfully complete an annual work task review (hourly) or performance appraisal (exempt)
- Keep all certifications and clearances in current status
EEO / AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT
Edmonds Community College is an equal opportunity employer and assures equality of treatment in educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (gender), disability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may call 425-640-1470, 425-640-1832, or email email@example.com, and accommodations will be made to the extent reasonably possible. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities.