Nutritionist/Registered Dietitian

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Community Bridges/ Santa Cruz County

Published 20 days ago

March 15, 2021
$23 - $32





Community Bridges envisions a thriving community where every person has the opportunity to unleash their full potential. Our family of ten programs delivers essential services, provides equitable access to resources, and advocates for health and dignity across every stage of life. 


Under general supervision of the Program Director, the WIC Nutritionist is a member of the WIC professional staff. The Nutritionist provides technical, educational, interpretive and office support for the Women, Infants and Children Program; performs related work as required.


1.        Determines eligibility of potential program participants by obtaining and assessing medical, nutritional, personal and financial information; reviews eligibility determinations made by others.

2.    Explains eligibility requirements and program parameters to staff and participants.

3.     Maintains required documentation of all individual and group client contacts in the WIC Web Information System Exchange (WISE).

4.  Loads food benefits onto the WIC Card following established protocols.

5.  Counsel participants individually on nutritional and breastfeeding matters and develops and records an individualized nutrition care plan according to established protocols. Monitors the status of high-risk clients to ensure contact and follow-up. Assesses status of other health and social indicators and refers to other health and social services as needed.

6.  Conducts group education on nutrition, breastfeeding, and related health topics. Assists with development of new classes and staff training.

7.  Promotes positive nutrition, health and breastfeeding messages in the clinic environment; plans and develops educational displays for clients.

8.  Promotes breastfeeding among WIC clients, staff and community. Provides leadership to endorse breastfeeding as desired norm; promotes a breastfeeding friendly environment at the WIC site; incorporate breastfeeding promotion and support in staff training. Attends breastfeeding training as needed.

9.  Provides culturally competent quality customer service to participants and staff with an attitude of leadership, helpfulness, dignity and respect.

10. Communicates effectively with other agency staff, participants, representatives of community agencies, and the public. Upholds and follows established policies on confidentiality and security.

11. Collaborates with other professionals to promote nutrition and breastfeeding among the WIC population. Participates on committees and collaborative groups as requested by the Program Director.

12. Stays current with findings, standards and practices in the nutrition profession. Stays up-to-date on WIC policies and procedures.

13. Demonstrates commitment to the mission of Community Bridges and the WIC Program.

Assists the Supervising Nutritionist and PD with:

14.   Implementing WIC program policies, procedures, and standards of care for high risk clients.

15. Training the WIC Nutrition Assistants (WNA) to receive and maintain state certification for determining participant eligibility.

16. Identifying the educational needs of the staff to provide ongoing staff development.

17. Planning and conducting regular staff training and development.

18. May function as Nutrition Education Coordinator, Breastfeeding Coordinator, LVL and/or RBL as assigned.

Job descriptions are intended to be illustrative only; they are not designed to be restrictive or to define each and every assigned duty and responsibility. In an organization of this nature, each employee is expected to perform such duties as necessary to fulfill the stated goals of the agency.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and methods of developing and implementing broad nutrition education programs;
  • Lifecycle nutrition needs;
  • Common medical nutritional risk factors in pregnant and breastfeeding women and small children;
  • Interviewing and counseling techniques; and
  • Local community resources available to the client population served.

Skill in:

  • Planning, designing, implementing and evaluating nutrition education programs;
  • Training paraprofessionals in the policies and procedures of the work;
  • Reading and interpreting complex laws and regulations;
  • Obtaining and evaluating medical, nutritional, personal, and financial information to determine program eligibility;
  • Communicating information to persons of varied socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Completing forms, maintaining records, and making accurate arithmetic calculations;
  • Working independently, organizing work, and setting priorities;
  • Designing forms and procedures;
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with other agency staff members, and with representatives of community groups, health service providers, other human service organizations, professional associations, and funding sources and regulatory agencies; and
  • Dealing tactfully, cooperatively, and effectively with other agency staff members, community organizations, and the public including people from different racial, ethnic and cultural groups and from different backgrounds and lifestyles.


  • Must be registered as a Dietician with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or R.D. eligible;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required.
  • Lactation Educator or IBCLC preferred.
  • Experience in working in public health or education preferred.
  • Experience working with low-income Latino population preferred.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint preferred. Use of social media and familiarity with virtual platforms preferred.
  • Must be able to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time, with stretch breaks.
  • Must have access to a motor vehicle for use on the job.
  • Must provide valid California driver’s license, ability to travel, have access to a car for use on the job and proof of insurance.
  • Must be willing to work at any WIC site.
  • Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Must attend required WIC meetings and trainings.
  • Regular onsite attendance is required of this position.
  • Must pass a criminal background check

 We screen all applicants, require background checks on final candidates consistent with funding regulation requirements and are a Drug-Free Work Place.


  • This is a regular position, non-exempt, 40 hr/wk position.
  • The agency rate of pay range for this position is $23.58 - $32.61/hour. The position will be offered at $30.55 - $32.61/hour (plus a .40 per hour bilingual differential after passing a test administered by the HR department).


  • For employee: shared cost medical, dental, vision, life insurance, & Employee Assistance Program. This benefit package is valued at $9,963 /year.
  • First year: 16 vacation days and 10 holidays, with accrual based on 40 hr/wk.
  • Sick leave: Eight hours/month, with accrual based on 40 hr/wk.
  • May be eligible to earn up to 4 Wellness Floaters per year after satisfying all eligibility requirements.               
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Agency matches employee contribution up to 2% of annual salary upon completion of six-month employment, effective during open enrollment period. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Program.
  • Paid lunch.


  • Please submit your Community Bridges application by email (, fax (831-688-8302), or in person. If you have any questions, please call 831-688-8840, Ext. 200.
  • Resumes can be submitted but will not be accepted in lieu of an employment application.
  • The application may be downloaded at:
  • If applicable, please submit any college transcripts, licenses, and/or certificates as an attachment to your application. 


Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of age, ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of Family and Medical Care Leave, disability (mental and physical), marital, familial or parental status, medical condition, genetic information, military and Veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions), race, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, political affiliation or sexual orientation





Community Bridges envisions a thriving…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required


18 West Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

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