SDSU Research Foundation

  • WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA)

    Req No.
    Full-Time Contract
    14.00 to 17.50
    Dept/Proj Name
    Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
    Close Date
  • Overview

    The SDSU Research Foundation WIC Program is the largest WIC agency in San Diego County, with approximately 80 employees providing a variety of nutrition services to over 40,000 participants monthly.


    Under the supervision of the Regional Manager, the WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA) is responsible for serving WIC applicants and participants for certification and providing basic nutrition nutritional counseling and care plans to medium to low-risk participants. This position may travel to other WIC Offices in the San Diego region as needed.




    The WIC Nutrition Assistant is responsible for but not limited to:


    Nutrition Care and Counseling 90%

    Provides general information about WIC services; conducts nutrition screening for potential clients and determines program eligibility; counsels and refers participants as needed.  Responsible for providing general nutrition education services to low risk participants and facilitates group and individual education sessions; provides breastfeeding support.  Obtains nutrition and diet histories of low risk participants and develops nutrition care plans; refers high risk participants to the Registered Dietitian. Provides orientation information regarding voucher usage to new participants; distributes WIC food instruments.


    Clerical & Participant Support 5%

    Documents pertinent information in ISIS System, processes and maintains program records, files and documentation; schedules and coordinates appointments and provides general customer service to participants.


    Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned 5%

    Participates in staff meetings, training and program planning as needed


    Knowledge and Abilities 

    • Knowledge of the WIC Program and community nutrition with emphasis on maternal, infant and child needs
    • Knowledge of WIC nutrition education curriculum
    • Knowledge of basic nutrition theory and practice
    • 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 group education and adult learning techniques
    • 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 facilitate and lead group discussions/classes
    • 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 arrive to work on time, 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
    • Ability to comply with state and local agency breastfeeding policies and competencies


    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • California WIC Certification as a WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA )
    • 1-year of  previous WIC experience or Social Services Experience


    Preferred Education and Special Skills

    • Bilingual in English and Spanish
    • Previous experience providing nutrition counseling

     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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