Work Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am to 5:00pm, Flex Friday 7:30am to 4pm
Location: Main campus
Early Childhood Education (ECE) pays a stipend of $3000 annual bonus upon completion of the school year.
Under the supervision of the Health and Nutrition Manager, the Nutrition Specialist performs support duties primarily related to nutrition services, food services and record requirements
and responds to specialized questions related to eligibility for health services and record requirements. The Nutrition Specialist supports in all records and billing transactions associated with children receiving health and nutrition services. The position carries out their duties for all of St. Anne’s Early Head Start and Head Start contracts and program options.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. Coordinate with education staff and parents in the ongoing care and individualization of nutritional services and needs for children.
2. Train and educate families and children on nutrition-related issues, and conduct home-visits as needed.
3. Review nutrition-related screenings and assessment results to inform parents and discuss their child’s check-ups and follow-ups.
4. Assist health staff in obtaining medical treatment consent forms.
5. Guide and assist the Family Service Advocates with screening children as needed and communicating children nutrition needs to parents.
6. Document nutrition-related service delivery in the Child Plus database system.
7. Monitor and analyze all nutrition data on a quarterly basis.
8. Maintain current and accurate records as required by the program and ensure confidentiality.
9. Maintain, process, and monitor inventories of nutrition-related supplies as needed.
10. Conduct classrooms observations using LACOE Tier 1 Monitoring Tools to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
11. Conduct child file reviews using LACOE Tier 1 Monitoring Tools to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
12. Conduct Preservice/In-service Trainings for ECE staff based
13. Meet with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) consultants for monitoring visits.
14. Participate in Trainings offered by LACOE.
15. Participate in the enrollment review team and multidisciplinary team meetings.
16. Monitor compliance of services in regards to all State/Federal regulations, including but not limited to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT).
17. Maintain confidentiality as required by St. Anne’s, licensing, HIPAA, and other regulatory agencies.
18. Follow St. Anne’s policy and procedures and mandated reporting guidelines.
19. Attend staff meetings and recommended training programs as assigned.
20. Travels to all centers in all services areas as needed.
21. Maintain regular, consistent, and timely attendance.
SECONDARY JOB DUTIES:
1. Participate in the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program of the agency.
2. It is essential to attend events that may occur in the evening or on weekends periodically.
3. Other duties as assigned.
1. Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in nutrition, public health, dietetics,
health/nutrition education, health administration, maternal and child health, or a related
field from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accreditation
association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
2. Three years’ experience in management or direct services, preferably in nutrition or health services with young children and their families.
3. Current RD License.
4. CPR and first aid certification is required
5. Head Start experience preferred.
6. Expertise in nutrition services, food service management, and maternal and child health, and the ability to work with the enrolled population.
7. Knowledge to effectively administer and follow all Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations and expertise in menu development, food production, food service operation, food safety, and food cost analysis.
8. Bilingual English and Spanish preferred.
9. Must possess and maintain a valid class C CA driver’s license, automobile liability insurance, and driving record acceptable to agency’s insurance carrier; must have a reliable automobile.
10. Able to communicate effectively with both children and adults.
11. Ability to receive and implement constructive feedback.
12. St. Anne’s values the dignity and worth of every person we serve. Employees are expected to support children’s emotional and social development by encouraging understanding of others and promoting positive self-concepts. All employees must have the ability to treat those served by our agency in a caring and respectful manner, mindful of individual differences and cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.
13. As providers of social services, St. Anne’s employees work with clients dealing with complex emotional and mental health issues, many of whom are facing significant personal crises on a daily basis. Employees must remain aware of any personal emotions, transference, and/or countertransference that may hinder the ability to remain professional. As such, employees are expected to maintain composure during all interactions and crisis situations, implement a self-care plan, and utilize crisis communication to deescalate client crisis and prevent any serious bodily injury or harm.
14. Prior to employment, shall obtain a criminal background clearance, immunizations MMR-TDAP-Influenza or Influenza Declination, TB clearance and COVID-19 vaccine.
1. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: While performing the duties of this job, the intern is frequently required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk or hear. The intern is often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
2. The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
3. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.