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TENTATIVE

 

Occ. Code 3109110

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST 1, GRADE 22

 3109110

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST 2, GRADE 24

3109120

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST 3, GRADE 27

3109130

                                                                                                                       

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Positions in this series serve as the Department of Health's representative for implementing nutrition policies and programs, providing consultation or technical assistance, and monitoring the nutrition program standards of contract agencies. Incumbents perform administrative and technical activities in support of public health nutrition programs.   Public health nutrition programs may include: the special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Food and Nutrition Program (FAN), and t0he Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP).

 

These positions are only classified at the Department of Health.

 


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST 1:  full performance level; field positions which are responsible for performing program evaluations of nutrition programs to determine if objectives are being met; providing training and technical assistance in identifying, recruiting, and orienting staff in areas of nutrition and nutrition education; and implementing federal regulations and State policies. 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST 2:  first supervisory level; responsible for supervising lower-level nutritionists and other staff.  Incumbents independently work on issues related to areas of nutrition services, and perform managerial, surveillance, and standard setting activities in support of public health nutrition.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST 3:  first managerial level; serve as a Nutrition Program Manager with responsibility for supervising and directing lower-level staff, administering nutrition programs and services, and advising department leaders on issues related to public health nutrition.

 


RELATED CLASSES

 

Public Health Social Work Consultants serve as members of multi-disciplinary survey teams responsible for evaluating health care facilities to ensure their compliance with State and federal regulations. Incumbents participate in surveys, medical reviews, and other audit mechanisms to determine the adequacy and suitability of services provided to meet the social and emotional needs and problems of patients. Incumbents consult with the social work directors and administrators of health facilities concerning the quality of existing medical social work programs and assist in the development of new social work services.

 

Hospital Nursing Services Consultants participate in a range of activities which include conducting or participating in investigations or on-site surveys of health care settings to determine their level of compliance with federal and State rules and regulations.  Incumbents monitor program grants; participate in the general assessment, planning, development, and implementation of health care programs; and serve as a part of survey teams, often responsible for the facilitation of team operations.

 

Sanitarians enforce the provisions of the Public Health Law and New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations relating to environmental health, sanitation, and safety.  Incumbents determine the compliance of facilities or assess public health problems, applying principles of biological and physical sciences and the skills of assessing environmental features to maintain, protect, and improve the health and safety of the public.

 

Nutrition Services Consultants serve as members of multi-disciplinary survey teams responsible for evaluating health care facilities to insure their consistency with State and federal regulations. Incumbents participate in surveys, medical reviews, and other audit mechanisms to determine the adequacy and suitability of services provided to meet the nutritional needs and problems of patients. Incumbents consult with the nutrition directors/administrators of health facilities concerning the quality of existing nutritional programs and assist in the development of new nutritional services.

 

Public Health Representatives provide support and guidance to local public health programs, medical facilities, providers, and local health departments; support collaborative relationships between providers; ensure compliance with public health law and mandated federal and state reporting requirements; and are involved in a wide variety of public health outreach, prevention, referral, case and contract management, and education activities. Incumbents may also participate in responding to public health emergencies.

 


ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

Public Health Nutritionist 1

 

Perform program evaluations of nutrition programs to determine if objectives are being met.

 

 

Provide training and technical assistance in identifying, recruiting, and orienting staff in areas of nutrition and nutrition education.

 

 

Implement federal regulations and State policies.

 

 

Public Health Nutritionist 2

May perform all of the same duties and functions as a Public Health Nutritionist 1.

 

Perform managerial, surveillance, and standard setting activities in support of public health nutrition.

 

 

Supervise subordinate staff.

 

 

Oversight and management of contracts.

 

Function as a liaison to other health and nutrition programs and organizations.

 

Public Health Nutritionist 3

 

May perform all of the same duties and functions as a Public Health Nutritionist 2.

 

Provide direct oversight and supervision of professional and support staff.

 

 

Administer and implement nutrition program services.

 

 

Promote public health nutrition education.

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

Public Health Nutritionist 1

 

Open Competitive:  three years of full-time professional experience in the field of nutrition or dietetics, including one year experience as a nutritionist or dietitian in a public health or community nutrition program; or in a governmental agency in the oversight and review of health care/health related facilities licensed by a state department of health or federal health agency; or in a health care facility licensed by a state department of health.

 

A Master's Degree in public health with a major in nutrition, a Master's Degree in nutrition with emphasis in public or community health or a Master's Degree in applied human nutrition with six graduate credits in public health may be substituted for one year of the non-specialized experience.

 

Public Health Nutritionist 2

 

Promotion:  one year of permanent employment as a Public Health Nutritionist 1; a Nutrition Services Administrator 1; Nutrition Services Administrator 2; Senior Nutrition Services Consultant; or Nutrition Services Consultant.

 

 

Public Health Nutritionist 3

 

Promotion:  one year of permanent employment as a Public Health Nutritionist 2.

 

 

All eligible candidates for any position must also possess a current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.

 

 

Date:  3/10

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.