Louisiana Department of State Civil Service HEALTH EDUCATOR in United States



$2,470.00 - $4,765.00 Monthly


Columbia, LA

Job Type



LDH-Office of Public Health

Job Number



7/17/2018 11:59 PM Central

  • Description

  • Benefits

Supplemental Information


This position is located within the La. Department of Health/Office of Public Health/Caldwell Parish Health Unite/Caldwell Parish.

Cost Center: 0326/9111

Position Number: 50532552

This vacancy is being announced as a classified position and may be filled as a Probationary, Promotional or Job Appointment.

** Preference will be given to applicant (s) with 2 years of WIC certification experience.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.

Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review. Passing candidates will designate as "Pass". Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".

Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.

Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.

Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager. You may or may not be called for an interview.

Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.

Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).

For further information about this vacancy contact:

Stephanie Gilmore @ Stephanie.gilmore@la.gov


P.O. BOX 4818 BATON ROUGE, LA 70821

225 342-6477

This organization participates in E-verify, and for more information on E-verify, please contact DHS at 1-888-464-4218.



A baccalaureate degree in nutrition, dietetics, human ecology, home economics, family and consumer sciences, health promotion, pre-medicine or nursing.


An associate degree in nutrition, dietetics, human ecology, home economics, family and consumer sciences, health promotion, pre-medicine or nursing plus two years of experience working as a WIC Clinic Nutrition Educator in the State of Louisiana will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

Twelve semester hours in food and nutrition or dietetics plus three years of experience working as a WIC Clinic Nutrition Educator in the State of Louisiana will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

Twelve semester hours in food and nutrition or dietetics plus three years of experience working in patient care will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.


Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To plan, promote, and implement health education programs.

Level of Work:


Supervision Received:

General from a Public Health Nutritionist or an agency administrative official.

Supervision Exercised:


Location of Work:

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Office of Public Health (OPH).

Job Distinctions:

Differs from lower-level nutrition education jobs by serving as a Competent Professional Authority (CPA) with the Louisiana WIC Program.

Differs from the Public Health Nutritionist 1 by the absence of a provisional Louisiana Dietitian/Nutritionist license.

Examples of Work

Serves as a Competent Professional Authority (CPA) for the WIC Program, including determining eligibility for WIC, evaluating lab values, nutritional requirements, and prescribing a food package.

Performs nutritional assessments of individuals or families by evaluating anthropometric measurements, urinary and serum lab values, nutritional (rather than 24 hr recalls or diet histories), medical and social histories.

Develops care plans, prescribes food packages, counsels and monitors the progress of intervention in a parish health unit or a satellite clinic of a parish health unit.

Networks with other health professionals, such as private physicians/nurses, in the development and implementation of interagency information/referral systems to identify patients with nutritional problems and needs.

Conducts monthly mandatory outreach (health and medical organizations, religious/community agencies, social service agencies) to improve access to the Louisiana WIC Program.

Conducts federally mandated vendor monitoring of Louisiana WIC approved vendors by: Visiting the stores to document the inventory for compliance with minimum stock levels of approved WIC foods; Assuring adherence to WIC Food Instrument redemption procedures; Providing training to management and cashier staff regarding food packaging changes or any policy changes relative to WIC Food Instrument redemption; Securing a vendor or designated staff signature; Gathering information regarding grocer/patient complaints or allegations of fraud; Forwarding information to the Vendor Manager in the Nutrition Services central office in the Office of Public Health when applicable.

Provides breastfeeding support to WIC participants and women in the parish community and facilitates links to medical support in the area of breastfeeding concerns as needed by WIC and non-WIC parish residents.

Serves on the parish health unit personal health management team responsible for the activities related to the federally required annual management evaluation process.

Collects and evaluates health data to develop health promotion programs.

Consults with Regional Administrators and Nutritionists in planning and developing health promotion programs.

Conducts health promotional activities, provides health information and training to agency staff and other agencies, and develops health promotion materials for staff, other agencies and residents in the region.