Title:  Public Health Nutritionist III

Application Deadline Date:  06/10/2024
Req ID:  48651
Department:  Health

Barre, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $28.58


The Vermont Department of Health has a dynamic opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced public health professional who wants to make a difference in the health of communities in beautiful central Vermont. We are seeking a well-organized and energetic Nutritionist with great communication and supervision skills to complete our public health team in the Barre District Office. 

We seek a passionate individual to join our leadership team as the Nutritionist III. You will oversee local implementation of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition and education program and supervise this WIC team.  This WIC supervisor position supports staff while also maintaining program administration and quality in accordance with federal and state guidelines, as well as provide direct services to WIC-participating families in our clinics. The Nutritionist III will maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of community partners, our WIC Central Office team, healthcare partners, and Agency of Human Services staff.  

Major responsibilities include:
•    Provide overall administration, management, quality assurance, and systems improvement of nutrition services at the district office level 
•    Provide leadership, supervision, and support to the WIC team
•    Provide direct nutrition services to WIC families via clinical appointments, both virtual and in-person
•    Conduct community nutrition needs assessments and develop subsequent interventions and resource development plans with a focus on equity
•    Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of community partners and stakeholders

This position also works with a multi-disciplinary public health team on emergency preparedness.  Duties are performed under the supervision of the Public Health Services District Director. The Nutritionist III is an instrumental part of a collaborative, supportive management team. We are a dynamic, cohesive, motivated, and hardworking office that is community-minded and customer-focused. We invite people of all backgrounds to apply who are dedicated to improving economic, social, health, and environmental conditions for all Vermonters and are committed to a vision of Vermont that embraces all its residents.

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Nutritionist III (Job Requisition #48651), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact joanmarie.misek@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.


The Division of Local Health's vision and mission is to preserve and improve the equitable social, economic, and environmental conditions necessary to attain the highest level of health and well-being for all, thus ensuring healthy Vermonters and healthy communities.  To this end, the Division of Local Health is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment that respects and celebrates every person's strength, assets, and values.  The Division of Local Health is committed to leading organizational change efforts that address avoidable inequities and injustices as we work towards the elimination of health and health care disparities. 
The Department of Health supports a hybrid work environment. Upon hire, employees work with their supervisor to create a schedule that aligns with the business needs of the unit. We believe a hybrid work environment promotes autonomy and allows for increased flexibility and greater work/life balance.


The Department of Health's mission is to protect and promote the best health of all Vermonters. Our vision is healthy Vermonters living in healthy communities. Our goals are: 
•    Effective and integrated public health programs.
•    Communities with the capacity to respond to public health needs.
•    Internal systems that provide consistent and responsive support.
•    A competent and valued workforce that is supported in promoting and protecting the public's health.
•    A public health system that is understood and valued by Vermonters.
•    Health equity for all Vermonters.


The Department of Health's culture is one in which our success and our workplace culture are interdependent. Our culture is driven by a passion for the mission. We are committed to these values: 
•    Creativity, innovation, and calculated risk-taking. 
•    Open and transparent leadership.
•     Staff expertise, autonomy, and excellence.
•    Professional growth through individual development plans, special projects, and opportunities to stretch.
•    Wellness and work-life balance.

Environmental Factors

Duties primarily performed in public health organization setting or in outlying service sites.

Travel to outlying sites will require a driver’s license. Private means of transportation may be required.

Occasional travel to statewide trainings required. Possible travel in difficult weather conditions.

There is considerable interaction with staff, clients and the general public. At times of public health emergencies (floods, infectious disease outbreaks, etc.) individuals may be expected to assist. Physical demands vary with the position; generally limited to carrying equipment needed to conduct clinic and education activities.  Employees work with a variety of clients and may have contact with potentially dangerous and combative individuals as well as a wide variety of illnesses.  Certain functions may require duty outside of normal work hours. 

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in nutrition, nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, or public health nutrition AND three (3) years of professional experience in public health nutrition or community health nutrition including one (1) year or more at a supervisory level OR leading a group or team.


Bachelor's degree in nutrition, nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, or public health nutrition AND five (5) years or more of professional experience in public health nutrition or community health nutrition including one (1) year or more at a supervisory level OR leading a group or team.

Preferred Qualifications

Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (R.D./R.D.N)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Supervision experience

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.