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Competent Professional Authority - WIC 


Do you enjoy working with families with children?

Want to make a difference in the lives of the community?

If yes, then we have an amazing opportunity for a Competent Professional Authority in our WIC department located at our New Haven Medical Center at 58144 Gratiot Avenue, New Haven, MI 

This position provides nutrition counseling, training and education services to WIC program participants and staff.

General responsibilities

  • Perform nutrition assessment using anthropometric and hematological data to determine client nutritional risk and program eligibility.
  • Assess health, diet, and breastfeeding history to determine client concerns and need for services.
  • Provide client-centered nutrition risk and eligibility education, including breastfeeding encouragement and support. Develop a nutrition education plan based on client concerns.
  • Confirm that all certification criteria have been met and document in the WIC record meeting all Federal, State, and Local Agency criteria.
  • Prescribe WIC food package benefits with approvals as needed, including non-contract formula requests.
  • Request local agency RD or MDHHS approval for WIC food packages that require qualifying conditions.
  • Appropriately make referrals to nutrition, breastfeeding, health, public assistance, and community services.
  • Initiate problem lists for high-risk clients and refer them to a Registered Dietitian for individual counseling and care plan development.
  • Provide care plan follow-up and documentation as assigned.
  • Perform anthropometric measurements and lab functions as needed.
  • Participate in the development, selection, and evaluation of nutrition education materials.
  • Promote and maintain awareness/knowledge of Agency and community resources, services, and activities.
  • Provide consultation, training, and supervision for staff as requested.
  • Assist in the development of WIC Local Agency policies and procedures.
  • Attend meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences, as needed, and approved for professional development on behalf of WIC and Community First Health Centers.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement activities.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience

The WIC CPA shall possess one of the following credentials: Physician, Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN), Nutritionist (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, Community Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, dietetics or Public Health Nutrition), Physician’s Assistant (certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician’s Assistants or certified by the State medical certifying authority), Registered Nurse (RN), Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) (emphasis in community/clinical nutrition) or Home Economist (Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in nutrition).

At least one year experience of providing community health, pediatric and or/maternal/infant nutrition services preferred.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters.
  • Capability to maintain effective relationships with all programs, agencies, and intra-Agency personnel.
  • Detail oriented, logical, and methodological approach to problem solving.
  • Flexible, with the ability to work independently and with minimal guidance.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills to effectively deal with a diverse group of patients, staff, customers, and community groups.
  • General computer proficiency with knowledge of Windows-based software.
  • Must understand Age-Specific Care
  • Must maintain Basic Life Support certification.


Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Location New Haven WIC  
About the Organization Community First Health Centers is a non-profit, Federal Qualified Community Health Center. We have been providing health care services through our nation's health center program since 1975. We service Macomb and St. Clair counties with offices in Algonac, New Haven & Port Huron. While our focus will always be on the underserved, our doors are open to the entire community in which we practice. Our mission is to provide high quality, patient centered health care that is respectful, compassionate and accessible to all members of our community. Our care is customized to each patient and offered in a 'patient first' atmosphere with exceptional customer service.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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