• Los Angeles, California
  • May 10, 2019
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services
  • Salary: $55,193.52 - $72,391.68 Annually

Job Description

Department of Public Health



Open Competitive Job Opportunity

February 16, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST)
This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Identifies needs and plans, develops and implements a program of technical, educational, and consultative services in the field of nutrition for a target population defined either by geographical area or by the goals of a specialized health care project or program.

Positions allocable to this class work under the general administrative direction of a physician or a member of departmental management such as an assistant program deputy or an occupational health education coordinator. Positions in Health Services also receive technical direction from the Nutrition Program Assistant Coordinator, Community Health. Nutritionists II initiate and conduct studies and surveys and analyze data on the diet patterns and the incidence and severity of medical problems identified with inadequate nutrition of a specific population group. Incumbents serve at the journey level and independently plan, develop, and implement specific programs to meet nutritional needs in order to reduce the incidence and severity of medical problems such as hypertension, heart disease, obesity, high-risk pregnancy and anemia. Incumbents are distinguished from Nutritionists I by their responsibility for consulting with physicians, nurses, and other health team members on matters of nutrition to enable them to assess nutritional status and provide the individual or group counsel necessary for the successful implementation of nutrition program. Incumbents may serve in a lead capacity over Nutritionists I, Home Economists, and community workers in the performance of tasks necessary to nutrition program implementation, and recruit or train volunteers and other community organization members to provide preventive nutrition counseling to individuals or groups. Nutritionists II may plan fieldwork experiences for graduate students in nutrition.
Essential Job Functions
Identifies needs and plans, develops and implements a program of technical, educational, consultative services in the field of nutrition for a specific segment of the County population of various age groups to provide improved health and the prevention of disease.

Plans and conducts surveys and studies of the nutritional needs of a specific community or designated group considering such factors as age, sex, cultural-dietary patterns, disability, socioeconomic level, and other factors affecting nutrition practices in order to identify the health problems which may be prevented or corrected by proper dietary practices.

Plans and develops a nutrition program, or the nutrition component of a medical program, for each medical problem identified, utilizing techniques such as the conduct of training sessions and the development of educational materials to educate the target group of the symptoms and dangers of diet-related disease.

Initiates and maintains contacts with community organizations, volunteer groups, and others for the purpose of offering services, and keeping abreast of existing programs to avoid duplication of services.

Recruits and trains volunteers in the techniques of preventive nutrition counseling; monitors counseling interviews and evaluates the effectiveness of volunteer personnel counseling methods and the accuracy of technical content.

Makes assignments and provides technical direction to Nutritionists I, Home Economists, community workers, and other nutrition support staff in program planning and implementation, monitoring such activities as nutrition or home economics program planning, individual and group counsel or formal instruction on basic nutrition and home economic concepts, and educational material development and distribution.

Promotes the nutrition program and related services to the target population by serving as a guest speaker before community groups, writing and arranging publication of press releases and other articles, and making personal contact with medical, nursing, and other community groups concerned with problems of nutrition.

Conducts annual inspections of local correctional or institutional facilities; evaluates and reports to sanitarian staff the quality of food services and nutritional adequacy of meals served to inmates relative to standards established by the State Department of Corrections.

Option I: Registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD)* by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) -AND- a Master's degree** from an accredited college or university with specialization in Public Health Nutrition or a closely-related field. (Ex. Human Nutrition, Nutrition Education, or Dietetics)

Option II: Registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD)* by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) -AND- two years' paid full-time experience assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a program of technical, educational, and consultative services in the field of nutrition for a specific community or designated group -AND- the successful completion of courses in Epidemiology, Bio statistics, and Advanced Chemistry.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

2 - Light: : Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

*You must attach a legible copy of the certificate or letter issued by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) with your application at the time of filing online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to .

  • Experience in a perinatal nutrition program
  • Certified as a Lactation Educator (CLE)***

***You must attach a legible copy of the certification with your application at the time of filing online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to .
Additional Information
This examination will consist of an evaluation of education, experience, and desirable qualifications based upon application information and supplemental questionnaire at the time of filing weighted 100%.

Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be added on the Eligible Register.

Passing this examination and being placed on the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Final results will be sent via United States Postal Service (USPS). Final Scores cannot be given over the phone or by email.

Notification letters may be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on the application. It is important that candidates provide a valid e-mail address. Please add to your e-mail address book and list of approved senders to prevent e-mail notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail.

The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the Eligible Register accordingly.

The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.



Applications must be filed ONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will NOT be accepted. Any required documents and/or additional information, if any, must be received with your application at the time of filing online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to .

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Applicants must submit their completed applications by 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS. Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any relevant education, training, and job experience you include. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, dates attended, degree received, and degree major. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job/position title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work and duties performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete, it will be REJECTED.

**In order to receive credit for any college or university course work, or any type of college or university degree, such as Bachelor's Degree or higher, you must include a legible copy of the Official Diploma, or Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded with Registrar's signature and/or school seal with your application online at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to .

Official Transcript is defined as a transcript that bears the college seal and states "official and/or copy" issued by the school's Registrar Office. A printout of the transcript from the school's website is NOT considered official and, therefore, will NOT be accepted and may result in your application being incomplete and be rejected.

  • All information supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process,including after an appointment has been made.
  • Applications may be rejected at any stage of the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made.
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. In doing so your application may be REJECTED AS

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes in the following format: XXX-XX-XXXX. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

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Teletype Phone: (213) 974-0911
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Department Contact Name: Shalonda Emery
Department Contact Phone: (323) 890-8488
Department Contact Email:

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