Health & Nutrition Specialist at Save the Children

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 8 days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana





Job Description:

Position Title:             Health & Nutrition Specialist


Position Structure:   Specialist


Employee Type:        Full-time Regular


Supervisor Title:       Program Director


Division:                     U.S. Programs & Advocacy


Child Safety:             Frequent Contact                    


 


Summary


The primary responsibility is to provide a comprehensive health and nutrition service program promoting prevention and early intervention. This includes ensuring that all children are growing and developing in a healthy manner, recognizing any concerns and addressing them. Communicating with parents about healthy practices and assisting them in selecting health providers. Develop and implement community health programs together with the rest of Head Start team.


As a front line representative of Save the Children the position holder is required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that he/she come in contact with and represent the agency values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.


Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact



  • Monitors health and nutrition services within assigned location(s). Provides guidance and technical assistance to Head Start/Early Head Start program staff. 

  • Meets federal, state, and program documentation requirements by maintaining accurate, objective, complete, timely, and well-organized child and family records, both on paper and in designated on-line systems. Maintains confidentiality regarding students and families.

  • Administers medications in accordance with policy. Provides first aid when needed.

  • Coordinate the scheduling of health and dental examinations with contracted physicians and dentists. Provides or arranges for transportation for appointments or emergencies as needed.

  • Participates and/or conducts screenings on children, including children with disabilities, as well as in developing individual service and health plans. Monitors records to make sure children are up-to-date on preventive and primary health care.

  • Establish and maintain Health Services Advisory Committee and works collaboratively with a range of community specialists (e.g., medical, dental, speech, nutrition, mental health) by identifying approaches to solving issues, and making recommendations on the development and/or revisions of policies and procedures.

  • Promotes a unified approach to sharing child information with families by engaging in joint planning with teachers and other specialists to prepare for home visits and other family contacts. Participates in case management and transition meetings.

  • Assists education staff in implementing health, dental, mental health safety, and nutrition activities within the classroom.

  • Provides information and education to parents and the community about available programs and other community resources. This can be done in-person, by telephone or a group presentation format.

  • Ensures the documentation and implementation of safety policy and procedures at center level in accordance with program and corporate policies/procedures.

  • Where applicable, responsible for the proper documentation and implementation of food services to meet USDA CACFP requirements.

  • Where applicable, responsible for overseeing food service operation at center, to include menu planning, monitoring food budgeting and purchasing, scheduling health and safety inspections and scheduling of food service staff.

  • Protects the safety of children by ensuring the implementation of active supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time.

  • Ensures the mobilization and documentation of matching/in-kind funds.

  • Provides health and nutrition training and technical assistance to staff and parents.

  • Inventories and orders health related supplies.

  • Assist with recruitment of children, including children with disabilities.

  • Participates in staff and parent meetings, committees and training sessions.

  • Visit each site and classrooms on a regular basis (4-6 hours per month per site) to conduct observations, provide training and technical assistance and build capacity by working directly with staff, parents and community partners to ensure high quality services.

  • Assists education staff in implementing health, dental, mental health safety, and nutrition activities within the classroom and where applicable, home-based program socializations.

  • Summarize concerns observed by teachers in classrooms and/or where applicable home based home visitors on home visits and provide concrete recommendations and assist with development of individualized services as needed.

  • Emphasize early identification of concerns by providing and reviewing health screenings.

  • Communicate regularly with parents about the importance of having medical and dental exams on recommended schedule.

  • Maintain up-to-date health records and record-keeping systems and complete all required health reports.

  • Monitors records to make sure children are up-to-date on preventive and primary health care.

  • In coordination with the Family Service Coordinators, Teachers and/or Teacher Assistants, assist parents in selecting community health providers that meet the family's needs and stress the importance of prevention. Assist families in arranging follow-up care for children with identified needs and provide info and referral sources for health, dental and nutrition.

  • Assist in conducting health supply inventory control and submit necessary purchasing requests to the appropriate personnel. Distribute supplies and monitor classrooms and socialization room, assure classrooms/socialization rooms are adequately stocked and the environment is sanitary and safe.

  • Ensure confidentiality of records; use discretion with sensitive information.

  • Assume responsibility for food services, including menu preparation, food ordering, special diets, and meal counts. Mentor staff in regards to their food services responsibilities. Conduct meal observations.

  • Promote parent and community involvement and positive public relations for programs and services and serve as a resource person to human service agencies, including health, social service and education.

  • Collaborate with education team in developing plans for activities and strategize on program development and implementation. Actively pursue strategies to better integrate all child development programs in order to provide the most appropriate and comprehensive services to the families being served and promote child wellness.

  • Together with the Nutrition Specialist or where applicable, Manager of Health & Nutrition, develop and implement a health education program for staff and parents.

  • Assist the Nutrition Specialists and/or Health and Nutrition Manager; Education/Mental Health Manager; Education/Disabilities Specialists; Community and Family Engagement Manager; Head Start and the Early Head Start Program in monitoring a health and safety system for all Head Start/Early Head Start sites to assure a safe environment for children, parents and staff. Provide follow up to address any areas of concern.

  • Build strong partnerships within the health community and remain knowledgeable about community health resources.

 


Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors


Minimum Qualifications



  • BA/BS in Public Health, Social Work or other health-related field. A combination of equivalent experience and training may be substituted for the education requirement with the recommendation of the interview committee and approval of the Child Development Director and Policy Council.

  • Two years’ experience in public health and education environment. Knowledge of practices and principles of health education

  • Demonstrated ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.

  • Willingness to comply with the established agency performance standards which may include: productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service-orientation, embracing a team player orientation, entrepreneurialism, and maintaining a professional demeanor.

  • Willingness to comply with Head Start Standards of Conduct by promoting the unique identity of each child and family; conforming with program confidentiality; following child supervision and guidance policies; and refraining from soliciting or accepting personal gratuities, favors, or anything of significant monetary value from contractors or potential contractors.

  • Completion of the Head Start Supplemental Background Questionnaire.

  • Current CPR/First Aid certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).

  • Current Food Handlers certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).

  • Current Blood Borne Pathogens training certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).

  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Training.

  • Federal EPLS - Debarment & Suspension Clearance

  • Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, a clear criminal background check including fingerprinting and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment.

  • To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Save the Children Head Start insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to Save the Children Head Start. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.

 


 Desired Qualifications



  • Current or former Head Start and Early Head Start parents receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.

  • Experience working with groups and/or families from diverse cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Bi-lingual ability.


  • Ability to clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and pass all state and local health requirements required post job offer and prior to employment.   To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Save the Children Head Start insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to Save the Children Head Start. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.

 


Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.


Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact.  As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy.  All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.


Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.





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