The federal mandate is to provide education to low income families in the areas of food preparation, nutrition, food safety and food resource management. The nutrition assistants contact and teach clients the knowledge and skills they need to improve their quality of life.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent. Knowledge of low resource audience, interpersonal/relationship skills, computer skills, nutrition/cooking skills, communication skills.
Ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively
Ability to relate to and work with program members, co-workers, personnel from other organizations and the general public
EVIDENCE OF A HEALTHY LIFE
Ability to plan and prepare nutritious family meals
Ability to mentor families to adopt healthy lifestyles
KNOWLEDGE OF LIMITED RESOURCE AUDIENCE
Skill in dealing with problems of persons living in economically disadvantaged communities.
KNOWLEDGE OF FOOD AND NUTRITION AND FOOD SAFETY
Knowledge of basic principles of food preparation, nutrition and food safety.
Knowledge of breastfeeding.
JOB READINESS AND TEACHING SKILLS
Ability to input data and keep records and reports as required by Federal program guidelines.
Ability to evaluate client progress and determine client’s needs.
Skills for teaching children and adults.
Two years experience in managing a household or other work involving basis life skills such as housework, cooking, child care, hospital or nursing home experience. Vocational or college study in foods and nutrition of family and consumer sciences may be substituted for the required experience at the rate of one course for six months of experience.