Qualifications and Roles: Local Agency Nutrition Coordinator

The local agency ensures that the Local Agency Nutrition Coordinator has the following qualifications (for Local Agency Nutrition Coordinators providing nutrition services to high-risk participants, RD or is eligible for registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration):

  1. Has successfully completed a training approved by the State agency on the provision of WIC nutrition services AND
  2. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in the field of nutrition from an accredited college or university and has a minimum of 2 years of job-related experience OR
  3. Holds a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nutrition from an accredited college or university and has a minimum of 1 year of job-related experience.

The local agency ensures that the Local Agency Nutrition Coordinator performs the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. Participates in the development of the local agency nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion and support plan.
  2. Coordinates direct nutrition services to participants.
  3. Oversees food and formula prescriptions and coordinates with medical providers as appropriate.
  4. Provides nutrition in-service training to other local agency staff who provide nutrition services to participants.
  5. Coordinates nutrition services with other WIC Program operations, local agencies and community organizations.
  6. Supervises nutrition services staff, including CPAs and other staff involved in the nutrition assessment or delivery of nutrition services.
  7. Develops a training schedule for staff who provide nutrition services.
  8. Participates in local and state workgroups to improve nutrition and program services.
  9. Provides technical assistance and consultation to other local agency staff and other health professionals in nutrition services areas.
  10. Develops and manages the nutrition services budget.
  11. Oversees the development and implementation of a Quality Assurance Plan and Quality Improvement Plan.