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):
- Has successfully completed a training approved by the State agency on the provision of WIC nutrition services AND
- 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
- 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:
- Participates in the development of the local agency nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion and support plan.
- Coordinates direct nutrition services to participants.
- Oversees food and formula prescriptions and coordinates with medical providers as appropriate.
- Provides nutrition in-service training to other local agency staff who provide nutrition services to participants.
- Coordinates nutrition services with other WIC Program operations, local agencies and community organizations.
- Supervises nutrition services staff, including CPAs and other staff involved in the nutrition assessment or delivery of nutrition services.
- Develops a training schedule for staff who provide nutrition services.
- Participates in local and state workgroups to improve nutrition and program services.
- Provides technical assistance and consultation to other local agency staff and other health professionals in nutrition services areas.
- Develops and manages the nutrition services budget.
- Oversees the development and implementation of a Quality Assurance Plan and Quality Improvement Plan.