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MACAA Position: Health and Nutrition Coordinator

The Head Start Health and Nutrition Coordinator has the overall responsibility for the planning, administration, and implementation of the health, dental, and nutrition components of the Head Start program including managing the medical and dental needs of the children in the program and administering all USDA services and related funds. The Health and Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Head Start Performance Standards and program-specific policies and procedures within the health and nutrition components are accomplished. In addition, the Health and Nutrition Coordinator must develop relationships with other community agencies, health, and dental providers to support the healthy development of Head Start children.

Job-specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Linking children and families to a “medical home” and a “dental home;” ensuring that children have up-to-date immunizations or documents supporting reasons for a failure to be fully immunized; ensuring that children have up-to-date physicals and dentals; using and maintaining a data-tracking system for health, dental, and nutritional care information for enrolled children; working with the Family Advocates to refer families for WIC services for enrolled children; managing all USDA services and related funds; planning menus and conducting meal monitoring in coordination with the local school food service authorities and a registered dietitian; ensuring that food service contracts are renewed annually; managing, in coordination with the Education Manger and classroom staff, monthly classroom nutrition projects; conducting or arranging health and nutrition education training for both Head Start staff and families; maintaining well-stocked first aid kits in all centers; ensuring that all staff comply with environmental health and safety practices; participating in the Health Advisory Committee and using this committee in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health–related and nutrition-related services in the Head Start program; and, performing other job-related tasks as requested by the Family Services and Health Manager, Head Start Assistant Director, and/or Head Start Director.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

· Minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent (at least an Associate’s degree in a nutrition-related field preferred);

· Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

· Skill in training techniques;

· Intermediate skill in the use of computer technology such as Microsoft Office;

· Ability to work independently without close supervision;

· Sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to understand and address positively the conditions of poverty.

· Bilingual preferred

Please submit cover letter and resume’ to MACAA Attn: Jo Nell Chance, Human Resources Director, 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or

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