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Breastfeeding Coordinator/Nutritionist

Website Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc.

Job Function Provides nutrition education as well as counseling to low income women, infants and children with dietary, medical and health risks and coordinates breastfeeding activities by performing the following duties. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for conducting nutritional assessments including anthropometry, hematology, dietary, medical and health necessary for the WIC certification process; assigns nutritional risk criteria.
  • Provides nutrition education and diet counseling to WIC clients.
  • Develops appropriate individualized nutrition education plans for high-risk and non-high risk clients.
  • Tailors and authorizes food packages for participants.
  • Provides clients with referrals to community services including but not limited to, early childhood development, mental health, substance abuse programs, social services and food pantries.
  • Provides instruction on use of farmer’s market coupons and promotes the use of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Assist with packing and unpacking van at outreach sites, drives van as needed.
  • Responsible for documentation of nutrition services.
  • Plans and promotes breastfeeding activities.
  • Makes routine periodic contacts with prenatal and post-partum participants at scheduled intervals and as needed.
  • Responsible for the coordination of the breast pump lending program according to policies and procedures.
  • Submits breastfeeding promotion and support progress reports on a monthly basis. Attends periodic breastfeeding meetings.
  • Train staffs on local agency policies and procedures for breast pump issuance. Responsible for updating staff on breast pump technology information. Responsible for coordinating annual training on breastfeeding for staff or documenting that staff have been trained.
  • Assist with the development of the annual Local Agency Compliance and Self-AssessmentPlan.
  • Provide individualized educational services to clients as needed during their pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
  • Responsible for the writing and updating WIC Program Policies related to breastfeeding according to NYS guidelines.
  • Coordinate/integrate breastfeeding promotional activities with private and public health care system; educational systems and community organizations providing care and support or women, infant and children.
  • Assist with outreach and community events.
  • Assist in implementation of statewide initiatives, i.e. FIT WIC, Eat Well/Play Hard, etc.
  • Attends conferences to continue professional development as time and budget allow.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises 4-5 Enhanced Peer Counselors in the WIC Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring credentialed staff, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems as required by Federal regulations and State guidelines.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

 Maintains confidentiality. Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings. Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Keeps commitments; Works with integrity and ethically; Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Prioritizes and plans work activities; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; must understand the needs of low income families.  Accepts responsibility for own actions. Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.

 Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Education and/or Experience

Registered Dietician preferred. Nutrition and Dietetics Technician (DTR, NDTR) or Bachelor’s degree in appropriate health-related field with at least 6 nutrition credit hours; must receive approval of NYS Health Department to work as a Competent Professional Authority (CPA). Must attend Certified Lactation Counselor training within 1 year of employment.

Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of staff, clients, and the general public.


Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word Excel, etc.) and Outlook.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

NYS Driver’s License

 Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Must be able to travel to various locations to support the needs of the program.



To apply for this job email your details to kirstenp@capco.org