Goverment Jobs
September 15, 2019
59 - Prentiss County, Mississippi
Job Type


Characteristics of Work

Incumbents in this class perform work to assist with disease prevention and maintenance of good health through federal, state, county, and local government nutrition progress. Duties include individual and group counseling and the preparation of nutrition education tools. Supervision is exercised over lower-level clerical personnel and received from Nutritionists and other food preparation and service staff members in higher-level occupational classes.

Examples of Work

Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Performs individual, family and group teaching in normal and therapeutic nutrition to help prevent disease and maintain good nutritional health.

Assists in locating and/or preparing nutrition education tools.

Promotes interest in nutrition and in health to assigned community groups.
Assists in the development and evaluation of specific educational procedures within the coordinated nutrition plan.

Participates in and assists in planning in-service training of staff at county and project levels.

Prepares reports, plans, and records as directed.

Evaluates potential clients in order to determine if criteria are met for program participation.

Identifies nutritional risks of each participant in order to adapt counseling to those needs.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability to perform all essential functions of the position.


A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Community or Institutional Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Service Management, or Home Economics Education.


A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with completion of the educational curriculum approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Documentation Required:

Applicant shall provide a valid copy of his/her transcript and/or evidence of required coursework.

Essential Functions

Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Provides nutritional assessments, counseling, and education to patients/clients in accordance with established criteria and standards.

2. Maintains and updates professional knowledge of nutrition and public health as well as increases public awareness of proper nutrition and nutrition programs.

3. Assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the district nutrition education plan.

4. Maintains records and reports.

5. Implements agency programs.

Health/Prescription Insurance

Eligible employees have the opportunity to participate in the state?s health and prescription insurance program. Employees may select either single or family coverage with affordable co-payments. More detail can be found at Know Your Benefits.

Wellness Benefits
Employees are eligible for a wellness and health promotion program.This plan provides annual benefits for certain services with first-dollar coverage with no deductible.
Life Insurance
All eligible employees receive an actual term life insurance policy upon employment. The policy coverage is two times the employee?s annual salary to a maximum of $100,000. More detail can be found at Life Insurance Choices.
Optional Insurances
Many agencies offer discounted premiums for dental, vision, and cancer insurance.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Many state agencies provide opportunity for employees to participate in pre-tax spending accounts.These accounts allow employees to withhold childcare expenses and unreimbursed medical expenses prior to application of state and federal taxes.

Paid Personal Leave and Sick Leave

Full-time employees receive paid time off for personal needs and for sick leave.Leave begins accruing after one month of employment and may be used as it is accrued.Employees earn approximately 18 days of personal leave annually and 12 days of sick leave annually.

Military Leave
In accordance with federal law, all employees serving in the armed forces or the military reserves are entitled to 15 days per year for military training.
Employees receive up to 10 paid holidays to enjoy many of our nation?s celebrations with family and friends.
Retirement Programs
The State of Mississippi provides all its employees a Defined Benefit/Defined Contribution Retirement Program.Employees become vested in the State?s retirement system after 8 years of employment.Both you and your employing agency contribute toward your retirement. More detailed information regarding the State?s retirement program can be found at
Deferred Compensation
State agencies offer several opportunities for their employees to participate in a deferred compensation voluntary retirement savings plan.More information can be found at Deferred Compensation.
State Credit Union
All state employees are eligible to participate in the Mississippi Public Employees? Credit Union.This organization offers state employees special savings and borrowing plans.For more information about this program, call 601.948.8191.

Tuition Reimbursement

Many state agencies provide opportunities for their employees to achieve higher education through tuition reimbursement.Common programs include medical and nursing fields, accounting, and business/administrative fields.

Career Development and Training
The Mississippi State Personnel Board offers several management and administrative certification programs, as well as professional development courses to enhance employee value to the agency.Individual agencies also offer technical training and allow membership in professional organizations to employees in their specific fields of employment.
Promotional Opportunities
Employees who have completed 6 or more months of service are eligible for promotional opportunities within state government employment.Minimum qualifications must be met.
Career Ladders
Many job classifications provide career-ladder opportunities based upon attainment of competencies.These career ladders can increase an individual?s salary, provided funds are available within the agency.
What is the highest level of education (or semester hours of college) you have completed in Community or Institutional Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Service Management, or Home Economics Education, or a curriculum approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics?

  • None
  • GED or High School Equivalency Diploma / High School Diploma
  • 1 year / 30 semester hours
  • Associate's Degree / 2 years / 60 semester hours
  • 3 years / 90 semester hours
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Specialist Degree
  • Doctorate Degree
How many years of related experience do you have? (Refer to the job posting for an explanation of related experience)

  • None
  • Less than 1 year of experience
  • 1 year of experience
  • 2 years of experience
  • 3 years of experience
  • 4 years of experience
  • 5 years of experience
  • 6 years of experience
  • 7 years of experience
  • 8 years of experience
  • 9 years of experience
  • 10 years of experience
  • 11 years of experience
  • 12 years of experience
  • 13 years of experience
  • More than 13 years of experience
Have you completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition or a Dietetic degree?

  • Yes
  • No

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