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Date:  Jan 7, 2022
Req ID:  9963

Springdale, AR, US, 72764

Anticipated Starting Salary:  40,696.00

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 W Markham Street

Little Rock, AR  72205


Position Number: 22105002

County: Washington        City: Springdale

Posting End Date: 1/26/22 
Center for Local Public Health – Washington County Health Unit

Anticipated Starting Salary: $40,696.00


Additional Preferences:  


Frequent in-state travel is required.


Occasional out-of-state travel is required.


Position is grant funded.


Hiring Official:  S. Mickle

Recruitment Contact: Andrea.Flowers-Fells@arkansas.gov - 501-683-5699


The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.

Position Information

Class Code: L063C

Grade: GS06


Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00


The Family Consumer Science Specialist is responsible for providing nutrition guidance to patients and families and conducting nutritional education programs. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy


Counsels patients and families concerning nutrition risk conditions, such as anemia and low or high weight gain, for disease prevention and control. Collects and evaluates patients' medical history data and tests results to determine physical changes and problems attributed to diet for care plan development. Develops individual care plans for patients and monitors progress to measure plans' effectiveness. Maintains records of nutrition assessment, care plan development, and counseling materials for follow-up monitoring and possible home visits. Conducts in-service nutrition education programs for other department staff and presents programs to schools, churches, community groups, and organizations to educate members of the public on the importance of proper eating habits. Advises patients and families on meal preparation and budget planning. Consults with Nutritionist/Dietician concerning special diets for patients referred from other agencies and/or makes appropriate patient referrals. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of nutrition/dietetic theories, functions, and issues. Knowledge of nutrition needs assessment, counseling, and care plan development processes and techniques. Knowledge of rules and regulations governing in-home nutrition counseling and care plan development. Ability to assess nutrition needs at different stages of the life cycle and develop individual nutrition care plans. Ability to counsel and advise patients and families on disease prevention and control meal preparation and budget planning. Ability to conduct in-service nutrition education programs and present information to the public. Ability to consult with nutrition/dietetic and other health professionals concerning special diets or referrals to other health care services. Ability to maintain nutrition assessment and care plan development records and monitor plan's progress.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in home economics, dietetics, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville