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The Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is seeking a Nutrition Assistant. CDIP is dedicated to helping Philadelphians enjoy long and productive lives free from disease, disability, and premature death. Our vision is a safe, smoke-free city where healthy eating and active living are easy choices for all residents. We value health justice. Our work is guided by a commitment to all people’s health and humanity. We believe:
• All people have the right to live to their fullest potential.
• All communities have the right to create environments that allow them to grow and thrive.
• Public health policy will be developed in full partnership with community.
• Knowledge comes in many forms and many places in our society.
• Progress only happens when we treat people, communities, partners and staff with care and respect.
This is a paid short-term (6 month) 20 hour per week (duration and work hours are flexible) position to assist in continued implementation of Philadelphia’s sodium warning law. The law requires chain restaurants to display a sodium warning label next to menu items containing 2,300 or
more milligrams of sodium. The Nutrition Assistant will research chain food establishments that must comply with the law, review their menus and nutrition information, identify high sodium menu items that require the label and follow up with chains to assess compliance with the law.
CDIP is dedicated to building a staff that reflects the diversity of Philadelphia. We encourage applications from individuals who identify with one or more of the following groups:
a. People of color
b. Individuals with disabilities
d. First-generation college students
e. Individuals from a family that has qualified for federal financial assistance
f. Other historically underrepresented or marginalized groups.
Applicants who are originally from and live in the Philadelphia area are strongly encouraged to apply.
▪ Develop a thorough understanding of the Sodium Warning Labeling Bill and how it applies to chain establishments and menu items.
▪ Update comprehensive database of chain food establishments in Philadelphia through review of existing departmental records and online research. Identify any new establishments that are not currently but may in the near future become chains or any that have closed as a result of the COVID pandemic.
▪ Review existing online menus and nutritional information for chains, identify high sodium menu
items that have 2,300 milligrams of sodium or more, and update database accordingly
▪ Request menus or nutrition information for chains via email or phone if not available online
▪ Verify chain establishment corporate office street addresses and email addresses
▪ Compile letters to be mailed/emailed to chain establishments
▪ Assist in review of menu mock-ups submitted by chain establishments
▪ Attend team Nutrition and Physical Activity policy meetings
▪ Work with the CDIP Data Lab to investigate and implement electronic data tracking system to collect and update nutrition information from chain restaurants
▪ Assist with other nutrition-related projects as needed
Pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, public health, public or government administration, public policy, social or behavioral sciences, education or related field from an accredited college or university.
Currently have a Bachelor’s degree in one of those fields.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Department of Public Health.
Nutrition knowledge and experience preferred. Data entry and data analysis professional or academic experience preferred. Experience using Redcap preferred. Must be proficient in Excel. Highly organized and detail-oriented. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to manage work independently, with guidance and support.
Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment. Candidates must comply with the Health Department’s virtual work policy, which allows staff the flexibility to work up to 2 days per week remotely, but they must come into the office located at 1101 Market St the other three days.
Position Type and Work Schedule:
Part time, temporary position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Flexible office schedule options available with supervisor approval. Position to start December 1, 2021.
Minimal travel required. And if so, it will typically be via public transit.
COVID-19 Requirement: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination must be produced upon hire.
Salary and Benefits:
Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:
• Medical with vision benefits
• Dental insurance
• Flexible spending accounts
• Life, AD&D and long-term care insurance
• Short- and long-term disability insurance
• 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
• Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday
• Employee Assistance Program
Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy.
The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.