BACKGROUND: 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.
GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION: 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 also strongly encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to City of Philadelphia staff laid-off due to the recent budget cuts.
The Nutrition Assistant will accomplish the following:
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
Currently have a Bachelor’s 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. Preference for a candidate pursuing a graduate degree in one of those fields.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Department of Public Health.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Nutrition knowledge and experience preferred.
Data entry and data analysis professional or academic experience 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.
This can be a remote work position if the candidate has access to the internet and a laptop or can be performed in our office at 1101 Market Street.
This position will pay $18 per hour and will start approximately October 26, 2020.