WIC Buddy Program Specialist

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 30,2024
Part Time

Pay Grade: TPW
Job Code: T6001

Who we are. We protect lives. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to preventing disease, injury, and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing the State of Georgia for responding to disasters.

What we offer. As a member of the Georgia Department of Public Health team, you will join a passionate group of individuals who are dedicated to making an impact.  No matter your role, you will individually contribute to protecting the lives of all Georgians while receiving a wide range of benefits, so you can:

  • Make a Professional Impact – Build your career where it matters and protect lives in the community where you live, work, and play
  • Enjoy Workplace Flexibility – Experience flexibility in how you work so you can be your best self for you and Georgia Residents
  • Work with a Dynamic and Diverse Team– Collaborative and inclusive way of working where employees share ideas and leverage collective strengths
  • Achieve Career Longevity – Countless opportunities for continuous learning/development that support a long-term career
  • Take Part in a Hands-on Working Culture – Unique culture of active engagement and problem-solving, no matter your role
  • Feel Pride in Where you Work – Be part of making an impact in public health alongside dedicated people just like you

Reporting to the designated Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and

Children (WIC) local agency staff, the WIC Buddy Specialist leads the local agency’s WIC Buddy Program activities. The WIC Buddy Specialist manages the overall local agency specific duties related to the program, such as promotion of the WIC Buddy Program, matching participants as they are enrolled in the program, distributing, and collecting buddy consent forms and communicating with WIC participants regarding their participation in the WIC Buddy Program. The WIC Buddy Specialist supports the monitoring of set program performance measures and works with the Local Agency’s Breastfeeding Program Coordinator, Nutrition Services Director and/or designee to implement project reinforcement and/or improvement plans.

As a Buddy Program Specialist within the WIC Department at the Georgia Department of Public Healthyou will join a dedicated group of public health professionals that help support the overall mission and vision of protecting lives of Georgian residents in a variety of ways.

Job Responsibilities

You will support the Department by utilizing your expertise to fulfill the following responsibilities:

• Monitors and coordinates the local agency activities of the WIC Buddy Program

• Markets and promotes the WIC Buddy Program

• Recruits WIC participants to participate in the WIC Buddy Program

• Actively monitors the clinic’s on-site list/daily schedule to recruit eligible participants

• Informs WIC staff and participants about the WIC Buddy Program to include the overall

program expectations and promotional activities

• Coordinates and schedules paired WIC Buddy connections

• Distributes and collects WIC Buddy consent forms

• Promotes the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (PC) program and refers participants to the

PC Program

• Participates on assigned committees and workgroups, as needed

• Utilizes reports to promote, recruit and maintain Buddy Program activities

• Assesses WIC Buddy matching criteria to identify potential WIC Buddy pairs

• Maintains regular contact with each WIC Buddy pair according to their preference

• Manage and monitors the local agency’s Georgia WIC Buddy Tracker to include updating

WIC Buddy participants matching criteria, dates of contacts with WIC Buddy pairs, and documentation of food package type

• Completes quarterly Buddy Program Reports

• Participates in Buddy Program meetings and/or calls

• Assists local and state agency with identifying barriers and effective solutions to enhance

engagement in all components of the WIC Buddy Program project

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • One (1) year competency as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
  • Completion of the WIC Breastfeeding Curriculum Level I and II
  • Has one or more of the following skills and/or experience:
  • Caseload management
  • Counseling skills
  • Supporting mother-baby dyad
  • Breastfeeding promotion
  • Developing, implementing, and facilitating training
  • Organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams
  • etc.)
  • Knowledge of GA-WIC policies and procedures

No phone calls or applications are accepted ONLINE ONLY through the link posted.