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Part-time/Hourly, WIC Buddy Program Specialist


This position is subject to close once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified

LOCATION: Columbus Department of Public Health, WIC, 5601 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA 31904

DESCRIPTION: A WIC Buddy Specialist supports the monitoring of the Buddy Program performance and works with the Breastfeeding Program Coordinator, Nutrition Services Director and/or designee to implement project reinforcement and/or improvement plans. *This position will be housed in Columbus and may be required to travel to surrounding counties as assigned. This is not a remote position.

• Monitor and coordinate 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
• Monitors the clinic’s on-site list and/or daily schedule to recruit eligible participants • Coordinate and schedule paired WIC Buddy connections
• Promotes the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (PC) program and refers participants to the PC program • Completes quarterly Buddy Program reports
• Participates in assigned committees and workgroups, as needed • Participates in Buddy Program meetings and/or calls

• High school diploma or GED
• One (1) year experience as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
• Completion of the WIC Breastfeeding Curriculum Level I and II (formally known as Loving Support Training)
• Has one or more of the following skills and/or experiences:
o Caseload management
o Counseling skills
o Breastfeeding promotion
o Organizational skills
o Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.)
o Knowledge of the GA-WIC policies & procedures
o Supporting mother-baby dyad

• Two years at an accredited college or university with at least fifteen (15) credit hours in social service-related field
• Experience with the Peer Counselor Database System (PCDB)
• Ability to coach others to set priorities
• Ability to work effectively in a high stress, changing environment

All West Central Health District 7 employees are deemed essential workers in the event of an emergency. As such, you may be called on to participate in an event including but not limited to: staffing a shelter, working at a Specimen Point of Collection Site (SPOC) and/or working at a Point of Dispensing site (POD). If you are called on to participate, you are required to report to the designated site as a condition of employment, whether the emergency occurs during or outside regular work hours.

An applicant who has a disability, which requires special accommodations, should contact Human Resources at 706-321-6127.

All Applicants Must Apply At: www.dph.georgia.gov Click on “About DPH” then “Careers”. Locate this position and click “Apply” to begin your application.

Applicants chosen for employment will be subject to the following:
•Criminal Background Check/Fingerprinting
•Reference Checks
•Pre-Employment Drug Screening
•I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification