Nutrition Program Director (Women / Infants and Children) #77278 Promotional

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Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010


$26.01-$31.55 per hour

Information on the Nutrition Program Director (Women / Infants and Children) #77278 Promotional position


Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the Cattaraugus County Health Department.


Grade 28 Supervisory Unit

  • $26.01 - $31.55 per hour-employees originally appointed prior to 1/1/04.
  • $26.01 - $29.28 per hour-employees originally appointed on or after 1/1/04.

Fee Paid By Employer:

Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the County of Cattaraugus and CSEA/AFSCME Local 1000, a $10.00 examination-processing fee is paid on behalf of bargaining unit members participating in this examination.


This is administrative and supervisory work which includes designing, implementing and directing a program with the objective of delivering supplemental, food packages and education in proper nutrition to women, infants and children (WIC) of inadequate income who are at special risk by reason of inadequate nutrition or health care. The incumbent determines the priority of need of program applicants and designs supplemental food packages for participants. The work is carried out in accordance with department policies and state and federal guidelines and regulations. Work is performed under the general direction of a Health Commissioner or Public Health Director with leeway allowed for exercise of independent judgment in determining the means by which program objectives are carried out. A Nutrition Program Director does related work as required.

Promotion Qualifications:

You must currently be employed by Cattaraugus County Health Department and have at least twelve (12) months of permanent competitive class service in a lower grade level And meet the following open competitive qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications: Either:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical, nutrition, dietetics, foods and nutrition, or home economics with specialization in nutrition; OR
  2. Be a Registered Nurse licensed with current registration to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State; OR
  3. Be a Physician’s Assistant certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician’s Assistant or licensed as a registered physician’s assistant by the New York State Education Department.

Home economics degree graduations with a specialty in nutrition also qualify under federal regulations (Section 246.2) to serve as the competent professional authority at the local agency; the New York State WIC Program however limits the employment of these individual as the competent professional authority as follows:

Home economics degree graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree with specialization in nutrition, graduating from a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices.

Subject of Examination:

Written test will cover knowledges, skills and /or abilities in such areas as:

1. Administration - These questions test for knowledge of the managerial functions involved in directing an organization or an organizational segment. These questions cover such areas as: developing objectives and formulating policies; making decisions based on the context of the administrator's position and authority; forecasting and planning; organizing; developing personnel; coordinating and informing; guiding and leading; testing and evaluating; and budgeting.

2. Advising and interacting with others - These questions test for the ability to interact with other people, to gather and present information, and to provide assistance and advice in a courteous and professional manner.

3. Office record keeping - These questions test your ability to perform common office record keeping tasks. The test consists of two or more "sets" of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents.

4. Planning and developing in-service training programs - These questions will test a candidate's understanding of training principles and techniques. The questions may cover such topics as developing, organizing, delivering, and assessing staff training; basic teaching concepts; and determining participants' progress. The questions may be based on both group and individual training.

5. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

6. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.

7. Providing services to women, infants and children - These questions test for knowledge of the special needs of the WIC program service population. Topics may include maternal and pediatric nutrition, breastfeeding and its relationship to the health, nutrition and development of the infant and common nutritional problems of the economically disadvantaged.

Candidates are allowed to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.

Seniority Points will be added to an eligible’s score as follows, based on the date of permanent appointment in the classified service with Cattaraugus County:

Less than 1 year0 points
1 year up to 6 years1 point
6 years up to 11 years2 points
11 years up to 16 years3 points
16 years up to 21 years4 points
Over 21 years5 points

PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).

CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.

Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.


Applications for Nutrition Program Director (Women / Infants and Children) #77278 Promotional will be accepted up to Wednesday, March 31, 2010, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

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Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer

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