Regional Health, Safety, and Nutrition Specialist

Position: Full time
Deadline: March 4, 2021

Certificate Number: N/A/ Job Order: N-01-21

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Provide training, technical assistance and consultation to the center staff and families in the assigned region regarding health, disability, safety and nutrition. In addition, to provide support and building capacity within the assigned designated service areas.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following; however, other duties may be assigned:

  • Monitor health and dental services and screenings for children to ensure they are completed according to standards and timetables specified. Analyze information to identify any trends, concerns, etc.
  • Monitor and analyze all children’s health status and Well Child Check-ups following the Florida Medicaid (EPSDT) periodicity schedule. Analyze health information by generating reports from MyHeadStart, child file reviews, etc. Use this analysis to assist centers’ Health Worker to complete high quality health services and follow-up.
  • Monitor and analyze referrals for disability services to Early Steps, FDLRS, or other agencies utilizing information from our data system and disability summary sheets. Collaborate with center and area team members to arrange for/provide early intervention services for children with special needs.
  • Provide training & technical assistance, monitoring and assist center staff in accuracy of computer reports (including PIR) and audits for children’s health, nutrition, and disability services, electronic files, reports and paper records. Ensure that centers’ service delivery and accuracy of reports, record keeping & reporting meets Head Start Performance Standards. Create goals and action plans to promote continuous quality improvements as identified through monitoring as it relates to your assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Monitor services provided to pregnant women and family members of enrolled children providing technical assistance in the use of “Partners for a Healthy Baby” curriculum, referral agencies, women’s health solutions, etc. as needed.
  • Monitor safety and quality of health and disability services by reviewing the Health & Safety Checklist results, completion of the Health Specialist Checklist which include child file documentation, classroom observations, and disability services, e.g., Daily Health Checks, Medication, Agreements, HSAC minutes, Safety committee meetings. Provide training and technical assistance as needed. Assist in initiating and/or renewing written agreements/contracts, locating health and disability service providers as needed.
  • Utilize resources such as RCMA Health Book, Training documents, Plan of Action and DCF Facility Handbook to provide training, guidance and technical assistance to center staff.
  • Monitor free/reduced meal applications, SS13’s and infant feeding forms to ensure accuracy. Review meal counts submitted by centers. Analyze the USDA meal reviews (breakfast, lunch and snack) completed by center staff. Assist in completion of meal reviews as needed.
  • Participate in the RCMA Health Services Advisory Committee and share minutes with centers. Maintain communication with your Regional Team.
  • Remain up to date on all program rules, regulations and policies. Ensure center(s) meet compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, USDA, Plan of Action, RCMA policy, DCF Licensing, local, state and federal regulations including timeframes on all assigned duties.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS/EDUCATION: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty element satisfactorily while exercising independent judgment and discretion. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The individual must meet age, medical, moral character and any other requirements as defined by Florida Statutes. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

After initial hire, the employee must complete mandatory child care training in accordance with Florida Statutes and funding source requirements to retain eligibility to be employed in this position.


  1. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in nursing, health education, community health, nutrition or related field.
  2. Experience in social services or health work, some of which has been with economically disadvantaged people and children, preferably in a community setting.
  3. Ability to plan, develop and conduct health workshops and training sessions.
  4. Ability to work with paraprofessional staff, families and professionals (service providers, local education agencies).
  5. Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  6. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  7. Valid Florida Driver’s License and dependable transportation.

RCMA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer