Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Dietitian (37.5 Hour)


Recruitment #220523-8490XC-001


Are you interested in a career that you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment while making a difference? If this sounds like you, the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) wants you to be a part of our team!  

Our Mission Statement is Caring, Healing and Teaching - Partnering with children, families and communities to build hope and create opportunities. We believe that: Children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives Children, youth and their families have the right and responsibility to participate in their treatment.  No child will be refused treatment based on their ability to pay for services. Our services work best when integrated with community care.  

We seek a talented and qualified professional for the position of Dietitian. This position is a first shift, full time, 37.5 hours per week, with a work schedule of Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm.  

This position is located at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center in Middletown, CT. Solnit - South Campus is widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. This state-administered Psychiatric facility provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents under the age of eighteen, with severe mental illness and related behavioral and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The South Campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF). This position requires some consulting at the Solnit Facility North campus in East Windsor, CT. when necessary.  

Our 67-acre campus is centrally located in Middletown, Connecticut overlooking idyllic views of the Connecticut River. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies. The campus includes; two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, a ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms,4 hospital units, and 3 inpatient psychiatric residential units, and an outdoor picnic area.  

The State of Connecticut offers a hybrid retirement plan where new employees may elect to participate in the State Employees Retirement System which provides a retirement benefit, including retiree health insurance.  Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals.      

We hope you take this opportunity to make an impact by serving your state!

*This salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022.

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.    

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the system. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.   

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker at

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to


In a state facility or region this class is accountable for independently planning and coordinating the delivery of nutritional and food services to individuals in order to render optimal nutritional health.


Performs nutrition assessment, intervention, monitoring and evaluation; evaluates nutritional, psychological and cultural needs of youth and plans dietary care accordingly; reviews medical history for conditions impacting dietary needs; develops and implements individualized nutritional care plans for assigned caseload; monitors and documents individual diet and weight changes; assisting in planning regular, therapeutic and special diet menus for individuals; provides nutrition and dietary consultation and education to youth, staff and family members; records pertinent nutrition information in medical records; maintains diet manuals and assists in updating diet policy and procedures; ensures nutritional services comply with relevant state and state standards including the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program; Assists with Director of Food Services in the planning and approval of menus and nutritional analysis of recipes and menus; assists in training of food service staff on diet and food allergies. Meets with clinical team and Food Service Director regularly and preforms related duties as required.


Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws and regulations; knowledge of food values and dietetic principles; knowledge of human physiology; knowledge of principles and practices of food production and services; knowledge of Joint Commission regulations and standards; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to independently plan and coordinate the delivery of nutritional services; ability to utilize computer software.


Registration as a Registered Dietitian (RC) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and certification as a Dietitian issued by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 20-206n and 20-206r.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:  

  • Experience working with adolescents with complex psychiatric profiles.  
  • Experience with state and federal laws and regulations, including the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.  
  • Experience with nutritional assessment, monitoring, planning nutritional care plans.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a Dietitian issued by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 20-206n and 20-206r.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.