Dietitian (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220701-8490FP-001


Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

The Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) boasts a rich history first opening its doors over 150 years ago in 1868. As the State’s public hospital, we provide treatment of mental illness and currently comprise of 18 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). In our operational framework, recovery is defined as a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life in the fullest sense. Recovery is an individualized patient-centered approach. Achieving and maintaining an optimal state of health and wellness is integrated in our recovery approach. Individuals acquire and practice life skills that will assist them in their recovery process. 

CVH is seeking a qualified and experienced individual for the position of Dietitian (PCN 114096) for its Blue Hills Campus located at 500 Vine Street in Hartford.  This position is full-time, 40 hours weekly with a work schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Coverage is to be provided as needed at CVH in Middletown.

Discover the opportunity to:
  • Be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals;
  • Provide support to a hospital that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Assist our clients and employees so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector; and
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.


  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth.
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work. 
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Selection Plan

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

  • Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications, as listed on the job opening, will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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  • 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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  • Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


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, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation; evaluates nutritional, psychological and cultural needs of individuals 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; plans regular, therapeutic and special diet menus for individuals; orders and checks food items and kitchen supplies; supervises food preparation in residences and dietary department; consults on care and maintenance of kitchen supplies and dietary equipment; monitors food processes and sanitation procedures and recommends alterations as appropriate; provides nutrition and/or food service consultation and education to individuals, staff and family members; records pertinent nutrition information in medical records; maintains diet manuals; ensures nutritional services comply with relevant federal and state standards; oversees service of meals in dining rooms, cafeterias, cottages or other units; trains food service and direct care staff in the purchase, preparation and service of food according to dietetic principles and within a predetermined food budget; maintains records and prepares reports; performs 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 (RD) 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.


  • Experience utilizing and documenting in an Electronic Health Record;
  • Experience working with an agency that supports Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders;
  • Experience in a psychiatric hospital setting;
  • Experience working with individuals impacted by trauma, mental health, and substance abuse disorders;
  • Experience with patients/clients with psychiatric disabilities in a hospital setting; and
  • Experience advocating for services that meet client needs.


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.