Nutrition Consultant 2 (35 Hour)


Recruitment #221031-7391HC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Nutrition Consultant 2 to work in the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program.

The Nutrition Consultant 2 will be responsible for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies related to breastfeeding promotion; implementation of nutrition and physical activity policy, systems, and environmental change interventions in early care and education; and the adoption of food services guidelines in a variety of settings and venues. The Nutrition Consultant 2 will manage contracts supportive of these strategies and serve as a nutrition subject matter expert, providing technical assistance and oversight to contractors and support to key stakeholders.

The DPH's Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program promotes a safe and healthy Connecticut by establishing opportunities that support healthy living habits through education; policy, systems, and environmental change strategies; and chronic disease prevention initiatives. 

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state. 

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

This is a full-time, first shift, 35 hours per week position located at 410 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. The scheduled work hours are typically from 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. There is opportunity for a partial telework and flexible/alternate schedule to support a healthy work-life balance.

Are you interested in joining the Community, Family Health, and Prevention Section’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity team? We encourage you to apply today! 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 also encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees.

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This position may be subject to Federal requirements of COVID-19 Vaccination.

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
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In the Department of Public Health, this class is accountable for independently performing the full range of tasks involved in the planning, implementation, supervision and administration of multiple specialized statewide nutrition programs such as the nutrition component of the supplemental food programs for women, infants and children (WIC) and community nutrition programs. Incumbents may perform licensure and certification surveys of health care facilities and monitor state and federally mandated health care programs.

In the Department of Aging and Disability Services, this class is accountable for independently performing the full range of tasks involved in the planning, implementation, supervision and administration of a statewide nutrition program such as reviewing and approving plans for nutritious meals and nutrition education for older persons and providing technical assistance to the department and community providers


Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the implementation of public health nutrition programming and food service delivery systems within the state; determines operational and quality assurance standards and policies for nutrition component of health care or specialized programs; administers nutrition component of federal and state grants; assists local program directors in development implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs; participates in development of management systems for operation of nutrition component including systems for cost and inventory control, reporting, evaluation and accountability; reviews, evaluates and approves nutrition program grantees plans and budgets; supervises planning, development, implementation and evaluation of nutritional components of special local nutrition programs of grantees in multiple sites throughout state; provides or directs provision of technical assistance to grantees and private sector organizations in all areas of public health nutrition program such as food management components, menu development, therapeutic and special diets, clinical nutrition, nutrition education and nutrition surveillance; provides technical assistance to program personnel at state and local levels; provides ongoing training for local program nutritionists and other staff including interpretation of current research and methodology, materials and techniques for nutrition education; develops materials and designs systems and outreach strategies for public health nutrition education; carries out studies relating to health and nutrition; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of nutrition, dietetics and nutrition education as related to public health practices and specialized programs; considerable knowledge of modern methods, materials and appliances used in large and small food preparation services; considerable knowledge of safety and sanitary problems, legislation, regulations, current programs and practices related to community nutrition and food management; considerable knowledge of program management and budgeting processes; knowledge of training and technical assistance methods, reporting and evaluation techniques; knowledge of cost control methods in food delivery; knowledge of training and technical assistance methods; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills.


Eight (8) years of experience as a nutritionist or dietitian in a health or human services agency or facility or agriculture extension service.


1. College training in dietetics, foods and nutrition or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in community nutrition or public health nutrition or completion of a dietetic internship may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience developing and implementing evidence-based nutrition and obesity prevention programs
  • Experience using nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention standards and best practices to inform public health approaches
  • Experience with grants and contracts management activities, including monitoring programmatic performance, fiscal compliance, and providing support to contractors
  • Experience developing relationships with stakeholders to achieve common goals and objectives, including participating in or leading coalitions or committees
  • Experience developing and delivering oral and written communications for a variety of audiences


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.