Nutrition Therapist IV

Recruitment #211006-UNCZ-27

Introduction

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Nutrition Therapist IV providing support to Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, or Sequoyah County. This is an unclassified position (PIN: 34002389) in state government, located in your choice of Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, or Sequoyah County.  OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is up to $67,501.08 based on education and experience.

Position Description
To provide dietary and nutrition counseling, education programs and nutrition assessments of individual clients at local health departments.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Evaluate nutrition and dietary needs of patients and clients.
• Initiate and conduct surveys as a basis for program development.
• Coordinate with other agencies or departments to provide educational materials, assess nutritional status of patients, clients, or the community and develop special menus.
• Provide in-service training to staff.
• Prepare consultation reports, survey results, quality improvement statistics, and other necessary documentation. 
• Determine type of food preparation equipment needed for specific dietary requirements.
• Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary team reviewing treatment plans, or on a survey team, inspecting and assessing health, domiciliary or other facilities.
• Plan basic menus and food specifications, and procures goods for the facility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of current dietetics and institutional diet management; of nutrition and its relationship to health; of nutritional values, costs and accounting; of available community resources; and of health requirements and personal hygiene.  Ability is required to plan menus for general and special therapeutic diets; to keep necessary records; to establish effective working relationships with others; to present and prepare educational materials; to develop curricula for nutrition education programs and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.   Knowledge of administrative principles and practices; of modern methods, materials and equipment used in food preparation and service; of conducting and interpreting nutrition surveys; of economic and social trends in nutrition; of program planning and nutrition education techniques.  Ability is required to evaluate and judge the quality of food materials and develop menus.  Ability to plan and deliver effective education programs and to evaluate results of programs. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices and ability to train nutrition therapist staff and kitchen and food service personnel. The applicant will be able to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, display professionalism and successfully manage conflict, promoting a supportive work environment. The applicant will also exhibit proficient organizational skills. Position requires statewide travel.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate-controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Requirements at this level consist of Registration as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Licensure with the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.  Plus four years of experience as a registered dietitian in a food service operation or in a public or community health program or facility. A master’s degree in public health with a major in nutrition or a master’s degree in foods and nutrition with an emphasis on nutrition may substitute for one year of experience.

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.

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No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

 

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.