Nutrition Therapist I, II or III

Recruitment #211022-UNCZ-30

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 I, II or III providing support to Craig, Delaware, Mayes and Ottawa County. This is an unclassified position (34002067) in state government. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.

Please be advised position may be filled at Level I, II or III based on confirmed qualifications and experience.

Level I - up to $34,611.00 based on education and experience
Level II - up to $51,868.80 based on education and experience
Level II - up to $60,662.00 based on education and experience

Position Description:
The WIC nutritionist performs program eligibility and nutritional assessment for individual clients. Client services include nutritional planning, determination of supplemental food needs and provision of breastfeeding supplies. Nutritionists conduct child development and immunization checks, health screenings and referrals. Provides services for the WIC program county health departments.

This is the leadership level of the job family, where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating the local WIC program for the assigned area.  These positions provide direct service to individuals and groups by conducting nutrition education classes and providing individual nutrition counseling for high-risk WIC participants, increase community awareness and positive perception of the WIC Program by providing outreach in the community including to local area physicians, interacting with other Public Health programs, and coordinate in-service training for other WIC clinic staff.  These positions must supervise other nutritionists, including reviewing and assigning work, evaluating performance, approving leave, and initiating disciplinary actions, as well as performing related administrative functions.  Responsibilities also include coverage of essential WIC nutrition services for assigned area when local agency nutritionist position vacancies occur.  Additionally, this position may provide direction, technical guidance and supervision, or training to nutrition assistants. 

Position Responsibilities/Essential Functions
• 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.

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities
Level I:
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.

Level II, III:  Required at this level consist of those identified in level I. Plus 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.

Level III: Required at this level consist of those identified in level II. Plus ability to plan and deliver effective education programs and to evaluate results of programs.

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

Level I: Eligibility for Registration as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Level II: 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.

Level III: 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 two 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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Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.


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