Nutrition Therapist I, II or III

Recruitment #220622-Z25C-08


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time Nutrition Therapist providing support to Grady County Health Department with service to McClain County.  This is a state employee position 34002929 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Chickasha, Oklahoma. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, 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, follow this link  Plan Year 2022

The annual salary for this position is up to:
Level I $44,529.00
Level II $51,868.80
Level III $60,622.56

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

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
• Evaluates nutrition and dietary needs of patients and clients.
• Initiates and conducts surveys as a basis for program development.
• Coordinates with other agencies or departments to provide educational materials, assess nutritional status of patients, clients, or the community and develop special menus.
• Provides in-service training to staff.
• Prepares consultation reports, survey results, quality improvement statistics, and other necessary documentation.
• Determines type of food preparation equipment needed for specific dietary requirements.
• Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team reviewing treatment plans, or on a survey team, inspecting and assessing health, domiciliary or other facilities.
• Plans basic menus and food specifications, and procures goods for the facility.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Level I
: Knowledge of current nutritional sciences, ability to prepare and present nutrition education information in an individual and group setting, skills to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and ability to develop positive working relationships.

Level II: 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; of health requirements and personal hygiene; 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; and of program planning and nutrition education techniques.

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; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to evaluate and judge the quality of food materials and develop menus;

Level III: In addition to those identified in Level II, 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 and clinic 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 standing or sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Position requires driving possibly 25% of the time.

Travel Requirements:
Potential for travel up to 25%. Work Related Travel is Required with the potential for exposure to inclement weather conditions while traveling to and from locations across the counties Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.



Level I: Holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in the field of nutrition from an accredited college or university.

Level II:   
Education & Experience 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.

Level III:   
Education & Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II 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.


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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