Nutrition Therapist III

Recruitment #220624-Z25C-09


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 III providing support to the Logan County Health Department with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This is a state employee position PIN 34001850 governed by the Civil Service Rules, in state government located in Guthrie, 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 2022The annual salary for this position is up to $60,622.56 based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
The 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 nutrition services for the 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:
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.   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.  And 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.

I have read and understand this job description.  I attest that I am able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodations.  I understand that reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.



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 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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