General Nature of Work:
Plans, implements, directs and evaluates nutrition/dietary services.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
Positions in this class coordinate, manage or supervise complex nutrition services for specialized programs or units; function as a consultant at the central office level; function as a director of all nutritional programs within a public health district: or serve as the assistant to the State Director of Public Health Nutrition.
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Participates in the planning, development and implementation of nutrition services.
Assesses nutritional status of high-risk individuals by performing and/or evaluating anthropometric measurements, biochemical tests and clinical, dietary, economic or social data.
Assesses the need for community education programs related to disease prevention and health promotion.
Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of nutrition standards of care.
Supervises and schedules work assignments of nutrition personnel to ensure adequate coverage and use of available staff.
Participates in the recruitment, orientation and career development of a nutrition staff.
Participates in planning, supervising and evaluating field experience for undergraduate and graduate students in public health nutrition or clinical training for dietetic students.
Prepares and monitors budgets for nutrition services based on priority needs.
Plans, conducts and evaluates epidemiological studies and/or research and demonstration projects.
Serves as the contact person with private/public groups concerned with nutrition.
Assists the Director of Public Health Nutrition with fiscal matters and represents the Director in his/her absence.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health nutrition as related to the control of disease and the promotion of health.
Knowledge of trends in the fields of health care, nutrition and dietetics.
Knowledge of principles and practices of dietetics and human nutrition.
Knowledge of program planning, implementation and evaluation techniques.
Knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics.
Knowledge of current laws and regulations as related to health care, food and nutrition services.
Knowledge of principles of data collection, analysis and design of management information systems.
Ability to deal tactfully with public and agency staff.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
Some positions require registration or eligibility for registration by the American Dietetics Association.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics or community nutrition and experience in a clinical, public health or institutional setting; or a bachelor's degree in any field, eligibility for registration by the American Dietetics Association and experience in a clinical, public health or institutional setting.