Identifies needs and plans, develops and implements a program of technical, educational, consultative services in the field of nutrition for a specific segment of the County population of various age groups to provide improved health and the prevention of disease.
Plans and conducts surveys and studies of the nutritional needs of a specific community or designated group considering such factors as age, sex, cultural-dietary patterns, disability, socioeconomic level, and other factors affecting nutrition practices in order to identify the health problems which may be prevented or corrected by proper dietary practices.
Plans and develops a nutrition program, or the nutrition component of a medical program, for each medical problem identified, utilizing techniques such as the conduct of training sessions and the development of educational materials to educate the target group of the symptoms and dangers of diet-related disease.
Initiates and maintains contacts with community organizations, volunteer groups, and others for the purpose of offering services, and keeping abreast of existing programs to avoid duplication of services.
Recruits and trains volunteers in the techniques of preventive nutrition counseling; monitors counseling interviews and evaluates the effectiveness of volunteer personnel counseling methods and the accuracy of technical content.
Makes assignments and provides technical direction to Nutritionists I, Home Economists, community workers, and other nutrition support staff in program planning and implementation, monitoring such activities as nutrition or home economics program planning, individual and group counsel or formal instruction on basic nutrition and home economic concepts, and educational material development and distribution.
Promotes the nutrition program and related services to the target population by serving as a guest speaker before community groups, writing and arranging publication of press releases and other articles, and making personal contact with medical, nursing, and other community groups concerned with problems of nutrition.
Conducts annual inspections of local correctional or institutional facilities; evaluates and reports to sanitarian staff the quality of food services and nutritional adequacy of meals served to inmates relative to standards established by the State Department of Corrections.
Option I: Registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD)* by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) -AND- a Master's degree** from an accredited college or university with specialization in Public Health Nutrition or a closely-related field. (Ex. Human Nutrition, Nutrition Education, or Dietetics)
Option II: Registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD)* by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) -AND- two years' paid full-time experience assisting in the planning, development, and implementation of a program of technical, educational, and consultative services in the field of nutrition for a specific community or designated group -AND- the successful completion of courses in Epidemiology, Bio statistics, and Advanced Chemistry.