The Registered Dietitian is responsible for promoting nutritional health for CalOptima members by providing nutritional assessments and education. The incumbent will conduct one-on-one nutrition counseling and group presentations. Reviews, develops and recommends high quality, culturally appropriate nutrition education materials. The incumbent will act as a resource for CalOptima providers, health networks and community partners. Flexible schedule requires availability to participate in evening and weekend events.
Provide individual nutrition assessments, counseling and education by phone or in person using a patient-centered approach.
Develop nutrition education materials to promote prevention, disease management and healthy living.
Apply appropriate behavioral and adult learning theories to develop, present and educate members, providers and staff on nutrition topics.
Work closely with case management, disease management, pharmacy and other medical support staff to assist with member care planning.
Participate as a member of Interdisciplinary Care Teams as needed.
Maintain knowledge of the latest advances and research on various health and nutrition topics.
Act as a resource for CalOptima providers, health networks and community partners.
Participate in internal and external committees, coalitions and events, as directed.
Other projects and duties as assigned.
Possess the Ability To:
Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with staff at all levels, providers, other program or agency representatives, and the general public.
Systematically evaluate work and apply skills to continuously improve processes.
Provide excellent customer service.
Initiate and follow through on projects with minimal supervision.
Work well as part of a team to manage/lead multiple projects simultaneously.
Think critically to solve problems effectively.
Effectively utilize computer and appropriate software and interact as needed with CalOptima Information Services.
Experience & Education
Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics or other closely related field required.
Master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences or other closely related field preferred.
Registered Dietitian Certification required.
3-5 years experience preferably in a managed care setting.
Certified Diabetes Educator preferred.
Bilingual in English and in Spanish is required.
Principles, techniques and practices of preventive and therapeutic nutrition, including recommended food requirements for different age and ethnic groups, expectant mothers, infants and others with special dietary requirements.
The comparative cost of various foods in relation to their nutritional value.
Laboratory tests used for nutrition diagnosis, normal and abnormal results and their clinical significance.
Behavior change, adult learning and group process theories and application.
Motivational interviewing/client-centered counseling.
Health literacy and plain language communication.
Appropriate techniques, practices and cultural sensitivities to serve social and ethnic groups.
Microsoft Office Word, Power Point, Excel, Publisher.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing duties of the job, employee may be required to move about the organization. Employee must be able to sit for extended periods of time, as well as work at the computer for long periods. Employee is required to use hands and fingers, especially for typing on the computer and using the mouse. Must also be able to reach with hands and arms, & must occasionally lift office supply boxes. Employee must occasionally move health education materials, boxes, and supplies, as well as transport materials in and out of offices for health fairs and community classes and events. Employee must be able to communicate, particularly for regular phone use, face-to-face interaction, and for presentations.
Work Environment: Typical office environment with minimal to moderate noise levels and controlled office temperatures.