STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B17

Class No. 4016

DIETETIC AND NUTRITION SPECIALIST I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs entry-level to routine (journey-level) nutrition services work. Work involves planning food selection and nutritional programs; providing counseling, technical assistance, and referrals on nutrition and dietary services; and developing food technology testing procedures. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Interviews clients, staff, and clients’ relatives to obtain information related to clients’ dietary needs.

Develops and implements nutrition care plans based on nutritional need assessments.

Provides nutrition education and dietary counseling services.

Provides consultation and technical assistance to aid in the development of nutrition education programs.

Evaluates data on food market research, food specifications, and nutrition analysis procedures.

Refers individuals to other agencies or institutions for nutrition and dietary services as appropriate.

Conducts sensory evaluations and technical analyses of food products.

Monitors food service operations to ensure nutritional, safety, sanitation, and quality standards are met.

Assists in developing nutrition education brochures and related materials, and provides nutrition education literature to individuals and groups.

Assists in planning and conducting nutrition training sessions.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in dietitian or nutrition work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in dietetics, food and nutrition, food systems management, food science, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of food and nutrition, of food systems management, and of food science and technology principles.

Skill in interviewing.

Ability to counsel on food and nutrition, to develop nutrition care plans, to conduct evaluations of food and nutrition, and to communicate effectively.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

May require licensure as a nutritionist or dietitian.


State Auditor’s Office

Reviewed 9-1-17