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This is professional work in the area of nutritional care and counseling.

An employee allocated to this class of work provides counseling to patients with medical problems affected by nutritional status and nutrition education to students with a focus on disease prevention. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior or selected physician staff and is evaluated through periodic conferences and the observation of program results.


Provides nutritional counseling on an individual basis upon referral by clinicians as a part of the clinical treatment plan.

Provides nutritional counseling for groups of patients needing ongoing assistance with management of a specific nutritional problem as a part of the overall clinical treatment plan.

Develops and implements new nutrition programs and services based on students' needs.

Directs the implementation of the nutrition component of the Eating Disorders Program.

Serves as a consultant to the Women's Clinic Clinicians in the prevention and treatment of patients with clinical problems which have a nutritional component.

Serves as a consultant to physicians in the medical clinics in the management of diabetic patients.

Conducts a peer education outreach program in basic nutrition and maintains supervisory responsibility for peer education outreach activities.

Develops and maintains print and non-print educational materials on nutritional topics for use by students and clinicians.

Provides in-service educational programs for clinicians on nutritional topics as needed.

Collaborates with teaching faculty in food and nutrition science to provide internship opportunities for students.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with an advanced degree in nutrition or its equivalent in education and experience or a bachelor's degree in nutrition with licensure as a registered dietitian; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of nutritional care and counseling.

Skill in planning a variety of nutrition education programs.

Skill in involving potential program users in the program activities.

Ability to identify nutrition education needs and to develop appropriate programs to meet those needs.

Ability to communicate ideas effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to deal effectively with individuals and groups.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, and staff.



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