CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 545
Established:  12/75
Revised: 7/11
Revised/Retitled:  6/79 
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  2

NUTRITIONIST

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under direction, to provide professional level nutrition assessment and counseling to high risk clients; to review, prepare and deliver appropriate nutrition education for clients and staff; to develop specialized nutrition plans and provide individualized education and support for clients; to assist in the care coordination of high risk clients with providers and community health nurses; to serve as a nutrition consultant to County staff and the community; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Nutritionist classification serves the County's Public Health Division in planning and implementing nutrition programs and services.  Nutritionist incumbents provide direct nutritional counseling and education to the public and County staff, and provide technical assistance to Nutrition Assistants.  Nutritionists assist public health clients and professional staff, and other County residents in developing and maintaining optimum health, disease prevention and control, and eliminating and preventing malnutrition through accepted professional nutrition standards.

The Nutritionist differs from the Nutrition Assistant that assesses client eligibility for participation in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental food program and provides targeted and best practice nutrition information, education and counseling to clients.  

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Determines the nutritional needs of target populations and recommends policies, standards and services to meet those needs.
  2. Refers clients to appropriate resources within public health or the community.
  3. Certifies high-risk clients for the WIC supplemental food program.
  4. Provides therapeutic dietary instruction for high-risk clients, including diabetes, cholesterol reduction, and tube feeding.
  5. Develops and presents group nutrition education classes for clients; plans, develops and conducts nutrition in-service training for the staff involved in the WIC supplemental food program; assists in initial nutrition training for staff to meet state certified requirements.
  6. Provides nutrition technical assistance and consultation to nutrition assistants and community health workers; provides technical assistance to provider and nursing staff regarding nutrition information, such as formulas, special diet intervention, and food products.
  7. Assists in the development of policies, procedures, standards and services for nutrition assessment, education and intervention; assists in the planning and evaluation of the education component of the nutrition program.
  8. Researches current dietary practice, and new products; maintains contact with other nutrition resources in the community; attends meetings and other professional development functions.
  9. Cooperates with other community agencies in the coordination of nutrition programs; may provide nutrition consultation to other agencies; may provide technical advice to institutions and groups providing direct feeding services.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of:  Principles, practices and procedures of nutrition and public health objectives.

Working knowledge of:  Integral factors such as social, cultural and economic conditions influencing diet and health; methods and techniques of nutritional education and counseling ;recommended food requirements for different age and life stages, pregnant women, infants and children  and others with special food requirements; educational methods and skills to train others; comparative costs of various foods in relation to their nutritional values; principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting; English spelling, punctuation, grammar and composition; basic math; research techniques an d procedures; standard office equipment, including computer systems and software programs; customer service techniques; general principles, practices and program policies of public health; community agencies and resources, and how to effectively utilize them for individuals and groups of clients; current nutrition challenges and best  methods used to address their resolution.

Skill to:  Effectively provide direct nutritional education and counseling services; assess clients nutritionally at high-risk and determine appropriate diet plans and medical nutrition therapy in accordance with ADA guidelines; apply appropriate education methods applicable to community health and nutrition; utilize community services and resources effectively to meet client needs; analyze foods, menus, food preparation and other related nutrition/diet functions for nutritional content and adequacy; gather data and prepare reports; make comparative cost studies of foods; perform consultative services by providing information, nutritional, educational and training activities; present information effectively in formal written and verbal formats; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, the public, staff and other agency personnel; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion with clients of diverse backgrounds.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must possess registration as a dietician with the American Dietetic Association.

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.