Nutrition Specialist
Starfish Family Services - Inkster, MI

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Nutrition Specialist plans and monitors nutrition services provided by the Detroit Early Head Start Delegates. Apply professional expertise and work in cooperation with all other disciplines (Education/Disabilities, Family Services/Mental Health, in order to provide internal consulting services, training, and compliance monitoring for Detroit Early Head Start programs. The Nutrition Specialist monitor the delegate programs to assure that adequate training is provided to parents and staff and that site reviews are completed to monitor program compliance per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and or agency policies and procedures. Monitor delegate food services operations, including food safety and sanitation. Approve menus, special diets and make sure the nutrition assessments are completed by the delegates. Monitor the delegate to ensure that the delegates performs the duties required to promote child health/wellness by providing a wide array of nutrition services that support and complement those of the families and community in accordance with Early Head Start/Head Start performance standards. Additionally, in conformance with Early Head Start/Head Start performance standards, provides monitoring, training and support services to ensure adherence to USDA/CACFP regulations.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in dietetics, health nutrition or nutrition.
  • A minimum of three years previous experience required. Previous Head Start/Early Head Start experience preferred.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required :

    Language Skills

    Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

    Mathematical Skills

    Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

    Reasoning Ability

    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

    Computer Skills

    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    Current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association required. Current State of Michigan driver's license required.

    Other Skills and Abilities

    The employee fulfilling this job is accountable to the assigned supervisor for completion of assignments and to the high standards of accuracy, attention to detail and timely completion of work. Expectations include: a pleasant, empathetic, sensitive and professional demeanor, a positive attitude and a willing spirit. The employee must be willing to engage in professional development efforts as available to the position and required by management.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands 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.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

    Other Skills and Abilities Required:

    The employee fulfilling this job is accountable to the assigned supervisor for completion of assignments and to the high standards of accuracy, attention to detail, and timely completion of work. Expectations include: a pleasant, empathetic, sensitive and professional demeanor, a positive attitude and a willing spirit. The employee must be willing to engage in professional development efforts as available to the position and required by management.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Approve written materials regarding nutrition distributed by the delegate to children, parents and staff.
  • Provide training and or technical assistance to staff and parents as needed. Monitor nutrition related trainings provided by the delegates.
  • Collaborate with community organizations to arrange ancillary training and services.
  • Conduct site visits/home visits as needed to monitor the nutritional services provided.
  • Provide information and coordination necessary to link delegate programs with appropriate community resources for family referral.
  • Approve menus and special diets. Monitor delegate Nutrition Consultant¬ís service area.
  • Provide support and education to delegates who are working with families/children experiencing nutrition challenges.
  • Monitor delegate menus and make recommended adjustments for children with food allergies and to ensure cultural sensitivity.
  • Develop policies and procedures for documenting nutrition assessments and interventions.
  • Prepare narrative and statistical reports in Child Plus based on program performance standards and.
  • Develops a system to ensure compliance with nutrition standards set by Head Start program.
  • Reviews the delegates systems related to ensuring a high quality nutrition program.
  • Approves the process for the development and solicitation of bids for the food service vendor contract and supervises the accurate completion of CACFP reporting.
  • Conducts routine site monitoring reviews at each delegate. Site reviews will monitor compliance with USDA/CACFP reporting and performance requirements; identify staff training needs; and monitor ongoing follow-up provided for children with identified nutrition needs or risks.
  • Provide USDA/CACFP compliance training to staff annually and as needed, including food/nutrition and food safety education when needed.
  • Maintain contact with delegate staff to assure the timely observation and intervention of any dietary/feeding concerns.
  • Monitor files to make sure documentation is maintained accurately, up to date and complies with Head Start Performance Standards and program procedures, with adequate provisions for confidentiality. Monitor delegate to ensure all child/family files are up to date and accurate, ensure accurate data entry.
  • Participates in Parent Meetings as requested to provide food/nutrition/food safety education.
  • Monitor parent meetings to make sure the delegates provide food/nutrition/food safety education.
  • Monitor nutrition counseling provided to parents of children with nutritional needs.
  • Provide up to date current information regarding USDA/CACFP policies and policy changes.
  • Actively participates on Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC).
  • Provides all information requested for program documentation in a timely manner.
  • Report to work at scheduled time and maintain good attendance. Perform all duties in a safe, timely and professional manner. Participate with a positive attitude and behavior in all program activities.
  • Assists with licensing and inspection activities as requested. Cooperates in any investigation related to personnel, licensing, accreditation or other circumstances.
  • Works cooperatively and responsibly as a member of a team with program staff, supervisor, agency staff and community resources.
  • Assist other staff with projects as requested.
    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This job has no supervisory responsibilities. Provides professional guidance to the delegate staff.

    NOTE: The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by the position in this job classification. Not all duties are included. It is expected an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate for this position will be required to provide 3 letters of recommendation, satisfactorily complete a drug screen, TB test, national and state background check and DHS clearance (additional items may be required dependent upon position).

    Minimum rate: $381.60 / week

    Job Family: DEHS

    Deadline: This posting will close in five days or when the position is filled.

    Procedure: Submit application and/or cover letter and resume to:

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