Registered Dietitian
Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center - Chicago, IL

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Job Summary

Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Professional Services, the Registered Dietitian is responsible for developing the diets of residents of the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center and for educating individuals on the benefits of maintaining proper dietary standards.

Typical Duties
  • Conduct nutritional analysis of meals served at the JTDC
  • Develop menus for resident meals that meet nutritional guidelines
  • Provides training to staff and residents regarding dietary issues in conjunction with the Department of Programs and Professional Services
  • Develop and monitor resident nutritional plans of care for adherence to federal and state mandates, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and American Dietetic Association standards
  • Oversee food preparation and service programs for residents with special dietary and nutritional needs
  • Make recommendations regarding dietary policies and procedures, evaluating their implementation after approval, and reporting on adherence
  • Interview residents to ensure nutritional needs are current and properly assessed
  • Assist medical personnel who are performing nutritional evaluations; evaluate medical diet orders to determine conformance to recommendations; review medical diet order forms of the medical health service provider for accuracy of diet information; ensures resident on medical diets receive appropriate diet trays; provide counseling to residents who are receiving medical diets
  • Meet with residents and their parents/legal guardians to discuss problems and concerns regarding their diets; meet with health services personnel to coordinate nutritional services; generate monthly reports; respond to resident grievances
  • Regularly attend meetings to provide information regarding food preparation, service delivery and nutritional analysis; attend conferences and workshops of nutrition and dietetic organizations
  • Assist in the annual budgeting needs of the department
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition, Institutional Management or Food Administration or similar program that is authorized by the American Dietetic Association, required
  • Registered Dietician by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Licensed Dietician through the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulations
  • 1+ year of school breakfast lunch experience/institutional nutritional analysis (hospital, school. Large scale institutional environment where menus are always subject to change)
  • Familiarity with the regulatory standards of the National School Lunch Program
  • Must be a resident of Cook County and the State of Illinois within 90 days of date of hire
  • Pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check including but not limited to LEADS, CANTS, and professional references

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