Dietetic & Nutrition Spec III - Carlsbad
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Carlsbad, TX

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Dietetic & Nutrition Spec III
The Nutritionist III performs advanced (senior-level) nutrition services work. Work involves planning, coordination, and evaluating nutrition programs and services, developing policies and procedures, supervision of nutrition staff, investigating complaints and/or deficiencies and maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies and departmental standards. Other work involves providing training to staff and family members, assessing nutritional
status of ambulatory and medically fragile individuals, planning special therapeutic menus, serving as a member of inter-Disciplinary Team, Physical and Nutrition Management Team, and project teams, preparing reports, providing quality assurance monitoring of menu and nutrition service activities, and providing technical assistance to other healthcare team members. Interprets and complies with ICF/IID regulations. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

1. Provides Medical Nutrition Therapy for medically fragile consumers with multiple chronic conditions. Evaluates nutritional status of consumers, and develops, implements, and evaluates nutrition care plans based on consumer needs and expectations, current evidenced based knowledge, and professional experience. Updates and reviews annual nutrition plans for individuals. Calculates/evaluates specialized enteral feedings. (30%)

2. Core member of the Inter-Disciplinary Team, Physical and Nutritional Management Team and other clinically-related teams in developing care plans for individuals at higher nutritional risk. Works toward team consensus in supporting consumer goals. (25%)

3. Provides nutrition clinical oversight. Liasons with Hab Therapy for Department of Justice nutrition compliance. Develops, monitors, and revises departmental policies and procedures and maintains approved Facility Diet Manual. Evaluates quality assurance monitoring of department activities and participates in Quality Management activities of other campus departments. Plans, directs and monitors nutrition programs and activities to assure compliance with ICF/IID regulations and professional standards of care. (20%)

4. Directs, supervises, trains and monitors clinical nutrition employees in performance of their duties including developing job descriptions, administering performance evaluations, and ensuring assigned staff participate in mandatory training related to competence and development. (15%)

5. Consults and acts as liaison with Food Service Management to provide accurate and timely information on menu changes and special diets/menus. Approves menu changes for compliance with nutrient standards. May develop additional variations to standard cycle menus to meet needs of campus population. May conduct quality assurance meal observations. Develops in-service training programs for staff on nutrition principles, therapeutic diets, and related subjects upon request. Maintains discipline registration and/or license as required. (5%)

6. Develops education programs and materials. May counsel and train consumers, staff, and families on nutrition principles, modified diet plans and food selection to support achievement of the best nutrition care of individuals. (5%)

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Skill in providing nutrition care.

Knowledge of food and nutrition, food systems management, food science as documented by graduation from an accredited four year university or college plus completion of a dietetic internship or equivalent.

Knowledge of food and nutrition, including normal and therapeutic nutrition.

Knowledge of food service standards and procedures, and food science principles.

Knowledge and skills in addressing nutrition needs related to population, i.e. persons with developmental disabilities, mental health and/or behavioral issues.

Ability to counsel and train others in food and nutrition.

Ability to evaluate and communicate nutrition requirements.

Ability to develop and evaluate nutrition service plans and educational materials.

Knowledge of common drug/nutrient interactions which impact nutritional status.

Ability to interact effectively with consumers, families, and staff.

Skill in professional oral and written communication.

Ability to perform basic and complex math calculations.

Functional skills and knowledge of computer word processing and e-mail

Skill in Medical Nutrition Therapy including assessment, counseling, planning, and evaluating interventions, such as lab data.

Knowledge and ability in management/administration.

Ability to interpret regulations, policies, and procedures, ability to implement new systems and procedures and evaluate their effectiveness.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Current registration as a Dietitian (R.D.) with the American Dietetic Association's Commission on Dietetic Registration, and/or licensure as a Dietitian (L.D.) with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Current registration as a Dietitian (R.D.) with the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Dietetic Registration and/or licensure as a Dietitian (L.D.) with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians.

Minimum of 2 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Dietitian in a health care facility working with persons at nutritional risk.

Additional Information:
Requisition ID# 217986

All applicants must pass:
1. pre-employment drug screen
2. fingerprint & criminal background checks
3. Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS) checks
4. Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks.

Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.

San Angelo State Supported Living Center is located approximately 20 miles northwest of San Angelo on Highway 87N in Carlsbad, TX

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