JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR NUTRITION SERVICES & EDUCATION JOB CODE:  
DEPARTMENT: NUTRITION SERVICES
REPORTS TO: VICE PRESIDENT CLINICAL OPERATIONS
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT

                                   

POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for planning, organizing, developing, and directing nutrition guidelines, initiatives, and operations of the Nutrition Services Department. Promotes nutritional education for diabetic patients through ongoing provider education, contributing to development of programs, evaluation of outcomes, and direct interaction with diabetic patients, families, and groups.  Collaborates with individuals in both the inpatient and outpatient areas to coordinate care of patients across the health care continuum.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition.
2. Registration with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
3. Licensure through the West Virginia Board of Licensed Dietitians required at hire.
4. Certified in Diabetes Education or obtains certification within one year of hire.

 

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
EXPERIENCE:
1. Master’s Degree in Nutrition.
2. Five years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting.

 

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties.  Other duties may be assigned.
1. Responsible for the coordination, organization and delegation of operational aspects of the department to ensure effective, efficient delivery of nutrition services to both patients and visitors.
2. Ensures staff provides quality, effective services consistent with relevant policies, procedures and access and service standards. Monitors and evaluates quality of services.
3. Demonstrates an awareness of departmental budget for personnel, materials and services through efficient use of the same.
4. Oversees the Dietary Manager in the selection, hiring, development, and evaluation of the effectiveness of service-line employees and cost effective staffing patterns, scheduling and utilization of staff.
5. Collaborates with physicians, nursing staff, and other health care providers to ensure comprehensive, coordinated nutritional therapy to promote improved diabetic management and education.
6. Participates in the development of both the inpatient and outpatient Diabetes program performing consults and rounds on diabetic patients.
7. Functions as a resource person in the area of nutritional management in diabetics for all staff.
8. Communicates with other health care professionals, families, and referral agencies regarding nutritional plan of particular patients or patient groups to ensure continuity of care from admission through discharge and back into the community.
9. Assists in monitoring patient outcomes and adherence of patients to program recommendations.
10. Identifies providers’ needs regarding nutritional management of diabetics and participates in inservice programs, workshops, and seminars.
11. Provides consultation to the interdisciplinary team regarding nutritional management of the diabetic patient population.
12. Serves on committees related as appropriate.
13. Maintains professional certification
14. Mentors interdisciplinary health care team members in regard to nutritional management of patients.
15. Maintains program standards, policies, and procedures in collaboration with interdisciplinary team
16. Participates in development of action plans based on data analysis and interpretation
17. Participates in Performance Improvement projects as appropriate.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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.
1. Requires ability to instruct individuals (patients) as well as classes.
2. Requires use of computer.
3 Must be able to read professional literature, to read and write in the medical record.
4. Must be able to travel to assigned units and visit patients.

 

WORKING 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.
1. Clinical environment.
2. Regular and constant exposure to communicable disease and bloodborne pathogens.

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Ability to speak in front of a group.
2. Good verbal and written communication skills.