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Job Title: Registered Dietitian (RD/LD)/Nutrition Services Coordinator
Position Type :  Full Time, Exempt
Work Hours: Forty hours per week; working hours are determined by program need and agency hours of operation.  Occasional work outside of normal agency hours is required.
Job Description:  The Registered Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and nutrition education to any client who seeks such services.  This position works as the clinical liaison between Tulsa CARES nutrition program and HIV medical providers.  Along with such duties, this position will provide administrative oversight and coordination of the Nutrition Services Department, which includes pantry, congregate meals, Farmer’s Market and client social events.



Primary Responsibilities:

·         Complies with the Nutrition Services Program Policies and Procedures as established by Tulsa CARES.

·         Makes recommendations for policy and procedure changes to the Program Director related to medical nutrition therapy services and nutrition care.

·         Supports an environment of health and wellness in accordance with the program’s mission statement.

·         Assures client care plans are implemented and revised as indicated.

·         Delegates and oversees nutrition program work assignments.

·          Supervises nutrition staff, dietetic interns and program volunteers.

  • Works as part of an interdisciplinary case-management and mental health team to meet the needs of the entire person.

·         Ensures program expenditures are within program budget allowance.

·         Works closely with other programs to provide a continuum of health care and to promote coordination and collaboration with other health and/or social service organizations.

·         Performs Nutrition-focused physical examinations on a routine basis. Provides in depth examination for clients presenting with signs of malnutrition or nutrition deficiencies and makes nutrition diagnosis.


Specific Tasks:

·         Directly implements the nutrition care process for insured clients referred to the nutrition program by a physician order, including nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring/evaluation.

o   Nutrition Assessment: Provides Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) testing and interpretation as a component of the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam, reviews food intake in comparison to estimated macro and micro-nutrient needs, interprets nutrition-related lab work.

o   Nutrition Diagnosis: Uses data collected during the nutrition assessment to make a nutrition diagnosis.  Notifies referring provider if malnutrition or nutrient deficiencies are suspected.

o   Nutrition Intervention: Implements interventions directed at the root cause or etiology of the nutrition problem and aimed at alleviating the signs and symptoms of the diagnosis.  Uses approved nutrition-order writing standing orders as appropriate for the provision of supplements, vitamins, and minerals.  Provides diet education supportive of nutrition prescription and general food safety education for immune compromised individuals as appropriate.

o   Nutrition Monitoring/Evaluation: Based on severity of nutritional risk, re-evaluates patient progress every 1 week to 12 months.  The standards of care for PLWHA are to see an RD/LD and receive MNT once per year.

  • Interprets baseline BIA test results and provides further evaluation of client nutrition status when indicated, for monthly pantry clients when appropriate.

·         Conducts monthly pantry program intake assessments, including the collection of height, weight, BIA test data, and waist circumference and orientation to the monthly pantry program client rights and responsibilities, and, when nutrition care coordinator is unavailable, the follow-up BIA testing of food pantry clients

  • Documents the nutrition care process in the and documents client assessment findings in Case Notes in RWCAREWARE in accordance with billing and accreditation requirements within 2 business days of service delivery or patient contact.
  • Communicates nutrition assessment and interventions, BIA test results, and other imperative information with client’s health care provider upon client’s consent.
  • Provides input regarding food selections for pantry stock and prepared client meals.
  • Responsible for overseeing nutrition education (general, group, and individual) conducted by other nutrition staff and for promoting healthier eating habits to clients.  The dietitian will review all nutrition education materials provided by the agency prior to client distribution.
  • On a quarterly basis, maintains face-to-face contact with current and potential referring HIV physicians to establish and maintain continuum of care relationships within the HIV care community.
  • Responsible for all aspects of preparing documentation required for MNT billing, including BlueCross Blue Shield, Community Care, United Health Care and Medicaid.  Ensures all needed documentation is on file before billable patient services are provided.  Submits billing charges within 10 business days from the date of service.
  • Submits documentation of all continuing education to Program Director.

·         Oversees the routine purchase and selection of food and nutritional supplements that are to be consumed by clients (farmer’s market, congregate meal, and pantry re-stock).

·         As needed, assists with weekly re-stocking of food pantry and collection of local farmer’s market food donations.

·         Submits program purchase receipts and invoices to office manager on a monthly basis.

·         Along with agency cook, plans and organizes all food events that include food provision to clients (i.e., Tuesday client lunch, annual cookout, holiday party).

  • Prepares monthly reports and submits data as needed to appropriate administrative staff, including data required for grant reporting.  Tracks and monitors progress of clients receiving services; collects and applies data to improve client outcomes; participates in quality improvement efforts

·         Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Director or Chief Executive Officer.


Skill Requirements:

·         Knowledge of database software; spreadsheet software; Internet software and word processing software.

·         Ability to complete nutrition screening assessments and body composition assessment through bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) testing.

·         Demonstrate competency in nutrition-focused physical examinations to identify those clients who may be malnourished.

·         Ability to plan events for large groups appropriate for a population with health needs.


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.

·         While performing the duties of this job, the employee may lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Experiential Requirements:

·         Nutrition education and counseling experience preferred.

·         Experience working with those living in poverty, with HIV/AIDS, and/or with other chronic health conditions is preferred.

·         Food service experience preferred.

·         Management experience preferred.


Educational and Licensure Requirements:

·         Registered/Licensed Dietitian (RD/LD).

·         Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nutrition.  Master’s Degree preferred.

·         Must maintain current driver’s license and any relevant licenses or certifications.

·         Must maintain a current Tulsa food handler’s permit or Foodservice Manager Certification.

·         Must attend a minimum 16 hours of relevant continuing education per year.



Prepared By:  


Casey Bakhsh, LCSW

Program Director

Approved By:
Kate Neary, MPH

Chief Executive Officer