|Title:||Project Specialist (Nutrition & Health)|
Number of Vacancies: 1
Position Status: full-time, permanent
Salary Range: $59,275.00-$66,079.00
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Location: Van Ness Campus, Washington, DC
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The Project Specialist for Nutrition and Health reports directly to the Director of the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health (CNDH), which is one of five land-grant Centers of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The Project Specialist designs, implements, manages and evaluates community education initiatives in nutrition education and health; collaborates with community groups and agencies to advance program goals; maintains professional competencies and skills required for professional practice; and implements research based advances in nutrition education and community health. Primary responsibilities include assessing community nutrition needs; developing and implementing community events and programs to address identified needs; providing nutrition services and medical nutrition therapy to individuals and groups; collaborating with District and community agencies; supervising DCPS and charter school personnel and serving as adviser to primary and secondary school teachers and principals; planning and delivering in-service training and age-specific nutrition education to diverse populations from different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds; maintaining professional competency and skills required for professional practice. The incumbent must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse internal and external constituencies, perform all duties with a high degree of efficiency, communicate effectively, work well under pressure, ensure alignment of programs with the strategic objectives of CAUSES, and be familiar (or familiarize themselves) with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of CAUSES, UDC, and program sponsors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develops, implements, and evaluates education programs and materials addressing identified family and community needs and responds to questions about food, food safety, and nutrition.
- Develops and Implements nutrition education programs in the schools and communities.
- Utilizes a variety of available delivery modes to provide educational programs and opportunities supported by research and evidence based results from affiliated programs and universities.
- Develops and maintains an awareness of family and community needs by involving professional and lay people from all program areas in the program-planning process.
- Utilizes a variety of needs assessment techniques to identify local needs and ensure cultural relevancy and appropriateness of nutrition programming.
- Works collaboratively with other agencies and service providers to effectively address District of Columbia, DC Metro area, and national program priorities.
- Collects information and data on the impact of programming and regularly share information with program sponsors, advisory groups, and other appropriate stakeholders as directed.
- Prepares and implements a volunteer development plan incl. recruitment, orientation, and training to assist volunteers in delivering accurate, effective technical assistance and education programs.
- Fosters leadership development and offers opportunities for practicing and implementing leadership skills.
- Networks with other professionals and agencies to effectively serve the needs of individuals, families, and communities.
- Participates in collaborative alliances to link public and private organizations to promote and coordinate family and consumer science education for identified residents of the District.
- Teaches one course per semester or its equivalent in student mentoring in the Nutrition and Dietetics programs of CAUSES and serves as a preceptor for dietetic students and interns.
- Maintains and completes required reports, including budget, plan of work, program outcomes and achievements, and other documentation needed for program effectiveness.
- Maintains high productivity standards, prioritized tasks effectively, and manages resources (time, materials, and staff) in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
- Demonstrates accountability for the proper use of individuals’ protected health information
- Works effectively and collaboratively with the Director of CNDH, and other staff within CNDH, CAUSES and UDC.
- Serves as a resources for educators, community groups, and agencies that serve families, individuals, and communities in the District of Columbia.
- Facilitates public decision-making affecting families and provides public policy education when appropriate.
- Monitors and evaluates neighborhood and District wide demographic trends for use in program and community development.
- Assists in identifying funding sources and writing grants to expand and improve nutrition programming and participates in interagency meetings, task forces, and projects as needed.
- Performs other related duties as assigned including special assignments related to nutrition and health and other needs of the college and community.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
1. The incumbent will hold a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in dietetics, foods and nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related field granted, or commensurate professional experience.
2. Completion of a didactic program in dietetics and supervised practice program approved by the Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
3. Registered dietitian (RD) with active registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and certification/licensure as required by the District of Columbia.
4. A minimum of four years of experience in increasingly responsible community education positions, teaching experience in planned educational program preferred.
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSME local 2087 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).
Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity ore expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, disability or political affiliation.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.
Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.
Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.
Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5020.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.