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Project Specialist (Nutrition & Dietetics)
Title:Project Specialist (Nutrition & Dietetics)
Location:All Locations

Number of Vacancies: 1

Position Status: full-time, permanent

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: 08/1-4

Salary Range:  $59, 275.00-$66,079.00

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: Van Ness Campus, Washington, DC

Brief Description of Duties

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 Community Educator II 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.


  1. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in dietetics, foods and nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related field granted required.
  2. Completion of a educational program in dietetics and supervised practice program approved by the Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics required.
  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 required.
  4. At least four (4) years of experience in increasingly responsible community education positions required.  Teaching experience in planned educational program preferred.
  1. A proven commitment to continuous improvement and to proactive, outcomes oriented work in meeting the responsibilities and duties outlined in the position description.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of community education relating to human development, health and nutrition, family and consumer sciences, and community leadership.
  3. Knowledge of human behavior and techniques for effecting behavior change.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form.
  5. Skill in effectively presenting nutrition guidance to individuals and groups.
  6. Ability to work with diverse populations, and to building collaborations, incl. with advisory committees, volunteers and volunteer leaders.
  7. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate effective programs.
  8. Professional currency in areas relevant to expertise.
  9. Proficiency in use of word processing, spreadsheet and diet/nutrient software.
  10. Demonstrated ability to interact with a broad range of constituencies and stakeholders within CAUSES and UDC as well as outside of the college and the university.
  11. Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment, take initiative and exhibit creativity in implementing all responsibilities.
  12. Knowledge or ability to become familiar with the land-grant system, its mission, goals and objectives.
  13. Knowledge or ability to become familiar with federal funding agencies and local, regional and national stakeholder needs.

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.

Employment Benefits
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.


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