Sports Dietitian

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Sport Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Department of Athletics sponsors 16 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports and competes as a member of the NCAA Division I-FBS and the Mountain West Conference. The University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, 65 miles north of Denver. More information on the University and its intercollegiate athletics program can be found at and

Position Summary

Position will assist with the development and administration of all aspects of a sport nutrition program for the institution’s NCAA Div. I (FBS) intercollegiate athletics program which sponsors 16 men’s and women’s sports.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition, health/exercise science or nutrition-related field
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a sports nutrition program
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with active status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with student-athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and academic staff regarding on-going issues
  • Expertise and certification in current literature relating to sport nutrition for high-level athletes
  • Understanding and knowledge of nutritional and herbal supplements to determine if permissible under NCAA regulations
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Sports nutrition program experience in intercollegiate/professional athletics or sports-related field
  • Master’s degree in Nutrition or Nutrition-related field
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
  • Current CPR, AED and first aid certifications

Diversity Statement

Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse community and advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Nutritional Counseling/Education/Outreach Duty/Responsibility

  • Design individualized nutrition plans based on nutritional demands
  • Monitor and determine effectiveness of programs
  • Address nutritional challenges to performance with special attention to food allergies, bone mineral density concerns, gastrointestinal disturbances, iron depletion or deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, and diabetes
  • Utilize body composition and nutritional measurements to educate and evaluate student-athletes on maintaining proper body composition consistent with good health and peak performance
  • Evaluate effectiveness of nutritional strategies toward meeting desired outcomes and maintains current and accurate documentation as it relates to student’s care current with medical privacy standards
  • Demonstrate an ability to positively influence and motivate student-athletes
  • Counsel student-athletes on optimal nutrition practices for training, competition, exercise recovery, injury and illness prevention and recovery, hydration, and supplementation
  • Provide nutritional education and outreach to student-athletes including coordination of cooking classes, grocery store tours, social media and nutritional intervention
  • Assist in all aspects of performance nutrition and work with coaches and the sports performance team to develop proper pre- and post-game meals, meals while traveling, training table meals and snacks
  • Work with nutrition and dietetics personnel on campus and in the community
  • Work with University dining hall staff to coordinate training table schedules and menu selections

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Coordination with Sports Performance Team Duty/Responsibility

  • Work proactively with other members of the Sports Performance staff in the overall development and well-being of student-athletes including collaborating on welfare issues such as physical and mental health, nutrition, rehabilitation of injuries, athletic performance, academic performance, etc.
  • Work with team physicians and athletics department’s disordered eating task force in order to recognize, evaluate and provide early intervention of disordered eating
  • Coordinates nutritional care and maintains open, on-going communication with sport coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, sports medicine staff and team physicians

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Program Management Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist with coordination and oversight of the Department’s fueling station, supplementation and hydration program; including evaluation, recommendation, purchasing, receiving and distribution of dietary/nutritional supplements, including herbal supplements, for legality, safety, quality, and efficacy consistent with NCAA regulations and athletic department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development of programs for interns, volunteers and practicum students
  • Establish and maintain productive channels of communication with head and assistant coaches
  • Assist in development of policy and procedures relative to nutritional education, weight and body composition management, use of dietary supplements, fueling for performance, injury and illness prevention and hydration.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Operational responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain fueling station, offices and equipment to include proper cleaning in conformity with health and safety expectations
  • Ensure professional appearance of facility for recruiting purposes
  • Assist with recruiting visits of prospective student-athletes
  • Assist with the supervision of students, interns and/or graduate assistants
  • Adhere to medical directives of the team physicians
  • Maintain an environment of mutual respect and civility in the fueling station that is conductive to a supportive, productive and healthy atmosphere for both male and female student-athletes
  • Ensure compliance with department, University, MW conference, and NCAA rules and regulations

Percentage Of Time 15

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested persons are encouraged to submit a letter of application, a complete resume addressing the position’s specific qualifications and responsibilities and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with active status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration ( is required for this position. Please include registration numbers on your resume or attach certification via the supplemental materials link.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.