This position is casual/on call. In addition to 5-10 regular hours/week, this position will be used to cover for sick and vacation days. This position may need to report to work within 2 hours of being called.
The Weight Management Center is open on Mondays. Wednesdays and Thursdays with occasional evening hours required. Responsible for nutrition assessment and dietary follow-up of participants in the Weight Management Center and related research projects. Acts as a resource to participants and to other team members; makes recommendations regarding nutritional care of participants. Provides nutritional education to participants. Offers strong motivational interviewing and coaching skills to patients engaged in intensive weight loss and behavior change. Provides education for peers and other members of the multidisciplinary team to enhance the quality of outcomes. Recommends products and services to be offered to participants.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for assessment and follow-up of new and ongoing participants in the weight control programs of the Weight Management Center including research projects. The assessment process and plan is individualized, and takes into account the severity of the participant’s obesity, as well as existing medical comorbidities. The assessment considers the adequacy of nutrient intake, pertinent lab data, medications that affect nutritional status, conditions that affect ingestion, absorption and digestion, food intolerances and food allergies. The initial nutrition assessment considers the participant’s immediate needs and identifies any cultural, social and spiritual needs that will affect their dietary plan. The participant’s motivation to learn, physical and cognitive limitations, language and financial barriers are also assessed.
Each participant’s response to nutrition recommendations is monitored and documented, at an appropriate frequency to their nutritional and medical needs. The dietitian will be involved in regular patient follow-up including coaching and motivational interviewing techniques to encourage lasting individual lifestyle and dietary behavior change. The dietitian will coordinate care with other team members, including the medical director and staff, behavioral therapist/counselor, and exercise specialist.
Dietitian will also be responsible for monitoring the dietary and medical literature and marketplace to keep abreast of advances in the field of weight control, and to make recommendations to the Center Director regarding specific products and services related to nutritional therapy that should be considered. Dietitian will also be responsible for program materials related to diet therapy, including assessment techniques and forms, and participant educational materials. Dietitian will also coordinate demonstrations and educational materials regarding food and dietary supplement preparation and choices.
Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or a closely related field and two years’ related experience required, preferably in weight management.
Master’s degree with internship may substitute for experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Classified Title: Dietician
Salary: $26.13 - $30.00 per hour
Department: Health, Behavior & Society
Location: 550 N. Broadway
Personnel Area: Bloomberg School of Public Health
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