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Community Dietitian

Req ID: 7965
Location: Chicago - West Side
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 6
Job Notes:



Summary:         The Community Dietitian is responsible for providing nutrition assessments, nutrition counseling and nutrition education to participants of Vital Bridges and affiliated clinics. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide quality services to ensure that the organization’s nutrition program effectively meets the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic conditions.


  • Provide nutritional counseling to individual participants and provide nutrition education to individuals/groups through written materials and programming at all grocery center locations, health centers, affiliated clinics and other Heartland Alliance programs upon request.


  • Regularly review the nutritional status of participants via scheduled follow-up sessions. Based on progress, adjust or set goals to assure that the participants’ needs are being met, make menu modifications, or link participants to other programs.


  • With the Managers of Food and Nutrition Services, assure that food provided meets the cultural and food safety needs of the participant population.


  • Clinically evaluate requests for nutritional supplements; and if indicated, facilitate access to necessary supplements by communicating with participants’ doctors and pharmacies.


  • Using the ADIME (Assessment Diagnosis Intervention Monitoring Evaluation) format, regularly document nutrition activity in the agency data base.


  • Provide nutritional services/support to participants and or staff in the Heartland Alliance Health residential programs.  Nutrition Services can include but not limited to group nutrition sessions, cooking groups, one on one counseling, physical activity groups, nutrition related staff in-services, menu planning, procurement and purchasing.


  • Provide nutritional support within an interdisciplinary team to improve health outcomes of participants of the health centers or within other HAH programs.


  • Supervise and provide an experience in community nutrition to Dietetic Interns and Vital Bridges volunteers.


  • Stay abreast of current research on nutrition, HIV/AIDS and major chronic diseases to ensure that programs respond to the recent findings.


  • Administer semi-annual and annual surveys, analyze, and report findings compared to program objectives.  Other Quality Assurance projects, surveys and audits as assigned.


  • Participate in program planning and establishing annual program objectives. Contribute to quarterly reports by evaluating progress toward achieving set objectives.


  • Ensure all task related to food preparation and distribution including the grocery center operation and processes (receiving, storage, inventory, distribution etc) are aligned with local, state and federal food safety and sanitation guidelines.


  • Provide coverage to grocery center operations as assigned. 


  • Participate in regular food and nutrition program meetings and staff meetings, as scheduled.


  • Other duties as assigned.



Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from an accredited college or university.  Must be a Registered Dietitian and pass HAH’s credentialing. Maintain Registration and Licensure in Nutrition/Dietetics. Must have and maintain a valid Certified Food Protection Certification and License.    Experience/desire to work in public health.
  • Other Skills and Qualifications: 
  • Language Skills:   Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.  Spanish Speaking/Bilingual Preferred
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet, Outlook/Exchange, Video conferencing, Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.



Physical Demands: 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 is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee must frequently be able to operate an automobile/van.
  • The employee must be able to travel between multiple sites.



Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

[Heartland Alliance Health requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or to undergo weekly Covid testing until they meet that requirement, subject to any lawfully required accommodation.]

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.





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