Registered Dietitian III, CDCES

Website Community Health Trust

Fostering Health & Equity - Promoviendo Salud y Equidad

Job Title: Registered Dietitian (RD) III, CDCES

FLSA Classification: Non- Exempt

Department: Diabetes Health Center

Reports to: Program Manager

Compensation:$41-$48 per hour


The Registered Dietitian III, CDCES is the nutrition expert who independently applies the principles of medical nutrition interventions and therapeutic lifestyle changes to plan, develop and direct nutritional care activities of clients. Works with allied healthcare and other professionals to support coordination of care. Additionally, the Registered Dietitian III leads the planning, evaluation, and reporting for new and existing programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform in-depth nutrition assessments based on laboratory results, physician referral, medical history and patient’s diet and lifestyle factors
  • Work closely with clients to evaluate present health management program and assist in formulating plans to achieve wellness goals in one on one and group settings
  • Use Motivational Interviewing and other client-centered approaches to assist clients to set self-care goals to improve disease management
  • Develop and monitor care plans and documents in Electronic Medical Record (EMR), with attention to all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements, accuracy, and completeness of information that promotes excellent care coordination
  • Fulfill all clinical program reporting for ADA and ADCES accreditation requirements
  • Establish goals for own professional development, seek educational opportunities to update relevant job-related knowledge and skills
  • Complete required continuing education annually to meet the requirements of ADCES accreditation
  • Communicate effectively with referring physicians, patients, and staff
  • Assures that appropriate community services and resources are included in the care of the patient
  • Participate in development of marketing materials in conjunction management and marketing teams
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships and collaborative efforts with healthcare and community agencies
  • Attend and participate in assigned team and staff meetings and activities, including outreach activities and special events
  • Facilitate the development and revision of guidelines, procedures, and protocols related to patient care
  • Lead the development of culturally relevant programs, initiatives, services, and accompanying education materials
  • Lead data collection and reporting for the purposes of quality improvement efforts, efficiencies, and program impact
  • Provide professional mentorship to diabetes health center dietitians and educators
    Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility: No direct reports

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Possess the necessary license to practice as a Registered Dietitian (RD), including annual continuing education (required)
  • Hold and maintain Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) credential (required)
    At least 6 (six) years of work experience
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish); ability to conduct education classes and sessions in both languages (preferred)
  • Knowledge of the analytical and statistical research methods used in nutritional investigation and dietary studies
  • Knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of nutrition and its relationship to health and disease
  • Ability to work as part of a team to ensure quality patient care
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple deadline-driven projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong attention to detail
    Computer experience in Microsoft Office, familiarity with Electronic Medical Records

Physical Demands and Use of Machines, Tools and Equipment

  • Seldom (1–5%): reach above shoulders, use your sense of smell to perform job duties
  • Occasionally (6-33%): bend, twist, push, pull, climb, squat, crawl, kneel; use copier, fax, and filing cabinet drawers & locks
  • Frequently (34-66%): sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stand and walk; grasp with hands and fingers and lift up to 20 lbs; use computer
  • Continuously (67-100%): use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; see (including close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus), hear and speak; key (i.e., computer, calculator, telephone); and lift (up to 10 lbs); use writing instruments, telephone

Work Environment

  • Approximately 80% of the time performing job duties is spent indoors, within a standard office or clinic environment
  • Approximately 60 – 90% of the time is spent on the computer
  • Approximately 60%-90% of the time is spent interacting with patients and colleagues.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • The temperature of the work environment is moderate, and ranges from 65 – 80 degrees

Travel Requirements

This job requires occasional local travel (15%-25%)

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