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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 312I
Category: Health Care


Supervises assigned staff; provides technical nutritional care to patients in a specialty area.

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interviews and recommends selection of applicants, conducts training, assigns and schedules work, acts upon leave requests, conducts annual performance evaluations and recommends disciplinary action. Supervises Dietary Aides, Dietary Unit Clerks and other assigned staff; provides technical nutritional care to patients at moderate nutritional risk in a specialty area such as cardiology, surgery, oncology or rehabilitation medicine.

Typical Work

Assesses and manages the nutritional care of moderate nutritional risk patients in specialty areas such as surgery, oncology, cardiology and/or rehabilitation medicine; 

Performs the work of Dietetic Technician; 

Conducts in-service education programs in the area of specialty; 

Assists in development of budgetary data, such as FTE requirements and equipment needs; 

Teaches Dietetic Technician students; 

Attends and participates in medical rounds on assigned nursing units; 

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  specialty area such as cardiology, surgery, oncology or rehabilitation medicine; hematological and biochemical laboratory data; medical terminology; symptoms of nutritional compromise; drug-food interactions; energy and protein requirement calculations; diet counseling; therapeutic diet planning; preparation and serving of special diets; food safety and sanitation. 

Ability to:  supervise staff; provide nutritional education for staff, health care providers and others; screen and prioritize patient needs; provide follow-up monitoring on therapeutic diets; schedule consultations for self and consulting Registered Dietitian; complete all documentation and follow-up per health record guidelines; prepare and maintain dietetic charting and nutritional histories; establish and maintain working relationships with others.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

An Associate's Degree in dietetics, food and nutrition or food services administration which meets the educational standards established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Two years of experience inpatient nutritional care


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 3-21-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
General revision. Revises class code (formerly 6018), typical work, minimum qualifications; adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.
Revised desirable qualifications, effective12/10/2021.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.