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Class Code: 311F
Category: Health Care


Provides nutritional care and/or directs food service system in a specialty area such as food marketing, burns and/or oncology.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, serves as a specialist in nutritional assessment, management and education of the patient and/or in directing a food service system. Supervises assigned personnel. Shares specialty expertise with peers.

Typical Work

Performs dietitian duties in a sub-specialty area such as food marketing, sensory evaluation, work productivity measurement, renal, burns, geriatrics, oncology, metabolic support; 

Conducts research in the field of nutrition, dietetics, and Food Service Systems; 

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

Interviews and recommends selection of applicants, trains new employees, assigns and schedules work, acts upon leave requests, conducts annual performance evaluations and recommends disciplinary action; 

Instructs dietitians and other personnel in area of specialty; 

Develops and utilizes data base systems and trains other staff in their use to evaluate nutrition care and food control processes; 

Assists in developing education objectives and implementing programs of study for dietetic and post-masters students;

Trains community dietitians in current research and its application to nutrition and food service systems in sub-specialty areas; 

Trains other health care professionals in clinical applications of nutrition principles; 

Performs the duties of Dietitian 1; 

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  technical principles, theory, and practice of nutrition including design of therapeutic menus and medical nutrition therapy; therapeutic diet planning; preparation and serving of special diets; sanitary methods of food handling; standards for low-cost institutional feeding; methods of food cost control.   

Ability to:  supervise and instruct others in dietetic food preparation; organize and schedule work; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; prepare and maintain dietetic charts and nutritional histories.

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.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree with major in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition or Food Service Administration; completion of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved dietetic education program; Registered Dietitian status; 24 months recent full-time experience as an R.D. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 7-22-83
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
General revision. Revises title (formerly Dietitian II), class code (formerly 6001), typical work, minimum qualifications; adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.
Revised desirable qualifications, effective12/10/2021.