Nutritionist - Knox County Health Department


Knox County Health Department



PURPOSE OF CLASSIFICATION: The purpose of this classification is to plan, organize, coordinate, and evaluate public health nutrition services for the Health Department with an emphasis on worksite wellness and breastfeeding promotion. Duties include, but are not limited to: supervising interns; assessing community and individual nutritional needs and developing and implementing plans accordingly; evaluating required nutritional care and follow-up continuity of care; instructing individuals and educations groups in nutritional principles, diet, food selection and economics; providing consultation to individuals and groups; coordinating, conducting or participating in in-service education; and performing additional duties as assigned by supervisor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned. Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining and completing employee performance appraisals. Serves as nutrition professional for the Health Department, responsible for planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition programs and services and for coordinating nutrition services with other health services. Establishes joint or coordinated programs with local health care facilities, food assistance programs, child day care services, meal programs for the elderly, and other health and human services and educational institutions in the community. Oversees the work of support staff. Conducts community assessment of the county’s nutrition and diet-related health problems and available resources to determine nutrition needs in the population; develops operational plans for nutrition service delivery; utilizes Health Department management and client information systems to monitor and evaluate nutrition programs and to document activities and outcomes. Interprets and disseminates current scientific information regarding food, nutrition, diet, and health to professionals working in the department, related health and human services agencies, educational institutions, and the general public. Plans, directs, arranges, and evaluates educational programs for professionals, paraprofessionals, volunteers, peer counselors, clients, and the public. Speaks on nutrition and health through group programs, school programs, and local newspapers, radio and television stations. Selects and/or develops, evaluates, and revises nutrition education materials for use by the Health Department; utilizes available nutrition curriculum for training health and human service professionals, teachers, and students. Provides expert nutritional case consultation to Health Department care providers and professionals in local health care facilities; evaluates consultation to determine its effectiveness in accomplishing objectives.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Responds to and reports immediately if called upon by local regional or central office supervisors, as part of a coordinated emergency response by the Knox County Department of Health. Performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, or related field; with one (1) year of progressive Public Health Nutrition experience, or similar; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.  Must meet State of Tennessee licensure requirements and/or maintain status as a Registered Dietician. Must possess and maintain a valid TN Driver’s License.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of office machines and equipment such as personal computers, printers, telephones, calculators, photocopiers, and fax machines. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for sedentary work.

SALARY:  $51,604.80 annually

DEADLINE:  April 9, 2018

If you need reasonable accommodations to complete an application or for an interview, please contact the Department of Human Resources.  Some accommodations take several days to arrange.  Please notify us early to make the arrangements.

Non-discrimination:  Knox County prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, and disability status.


APPLY TO:  Knox County Human Resources, Room 360, City/County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Knox County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Person 
Khrysta Baig
Knox County Government
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