SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
The Community Dietitian offers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to clients living with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes on a clinic, outpatient basis as well as using distant delivery via Polycom. This position works as a member of the SEARHC diabetes prevention program by assisting in referring and identifying possible participants into the American Diabetes Association (ADA)/Indian Health Services (IHS) approved Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) curriculum and providing DSME services. MNT and DSME services are provided to individuals, small groups, and communities in Southeast Alaska. Dietitian will provide direct medical assessments via face to face encounters (10-12 community visits/year); and tele-nutrition. These community visits can occur concurrently as weather and clinic availability permits; and are conducted in Southeast Alaska communities. In addition the Community Dietitian II works as a member of the SEARHC health promotion team to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate community nutrition programming focused on diabetes prevention that responds to SEARHC's Strategic Plan. This position also provides presentations and classes (per schedule availability) to individuals, small groups and communities in Southeast Alaska. This position is a lead community nutrition educator in the diabetes prevention program and is expected to supervise other professionals and para-professionals.
Impact: Incorrect assessment and/or diagnosis affects the quality of the intervention developed and negatively impacts the client or patient’s health.
Impact: Inappropriate or non-supported interventions will not be successful in meeting health needs of community or health promotion program objectives and may negatively impact community health status and/or waste limited use of resources, either financial or human.
Impact: Lack of awareness and sensitivity to cultural issues may hamper relations with community members, clients and patients.
Impact: Working in a vacuum jeopardizes potential partnerships and reach of programs as well as runs the risk of duplicating efforts thus wasting valuable program and human resources.
Impact: Failure to produce correct and timely reports potentially jeopardizes grant and/or program funding.
Record Retention Responsibility:
Is the incumbent responsible for records retention? Yes [X] No [ ]
Duty/Responsibility #1 (45%):
Provide clinical outpatient medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition and wellness promotion services targeting people with diabetes or at-risk of developing diabetes (these include those diagnosed with pre diabetes or gestational diabetes). Services include assessment and screening, nutrition education, nutrition care planning and wellness and behavior change counseling. Dietitian will provide direct medical assessments via face to face encounters and tele-nutrition, conducting 10-12 community visits/year. These visits can occur concurrently as weather and clinic availability permits.
Duty/Responsibility #2 (25%):
Plan, implement and evaluate medical and community nutrition programs that address the identified wellness and nutrition needs of target communities, with a special emphasis on diabetes. Planning and evaluation of programs will be conducted in collaboration with patients, medical and prevention staff, and other community members as appropriate to ensure the greatest degree of buy-in and coordination.
Duty/Responsibility #3 (15%):
Provide consultation and collaboration with other medical and prevention departments and programs as requested by the Health Promotion Director and/or diabetes program manager. Collaborative services may include:
Duty/Responsibility #4 (5%):
Administrative activities for coordination of services and processing of patient information, including coordinating travel, clinic and tele-nutrition schedules and attendance at mandatory team meetings (department staff, full-staff, diabetes team, primary prevention network).
Duty/Responsibility #5 (5%):
Coordinate all community medical nutrition therapy activities in partnership with the Diabetes Program Manager. This will be reflected in the Diabetes Program & Grant workplan and may include:
Duty/Responsibility #6 (5%):
Provide supervision to other community nutrition educators or nutrition specialists (ie. lactation counselors, breast feeding counselors) in the same program via at minimum, monthly individual meetings and a quarterly group training meeting. This includes submitting annual employee evaluations per HR policy guidelines, approving timesheets, managing employees’ leave requests and work schedules, filling vacant positions, provide training and discipline subordinates per HR policy guidelines.
Baseline Qualification Requirements:
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
A. Identify the most important types and levels (some, working, advanced levels, for example) of knowledge required. Knowledge is defined as a body of information applied directly to the performance of a duty.
B. Identify the most important types of skills required. Skill is defined as a present observable proficiency in performing a learned action.
C. Identify the most important types of abilities required. Ability is defined as the capacity to perform tasks to complete desired work products.