Job Locations US-AK-Sitka
Job ID
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE)

About Us:


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.

Job Overview:

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.


Position Complexities:

  • Position Complexity 1: Effectively assess, diagnose and create a nutrition intervention plan based on client/patient’s needs and readiness for change and provide appropriate follow-up per best practices.

Impact:  Incorrect assessment and/or diagnosis affects the quality of the intervention developed and negatively impacts the client or patient’s health.


  • Position Complexity 2:  Develop and implement engaging community-level nutrition interventions using evidence-based strategies, for example American Diabetes Association (ADA)/Indian Health Services (IHS) approved Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) curriculum, and in partnership with other SEARHC programs and community organizations.

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.


  • Position Complexity 3:  Practice cultural competency in the delivery of nutrition and community wellness programming and understands how socio-cultural issues impact nutrition and health behaviors. 

Impact:  Lack of awareness and sensitivity to cultural issues may hamper relations with community members, clients and patients.


  • Position Complexity 4:  Ability to work collaboratively with other SEARHC programs and partner agencies.

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.


  • Position Complexity 5: Accurate and timely preparation of required grant and program reports.

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 [    ]

  • This position is responsible for retaining records obtained during MNT appointments. These records include patient name, date of birth, MNT & DSME results and consent to share record results with outside providers. These records will be maintained per HIPAA compliance regulations.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

           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:

    • consultation to Health Educators and other paraprofessionals in development and implementation of nutrition programs and promotional campaigns;
    • high risk (Womens, Infants & Children) WIC consults as they relate to nutrition education, nutrition care planning and documentation using the best practice Nutrition Care Process (NCP) format;
    • consultation and assistance with teaching select modules of the Lifestyle Balance diabetes prevention program;
    • assistance with community diabetes screening efforts;
    • provision of general subject area expertise for Health Promotion nutrition activities.

           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:

  • Update/maintain policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Review/approve program policy procedures and guidelines
  • Review/approve/update curriculum, including materials/teaching methods/content
  • Coordinate diabetes team efforts
  • Maintain dietitian team meeting minutes
  • Assess/recommend program resources
  • Representative in Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) program team and advisory group
  • Develop annual program plan
  • Conduct consumer satisfaction survey
  • Update/maintain diabetes registry
  • Update/maintain the electronic health record system
  • Oversee the diabetes surveillance system
  • Update personal knowledge and skills in diabetes care/chronic disease management in American Indian/Alaska Native communities


           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:                                                                                     

  • BS in Community Nutrition/Dietetics or nutrition related field from an accredited school.   
  • Two years clinical nutrition and/or community nutrition work experience with specific experiences in management and prevention of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.  (Will accept candidates with one year or less of clinical/community nutrition experience as a Community Dietitian I and set as developmental position until employee accumulates required work experience and achieves knowledge, skills and abilities as stated in this job description).
  • Must be a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/ Licensed Nutritionist in the State of Alaska or eligible for licensure in the State of Alaska. Must adhere to the American Dietetic Association code of ethics and complete 75 continuing education credits every 5 years as required by registration and licensure plus keep current on registration and licensing payments.
  • Relevant training in maternal/child/chronic disease nutrition, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, stages of change and brief motivational counseling strategies is required within 6 months of hire.
  • Valid Alaska Drivers license (preferred).
  • Ability to travel, including to remote Southeast Alaska locations.
  • Supervisory/mentoring training (preferred).
  • Public policy and advanced nutrition education strategy(ies) training.
  • Public speaking and presentation experience (preferred).
  • MS/MPH in nutrition and/or dietetics or other health promotion related field (preferred).


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.

  • Knowledge of principles of normal and therapeutic nutrition.
  • Knowledge of nutrition care planning process.
  • Knowledge of behavior/lifestyle change theories and how to apply them i.e., brief motivational clinical encounters.


B. Identify the most important types of skills required. Skill is defined as a present observable proficiency in performing a learned action.

  • Skills in oral and written communication including reflective listening skills and public speaking skills.
  • Skills in developing culturally relevant nutrition education support materials and community nutrition interventions.
  • Skills in quick, accurate assessment of a client’s nutritional status and development of a culturally appropriate, client-centered nutrition intervention/care plan to assist the client in meeting nutrition education or therapeutic goals. 


C. Identify the most important types of abilities required. Ability is defined as the capacity to perform tasks to complete desired work products.

  • Ability to assess nutrition and health status needs of individuals and communities.
  • Ability to locate and review best available research findings for application to a community dietetics practice.
  • Ability to carry a project from it's inception through its delivery and evaluation with great enthusiasm, professionalism and minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work on interdisciplinary patient/client care teams.


Other Comments:

  • The Community Dietitian I needs to be available to offer consultation, advocacy and implementation of programs during non-traditional hours, i.e. evenings, weekends and in non-clinic settings i.e., homes/schools; s/he also needs to be comfortable with intermittently fast work and intense pressure to meet deadlines.
  • This position will travel throughout the Southeast Alaska region for 10-12 trips per year. These trips may occur consecutively or on separate occasions throughout the year, as weather and clinic availability permits.
  • Continuing education and training will be offered as time and funding permits.
  • This position is a covered position in accordance with the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA).


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