| The Director of Nutrition serves as a member of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sport performance team that is committed to excellence and advancing the mission, vision and values of the department. This position is responsible for providing strategic oversight and leadership of all aspects of the Sports Nutrition program; provide nutritional care and education to student-athletes, coaches and staff to maximize student-athlete performance, health and wellbeing; assess and counsel student-athletes on optional nutritional practices; serves as the department lead in the operation of training table program. This position works in a creative and collaborative team environment where change is embraced and innovation is encouraged. |
Detailed Description 30%--Assess and counsel student-athletes on optimal nutritional practices for exercise training, competition, recovery from practice, recovery from injury and illness, weight management, hydration and supplementation and on medical-related nutrition concerns utilizing appropriate medical nutrition therapy techniques for concerns such as disordered eating, anemia, diabetes, bone minerals disturbances, amenorrhea, dyslipidemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal concerns, food allergies and intolerances, and other medical conditions. Assess and counsel student athletes regarding sport-specific and gender-specific recommendations for optimal body composition (via BodPod) and weight for good health and athletic performance; provide and coordinate meal and snack plans to promote achieving short- and long-term goals for athletic performance and good health. Develop and counsel in hydration protocols; educate and develop resources to support educational efforts regarding the nutritional needs of a student athlete.
20%--Partners with the third-party vendor in the operation of a department-wide training table facility. Serves as the department lead on the development of meal and nutrition/fueling station programs.
15%--Serve as a resource for sport coaches, trainers, and strength coaches athletic trainers, team physicians, mental health staffs, and administration regarding sports nutrition and sports performance related issues; stay abreast of current food, nutrition, and health issues and research related to sports nutrition; develop and oversee nutrition policies and procedures; participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team charged with screening, treatment and prevention of disordered eating and eating disorders.
15%--Oversee, train and evaluate Sports Nutrition staff, including Team Sports Dietitian and interns. Develop work schedules and provide performance management including goal setting, on-going coaching and performance review. Educate and mentor sports nutrition undergraduate volunteers and dietetic interns in sports nutrition as appropriate
10%--Provide counsel and recommendations to coaching and operations staffs for nutrition for home and travel games as it pertains to sport specific pre-game/post-game meals, for example, catering, hotels, airlines, competition for team; recommend appropriate pre-, during, and post-exercise fluids and snacks for individual training, team practice, and competition.
5%--Evaluate sports supplements, including herbal supplements, for legality, safety, quality, and efficacy, and identify NCAA compliant products to be distributed and consumed by student-athletes including continual research of the changing sports supplement industry. Assess and counsel student-athletes on appropriate and legal use of dietary supplements, regularly banned drugs and restricted substances in compliance with sport governing bodies; e.g. NCAA, U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA), World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Division of Athletics policies.
5%--Plans and executes initiatives and special projects; meet with prospective student athletes as request by sport coaches; develop, coordinate, and teach nutrition education, cooking programs and grocery store tours for student-athletes; conform with and abide by all Department, University, NCAA, and Big Ten Conference policies and procedures.
Position will work flexible hours which may including early mornings, evenings and weekends. Qualifications Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in nutrition and 5-7 years of professional experience as a dietician. Current registration as a Dietician from the American Dietetic Association and licensure or eligibility for licensure by the State of Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition. Maintenance of yearly continuing education in the field of sports dietetics required. Assist in advancing the department's mission, vision, and strategic plan including its commitment to equity and diversity.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree. Experience as or working with Division I student-athletes and athletics programs. Familiarity with NCAA regulations regarding the health and safety of student athletes.