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Public Health Dietitian, Toronto Public Health

This is an exciting time to join the City of Toronto, Canada's largest city and home to a diverse population of approximately 2.6 million people. Dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and a high quality of life for all its residents, in the last three years alone the Toronto public service has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Make your contribution to our Public Health Division and join us as a Public Health Dietitian.

Public Health Dietitian
File Reference #: X8CSA16711

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides public health dietetic services for individuals, families, groups and the community
  • Provides services in community agencies, schools, food service establishments, workplaces and community settings
  • Consults, screens and assesses nutritional needs
  • Develops plans and counsels clients/families on sound food and nutrition practices, makes referrals and liaises with other professionals on health related issues
  • Develops operational plans, objectives, workplans and policies related to nutrition programs
  • Plans, develops, implements and evaluates nutrition initiatives, using a population health approach to address both citywide and local/regional health needs
  • Utilizes a variety of health promotion strategies such as advocacy for healthy public policy and food access, social marketing campaigns, community capacity building, creating supportive environments and health education and skill building
  • Liaises and collaborates with other professionals and community groups to identify nutrition needs of the community. Develops action plans to meet those needs and advocates for program and policy changes as needed
  • Implements community based nutrition programs targeted to needs of the community, i.e. education and skill building workshops, menu assessments of community based nutrition programs
  • Provides support to community initiated food and nutrition programs
  • Provides orientation, training and support to new staff, community nutrition assistants, students and lay workers. Guides and supports community volunteers to enhance the delivery of food/nutrition programs
  • Prepares and/or selects educational materials for diverse community groups
  • Collects, analyzes and reports statistical data for epidemiological and health planning purposes
  • Maintains individual/family/group/client records and necessary documentation
  • Prepares, submits and presents activity reports and statistics and other reports. Prepares reports for publication, i.e. journal articles, conference abstracts      

Key Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree with major credits in Foods and Nutrition from a university offering a Dietitians of Canada (DC) Accredited Dietetic Education Program or equivalent education acceptable to DC.
  2. Successful completion of a program of supervised practical experience acceptable to DC.
  3. Membership with the College of Dietitians of Ontario is required.
  4. Possession of a valid Class "G" Ontario Driver's License and access to a vehicle.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  6. Excellent skills in counselling, group facilitation, education and community development.
  7. Experience working with a variety of groups in a culturally diverse community.
  8. Capability of assuming responsibility with minimum supervision, and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA16711, using one of the following methods:

Online: Click on the Apply for this position button at the bottom of this posting, or

FAX: 416-397-9818, or

Mail to: Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by January 6, 2009.

Job Status: Temporary (Approximately One Year)
Salary: $32.95 - $36.11 per hour
Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the City's Employment Accommodation policy. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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