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Public Health Dietitian, Peer Nutrition Program, Community and Neighbourhood Services Department, Public Health Division, City of Toronto


This is an exciting time to join the Community and Neighbourhood Services Department, Public Health Division in the City of Toronto, and make your contribution in this key role.



File Reference #: X5CNS8115



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 clinical settings

* Provides a food and nutrition information service to the public in response to local demand

* Consults, screens and assesses nutritional needs in select populations

* Mentor Peer Nutrition Workers

* Develops plans and counsels clients and families on sound food and nutrition practices, makes referrals and liaises with other professionals on health-related issues

* Monitors and evaluates individual cases on an on-going basis

* Dispenses vitamin supplements during prenatal clinic counselling

* 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, e.g., Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

* 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. Baccalaureate degree in foods and nutrition or equivalent program from a recognized university

2. Current membership in good standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario

3. Experience with any of the following ethnic groups and fluent in English and any of the following languages or dialects African/Caribbean, French, Cantonese, Spanish, Arabic or Serbian

4. Experience working with parents and a variety of groups in a culturally diverse community

5. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

6. Excellent skills in counselling, group facilitation, education and community development

7. Capability of assuming responsibility with minimum supervision, and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team



To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X5CNS8115, using one of the following methods



Fax to (416)397-9818 or

Email outjobs@toronto.ca or

Mail to Employment ServicesHuman Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6



Applications must be received by July 15, 2005.



Salary: $29.21 to $32.00 per hour (35 hours per week)



Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.



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