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Public Health Dietitian, Public Health Division, City of Toronto

File Reference #: X8CSA14717

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.

Major Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Intake Manager, the Public Health Dietitian on the Intake team is primarily responsible for making initial service request assessment and providing nutrition information/counselling on a broad range of nutrition issues to the consumers on the phone. Other responsibilities include:
  • Generate appropriate referrals for Healthy Living services and the Healthy Families services, including the Healthiest Babies Possible Prenatal Program and Peer Nutrition Program
  • Direct clients to other internal/external services and community resources as appropriate
  • 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
  • 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
  • Develops operational plans, objectives, work plans and policies related to nutrition programs
  • Develop protocols and practice guidelines
  • 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. Baccalaureate degree in food and nutrition plus completion of an accredited dietetic internship.
  2. Membership with the College of Dietitians of Ontario is required.
  3. Good knowledge base in Healthy Families and Healthy Living service areas, Public Health services and community resources.
  4. Excellent telephone assessment and counselling skills.
  5. Good problem solving and decision making skills.
  6. Good computer and customer service skills.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  8. Experience working with a variety of groups in a culturally diverse community.
  9. Capability of assuming responsibility with minimum supervision, and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  10. Ability to work flexible hours, which may include overtime.

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File #X8CSA14717, 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, ON  M5V 3C6

Please do not send duplicates.

Applications must be received by April 7, 2008.

Job Status: Permanent
Salary: $31.91-$34.97 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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