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Public Health Nutritionist, Public Health/Health Determinants, Planning & Evaluation, Region of Waterloo


Brief Description of Duties



* Plans, implements, and evaluates nutrition programs and services with staff in Public Health (PH), and throughout Waterloo Region, as outlined in the Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines.

* Assesses nutrition education needs of Waterloo Region residents. Participates in the preparation of program reports and budgets.

* Assesses, teaches, and counsels clients by telephone. Evaluates and interprets current scientific information, and federal and provincial guidelines and documents.

* Participates in applied research activities in conjunction with the Regional Epidemiologist, Department staff, local university departments, and other community research and planning agencies.

* Recommends, monitors, and advises on public policy, legislative, and regulatory proposals to protect and promote the public's nutritional health.

* Promotes nutrition education through use of the media in the Region.
* Resource development, review of materials, and program planning necessitate prolonged periods of intense concentration.

* Visual concentration and attention and manual dexterity are required.

* Work involves periods of prolonged sitting.

* Routinely bends, lifts, and carries materials such as audiovisual equipment and boxes of print material, weighing 30 pounds.

* Work is performed in a standard office with frequent travel between regular offices and to off-site locations such as neighbourhood associations, schools, school board offices, and other provincial health units, occasionally exposing incumbent to inclement weather.

* Frequently performs work to meet strict deadlines for operational plans, grant proposals, workshops and presentations.

* Current Assignment is in the Healthy Communities & Policy program.



Posting No. 2004-112

Classification: Public Health Nutritionist, Temporary Full-Time for approximately 11 months

Position #: R00305

Union: M/ms

Location: 99 Regina Street South, Waterloo

Date of Posting: July 23, 2004



Qualifications, Skills, Abilities Required



* A Baccalaureate degree in Foods and Nutrition or equivalent from a recognized university plus a Master's Degree in Community Nutrition or equivalent from a recognized university, (as mandated under Ontario regulation 164/84 of Health Promotion and Protection Act), plus a minimum of one public health nutrition practicum

* Registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario

* Thorough working knowledge of health behaviours, health policy, community development principles, program planning processes, and evaluation research

* Current nutrition knowledge to ensure technical, planning, and evaluation skills for providing nutrition services to Public Health programs

* Thorough practical knowledge of the policies and procedures of PH, including the regular practices of staff from other Divisions, as well as Regional policies and procedures, and any relevant legislation regarding nutrition

* Ability to understand abstract concepts contained in scientific literature, to apply these to program development requirements, and to discern reliable information from distorted material contained in popular literature

* Ability to identify community nutrition needs, evaluate program effectiveness, and develop and revise appropriate modes of action.

* Organizational and project management skills to plan, coordinate, and implement specific education programs and related administrative requirements

* Ability to influence others to accept alternative approaches to promotion and education activities in the community

* Human relations and leadership skills to provide guidance to, facilitate, and motivate volunteers and students and interact effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team with community groups and Public Health peers

* Interprets scientific research and writes proposals

* Designs resource material on nutrition, translating complex scientific information into readily understood language, and formatting it to maximize interest and potential behaviour change, e.g., newsletters or presentations for the public

* Produces technical materials for use by other professionals

* Prepares and presents reports to the Community Services Committee. Prepares, implements and evaluates multimedia presentations to community groups

* When assigned to drive the Healthy Communities Van, incumbent is required to possess a valid Class "G" drivers licence and acceptable driving record

* Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization



Grade: H

Wage/salary: $50,253-$62,816/annum



Interested applicants must submit a detailed resume and cover letter before 4:30 p.m. on August 6, 2004, to



Human Resources Department

Region of Waterloo

150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor

Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3

humanr[email protected]

Fax: (519) 575-4454



We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with applicants selected for an interview.