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Public Health Nutritionist, Public Health/Family & Community Resources, The Regional Municipality of Waterloo


Brief Description of Duties



* Provides strategic leadership and direction on public health nutrition issues

* Assesses and establishes policy and assures public health nutrition programs and services will protect and promote health and prevent disease, as outlined in the Mandatory Programs and Services Guidelines, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)

* Provides leadership in all inter-disciplinary Public Health (PH) teams to plan, coordinate, staff, implement, and evaluate public health nutrition programs consistent with MOHLTC mandate while meeting local needs

* Collaborates in the development of an annual operational plan and budget

* Uses population-based strategies to support nutrition promotion and healthy food systems development
* Programs need to ensure availability of quality nutrition services to target populations, including nutrition screening, assessment, education, counselling, referral for food assistance, and other services and follow-up

* Supervises part-time Community Nutrition Workers in the Prenatal Nutrition Program

* Trains, coordinates, and mentors up to 20 Community Nutrition Workers (contractors) operating out of diverse neighbourhood locations across 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 for work at a computer terminal preparing, proof-reading, and editing reports, journal articles, newsletters, factsheets, and other written materials

* Work involves periods of prolonged sitting

* Routinely bends, lifts and carries materials such as audiovisual equipment and boxes of print material, weighing 15 kgs

* Work is performed in a standard office with frequent travel between regular offices, and off-site locations such as neighbourhood associations, schools, school board offices, and 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 Family & Community Resources



Posting No. 2005-022

Classification: Public Health Nutritionist, Temporary full-time for approximately 13 months

Department/Division: Public Health/Family & Community Resources

Position #: R00305

Union: M/MS

Location: 99 Regina Street South, Waterloo

Date of Posting: January 17, 2005



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, food systems, 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 across all programs in PH

* 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 food, food systems, and nutrition

* Ability to understand abstract concepts contained in scientific literature sufficient 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

* 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 PH peers

* Interprets scientific research and writes proposals

* Designs, researches, and authorizes factsheets, pamphlets, teaching aids, displays, and other resource material on nutrition and food systems, translating complex scientific information into readily understood language and formatting it to maximize interest and potential behaviour change

* Produces technical materials for use by other professionals

* Prepares and presents reports to Community Services Committee

* Prepares, implements, and evaluates multimedia presentations to community groups ranging in size from fewer than ten to more than 200 persons

* 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

Is shift work normally required: no



Interested applicants must submit a detailed resume and cover letter before 4:30 p.m. on February 11, 2005, to



The Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Human Resources Department

150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor

Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3

Fax: (519) 575-4454

[email protected]



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