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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Class Code:N6432



This is advanced professional and management work, planning and providing clinical nutrition services and supervising food service operations and staff for the County =s substance abuse in-patient and residential programs. Provides medical nutrition consultation, therapy, and education. Plans and supervises food preparation. Ensures cleanliness of the kitchens and that food is stored, prepared and served in keeping with good sanitation practices. Plans and reviews the work of the Division =s food service units in providing nutritious, high quality food with consideration given to client-specific needs and/or sensitivity. 


Supervises food service staff. Sets work procedures and schedules. Plans and conducts training for staff and conducts performance reviews. Participates in Division in-service education and/or staff development activities for clinical and non-clinical staff. General supervision is received from an administrative superior who reviews completed work for effectiveness of results.



Applies thorough knowledge of administrative principles and techniques in planning and managing food service operations. Applies thorough knowledge of nutrition principles and/or dietary treatment in maximizing therapeutic impacts on substance abuse treatment and recovery.


Develops policies and procedures to improve quality of service for client nutrition and food services.

Plans menus. Orders foods and supplies. Maintains food and kitchen supply inventories and implements loss controls. Analyzes nutritional and food service procedures and techniques to improve treatment. Reviews accuracy and applicability of unit menus and specialized diets.


Develops and conducts medical nutrition consultations. Prepares treatment plans and therapeutic and rehabilitative menus to assist clients in overcoming social, psychological, or emotional problems. Consults with physicians, nurses, and staff relative to client issues and other functions to improve quality of service or to assist in developing training activities in support of such issues. Develops and implements programs to involve clients in planning and assuming responsibility for their nutritional rehabilitation. Relates goals and methods of treatment to community groups and agencies.


Plans, supervises and coordinates the work of subordinate food service staff to provide quality food and need specific services to clients. Evaluates staff performance. Assesses employee productivity, efficiency practices, inventory, and cost containment activities. Develops and implements training for staff development, orientation, and credentialing purposes.


Attends staff conferences, meetings and seminars related to nutrition and substance abuse or employee development training to contribute to the professional growth of program personnel.


Supervises and monitors food service area safety and sanitation practices. Conducts sanitation and safety walk-throughs on a regular basis and maintains records of observations and discrepancies and remedies.


Coordinates record keeping systems for effective program evaluation, and consults with unit supervisors to evaluate the food and nutritional services. Receives reports and maintain records of the activities of food service units as required, and compiles narrative and statistical information.


Understands and adheres to the Division =s confidentiality policies and procedures and agency, County, and professional codes of ethics.


Performs related work as required.



Thorough knowledge of nutrition practices and principles and the application of nutrition therapy in the treatment of substance abuse and rehabilitation.

Thorough knowledge of food services management and practices especially as they pertain to methods, procedures, and practices of substance abuse treatment facilities.


Thorough knowledge of substance abuse treatment programs and their modalities, including dual diagnosis, age-specific nutritional requirements and needs, pregnancy nutritional needs, cultural diversity, and complex metabolic disorders.


Thorough knowledge of administrative and supervisory principles, practices and techniques.


Considerable knowledge of current laws, developments and literature in nutrition and substance abuse.


Thorough knowledge of JCAHO, ADA, and OSHA standards and regulations.


Considerable knowledge of current laws, developments and literature in nutrition and substance abuse.


Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Ability to plan and supervise the work of food service staff.


Ability to plan and prepare nutritionally balanced, appealing meals on a large scale basis.


Ability to prepare narrative and statistical reports.


Ability to plan and maintain food inventories and loss control procedures.


Ability to maintain cleanliness of the kitchens and food preparation and service areas in keeping with accreditation and industry standards.


Ability to counsel patients and make public presentations.


Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.


Skill in basic computer software applications.


Skill in planning and presenting staff and patient training.



Bachelors =s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics or closely related field from an ADA (American Dietetic Association) Approved Program;  six (6) years of professional experience in medical nutritional therapy and food services management which includes two (2) years of supervisory experience. Licensed as a dietician in the State of Florida.



Bargaining Unit:                                    Unrepresented

FLSA Status:                                        Exempt

Code of Ethics Certification:                  No

Work Locations:                                   Human Services Department, Substance Abuse and Health Care Services

Class Spec Estab/Revised:                    E 10/2003     R  07/2004  

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