Plans, coordinates, and manages the work operations of the clinical nutrition staff. Responsible for the operational and resource needs of clinical nutrition services in the acute and critical care setting through promotion of cost-effective resource utilization, establishment of efficient work processes, and identification and implementation of best clinical nutrition practices. Provides direction and leadership to achieve department goals and vision. Identifies areas of growth and any new training or reinforced education needs. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.
Position will be a leader for approximately 25 Clinical Dietitians and will report to the Director of Nutrition Therapy.
Thorough knowledge of clinical nutrition practice, procedures, and regulatory standards.
Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form.
Communicates responsibly and professionally with all levels of Associates, management, physicians, and patients and their families.
Ability to understand and prepare complex written materials.
Ability to lead and motivate individuals and groups of people toward the accomplishment of work and organizational goals.
Skill in negotiating with and between individuals and groups of people, including Associates, management and physicians.
Ability to plan and schedule tasks and projects and to maintain control of own and others’ work flow.
Skill in developing and implementing long-range plans and programs.
Ability to work without close supervision or professional guidance and to exercise independent judgment.
Key Job Responsibilities
Directs the nutrition care process through supervision of Nutrition Therapy Leads, Clinical Dietitians and Dietetics Technicians including nutrition screening, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, education, and menu processing according to established departmental policies.
Provides input to appropriate department director regarding Formula Techs and Lactation Consultants.
Schedules clinical nutrition staff according to patient/client needs and budget allocations and assists with predictions of future needs.
Develops and assists with grant application process and coordinates applicants and schedules for dietitian fellowship.
Manages dietitian internships with frontline staff assistance.
Assists in achieving compliance with regulatory agency standards, including state and federal standards.
Establishes and integrates department goals with hospital-wide annual goals and visions to provide optimal nutrition care.
Assists in and is accountable for components of departmental budget and assists in developing capital purchase requests. Manages expenses of department in relation to established budget.
Oversees and mentors individual dietitian goals and department QI process by supporting evidence based practice.
Interacts with the interdisciplinary team to promote interdisciplinary communication and cooperation and to ensure patients’ nutritional needs are met.
Manages the activities of associates; monitors Associates performance and clarifies work expectations, and assists with goal setting; promotes cooperation among individuals and groups. Develops and implements processes through orientation, training and education to ensure that the competence of all staff members is assessed, maintained, improved and demonstrated throughout their employment.
Maintains and develops a competent, productive, and quality conscious workforce by hiring, evaluating performance, counseling, and training of department personnel according to the MLH value system.
Continuously improves knowledge of nutrition issues and policies, research related to products or services, and communication skills.
The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, carrying, and repetitive motion.
Must have good balance and coordination.
The physical requirements of this position are: light work - exerting up to 25 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently.
The Associate is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
The conditions to which the Associate will be subject in this position: The Associate is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions; job functions are typically performed under conditions such as those found in general office or administrative work.
Bachelor's Degree in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management from an accredited institution.
Minimum of three years of experience in healthcare as a Registered Dietitian.
Minimum of one (1) year management experience.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Licensed as a Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state where work is performed.
Master’s degree in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management from an accredited institution.
Internal Number: 144840
About Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Memphis, Tennessee, with locations and partners across the Mid-South. Throughout our history, we have remained affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Our faith inspires us to serve our patients and improve the health of our entire community.
We’re committed to creating an environment that values the individual differences and unique contributions of everyone touched by our organization. And because no one knows our patients better than their family and friends, we encourage their participation in care and planning.