Job Title: Performance Dietitian
FLSA Status: Exempt
The contractor Performance Dietitian provides guidance and counseling on nutritional practices to enhance recovery and optimize performance for SOF personnel, with the priority on SOF Operators and Direct Combat Support personnel. The contractor performs administrative and clinical duties within their scope of practice. The contractor shall provide and perform the following services in support of POTFF’s HP program for SOF personnel, with the priority on SOF Operators and Direct Combat Support personnel:
• Provide nutritional planning, counseling, and documentation that is guided by evidence-based peer-reviewed literature.
• Advise the chain of command on issues pertinent to nutrition and performance nutrition.
• Provide individual and group counseling for guidance on performance nutrition.
• Design and implement performance nutrition programs for SOF personnel in garrison, TAD/TDY, and deployed settings.
• Develop nutritional protocols and guidelines for rehabilitation and performance.
• Collaborate with the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator for implementation of new protocols and guidelines.
• Assist other regional SOF assets as required by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator and approved by the chain of command.
• Attend and participate in meetings with other POTFF staff members and medical personnel as requested and/or required.
• Ensure that adequate educational materials and sports nutrition specific supplies are available.
• Assist with supply inventories. Provide input on supply needs.
• Ensure that equipment and facilities under the purview of the Performance Dietitian are in safe working condition and are properly utilized.
• Ensure that records are updated as required. Participate in periodic in-service training for members of the HP Staff. Attend required training in accordance with guiding instructions. Commands will allow for attendance at the necessary conferences or courses to complete continuing education units required to maintain professional certifications.
• Perform administrative duties, which may include maintaining records of workload, participating in education programs, and participating in clinical staff quality assurance functions.
• Participate in peer (record) reviews as directed and required.
• Develop and promulgate training materials as requested and required by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator.
• Perform other tasks, within the scope of the PD position description, as assigned by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator.
• Document care in the Military’s Electronic Health Record (i.e., AHLTA, GENESIS, etc.) and/or the HP Enterprise-wide database (i.e., SPEAR), as directed by HP program Manager and/or Coordinator and required by USSOCOM HQ and its POTFF staff.
• Collect and report all data as requested by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator and required by USSOCOM HQ and its POTFF staff. Proficiently utilize computers, software, and technologies as required and requested by the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator and required by USSOCOM HQ and its POTFF staff.
The contractor shall possess a Master’s level degree in Nutrition Science or related field and hold certification from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a specialty certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). CSSD certification may be waived by the COR if all other qualifications are met; however, the contractor shall earn the CSSD within six months of employment if waived. Certification as a Certified Strength and conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is desired, but not required. The contractor shall possess a current and valid state certification/licensure. The contractor shall be capable of meeting physical demands of training with SOF including the ability to hike over rough terrain and function in austere environments to observe SOF training evolutions and the ability to assist with strength and conditioning testing and training protocols. Contractor must be able to lift and manipulate loads and plates up to 25 kilograms. Contractor may be required to receive and maintain clinical practice privileges. The contractor shall have a minimum of 3 years or more of demonstrable accumulated experience (continuous and sustained experience preferred) as a Performance Dietitian with individual athletes and groups of athletes at the levels of NCAA Collegiate, Olympic, professional sports, and/or SOF Operators in the accompanying, respective settings.
All HCPs shall have and maintain current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) as certified by the American Heart Association. Documentation of such training shall be provided to the COR. The front and back of the BCLS shall be provided to the Credentialing Department of the MTF they are credentialed through.
EOE, Veterans & Disabled