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Community Dietitian, Allied Health

Application Deadline: 
12/04/2020
Posting Date: 
11/20/2020
Organization: 
LAMP Community Health Centre

Internal/External Posting
Community Dietitian, Allied Health
(18 month contract/maternity- leave)

Contract Position: 28 hours per week
Position Start Date: January 2021
Salary Range: $50,373.60 per year to $59,440.00 per year (salary pro-rated for FTE.8)

LAMP Community Health Centre is a multi-service, community based charitable organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to improve a person's health. LAMP uses a co-ordinated approach to connect people to medical services and other programs that build personal resources. By providing services that improve physical, emotional, social and economic well-being, people can better control their health and environment.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of Allied Health, and working within the objectives of the program, the Community Dietitian will build the capacity of the community to address food security issues, develop and implement comprehensive nutritional programs, and provide counselling to help individuals make informed decisions about healthy eating. Offer education and management support to all ages to better manage their nutritional needs. Working within an interdisciplinary health promotion framework, the Registered Dietitian will provide education and support through individual counseling, group education sessions, advocacy, and outreach

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide individual counseling to clients with chronic conditions or nutrition concerns, including their families or caregivers as appropriate.
  • Develop health maintenance care plan with client and health care team by integrating information about client’s health status, clinical practice guidelines, and available community resources
  • Ensure continuity of care by maintaining up-to-date electronic health records and communicating with the client’s primary care provider and other service providers as required.
  • Develop, and deliver nutrition education programs for groups of LAMP clients and community members.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate nutrition education programs according to clients’/members’ needs and identified gaps in food security issues.
  • Carry out grassroots and virtual outreach in the community to promote programs and services
  • Assist with community needs assessments and support community initiatives to improve food security in South Etobicoke.
  • Develop partnerships and Collaborate with local agencies to provide nutritional programs
  • ­ Enhance capacity of community members to implement healthy lifestyles via programs developed by WEUHA.
  • ­ Implement programs that address food security, including managing the Good Food Market and pizza oven.
  • ­ Assign plots, ensure maintenance, and smooth coordination and communication with Growing for Change community garden.
  • ­ Promote the expansion of community gardens in South Etobicoke.
  • Provide consultation and resources for staff in existing food-related programs.
  • Educate participants at LAMP programs, including the Early Years Centre, Street Level, and Among Friends, about healthy eating recommendations and meal and snack ideas.
  • Provide nutrition and healthy eating consultation and resources for the community virtually or in person.
  • Screen, orient, train, supervise and evaluate dietetic students/volunteers during their community placement
  • Be able to identify and prioritize complex health and social issues
  • Ensure complete, accurate, and timely documentation of program activities and medical records.
  • Monitor for accuracy, quality, and thoroughness through participation in chart reviews.
  • Communicate information clearly and concisely to clients and health care providers on a regular basis.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship Program; preferably with a community focus
  • Graduate degree in community nutrition, with three years of experience in community health.
  • Current membership in the College of Dietitians of Ontario; in good standing.
  • Food Handling Certificate.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively across all levels of the organization’s diverse workforce.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to clearly convey information and ideas.
  • Positive attitude, empathetic, flexible and dependable with strong initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team oriented atmosphere.
  • Commitment to high levels of quality service provision through accurate, friendly and excellent client relations.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the impact of social, economic, and cultural issues in community health.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, facilitate, and evaluate group programs with diverse populations.
  • Experience in preparing and facilitating healthy, low cost meals and snacks to diverse populations.
  • Proven experience building relationships and working with various stakesholders.
  • Knowledge of LAMP Community Health Centre, the South Etobicoke community
  • Strength in application of motivational interviewing counselling techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and facilitate groups using principles of adult learning.
  • Strong skills in nutritional counselling, evidence-based practice, outreach, health promotion, team work, and problem solving.
  • First Aid and CPR is a requirement and must be kept current.
  • Knowledge of LAMP Community Health Centre and the South Etobicoke community.
  • A second language that is reflective of the community being served is an asset.

Proficiency in the Following Computer Skills

  • Solid working knowledge and ability to navigate a PC windows environment, including shared drives.
  • Strong skills and experience using Microsoft applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint & Publisher).
  • Strong skills and ability to easily navigate the internet/intranet environment.
  • Experience and accuracy using database applications (i.e. Electronic Health Records –PS Suites
  • Ability to learn new software quickly and willingness to continuously develop technology skills

Working Conditions

  • Occasional evening and Saturday work required
  • Occasional outdoor work required
  • Ability to effectively understand the appreciation of guiding fundamentals at LAMP, i.e. Health Promotion, Anti-Oppression; Harm Reduction and the principles of community-based practice. “Walk the talk.”
  • There is an expectation for all employees to participate in two events per year for the agency; these events may be during the evening or on a weekend.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent data entry, with extended periods of time sitting stationary in front of a monitor while keyboarding.
  • Ability to balance all job requirements in a busy atmosphere, including responding promptly to all communication.
  • Occasional standing for extended periods of time and some occasional lifting may be required.
  • Demonstrates good and safe work habits, and maintains a clean working environment.
  • Ensures full compliance with LAMP’s Health & Safety regulations and LAMP’s policies and procedures.

As part of our mandate for inclusivity, reasonable accommodations can be made for all incumbents to perform the described physical functions of the aforementioned job.

LAMP Community Health Centre is dedicated to achieving a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community it serves and encourages applications from equity seeking groups.

How to Apply

Please send your resume with a cover letter to Human Resources:
Email Address │ recruiting@lampchc.org
Subject │ Job Opening for Community Dietitian, Allied Health 
Internal Deadline │ 5:00 pm on Friday November 27, 2020
External Deadline │ 5:00 pm on Friday December 4, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. 
No phone calls please.

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