The Registered Dietitian for Harvard University Dining Services counsels students and collaborates with Dining Services' staff to ensure a safe and healthy campus dining experience. This individual leads HUDS application of protocols around serving students with allergies or medically necessary special dietary needs, including meeting with students to arrange services and dining plans, and working with staff to facilitate and ensure their adherence. This individual also supports HUDS' goals around healthy and sustainable menus by working with the dining team to facilitate the application of Menus of Change principles in offerings and education in the dining halls; and acting as a resource to the culinary team to analyze and incrementally improve the overall nutritional profile of HUDS' offerings. (Note: the responsibilities of the individual in this role are distinctly separate from that of University dietitians; this individual does not counsel students medically around dietary choices, but rather ensures supports for safe dining and education around nutrition topics.)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Working in collaboration with Harvard's Accessible Education Office (AEO) and University Health Services (UHS) team of dietitians, support students with food allergies or other food-related medical dietary needs in understanding how to enjoy a safe and healthy dining experience in Dining Services' locations.
Meet with students to manage dining-hall related needs. Communicate with parents as needed to provide information and guidance on Harvard's system for managing allergies. Responds to and addresses student and parent inquiries, complaints, problems and concerns regarding nutritional needs and menu choices, and provides timely follow-up.
Using HUDS' framework of protocols for managing special dietary needs, develop individualized plans for how students will be supported and accommodated within the dining halls.
Act as a liaison between various support services on campus to meet accommodation recommendations and health needs.
Conduct regular audits and visits to check in on student dining plans.
Consult with Dining Services culinary team to review nutrition profile on menu items and make incremental improvements to offerings in keeping with Menus of Change principles. Act as a partner and resource to chefs in making recommendations for how to modify menu offerings to meet those goals.
Participates in menu planning for residential dining program, maximizing healthy options, and ensuring accuracy of menu nutrition information in the food production system (FoodPro). Review computerized nutritional analysis of recipes and provides technical support and nutrition advice if recipe needs to be modified.
Serves as advisor to event management staff and leadership team as needed to provide meal accommodations for medical diets at catered events.
Plan and conduct education and training in Dining Services operations, for students, community and staff, around key topics in nutrition and health, including allergen safety. Provide educational support for promoting healthy eating habits at Harvard; participates in various campus health initiatives and events.
Observes food preparation and service in all locations to ensure that department standards are met.
Supervises dietetic interns as appropriate.
Performs other duties that may be assigned.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; to write routine reports and correspondence; to speak effectively before groups of customers or associates of organization.
Other Qualifications: Possesses necessary skills to effectively operate computer-based systems, which manage menus and nutrition information; ServSafe® certified desirable.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
B.S. Degree in Dietetics or related field of study; credentialed as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) required.
One to two years' experience working in an Educational, Hospitality, or Health Care environment preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 52611BR
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