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Nutrition Specialist 

Category Administration  


The Nutrition Specialist is responsible for ensuring all Nutrition responsibilities for Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Learning Centers are met.


1. Responsible for ensuring compliance or reporting incidence of noncompliance with Head Start, Early Head Start and CACFP contracts.
2. Provide direct communication with Food Service Vendors & Department of Health.
3. Process and track the CCFP applications for assigned centers each fiscal year.
4. Complete day-to-day record keeping tasks required by the USDA.
5. Monitor meals in Head Start/Early Head Start a minimum of three times a year to ensure that they are meeting CACFP regulations and Head Start Performance Standards.
6. Accurately process all nutrition paperwork and reports as required.
7. Review menus for meal pattern accuracy.
8. Implement policies and procedures which address the identification of children's nutritional needs, the design and implementation of nutritional services programs, meal service in center-based programs, family assistance with nutrition, and food safety and nutrition.
9. Prepare and distribute nutrition materials for centers as needed.
10. Support parents in obtaining appropriate food for children with allergies.
11. Train all new kitchen & center staff personnel annually and as needed on CCFP,DCF, DOH requirements pertaining to food purchasing, handling, CCFP requirements, safety & sanitation, civil rights, etc.
12. Secure food purchases and meal supplies from approved vendor and submit purchase orders as needed.
13. Ensure operational procedures for efficient and effective food production and distribution.
14. Submit Purchase Orders for nutritional services provided to children with allergies or special needs.
15. Develop nutrition education materials and educate parents, teachers and children in person on a regular basis (examples include food demos, meal planning on a budget, special needs diets, and fun child appropriate lessons).
16. Ensure all nutrition questionnaires for all HS/EHS files are reviewed and determine need for follow-up.
17. Assist Director of Nutrition in health & nutrition initiatives within the agency.
18. Provide on-going support and technical assistance to staff and families in areas of nutrition.
19. All other duties as requested to maintain the success of ECS.
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)

• This position reports to the Director of Nutrition.

Position Requirements

• Bachelors degree in Health, Nutrition or related field preferred
• Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) a plus
• 1-3 years related work experience

• Knowledge of the principles of food management and their application to DOH
• Knowledge of nutrition services available to families.
• Knowledge of and commitment to governmental, educational and religious standards set forth by: Head Start/ Early Head Start, DCF, NAEYC, CDA, VPK, State Partnership of School Readiness, and any other standards to which the agency commits.
• Ability to track, monitor, synthesize and analyze data.
• Ability to perform with little direct supervision.
• Ability to work with other employees and the public in a tactful, diplomatic manner.
• Proficient in Microsoft office applications.
• Excellent written and oral skills and a willingness to share information.
• Ability to adjust to new situations resulting from new laws, decisions, or circumstances with the flexibility needed to adapt and operate.

• Valid driver's license

• Works in an office and field environment
• Local travel to multiple sites is required
• Some night or weekend work may be required (trainings)

• Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)
• Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
• Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Salary Range Starting $35,600  
Travel Requirements Must be willing to travel. Mileage is paid.  
Position Nutrition Specialist  
Close Date  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Rachel Barker  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 0  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number ADM-21-00012  
Open Date 6/14/2021  
Location Skylark  
About the Organization Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. In addition, ECS recently became the new Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, and Citrus counties and the Early Head Start grantee in Gainesville. As a result, we now serve another 1,500 children and their families in these areas.

ECS uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff work proactively with children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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