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Job Detail

Fall 2022
Assistant Director Dietitian
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Full Time

Assistant Director Dietitian for Dining Services - University Housing

University Housing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director Dietitian for Dining Services. This position plans, develops, evaluates, and implements programs and services that meet the nutritional needs of the student/customer population. This position also manages, directs, plans, organizes, and oversees the Dining Services food safety program and supports operations. This position is supervisory and requires the individual to exercise good judgment when dealing with students and customers. This position has the potential to deal with students in crisis thus a level of empathy and understanding is required to help students and customers in need. The individual's performance directly affects the effectiveness of Dining Services and the reputation of University Housing.

We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds who can help create and foster communities that strive toward our vision. This includes supporting the academic mission of the University by developing environments conducive to student learning and academic success, respecting, appreciating, and advocating for the diversity of our student population, and supporting the holistic development of all our students.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Nutritional Assessment, Counseling and Support - 55%

  • Provides one-on-one nutritional assessment, counseling, and support to the students through the Dining Commons and other Dining Services areas. Maintains timely documentation for students seeking nutritional counseling.
  • Assists students who are on restricted diets with nutrition counseling relevant to available menus and meal plans.
  • Develops and oversees Housing's nutrition awareness program with the goal of promoting health and wellness in accordance with the wellness objectives set forth by the University.
  • Provides nutrition expertise to students and staff concerning health, wellness, and diet.
  • Responds and addresses student and parent complaints, problems, and concerns regarding nutritional needs and meal plan choices as appropriate and provides accurate and timely follow-up.
  • Provide professional guidance to Executive Chefs, Sous Chefs and Food Production Chefs in menu planning and recipe development to ensure that nutritional guidelines and standards are followed.
  • Directs various Dining Services units on special projects related to menus and food preparation procedures, as needed.
  • Participates in University Dining Services meetings.
  • Serves as a preceptor to clinical nutrition and food service interns placed within the department.

Program Development and Administration Development of program materials 40%

  • Develops nutrition education materials and programs to be provided to individual students and groups of students.
  • Works with the Senior Asst. Director Communications & Marketing to serve as a resource of nutritional information for the various media sources in the area.
  • Plans and ensures proper, high-quality service and operations within entity and assigned projects. Assures services and products offered meet or exceed nutritional standards as well as campus needs.
  • Supports the operation and maintenance of the Menu Management System and Nutritional Information System.
  • Participates in and/or presents at campus forums and groups related to outreach activities pertaining to students' nutritional needs.
  • Research information and organizes lectures, workshops, and speaking events tailored to students or staff, about a diverse range of nutritional topics ranging from sports nutrition to eating disorders.
  • Supports the establishment and the evaluation of nutrition program goals and priorities. Serves as facilitator of change based on the identified Dining needs/preferences of students, their families, and other guests.
  • Ability to teach, supervise, and evaluate students.
  • Understand, incorporate, and provide menus and educational materials that reflect the various ethnic, cultural, and religious needs of the student population.
  • Prepares and administers internal controls as well as establishing quality control measurement for food safety.
  • Checks operational units, quality control, standards, and reports findings.

Perform related duties as assigned: 5%


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in dietetics, nutrition, or related field. Two years of full-time experience as a registered dietitian providing nutritional assessments, nutritional counseling and support, or promotion of health and wellness programs.

Possession of current Registered Dietitian licensure and registration from commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Must obtain licensure and registration from the State of Illinois within ninety (90) days of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree or higher Dietetics, Public Health, or another related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Demonstrated knowledge of culinary terms and food production techniques. Demonstrated experience in the development of menus and food preparation procedures. Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. Proficiency with windows-based PCs and food production systems. Excellent interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communications skills. The ability to work in an environment with diverse staff and students. Ability to learn university and departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Ability to learn departmental standards of nutritional care. Ability to supervise staff.

This is a full-time, 12-month position. The starting date will be as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

For full consideration, create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by October 9, 2022. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis once the search opens, but no final decision will be made until after the closing date. Please contact a member of the Housing Human Resources team at with any questions you may have.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit


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