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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4241 - Diet Technician

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
GRADE: 108

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in providing nutritional care services to individuals and groups; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class is responsible for assisting the dietitian in resident staffing by completing assessments, preparing and collecting data and data entry of MDS and care plans, planning and coordination of food service programs and menus for the Convalescent Center residents. General direction is received from the Dietitian Supervisor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Completes the annual and quarterly Nutrition and Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments and Care Plans, to include collection of information from personal interviews with residents and family, data in the medical record, treatment books and CNA books
• Assesses client satisfaction with menus, assess their nutritional status, and identifies nutrition-related needs
• Adapts oral diets to individual needs
• Obtains food preferences from residents and family members
• Documents ongoing client care in the medical records
• Performs ongoing review of medical records for nutritional data/status
• Calculates nutrient intakes as ordered
• Provides basic nutrition information for modified diets
• Collaborates and communicates with other health care providers
• Develops, implements and reviews nutrition care plans
• Completes monthly documentation on high-risk residents as defined by the facility
• Counsels clients and families on specific diets
• Monitors food quality and meal acceptance
• Assists with menu planning
• Implements and evaluates diet modifications
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Food values and proper nutrition
• Nutrition and dietary objectives
• The nutritional implications of health problems and issues
• Management and leadership principles
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Evaluating and assessing nutritional needs
• Preparing and monitoring nutritional care plans for residents
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and two (2) years experience in the field of clinical nutrition; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
This position requires certification as either a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) or Dietetic Technician, Registered.