Position Description Summary The Director of Sports Nutrition serves as a senior member of the Department of Athletics Health and Performance Unit and is committed to excellence, advancing the mission, vision and values of the department and contributing positively to the student-athlete experience. This position reports directly to the Associate Athletics Director for Health and Performance and provides strategic oversight and leadership of all aspects of the Sport Nutrition program. The Director will work collaboratively with the rest of the Health & Performance unit, which includes Athletic Medicine, Athletic Performance, and Sports Psychology to maximize student-athlete performance, health and wellbeing. This position also works closely with third-party vendors in the oversight and operation of the fueling stations and nutrition center.
Sports Nutrition Program Management (20%) Hires, develops, assigns and supervises a staff including (1) full-time professional Sports Dietitian, (1) part-time professional Sports Dietitian, and nutrition interns and dietetics students. Provides strategic performance management including goal setting, on-going coaching and performance review. Oversees and manages the Sports Nutrition department budget.
Policy Development (20%) Develop departmental infrastructure including policies and procedures for the efficient and effective operation of the program. Direct the development of performance and clinical nutrition methodologies, including policies, procedures, protocols and best practices, for 25 sports.
Education for Teams, Coaches and Health & Performance Unit (20%) Provide counsel and recommendations to coaching and operations staffs for nutrition during home and away competition as needed for sport specific fueling needs. Develop, coordinate and implement nutrition education programming for student-athletes independently and in collaboration with student-athlete development programming. Assess and counsel student-athletes and staff on appropriate and legal use of dietary supplements, banned drugs and restricted substances in compliance with sport governing bodies; e.g. NCAA, U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA), World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Division of Athletics policies.
Nutrition Management (10%) Serves as department’s liaison to the third-party vendor and professional chefs in the operations of a department-wide nutrition center. Serve as the department lead on the development of meal and implementation of nutrition/fueling station programs.
Coordinate with Athletic Medicine Staff (10%) Participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team on medically related nutrition concerns including medical screenings, treatment and ongoing medical management.
Coordinates Individual Nutritional Counseling (15%) Coordinate the assessment, education and counseling of student-athletes to include fueling for optimal performance, weight management, dietary supplements, prevention of heat illness and dehydration, ergogenic aids, sport injury and illness, sport-specific nutrition. Provide outpatient nutrition therapy services including evaluation, interpretation of patient data, treatment, reevaluation and discharge planning of patients referred from other health professionals and those utilizing direct access.
Miscellaneous (5%) Maintain professional competency and licensure required for professional practice. Maintain knowledge of and compliance with, specific NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and institution rules that relate to this position. Assist in advancing the department's mission, vision, and strategic plan including its commitment to equity and diversity. Position will work flexible hours which may including early mornings, evenings and weekends and may include periodic travel with team.
Requires BA/BS in Nutrition or related field with 7 years of experience; or 4 years of experience with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition or a related field; or only 1 year of experience with a terminal degree. Registered Dietitian (Commission on Dietetic Registration); and Licensed Dietitian (in State of Minnesota, or eligible for licensure upon hire). At least one year of experience working with Division I student-athletes.
Experience working with Division I student-athletes and athletics programs. 5-7 years of professional experience as a dietitian. Familiarity with NCAA regulations regarding supplements and health and safety of student athletes. Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).
Internal Number: 330633
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