Sports Nutrition Coordinator

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

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The Athletics' Department has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Sports Nutrition Coordinator to work in the Coral Gables Campus.


Under the supervision of the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Facilities and Event Operations, The Sports Nutritionist provides individual and group/team nutrition counseling and education to enhance the performance of competitive and recreational athletes, on-site and during travel. Primary responsibilities include counseling individuals and groups on daily nutrition for performance and health; translating the latest scientific evidence into practical sports nutrition recommendations; tracking and documenting outcomes of nutrition services, serving as a food and nutrition resource for coaches, trainers, and parents; providing sports nutrition education for health/wellness programs, athletic teams, and community groups; and maintaining professional competency and skills required for professional practice.  


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Individual Nutrition Counseling

  • Assesses and analyzes dietary practices, body composition, and energy balance (intake and expenditure) of athletes in the context of athletic performance and health.

  • Counsels athletes on optimal nutrition for exercise training (match nutrition to training phases and goals), competition, recovery from exercise, weight management, hydration, immunity, disordered eating, travel, and supplementation.

  • Counsels athletes on achieving and maintaining a level of body mass, body fat, and muscle mass that is consistent with good health and good performance.

  • Provides personalized meal and snack plans to promote achieving short- and long-term goals for athletic performance and good health.

  • Develops and counsels in hydration protocols.

  • Addresses nutritional challenges to performance, such as food allergies, bone mineral disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, iron depletion, and iron-deficiency anemia.

  • Provides medical nutrition therapy, as needed, to help manage or treat medical conditions.

  • Counsels athletes on optimal nutrition for recovery from illness or injury.

  • Coordinates nutritional care as a member of multidisciplinary sports medical/sports science teams.

  • Provides liaison with in- and out-patient programs for conditions such as disordered eating.

  • Evaluates nutritional supplements, including herbal supplements, for legality, safety, quality, and efficacy; monitors use of appropriate supplementation.

  • Collaborates with the individual’s family, physician, coach, and other health professionals, as appropriate.

  • Develops resources to support educational efforts.

  • Educates in food selection (grocery store tours, food storage) and food preparation (cooking classes).

  • Documents nutrition services provided and evaluates the effectiveness of nutrition strategies towards meeting desired outcomes using the Nutrition Care Process.

  • Educates and mentors dietetic interns and others as appropriate.

  • Supervises DTRs, student workers, and employees.

  • Develops and oversees nutrition policies and procedures.


Food Service and Menu Development

  • Manages athletics Nutrition Center and in coordination with athletics business office orders, inventories and distributes product

  • Coordinates with facilities maintenance and daily upkeep of the Nutrition Center

  • Communicates with coaches and staff on hours of operations

  • Supervises and schedules staff and students for Nutrition Center

  • Coordinates/manages quantity food production and distribution such as developing and managing training table menus and catering.

  • Coordinates nutrition for domestic and/or international travel, for example, catering, hotels, airlines, competition, for individuals and teams.

  • Manages budgets for purchasing and distribution of nutritional supplements.

  • Develops and delivers nutrition education for food service personnel.


Nutrition Education for Teams, Groups, or Wellness Programs

  • Develops and delivers nutrition education presentations, demonstrations, or events on various topics related to nutrition for performance.

  • Plans menus for training table and team travel.

  • Recommends appropriate pre-, during, and post-exercise fluids and snacks for individual training, team practice, and competition.

  • Provides individual nutrition counseling as needed.

  • Serves as a nutrition resource for coaches, teachers, trainers, food service personnel, and parents.


Professional Development

  • Maintains dietetic registration and continuing education requirements.

  • Develops and implements an individualized portfolio plan for professional growth and development including participation in professional organizations and activities, workshops, seminars, and development programs.

  • Stays abreast of current food, nutrition, and health issues and research related to sports nutrition.


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition, food and nutrition, or related area is required. Master’s degree in Nutrition or Exercise Physiology and a minimum of two years’ experience in nutrition counseling, preferably with emphasis on sports nutrition is preferred.

Completion of a didactic program in dietetics and supervised practice program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association is preferred.


Certification/License: Registered Dietitian with active registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association preferred; Certification/Licensure as required by state of practice preferred. Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) preferred.


Skills/Abilities:

- Excellent communication, presentation, and counseling skills.

- Ability to accurately measure height, and body weight.

- Ability to accurately assess body composition (body mass, body fat, and muscle mass).

- Ability to accurately assess and evaluate energy balance.

- Self-motivation and ability to work independently.

- Excellent time management, organizational, and record-keeping skills.

- Knowledge of food service quality and safety procedures.

 - Budgetary management.

 - Procurement and inventory management procedures.

- Knowledge of NCAA and ACC rules and regulations.



The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law.