Director of Performance Nutrition

United States Performance Center
Charlotte, NC

Summary of Position 

The United States Performance Center is seeking an experienced Registered Sports Dietitian for a contracted, benefited, full time position in Charlotte, NC. This position is required to be on site at the United States Performance Center offices in Charlotte, NC. The Director of Performance Nutrition leads the USPC nutrition department and will provide the following duties including but not limited to: individual assessment and nutrition coaching to professional athletes of partnered teams, provide team nutritional education, oversee the planning and execution of fueling strategies, uphold and periodically update goals and the overarching vision of USPC nutrition, organize and direct staff meetings to ensure progress towards these goals, oversee the performance nutrition budget, develop and maintain relationships with various nutrition partners, oversee individualized weight cutting management for combat sports, and documentation and dissemination of athlete progress to athletes and relevant performance staff. 

This role requires a high level of organization and communication to facilitate collaboration with team operations, coaching staff, strength and conditioning, athletic training, sports medicine, and sports psychology. The registered dietitian should be knowledgeable with supplements and able to work with athletes to recommend products that are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency requirements. The RD will also need to work with coaches and team managers to assist with meal preparation for domestic and international travel. The ideal candidate will maintain a high level of professionalism, express punctuality at all times, and be eager to help athletes achieve their specific training environment. 

About the United States Performance Center

USPC is an elite training facility located in Charlotte, NC that specializes in research based athletic development, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness for Team USA athletes. Staff work closely together to create individualized programs for athletes to help them perform to the best of their ability. The United States Performance Center is currently home to USA Women’s Field Hockey and USA Taekwondo; additional NGBs will be centralized in Charlotte soon. 

Primary Job Responsibilities: 

  • Provide optimal guidelines and recommendations for all aspects of nutrition related to athlete team practices and competitions, strength and conditioning sessions (pre- and post-workout fueling and hydration), recovery sessions, and around travel.

  • Develop and facilitate team (group) nutrition education sessions on a biweekly/monthly basis.

  • Management of operations and budget of specified team nutrition. This includes product inventory, ordering, receiving, distribution of goods, product education, and fueling station design.

  • Perform and interpret results of individual dietary practices, body composition assessments, and energy balance.

  • Meal plan and menu plan development throughout the athletes training cycle. This includes but is not limited to: pre- and post-practice snacks, catered snacks, grab n go snacks, pre- and post-game meals, and meal planning for domestic and international travel.

  • Develop an individualized weight cutting management plan for weight cutting athletes, and educate athletes and staff on proper protocol for athlete monitoring during weight cutting. 

  • Maintain a consistent presence at primary sports throughout the week by participating and/or attending staff meetings, team meals, conducting weigh-ins, and any nutritional and hydration needs for practice (pre-fuel, refuel, personalized hydration plans, etc).

  • Provide consistent communication to the coaching staffs, director of operations, strength and conditioning staffs, sports medicine staffs, team physicians, and department psychologists regarding sports nutrition and performance related issues.

  • Document nutrition services provided and evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition strategies towards meeting desired outcomes.

  • Research, evaluation, education, recommendation, and provision of permissible dietary supplements, as needed/appropriate.

  • Assessment and counseling of student-athletes on optimal nutritional practices for exercise training, competition, recovery from practice, recovery from injury and illness, weight management, hydration supplementation and legal use of dietary supplements, regularly banned drugs and restricted substances in compliance with sport governing bodies.

  • Identify and advise on medical-related nutrition concerns such as anemia, disordered eating, diabetes, bone mineral disturbances, amenorrhea, hypertension, GI concerns, food allergies and intolerances, and other medical conditions.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Master’s Degree or Higher in Dietetics

  • Currently hold a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)

  • Current NC license or eligible for NC licensure

  • (4) years of experience in sports nutrition at the collegiate or professional level

  • Strong clinical/ counseling skills

Highly Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with weight cutting sports and weight cutting management

  • Experience working with Olympic and/or Professional athletes

  • Knowledge of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) supplement and banned substances guidelines

Other Requirements: 

  • Highly organized and able to adapt and execute in a dynamic environment.

  • Adept with technology and data management.

  • When necessary, the ability to work non-traditional hours including weeknights/ weekends and overnight travel (as reasonably needed)

  • Ability to gain and maintain a working knowledge of rules and regulations of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding nutritional supplements, banned drugs and restricted substances

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Strong interpersonal skills to establish productive working relationships with multidisciplinary team and support services

Salary and Benefits:

This is a salaried position. Other benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, CEU and licensure reimbursement, comprehensive retirement plan, and PTO.