Associate Director of Performance Nutrition

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
Job Description:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, LSU Athletics acknowledges the impacts of implicit bias and structural inequity that can impede the creation of a vibrant and representative workforce. We recognize the benefits of diverse perspectives in leadership and of equity in the distribution of organizational resources and opportunities. Therefore, we are committed to eliminating barriers to create a better future for our employees, partners and community.  To the fair consideration, employment, retention and advancement of qualified applicants, we welcome the unique contributions that individuals bring in terms of their education, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, ability, family status, veteran’s status, experiences, opinions, and ideas.  Forever LSU.


The Associate Director of Performance Nutrition for Olympic Sports provides scientifically-based nutrition care in order to optimize health and performance of elite student-athletes competing for a highly competitive, Division I athletics program. The position assists in the management of the day-to-day operations of the performance nutrition program providing expert sport nutrition resources, education, consulting, and research. They are engaged in a multidisciplinary team approach working collaboratively with administration, team physicians, athletic training, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, coaches and performance chefs to support each team and individual student athlete. This  position would have the opportunity to continue growing the departments collaboration with sports science and sport psychology.


65% Develop and provide nutrition education, performance lab testing, plate-coaching, menu development, manage practice and competition fueling and assist in recruiting efforts for assigned Olympic teams. Assists Director of Performance Nutrition in the development of performance nutrition guidelines and procedures for the department that ensure health and safety of the student athletes. 


Provide individualized and team-based nutrition counseling based on student athlete performance goals. Triage level of nutrition care in order to provide adequate medical nutrition therapy for individual student-athletes. This may include but is not limited to weight management, body composition testing and analysis, meal planning, hydration testing, blood lab interpretation, dietary supplement review, injury prevention, recovery and rehabilitation, and general performance nutrition education. 


Work in conjunction with athletic training, sports psychology, strength & conditioning team physicians to provide optimal care for assigned student athletes. Actively participate in the development and implementation of the eating disorder task force. Manage electronic medical record databases and interactive performance nutrition platforms to benefit the needs of the department. 


Utilize updated and relevant research to support distribution of dietary supplements according to NCAA regulations. Review all dietary supplements presented by a student-athlete or coach and provide education on the risks and benefits, when necessary. 


25% Educate and mentor performance nutrition fellows, dietetic interns, and student volunteer interns. Assist with planning, developing, organizing, implementing, and evaluating all projects that support the vision of LSU Performance Nutrition.


5% Attend team practices, lifts, and competition, as needed. Travels with teams, as needed.


5% Advances and supports LSU and Athletics Department diversity and inclusion initiatives through personal participation in educational and developmental opportunities, as well as participation in the creation of an inclusive culture consistent with the values of LSU and its Athletics Department. Assist with other duties as assigned by the Director of Performance Nutrition for Olympic Sports.


Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, or related field with two years of experience as a Registered Dietitian in a collegiate or other athletics setting. Strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, time and priority management skills and the ability to work as a supportive team member toward agreed upon goals. Registered Dietitian with Louisiana licensure or licensure eligible.


Preferred Qualifications: CSSD certification


Special or Physical Qualifications: Ability and willingness to work extended days, weekends and holidays. Some travel may be required.  Due to the nature of the position and/or position responsibilities, this position shall be subject to pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing in accordance with University Policy Statement 67.   


Additional Job Description:Special Instructions:A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.   
Posting Date:November 21, 2022   Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):  
Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!   

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LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (hr@lsu.edu).   

HCM Contact Information:

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