The Football Sports Dietitian reports directly to the Director of Performance Nutrition and provides nutrition services to the football program. This program includes the clinical, food service and education/outreach services provided to optimize the health and performance of football student-athletes. Primary responsibilities include individual nutrition counseling; team education; menu development; serving as a food and nutrition resource for coaches, athletic trainers, and sports performance staff; and maintaining professional competency and skills required for professional practice.
*Willingness and ability to work non-traditional schedule including early morning, evenings, weekends and holidays. Travel required.
Responsible for adhering to all Department and University policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
Assess and analyze dietary practices, body composition, and energy balance of football student athletes in the context of athletic performance and health.
Counsel athletes on optimal nutrition for exercise training, competition, recovery from exercise, weight management, hydration, immunity, disordered eating, travel, and supplementation.
Provide personalized meal and snack plans to promote achieving short- and long-term goals for athletic performance and good health.
Attend football workouts, practices and games to provide the care, education and fuel necessary for peak performance.
Collaborate with sports medicine staff to monitor student-athlete hydration, determine sweat rates and cramping risk, and design individualized hydration plans.
Address nutritional challenges to performance, such as food allergies, bone mineral disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, and micronutrient deficiencies
Counsel athletes on optimal nutrition for recovery from illness or injury.
Coordinate nutritional care as a member of multidisciplinary sports medicine teams for conditions such as disordered eating.
Attend football staff meetings, providing coaching staff with updates on student-athletes progress and areas for improvement.
Evaluate dietary supplements under the guidelines of the NUDAR policy.
Develop resources to support educational efforts.
Document nutrition services provided and evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition strategies towards meeting desired outcomes.
Nutrition Education for Teams, Groups, or Wellness Programs
Develop and deliver nutrition education presentations, demonstrations, or events on various topics related to nutrition for performance.
Recommend appropriate pre-, during, and post-exercise fluids and snacks for individual team practice, and competition.
Attend football team meals and actively coach student-athletes to educate and enhance student-athlete meal choices.
Educate regarding food selection (grocery store tours, food storage, use of per diem) and food preparation (cooking classes)
Assist with recruiting functions, providing prospective student-athletes and family members with comprehensive overview of performance nutrition services.
Serve as a nutrition resource for coaches, sports performance staff, athletic trainers, food service personnel, and parents.
Food Service and Menu Development
Collaborate with food service provider to develop and manage team meal menus and catering.
Coordinate nutrition for football team travel (catering, hotels, airlines, competition)
Develop and deliver nutrition education for food service personnel.
Oversee the football fueling stations (including interns and volunteers) and ensure compliance with Evanston Health department rules and regulations
Maintain dietetic registration and continuing education requirements.
Develop and implement an individualized plan for professional growth and development including participation in professional organizations and activities, workshops, seminars, and development programs.
Stay current on food, nutrition, and health issues including research related to sports nutrition.
Other Duties as Assigned
Registered dietitian (with active registration through Commission in Dietetic Registration) and ability to obtain Illinois State RD Licensure within 3 months of date of hire
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in creating and maintaining nutrition care plans for athletes
Prior experience working with professional or collegiate football athletes preferred
Compliance with FERPA and HIPAA.
Knowledge of rules and regulations of athletic governing bodies: e.g., National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), regarding banned drugs and restricted substances.
Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with culturally diverse students and staff.
Master’s degree in nutrition, exercise physiology, or related field
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
Previous experience working with division 1 or professional football athletes.
Knowledge of rules and regulations of the Big Ten Conference preferred.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.