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Registered Dietitian (Bilingual English/Spanish Required)

CalOptima Orange Full-Time
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The Registered Dietitian is responsible for promoting nutritional health for CalOptima members by providing nutritional assessments and education. The incumbent will conduct one-on-one nutrition counseling and group presentations as well as review, develop and recommend high quality, culturally appropriate nutrition education materials. The incumbent will act as a resource for CalOptima providers, health networks and community partners. Flexible schedule requires availability to participate in evening and weekend events.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provides individual nutrition assessments, counseling and education by phone or in person using a patient-centered approach.
  • Develops nutrition education materials to promote prevention, management of chronic illness and healthy living.
  • Applies appropriate behavioral and adult learning theories to develop, present and educate members, providers and staff on nutrition topics.
  • Works closely with case management, population health management, pharmacy and other medical support staff to assist with member care planning.
  • Participates as a member of Interdisciplinary Care Teams as needed.
  • Possesses and maintains knowledge of the latest advances and research on various health and nutrition topics, including but not limited to pregnancy, infancy and geriatric stages of life.
  • Acts as a resource for CalOptima providers, health networks and community partners.
  • Participates in internal and external committees, coalitions and events, as directed.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with staff at all levels, providers, other program or agency representatives, and the public.
  • Systematically evaluate work and apply skills to continuously improve processes.
  • Initiate and follow through on projects with minimal supervision.
  • Work within a team structure and manage/lead multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Think critically to solve problems.
  • Effectively utilize computer and applicable software (i.e. Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).
  • Work a flexible schedule availability to participate in evening and weekend events.

Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics or related field required. Master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences or other closely related field preferred.
  • Registered Dietitian Certification required.
  • 3+ years experience required, preferably in a managed care setting.
  • Certified Diabetes Educator preferred.
  • Bilingual in English and in one of CalOptima's defined threshold language is required.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, techniques and practices of preventive and therapeutic nutrition, including recommended food requirements for different age and ethnic groups, expectant mothers, infants and others with special dietary requirements.
  • The comparative cost of various foods in relation to their nutritional value.
  • Laboratory tests used for nutrition diagnosis, normal and abnormal results and their clinical significance.
  • Behavior change, adult learning and group process theories and application.
  • Motivational interviewing/client-centered counseling.
  • Health literacy and plain language communication.
  • Appropriate techniques, practices and cultural sensitivities to serve social and ethnic groups.

Grade:  L


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Health Administration
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Registered Dietitian (Bilingual English/Spanish Required)
Estimated Salary: $76K
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