Assistant Director, Sports Nutrition – Nutrition Services – Full Time 8 Hour Days (Exempt) (Non-Union) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition leads the nutrition department. Works with the director of nutrition to recruit and hire qualified dietitians, onboards new hires, mentors, leads and disciplines dietitians, interns and student workers when necessary. Assigns sports and administrative duties. Develops and enforces policies within the department. Collaborates with physicians, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, sport coaches etc in the best interest of the student athlete. Maintains and reports budgets to the director, works with development staff to foster trade deals with vendors, maintains inventory of all fueling stations and collaborates with the athletic dining staff for meal selection. Fosters ongoing communication with administration, sport coaches, strength and conditioning staff, athletic medicine staff, physicians and department psychologists regarding sports nutrition and performance issues.

Essential Duties:

  • Assists the director in leadership of a comprehensive nutrition program (e.g., meal planning, education, and counseling) based on client needs, representing all sports.
  • Assists the director in development of short and long-term strategic department plans and manages budget and financial responsibilities. Manages assigned staff, student workers, and resource employees.
  • Leads the development, implementation, and maintenance of effective nutrition, meal, and hydration plans and initiatives based on client needs. Monitors and evaluates client nutrition status, reports on relevant metrics as required, and consistently makes improvements to plans.
  • Provide accountability reports of processes to quantify the effectiveness of the sports nutrition program and services provided and recommend innovative methods of advancement to the director.
  • Develops and delivers nutrition education presentations, demonstrations, events, and resources to support educational efforts.
  • Supports student-specific nutrition assessment, counseling, and education (e.g., weight management, exercise training) and/or to address nutritional challenges to performance, (e.g., recovery, immunity, disordered eating), coordinating care with internal and external stakeholders as required.
  • Serves as an expert nutritional resource for students athletes, coaches and staff. Fosters effective and consistent communication with all relevant parties critical to supporting client welfare.
  • As delegated by the director, works closely with the campus food service staff to provide sound nutritional meals specific to the goals of individual student-athletes and teams.
  • Develop, revise and maintains a thorough understanding of all departmental and university policies and procedures, as well as applicable government and industry standards, and ensures adherence to them. Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.
  • Maintains currency on latest products and trends by reading trade publications, attending seminars and trade shows, and developing and maintaining vendor contacts.
  • Provides appropriate leadership to staff and coaches with regard to advising student athletes on nutritional supplements. Since supplements are an unregulated industry and the NCAA does not recognize third party testing, there are significant consequences that may be avoided with appropriate messaging and documentation.
  • Creates a system where appropriate referrals and oversight to those student athletes with special needs e.g. but not limited to anemia, disordered eating, diabetes, bone mineral disturbances, amenorrhea, dyslipidemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal concerns, food allergies and intolerances, and other medical conditions and work collaboratively with other disciplines such as athletic medicine, sport psychology and specialty physicians.
  • Develops and leads the department with evidence- based directives regarding measuring body composition, hydration testing and heat illness prophylaxis through proper hydration.
  • Lead, supervise and direct education in the form of but not limited to grocery store tours, cooking demonstrations, printed/electronic infographic materials.
  • Assists with on campus recruiting efforts for prospective student athletes.
  • Manage the travel nutrition needs for sports including but not limited to snack bags, performance menus, halftime/dugout snacks, and post-game meals.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Required Qualifications:

  • Req High school or equivalent
  • Req Bachelor’s degree Nutrition, dietetics, or related field
  • Req 5 years Experience working with nutritional needs of athletes; experience in a collegiate setting a plus
  • Req 3 years Experience in a leadership capacity
  • Req Attention to detail when performing assigned tasks
  • Req Excellent time and priority management, organizational, and record-keeping skills
  • Req Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to interact with a wide variety of individuals within a diverse environment
  • Req Strong interpersonal skills, presentation, and counseling skills
  • Req Ability to work a non-standard workweek which may include nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Req Ability to operate with the highest standards of impartiality and professional treatment
  • Req Ability to uphold the core values of the athletics department in all aspect of work and operate in an ethical manner
  • Req Ability to comply with disclosure regulations relative to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Req Knowledge of rules and regulations of the Pac 12 Conference preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pref Master’s degree Nutrition, exercise physiology, or related field

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Req Registered Dietitian – RD With active registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Req Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
  • Req Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only) ***Per LA Fire City Code regulations If working within the following areas, employee is exempt from this requirement: Student Health Center and Athletics facilities (within “B” occupancy).

The annual base salary range for this position is $81,120.00 – $133,010.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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