Director of Sports Nutrition- Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (140989)

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Director of Sports Nutrition, Football –

Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

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The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has an opening for a Director of Sports Nutrition, Football.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit


Individual Nutrition Counseling

  • Assess and analyze dietary practices, body composition, and energy balance of student-athletes in the context of athletic performance and health.

  • 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; e.g. NCAA, U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA), World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Department of Intercollegiate (DIA) policies.

  • Identify and advise on medical-related nutrition concerns such as but not limited to anemia, disordered eating, diabetes, bone mineral disturbances, amenorrhea, dyslipidemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal concerns, food allergies and intolerances, and other medical conditions.

  • Provide personalized meal and snack plans to promote achieving short- and long-term goals for athletic performance and health.

  • Attend workouts, practices, and games to provide the care, education, and fuel necessary for peak performance.

  • Develop resources to support educational efforts

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

  • Serve as a member of the menu management team within Varsity Room (Training Table), charged with enhancing the nutritional content of recipes and production techniques for nutritionally adequate meals for athletic performance and recovery

  • Provide prospective student-athletes and family members with a comprehensive overview of performance nutrition services.

Nutrition trainings, education and recommendations

  • Coordination of the development and oversight of nutrition education material production, social media, and on-site athlete dining education.

  • Actively participate in meal monitoring and plate-side nutrition education for student athletes at Varsity Room (training table), events, and team-specific pre-game meals.

  • Develop and deliver nutrition education presentations, demonstrations, or events on various topics related to nutrition for performance

  • Recommend appropriate pre, during, post-exercise fluids, and snacks for individual team practice and competition

  • Attend team meals and actively coach student-athletes to educate and enhance student-athlete meal choices. As well as grocery store tours, food storage, use of per diem, use of Red Card, and food preparation (cooking classes).

  • Coordinate and communicate travel nutrition need for assigned team(s).

  • Maintain professional competency and skills required for professional practice, including but not limited to current food, nutrition, and health issues and research related to sports nutrition

  • Maintain yearly continuing education in the field of sports dietetics

Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary, integrated performance team

  • Conduct and refer screening, treatment and prevention of disordered eating and eating disorders as necessary.

  • Provide consistent communication to coaching staff, strength & conditioning staff, athletic trainers, team physicians, mental health staffs, and administration regarding sports nutrition and sports performance related issues as well as advise areas for improvement.

  • Collaborate with relevant allied health care providers within the Sports Medicine department’s existing health care network by making referrals when appropriate.


  • Order, inventory, and procurement of goods through necessary vendors for athletic fueling stations.

  • Recruit, interviewing, hiring and scheduling undergraduate volunteers as Fueling Station Product Managers.

  • Provide education and mentorship of sports nutrition undergraduate volunteers and dietitian fellows



Required: Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s degree in Nutrition or related field required.


Required: One to three years’ experience working with professional or collegiate athletes.



Preferred: Three or more years working with professional or collegiate athletes


Required: Registered Dietitian (Commission on Dietetic Registration) required within 3 months of hire, Licensed Dietitian (State of Illinois) required upon hire.

Preferred: : Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)


Knowledge of and compliance with specific NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and institution rules that relate to this position is required.


May work nights and weekends


Salary will be commensurate with experience


100 % time of appointment for 12 months


As soon as possibility after the closing date.


For full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your (list required documents, such as resume, a cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references, etc.) by January 22, 2021. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at [email protected].

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College Name or Administrative Unit:Division of Intercollegiate Athletics Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Director of Sports Nutrition- Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (140989) Open Date:01/08/2021 Close Date:01/22/2021 Organization Name:Intercollegiate Athletics




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Posted: 1/11/2021
Application Due: 1/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time