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Sports Dietitian Fellow, Department of Athletics

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2021-06-21
Req: R0003510
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Job Description Summary

This position is a 1-year position that will assist the Sports Nutrition Department in program development and will serve as the lead dietitian for specified sports providing nutrition services and support to our student-
athletes. These individuals, under the supervision of the Director of Sports Nutrition and Assistant Sports Dietitian, will serve as the main contact, resource, and liaison to execute date-to-day nutrition operations for
their specified teams as well as provide the nutrition education, counseling, game day nutrition for their teams.

Job Description

Primary Job Responsibilities:

● Optimize all aspects of nutrition related to student-athlete team practices and strength and conditioning sessions.

● 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

● Identify and advise on medical-related nutrition concerns such as anemia, disordered eating, diabetes, bone mineral disturbances, amenorrhea, hypertension, GI concerns, food allergies and intolerances, and other medical conditions

● Develop and facilitation of team nutrition education sessions

● Facilitate the preparation and delivery of pre- and post-practice nutritional needs, recovery shakes, meals and nutritional needs for their team

● Management of the operations of specified team nutrition. This includes product inventory, ordering, receiving, distribution of goods

● Forecast weekly needs for locker room fueling stations

● Develop and design educational materials and manuals using Canva, powerpoint, or publisher

● Perform grocery store tours with athletes

● Participate in the recruitment process to provide prospective student-athletes and family members with a comprehensive overview of performance nutrition services for sports

● Perform and interpret results of nutrition and body composition assessments

● Ability to travel with team for games and assist in all travel nutrition-related needs including but not limited to snack bags, performance menus for the hotel, game time fueling set up, halftime fueling, post-game meals

● Meal plan and menu plan development. This includes but is not limited to: pre- and post-practice snacks, catered snacks, grab n go snacks, pre- and post-game meals

● Maintain a consistent presence at primary sports throughout the week by participating and/or attending staff meetings, team meals, conducting weigh-ins, and any nutritional and hydration needs for practice (pre-fuel, refuel, personalized hydration plans, etc)

● Provide consistent communication to the coaching staffs, director of operations, strength and conditioning staffs, sports medicine staffs, team physicians, and department psychologists regarding sports nutrition and performance related issues and communicate appropriately to Director

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

● Research, evaluation, education, recommendation, and provision of permissible dietary supplements, as needed/appropriate

● Assist in the management of student volunteers/student workers that work in the CMNZ (main fueling station)

● Other responsibilities and team assignments as assigned by the Director of Sports Nutrition and/or Assistant Sports Dietitian

Required Professional Skills and Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, or related field

● Registered Dietitian with active registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

● Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in the state of North Carolina within 3 months of hire; required temporary license within 30 days to practice per state law

● Minimum 1 year of experience

● Proven ability to multi-task, work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner

● Excellent time and priority management, organizational, and record-keeping skills

● Ability to work a non-standard work-week which may include early mornings, late nights, weekends, holidays, overtime, non-traditional work hours, and overnight travel as needed

● Knowledge of food service quality and safety procedures

● Ability to uphold the core values of the athletics department in all aspect of work and operate in an ethical manner

● Ability to gain and maintain a working knowledge of rules and regulations of the Wake Forest University, ACC Conference, NCAA and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding nutritional supplements, banned drugs and restricted substances

● Ability and willingness to comply with disclosure regulations relative to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

Preferred Qualifications:

● Master’s degree in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, sports psychology or other health related field

● Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) within 1st year of hire

● Working knowledge of ACC conference, NCAA, and USADA rules and regulations

Note: This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

Benefits: This is a year-long hourly paid position. Pay is provided based on a 40-hour work week and received bimonthly. Additional benefits include: Gear provided by sports teams and nutrition department and some meals. The position does not provide additional benefits such as health or dental insurance.

Application Procedure:

● Please submit all materials required to the Wake Forest job application website. Materials include: cover letter, resume, and professional references.

● Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. Emailed, mailed or faxed materials will not be accepted.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Part timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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