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Athletics Dietitian

The University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

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The Athletics Dietitian reports to the Director & Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition to provide comprehensive nutrition services to the OU athletics department. Primary responsibilities include providing appropriate nutrition strategies to student athletes, supervising, and managing intern program and be a collaborator with all disciplines including nutrition staff, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, phycological services, and team staffs. 

Essential Functions:

Individual Nutrition Counseling 

  • Assess and analyze dietary practices, body composition, and energy balance of 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.
  • Outline personalized meal and snack plans to promote achieving short- and long-term goals to support health and athletic performance
  • Develop and counsel regarding hydration protocols.
  • Nutritional challenges to performance, such as food allergies, bone mineral disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, iron depletion, and iron-deficiency anemia.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate dietary supplements based on rules and regulations of the NCAA and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
  • Develop educational resources to support nutritional independence
  • Maintain documentation nutrition services provided and evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition strategies towards meeting desired outcomes.
  • Teams/group education
  • Recommend appropriate pre-, during, and post-exercise fluids and snacks for individual team practice, and competition.
  • Educate regarding food selection (grocery store tours, food storage) and food preparation (cooking classes)
  • Serve as a nutrition resource for coaches, sports performance staff, athletic trainers, food service personnel, and parents.
 Food Service and Menu Development

  • Collaborate with team(s) to develop and manage team meal menus 
  • Coordinate nutrition for team travel (catering, hotels, airlines, competition)
  • Oversee fueling stations and procurement of goods

  • Collaborate with other nutrition staff members to develop the strategic plan for the program, which includes setting short- and long-term goals, monitoring team performance and reporting on metrics.
  • Mentor student-internship program and dietetic interns
  • Remain current with the latest performance nutrition scientific research and translating this to policy and practice
  • Execute the Policies and Processes of OU Sports Nutrition. Ensuring quality and consistency in clinical, food service, and education programming through training and quality management studies.
  • Compliance with the rules & regulations of the University, the NCAA, the Big-12 conference, and the State of Oklahoma or any other governing body is of paramount importance to the University
Professional Development 


  • Maintain dietetic registration and continuing education requirements.
  • Stay current on food, nutrition, and health issues including research related to sports nutrition.

  • Other duties as assigned by Director & Assistant Director of Nutrition

Job Location
Required Education: Bachelor Degree in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, or closely related field 


    Detail oriented for accuracy of data and informationHighly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlinesAble to produce reports and complete work within deadlinesAble to work well with interdepartmental teams and initiativesAble to communicate well and build rapport quickly with students, coaches, adminstrators and other staffAble to demonstrate ability to work well with a diverse group of clientsCreate and deliver effective training presentationsAble to gain and maintain working knowledge of university, Big 12, and NCAA rules and regulations
Certifications: Registered Dietitian OR ability to obtain within 90 days of hire date

Departmental Preferences:

    Master's degree in nutrition, exercise physiology, or related field.Knowledge of rules and regulations of the Big12 Conference preferred.Certified (or/eligible) Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)2-3 years of experience working with nutritional needs of athletes; experience in a collegiate setting
Advertised Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to see including color, depth perception and clarity hear, and communicate verbally  Frequent exposure to pressure caused by deadlines and busy periods; may be required to travelAbility to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
Supervision: Graduate Assistants, interns, and student workers

Special Instructions:

Diversity Statement

    The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.

Organization: Athletic Department
Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 29, 2022
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