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Performance Nutrition Fellow, Olympic Performance Nutrition

University of Cincinnati
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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 340,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, nine straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion. The University’s overall regional economic impact exceeds $10.6 billion, paving the way for the future of Cincinnati.

About the Department

The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with the vision to reach Next Level Success for all 18 varsity teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletics history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. The Cincinnati men's basketball team is among the 15 winningest programs all-time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to compete in the College Football Playoff in 2021. Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the several luminaries who have competed as Bearcats.

UC student-athletes collectively posted a 3.4 overall GPA in the spring of 2023, resulting in 11 consecutive semesters of a 3.3 department GPA or higher.

Under the leadership of Director of Athletics John Cunningham, and supported by more than 150 full-time staff members, UC Athletics' mission is to connect our community, enhance our University and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.

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Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati, Athletics Performance Nutrition is seeking applications for a Performance Nutrition Fellow (Athletic Intern). The fellow will actively participate as a member of the Performance Nutrition unit and will work directly with assigned sports teams in collaboration with the support staff and coaching staff while supporting the goals and initiatives of the Performance Nutrition unit. The Performance Nutrition Fellow will work under supervision of the Director of Performance Nutrition.

This is a part-time ( 40 hours), hourly position, not benefit eligible, lasting approximately 10 months with the possibility of an extension for a maximum duration of 24 months. This position is expected to run from the end of July 2024 through May 2025.

The individual in this position will have the ability to work a non-standard work week, including weekends and holidays. Effective oral and written communication, presentation, nutrition counseling skills, and strong interpersonal skills will be necessary for a successful applicant.

Essential Functions
  • Perform various duties related to a specific department within Athletics.
  • Counsel student-athletes regarding nutrition for optimal performance and health and medical conditions.
  • Assist with food service management and daily operations including but not limited to inventory, product ordering, fueling station aesthetics and education.
  • Develop educational materials & resources, including social media content.
  • Develop and deliver nutrition education presentations, demonstrations, or events related to performance to assigned teams.
  • Attend team workouts, practices, and games as needed to provide education and fuel to enhance performance.
  • Assist with travel nutrition needs for assigned teams – performance menus, pre/post-game fuel, post-game meals, recovery strategies, and snack bags.
  • Assist with menu development and oversight for training table meals.
  • Work closely with Sports Medicine, Sports Performance, and Sports Psychology and Wellness to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach for student-athlete health and wellness.
  • Assist with management, oversight, and mentorship of student volunteers/interns.
  • Examine and translate scientific research related to nutrition, athletic performance, and dietary supplements.
  • Evaluate dietary supplements for legality, safety, quality, and efficacy.
  • Other duties as assigned. This job description can be changed at any time.
Required Education

Bachelor's Degree.

Required Experience
  • Skilled in the use of personal computer and related software applications.
  • Desire to pursue a career within intercollegiate athletics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use independent judgement and to manage and impart information.
  • Must maintain NCAA compliance while in this role.
Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with active status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration – or achieved within three (3) months of hire.
  • Licensure as required by the State Medical Board of Ohio – or achieved within three (3) months of hire.
  • Experience in collegiate or professional sports nutrition environment is ideal.
Application Information
  • Interested applicants must apply online and include a cover letter of interest, a current CV/Resume, and 3 professional references with their current contact information and job titles in their application materials.
  • All certifications and other documentation can be uploaded using the Additional Documents section in the application.
  • Applications without a cover letter, CV/Resume, or professional references will not be considered for the position.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
  • Compensation and Benefits

    UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

    • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
    • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
    • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
    • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
    • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
    • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
    • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

    As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

    To learn more about why UC is a great place to work, please visit our careers page at

    For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at

    The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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