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Dietary Services Coordinator (Mental Health)

This information is for reference only. These classifications are no longer valid and were replaced 7/1/2020.

  • Dietary Services Coordinator (Mental Health)
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Annual Salary Range:
$46,392.00 – $73,896.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,933.00 – $3,079.00
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This is highly responsible professional and administrative dietetic work involving the planning and execution of a state-wide dietary services program for state facilities providing group care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

The employee in this class is responsible for planning, organizing and directing a comprehensive program of food service management in the various facilities of the Department of Mental Health. Work includes developing new systems for the delivery of services and the monitoring of all programs for securing uniform standards of food service management. Work includes interaction with state and federal agencies and facility personnel. Functional supervision and direction are provided to dietetics service personnel and professional staff involved in the implementation of the nutrition care program. General administrative supervision is provided by the Director of the Department or other designated superior, leaving the employee considerable latitude for independent functioning in areas of dietetics expertise.

Job Duties

Develops criteria and monitors standards that are utilized by the dietary departments in meeting accreditation, state licensing requirements, and standards of performance required by the various federal programs in which the Department of Mental Health participates.

Develops administrative policies concerning standards of performance and quality control requirements for the various dietetics departments.

Monitors dietary services in the various facilities, evaluates present and future needs and formulates general plans for the provision of nutrition care.

Develops and makes recommendations for staffing, training and the use of food service and dietary personnel within the facilities.

Develops and monitors food management systems that control inventories, menu planning, food preparation, and cost accounting within the individual facilities.

Provides technical assistance to facilities involved in remodeling or constructing new food units.

Gives technical supervision through analysis of reports, budgetary studies and personal inspections of the individual facilities.

Acts as liaison between the Department of Mental Health and the Division of Family Services in matters related to monitoring the distribution of federal surplus commodities.

Acts as liaison between the Department of Mental Health and the Division of Purchasing in monitoring and recommending specification changes for raw food supplies and food service equipment.

Acts as liaison between the Department of Mental Health and the (Division of Family Services) Child Care Food Program in matters related to participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Acts as liaison between the Department of Mental Health and the Missouri Department of Health in matters related to participation in Adult Day Care Program.

Confers with officials and dietitians on specific problems and methods of improving services at each facility.

Assists in recruiting dietitians for the various facilities.

Prepares special and periodic reports concerning the program.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Seven years of experience as a professional dietitian, including four years as a Registered Dietitian in a responsible administrative capacity. (A Master's Degree in dietetics, nutrition or food management which was obtained subsequent to meeting all requirements for registration as a Registered Dietitian may be substituted for a maximum of one year of general experience.)

Special Requirements

Registration as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of dietetics and of facility food management, including cost and food values.

Thorough knowledge of modern methods, materials and equipment used in food preparation and service.

Thorough knowledge of general principles of organization, management, supervision and training as they apply to large or complex dietetic departments.

Ability to formulate general plans, policies and standards as a basis for a uniform system of food service management in a number of facilities.

Ability to evaluate menus for facilities food service in regard to cost and nutritional adequacy.

Ability to plan, organize and give technical direction to the activities of a large number of employees in several facilities.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates and associates.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to establish dietary standards for maintaining quality control.

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