Family Nutrition Specialist

Deadline: Posting Has Expired
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: 1-Year Term

The Approaches to Community Wellbeing is a regional resource to 31 First Nations Communities. The Approaches to Community Wellbeing provides expertise, support, services, and programming in public health to the region. The program also supports communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their own Approaches to Community Wellbeing. The Raising our Children section of the model includes Family Health, Youth Development, and Building Healthy Relationships.


  • Baccalaureate degree in Foods and Nutrition or an equivalent program from an accredited university
  • Master’s Degree in Nutrition with an emphasis on public health and/or community nutrition from an accredited university 
  • Current registration in good standing or  eligibility to obtain  registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (under Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991) is required; 
  • Member of Dietitians of Canada
  • Completion of an accredited dietetic internship
  • Relevant  community or public health  nutrition experience in the area of child and family health
  • Three to five years community health nutrition experience
  • Demonstrated skills and ability in the areas of adult education, health education, program planning and evaluation, social marketing, behavioral change management, and health promotion.
  • Understanding of the determinants of health in relation to public health nutrition and the unique context of remote First Nations communities
  • Must have knowledge of, and sensitivity to native culture and the government health policies and regulations as they apply to First Nations
  • Experience and interest in working with at-risk clients
  • Excellent interpersonal, decision making, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent facilitation, team building and conflict managements skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with individuals and groups in English, including demonstrated ability to provide presentations and written reports
  • Ability to speak fluently in one of the Sioux Lookout Zone First Nations dialects, and or write in syllabics is an asset.
  • Experience using social media as well as excellent keyboarding skills and Microsoft suite skills including Word, Power Point and Excel database applications
  • Travel is required
  •  Valid driver’s license 


  • Participate in program planning, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition initiatives to address the needs of communities
  • Ensure the delivery of direct nutrition service to communities for families through:
  • Development and evaluation of nutrition education programs;  
    • Nutrition promotion campaigns;
    • Workshops;
    • Social Media.
  • Provide expertise to families to improve health and nutrition of breastfeeding mothers, promote of breastfeeding, and to ensure the successful transition of children to solid foods
  • Provide expertise to families to improve the health and nutrition of children and to decrease obesity
  • Assess, counsel, support, and advocate for families focusing on food insecurity and the determinants of health
  • Provide expert advice, technical consultation and continuing nutrition education for professionals in the Raising our Children program
  • Conduct training of community members, volunteers and peer educators to deliver innovative community nutrition programs and provide nutrition education.
  • Increase the capacity of community partners to coordinate and develop local programs and services related to healthy eating and healthy weights 
  • Provide leadership and expertise in a wide range of community programs/agencies/coalitions/media work. Specific supports may include:
    • Advocating for funding, enhanced programming and changes in policy;
    • Facilitating community development initiatives such as community kitchens, feeding programs and healthy food policies;
    • Seeking out specific funding opportunities and developing grant proposals, as needed;
    • Planning, coordinating, and supporting the implementation of community based programs;
    • Skill development in areas of food skills and healthy eating for priority populations;
    • Working with Policy Analysts to create policies that change the environment of healthy eating;
  • Support and build capacity of community-based workers through:
    • Mentorship
    • Providing resources
  • Work toward quality assurance in all nutrition programs.
  • Provide budget required data and cost effectiveness of nutrition programs in order to maximize health outcomes
  • Liaise and work in partnership with nutrition-related internal and external  committees, working groups, task forces, organizations and coalitions as a representative for the SLFNHA, to accomplish the roles and responsibilities noted above
  • Support community-based research around child and family nutrition and traditional practices 
  • Maintain required professional memberships and professional competence through participation in professional development programs and by self-directed study.
  • Follow all policies and procedures to ensure personal safety and safety of others.
  • Report any equipment or safety problems to supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned