Nutrition Specialist (Dietician)

Deadline: Open
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: Full Time

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 Healthy Living section of the Model includes Preventing Chronic Diseases, which looks at promoting healthy lifestyles including physical activity, nutrition, and smoking cessation.

The Nutrition (Dietician) Specialist will play a key role in the Preventing Chronic Diseases team to provide nutrition support to the region. The Nutrition Specialist will develop resources for community-based workers and work closely with community-based workers to support healthy nutrition initiatives. The Nutrition Specialist will support health promotion, education, and resources around nutrition and its impact on chronic conditions, with special attention to diabetes. The Nutrition Specialist will also work to support communities in food security initiatives.



  • Master’s Degree in Nutrition with an emphasis on public health and/or community nutrition from an accredited university
  • Baccalaureate degree in Foods and Nutrition or an equivalent program 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, especially as it relates to diabetes and other chronic conditions
  •  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
  • Provide leadership and expertise in the identification of community nutrition needs, as well as planning, development, implementation and evaluation of nutrition services and activities
  • Experience and training in First Nations cultural competency
  • Experience and interest in working with at-risk clients
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team and foster relationships with stakeholders within SLFNHA and the First Nations communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to social change
  • Excellent interpersonal, decision making, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent facilitation, team building and conflict managements skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management 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 through
    • Development and evaluation of nutrition education programs
    • Nutrition promotion campaigns
    • Workshops
    • Social Media
  • Assess, counsel, support, and advocate for communities in initiatives related to food insecurity and the social determinants of health
  • Provide expert advice, technical consultation and continuing nutrition education for professionals in the Healthy Living 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, community gardens, local stores/co-ops, 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 nutrition and traditional practices
  • Maintain required professional memberships and professional competence through participation in professional development programs and by self-directed study
  • Other duties as assigned