Nutritional Specialist

Happy Faces Learning Center - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.1

Job Title: Nutritional Specialist (Program)

Location: Washington, D.C.

Exemption Status: Nonexempt

Position Status: Full-time and must be available from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Compensation: Up to $16.83 per hour based on qualifications.

General Summary

Under general direction, the Nutritional Specialist will oversee daily procedures in center(s) to ensure compliance with policies and procedures set by center management as well as those set by CACFP, DOH, NAEYC, and OSSE. The incumbent will serve dual roles – as support to the daily execution of CACFP meal procedures, as well as supporting the Director of Nutrition with administrative projects as assigned. The successful execution of the program standards is expected to be achieved through coaching staff, quality program delivery, maintaining operational compliance, and demonstrating expected behaviors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Assist as needed in the preparation of breakfast, lunch, snack, and/or supper each day.
a. Responsible for ensuring that all food is stored appropriately before and after cooking and serving.

b. Oversee cleanliness, sterilization, and maintenance standards of entire kitchen area, including but not limited to: floor, refrigerators, serving supplies, etc., after all meals.

c. Ensure the accurate distribution of meals to all students according to the USDA meal pattern guidelines for the appropriate age groups.

d. Report equipment repair needs.

e. Control costs by adhering to recipes; following preparation standards.

f. Document menu substitutions as they occur.

2. Responsible for providing educational staff with program information as well as general nutritional policies and procedures.

a. Developmental update meetings with Infant/transitioning students in conjunction with educational staff and parents.

b. Create and maintain center recycling program.

c. Responsible for promoting and marketing center fresh fruit & veggie, healthy snacks, parent giveaway programs.

d. Plan and execute daily themed health and wellness training in classrooms in coordination with Educational Coordinator/Center Director.

e. Attend program training and workshops as they occur.

f. Serve as on-site correspondence for general nutritional concerns (within reason)

g. Responsible for Nutritional Department’s coordination of special events/birthday parties throughout center and approve/deny at their discretion with follow-up from Director/Executive Director.

3. Receive and process initial determination for Income Eligibility Statements of newly enrolled students and annual re-submission of current students as notified by Director in a timely manner.

a. Responsible for completing daily meal count sheets.

b. Responsible for monthly menu/recipe production.

4. May oversee a nutritional aide to ensure proficiency in scope of work.

a. Oversee meal production to ensure that best practices are followed to ensure efficiency and prevent workplace injury.

b. Demonstrate verbally and by role modeling a sound knowledge of best practices as established by the USDA food program guidelines.

c. Identify and report program needs throughout center to Director/Center Director.

d. Responsible for accurate closing checklists.


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent).
  • Associates Degree or college coursework in Education, Nutrition, Business, or related field is strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to demonstrate successful completion of the following in accordance with the D.C. Food Code, Title 25 of the D.C. Municipal Regulations:
Health Certificate with TB test results from within 24 months of exam date.

Food Handlers Certification.

Federal Criminal Background Check.

Drug and Alcohol test.

  • Must provide evidence of having completed, during each year of employment at least 36 hours of continuing education training.
  • Minimum of one (1) years’ experience in licensed childcare and/or elementary educational facility and at least two (2) years’ experience in an administrative role.
  • Must have general knowledge of nutrition, health and first aid. Must be able to maintain positive relationships with children, coworkers and parents.
  • Maintain knowledge of policy updates as they are released through OSSE, CACFP, USDA, or DOH.
  • Must have intermediate skills in use of programs such as Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, SharePoint, etc.), and other programs of the like for maintenance of records
  • Required Competencies:
Communications – Effectively expresses ideas and thoughts verbally and in written form; interacts well with parents and children; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed.

Continuous Learning – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback to improve performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; demonstrates commitment to the profession.

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations; exhibits conflict resolution skills; responds promptly to needs; responds to requests for service and assistance; establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact, consideration, and integrity.

Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to create a learning environment; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Planning/Organizing – Uses time efficiently to meet deadlines; manage multiple tasks; responds effectively to changing priorities.

Problem Solving- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials safely.

Working Conditions

This position operates in an early learning childcare environment. The incumbent will interact with children of varied ages and parents/guardians daily. The incumbent may be exposed to outdoor weather conditions as needed.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently sit, stand, bend, walk, run, jump, and reach. The incumbent must frequently lift up to 40 lbs. and stand up to 95% of their shift. Specific vision abilities required by this position include peripheral, close and distance vision to properly monitor ingredients. The noise level in the work environment is typically loud.

This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Other Duties

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and work performed by employees, but is not a complete list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of personnel. Furthermore, other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at the discretion of the employer. At which time, a revised job description will be dispensed to include any added and/or augmented essential functions.

Direct Reports

No direct reports.