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Chicago Women's Soccer Academy - Chicago Red Stars

Chicago Women's Soccer Academy - Chicago Red Stars

Sports Nutritionist


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Posting Date

Dec 18, 2022

Role description

Sports NutritionistThe Chicago Red Stars is looking for an experienced Sports Nutritionist to develop and oversee nutrition policies and procedures and provide individual and group/team nutrition counseling and education to optimize the performance of our players. Primary responsibilities include daily nutrition consultations for performance and health; translating scientific evidence into practical sports nutrition recommendations; tracking and documenting outcomes of services, serving as a resource for coaching and training staff, and maintaining professional competency and skills required for professional practice.  Reports to the High-Performance Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:Coordinate nutritional care as a partner in a multidisciplinary sports medical/sports science team.Provide nutrition education and outreach to athletes, teams, coaches, and staff.Assess and analyze players' dietary practices, body composition, and energy balance in the context of athletic performance and health.Counsel players on optimal nutrition for training, competition, recovery (from sport, illness, or injury), weight management, hydration, immunity, disordered eating, travel, and supplementation.Counsel players on achieving and maintaining a level of body mass, body fat, and muscle mass consistent with good health and performance.Provide personalized meals, fluids, and snack plans to promote achieving short- and long-term goals for athletic performance and good health.Address nutritional challenges to performance, such as food allergies, bone mineral disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, iron depletion, and iron deficiency anemia.Work closely with food service staff to provide sound nutritional meals specific to the goals of individual athletes, training schedule, staff, and team needsDevelop, maintain, and manage nutrition station, supplement station, hydration station, and year-round budget. This also includes the process of ordering and receiving product.Evaluate and monitor the use of nutritional supplements for their legality, safety, quality, and efficacy. Educate players in food selections and develop resources to support educational efforts.Document nutrition services provided and evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition strategies towards meeting desired outcomes using the Nutrition Care Process.Create, develop, implement, and schedule home match day meals.Create, develop, implement, and communicate nutrition schedule and nutrition plans for training and match day with technical staff, Athletic training, and performance department while the team is on the road.Manage budgets for purchasing and distribution of nutritional supplements.Maintains registration and continuing education requirements.Continually research the latest innovations and developments in the sports nutrition field. QualificationsKnowledge/ExperienceBachelor's degree in clinical nutrition, food and nutrition, or related area, granted from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Master's degree in nutrition or exercise physiology preferred.Completion of a didactic program in dietetics and supervised practice program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association.Minimum 1 -2 years of experience in nutrition counseling, preferably with an emphasis on sports nutrition at the collegiate or professional level.  Must have strong knowledge and skills in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, lipid management, eating disorders, weight management, food intolerances, and other diagnoses, as well as sound knowledge of performance enhancement principles and strategies.Certification/License: Registered Dietitian with active registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Certification/Licensure as required by state of practice. Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) preferred.Skills/AbilitiesExcellent communication, presentation, and counseling skills.Ability to accurately assess weight, height, body composition, and energy balance. Knowledge of eating disorder/disordered eating signs and symptoms.Comprehensive knowledge and application of medical nutrition therapy, including interviewing and education techniques.Self-motivation and ability to work independently.Excellent time management, organizational, and record-keeping skills.Competence with nutrient analysis, word processing, and presentation software.Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).Knowledge of resting metabolic rate, energy expenditure, VO2 max, and lactate threshold measurements. Knowledge of food service quality and safety procedures.High ability to exercise sound tact, judgment, and discretion.The Chicago Red Stars provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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