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Community Servings Jamaica Plain, MA Research Dietician Clinical Dietitian (Full-time) Job ID JL1140 posted on 01/30/21

Starting Date:
03/01/2021

Position Description

STUDY SUMMARY

This research project, Food as Medicine for HIV: A randomized trial of medically tailored meals and lifestyle intervention, is a community-based randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a medically tailored meal (MTM) and intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) for people with HIV (PWH), Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), and food insecurity. The study will span five years including 2.5 years of patient enrollment, 3.5 years of MTM or a usual care and ILI intervention, and qualitative and further quantitative data analysis.

The usual care will consist of 12 months of MTM, consisting of a weekly delivery of 10 ready-to-eat meals, along with currently offered telephone-based nutrition assessments and education. The MTM ILI intervention recipients will receive usual care along with a 20-session telephone lifestyle intervention change program designed to complement the period of meal delivery and prepare for the period after meal delivery with behavioral and skill-building approaches to sustain the benefit of the intervention. The 20-session lifestyle intervention is targeted to the needs of PWH with T2DM experiencing food insecurity, with an emphasis on improving glycemic control and weight loss. The intervention will have a primary focus on diet quality, and reducing calorie intake to promote weight loss. Outcomes at 12 and 18 months include HbA1c, weight loss, and patient-reported outcomes.

The study is being led by Dr. Seth Berkowitz, a clinician and physician at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a leading expert on the association between food insecurity, poor health outcomes, and high healthcare costs. The Lifestyle Intervention (LI) is being developed by Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, Director of Nutritional and Behavioral Research at Mass. General Hospital, an exceptionally experienced lifestyle intervention investigator, and one of the architects of the Look AHEAD lifestyle intervention. Delahanty will work closely with the Community Servings Research Dietitian to develop and train on the delivery of the LI.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Reviews, implements and revises the nutrition and lifestyle component of research protocols in collaboration with investigators and the research team consistent with the goals of the research protocol, general nutrition principles, needs of the individual participants, and governing policies and procedures. The nutrition component may require literature review, contribution to study design, development of education materials and data collection tools.
• Attends training sessions to receive certification for delivery of the lifestyle intervention, and ongoing training meetings to discuss advanced counseling strategies and review treatment fidelity
• May conduct screening interviews with potential participants to assess eligibility for the designated study protocol. Obtain informed consent as approved by principal study investigator.
• Plan, organize and conductindividual lifestyle-related meetings for study participants as needed per protocol.
• Completes collection and interpretation of nutrition related data consistent with standards for nutrition research data completion and may participate in the publication and presentation of research findings
• Documents research nutrition data including participant understanding of protocol requirements and compliance to the nutrition component of the research protocol.
• Maintains strong and effective working relationship with co-workers and study staff.
• Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age-appropriate care of research study participants. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of diabetes care management, possesses the ability to assess data reflective of the study participants status.
• Complete other study-related tasks as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS:
• Effective interpersonal and written communication skills, as an individual and as a member of a team.
• Familiarity with the latest nutritional standards, practices, and procedures, especially for individuals with diabetes
• Effective individual counseling and group facilitation skills; some experience with motivational interviewing techniques
• Able to provide quality and compassionate care to a diverse participant population.
• Ability to translate complex scientific and nutritional information into simpler messaging for diverse audiences
• Able to organize work, complete tasks efficiently and independently with attention to detail, meet deadlines for multiple tasks and inquiries.
• Research knowledge with ability to understand and implement procedures/research protocols.
• Able to use judgment and solve problems; assess research literature and quality improvement parameters
• Computer proficiency including nutrition software, spreadsheets; and current knowledge of nutrition assessment instruments and tools.
• Skill in the effective use of English language to read and express ideas/facts orally
• Able to successfully pass a criminal background check upon hire. Community Servings is a CORI friendly employer.

Education/Experience:
• Master’s Degree from accredited college or university preferred.
• Five or more years of clinical counseling experience preferable. Two or more years’ experience in nutrition research
• Current Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We offer a complete benefits program including:
• Medical and Dental Insurance
• Life, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
• Paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick Time
• 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Daily community lunch

The is a 4-year grant-funded position. Specifically the position is:
• .5FTE in Year 1
• FTE in Years 2 & 3
• .5 FTE in Year 4

Minimum Qualifications


Desired Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Effective interpersonal and written communication skills, as an individual and as a member of a team.
• Familiarity with the latest nutritional standards, practices, and procedures, especially for individuals with diabetes
• Effective individual counseling and group facilitation skills; some experience with motivational interviewing techniques
• Able to provide quality and compassionate care to a diverse participant population.
• Ability to translate complex scientific and nutritional information into simpler messaging for diverse audiences
• Able to organize work, complete tasks efficiently and independently with attention to detail, meet deadlines for multiple tasks and inquiries.
• Research knowledge with ability to understand and implement procedures/research protocols.
• Able to use judgment and solve problems; assess research literature and quality improvement parameters
• Computer proficiency including nutrition software, spreadsheets; and current knowledge of nutrition assessment instruments and tools.
• Skill in the effective use of English language to read and express ideas/facts orally
• Able to successfully pass a criminal background check upon hire. Community Servings is a CORI friendly employer.

Education/Experience:
• Master’s Degree from accredited college or university preferred.
• Five or more years of clinical counseling experience preferable. Two or more years’ experience in nutrition research
• Current Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We offer a complete benefits program including:
• Medical and Dental Insurance
• Life, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
• Paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick Time
• 403(b) Retirement Plan
• Daily community lunch

The is a 4-year grant-funded position. Specifically the position is:
• .5FTE in Year 1
• FTE in Years 2 & 3
• .5 FTE in Year 4

Contact

arelissosa.cps@gmail.com
http://https://www.servings.org


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