Matrix Human Services

REPORTS TO:              Health and Nutrition Manager, Birth to 5 Program

SUPERVISES:   Nutrition Specialist(s) and Food Service Staff (Cooks)

FLSA:    Exempt


The Assistant Manager, Nutrition/RD ensures the delivery of a comprehensive, high-quality nutrition program. The incumbent promotes service delivery that is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. Provides guidance, training and technical assistance to program staff and parents to guarantee that children are served nutritious meals and snacks appropriate in a Head Start Program. It is also the responsibility of the Assistant Manager, Nutrition/RD to provide recommendations for program improvement and monitor the carrying out of these recommendations. The role supervises Health and Nutrition staff members, nutrition volunteers, including the Nutrition Specialist(s) and Food Service Staff.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition, dietetics, or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Possess a current membership and registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Maintain Dietitian registration, state-required credentials, and/or licensure and continuing education requirements
  • One to two years experience providing direct services to children and families in a health setting, and one year of experience supervising others
  • One to two years experience in food service
  • Knowledgeable of USDA guidelines and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Strong working knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards and Michigan Childcare Licensing Regulations
  • Effective in an environment of cultural diversity; comfortable in a collaborative, team-based work setting
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Reliable transportation is required
  • Able to compile and analyze data to make effective recommendations and decisions
  • Effective at problem-solving, attentive to detail, organized, able to prioritize between multiple tasks, flexible with changing priorities
  • Regularly review policies and procedures; revise and/or create policies and procedures as necessary
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Ensure compliance with requirements of the Child and Adult Care and Food Program (CACFP), including completing the application for sponsorship, technical assistance (as needed), monitoring and recordkeeping
  • Plan daily cycled menus that will provide one half to two-thirds of the child’s daily nutritional needs; high in nutrients and low in fat, sugar, and salt, and in compliance with USDA and CACFP requirements
  • Serves as a member of the Health Services Advisory Committee
  • Ensures the health and nutrition mandates of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Michigan Child Care Licensing regulations are met
  • Assess, identify, document, plan, and evaluate all health and nutrition-related services to ensure the best possible health/nutrition outcomes for children and families; this includes individual child assessments
  • Provide consultation to families of children identified with nutrition needs; develop written intervention strategies as a team to assist staff in developing an individualized nutrition plan as needed
  • Develop and monitor the provision of special diets for children with documented food allergies, other feeding problems, or special nutritional needs, consulting with children’s doctor as Also, ensure children with disabilities who are in need of adaptive feeding techniques or utensils receive them
  • Ensure infants and toddlers are fed according to their individual developmental readiness and feeding skills as recommended in USDA requirements, and ensure infants and young toddlers are fed on demand to the extent possible
  • Work cooperatively with the staff person responsible for fiscal monitoring of the CACFP program
  • Determine the training needs of staff, parents, and children and develops and/or delivers nutrition education including the development of appropriate resources
  • Provide monitoring at sites to ensure that foods are an integral part of the total education program; the mealtime atmosphere is conducive to socialization and development; meals are served family-style; refrigerator/freezer temperature is logged; food temperature is logged; sanitation is logged; overall kitchen neatness; menu posting; and, that the quality, quantity, and size of food served is appropriate to the ages of the children.
  • Orient new staff to agency policies and procedures for nutrition services
  • Supervise, direct, and support Health and Nutrition Associates
  • Provide direct support to Food Service Staff
  • Model the values of good health and nutrition
  • Maintain adequate safeguards for the privacy and confidentiality of information
  • Complete required documentation of relevant activities and submit records and reports in a timely and accurate manner
  • Stay abreast of current issues and trends by participation in grantee-sponsored training, center pre-service and in-service training, and other continuing education, career, and professional development opportunities; read and review regulations and other resources
  • Participate in and contribute to all case management, parent education planning, supervisory, management team, and staff Also, attend interagency meetings, the agency’s board meetings, Parent Committee and Policy Committee meetings, and other meetings, as appropriate
  • Regularly review policies and procedures; revise and/or create policies and procedures as necessary
  • Gather data through ongoing monitoring, analyze for corrective and preventive actions, write and present reports, participate in annual Self-Assessment, and use outputs to inform planning and decisions
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Works in a normal office environment with usual pressures of managing personnel and dealing with time constraints. Because of multiple sites within the department and the need to meet with others within the community, it is common to drive to several locations, sometimes in inclement weather.


  • All staff will use data to help achieve program goals; apply techniques and strategies that promote a culture of learning; identify and address gaps that continuously improve our
  • All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday
  • All Head Start employees must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements for Head Start operations including the Program Performance Standards, licensing regulations, and the NAEYC Code of Conduct
  • Demonstrate and actively promote an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of Matrix Human Services

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