The athletics department mission is to represent East Carolina University with distinction and create a challenging and supportive environment for student-athletes to excel in the classroom, in competition, and in life. We are committed to the highest standards of character, honesty, effort, and sportsmanship; respecting all people, their personal identities, differences and beliefs; and to provide a safe and equitable environment for student-athletes’ academic, athletic and personal development. The highly visible athletics program is committed to NCAA compliance, comprehensive excellence and to be trustworthy stewards of the aspirations of our student-athletes, the resources we manage, the reputation of our University, and our mission of service.
This position will develop and provide a comprehensive healthy choices program to serve all ECU student-athletes. This specifically includes the development and provision of all aspects of healthy eating, to include but not be limited to: the education of ECU student-athletes regarding healthy eating choices and collaboration with athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, team physicians, and athletic administration.
Reporting to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services, the individual serving in this position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
- Develop a comprehensive wellness education and healthy choices program for ECU student-athletes in all sports.
- Implement sports team nutritional plans, including consultation on team meals and fueling strategies based on schedule/activities.
- Work with members of all coaching staffs, the strength and conditioning staff, the athletic training staff, team physicians and related student-athlete service providers to ensure a collaborative and comprehensive approach to training, nutrition and recovery.
- Coordinate/manage quantity food production and distribution, such as developing and managing training table menus, catering, and meals during team travel.
- Evaluate nutritional quality of refueling stations and recommend items providing a positive nutritional characteristic to refueling stations.
- Develop and counsel in hydration protocols
- Collaborate with athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and team physicians to research, evaluate, recommend, purchase, distribute and monitor permissible and effective nutritional supplements with attention to NCAA rules, regulations and nutrition related bylaws.
- Address nutritional challenges to performance with special attention to food allergies, bone mineral density concerns, gastrointestinal disturbances, iron depletion or deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance and diabetes
- Provide nutrition education and outreach to student-athletes including coordination of cooking classes, grocery store tours, dining hall tours, social-media and nutritional intervention
- Utilize body composition and nutritional measurements to educate and evaluate student-athletes on maintaining proper body composition consistent with good health and peak performance, consistent with athletic department policy
- Work with team physicians to recognize, evaluate and provide early intervention of disordered eating
- Be willing to work early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays as may be required by the particular demands of various sports
- Work effectively with a culturally diverse community and advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Perform duties with professional conduct, confidentiality, fiscal responsibility and a commitment to student-athlete well-being.
- Abide by all written policies, procedures and guidelines of East Carolina University, the Department of Athletics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and all applicable conferences or associations.
- Build quality relationships and work collaboratively and professionally with athletics, Pirate Club and University staff, students, and all constituencies and stakeholders.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in health, nutrition, food system management or a related field and a minimum of two (2) years related experience
Registered Dietitian (Commission on Dietetic Registration)
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, staff, and the general public.
Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.
- Master’s degree in a related field
- Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, or working towards Board Certification
- 2 years’ experience working with active populations
- Licensed Dietitian (in State of North Carolina, or eligible for licensure upon hire)
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East Carolina University, founded in 1907, is a public university and a member of the UNC system serving over 29,000 students. ECU is a progressive doctoral-granting institution with the feel of a small college. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Art, Business, Education, Health and Human Performance, Human Environmental Sciences, Industry and Technology, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Social Work. Its 392-acre main campus and 46-acre medical campus are located in Greenville, NC.
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