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$ 19.72-$ 28.92 hourly, $ 41,175-$ 60,385 annually

Date Posted:   05/16/2013
Closing Date:   05/28/2013
Working Title:   Dietary Specialist
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   CM/Licensing & Certification
Location:   Fergus Falls District Office
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   13HEAL000239
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   Health Care & Human Services
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This position is located in the Fergus Falls District Office in the Compliance Monitoring Division, Licensing and Certification Section.

This position provides statewide surveillance, consultation and guidance to health care providers using specialized knowledge in the dietary field to assure a level of quality care based upon compliance with Federal and State laws and rules which directly relate to the provision of services.

The incumbent will use specialized knowledge in the dietary field to evaluate health-related services by interviewing staff and residents/clients; making observations of care issues and reviewing related documents to ascertain level of compliance in meeting resident/client needs; and conducting surveys statewide. The incumbent serves as a statewide consultant to survey/investigative Licensing and Certification staff. They compile and record information and incorporate findings to document deficiencies on direct outcomes related to services rendered; review providers plan of correction action and follow up to ensure compliance; function as liaison between health care providers and State and Federal regulatory services; and attend and participate in legal proceedings as assigned.

This position requires overnight travel. Hours and days of work are determined by inspection workload. The majority of hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, depending on workload requirements, there will be some early morning, night and weekend work required.

This position requires extensive standing while surveying during resident observations and/or conducting interviews and carrying and loading/unloading the laptop computer and surveyor documentation/reference materials for use during on-site surveys.
Minimum Qualifications:   Possess and maintain a current Minnesota license as a Dietitian.

Three years of professional experience as a Dietitian with primary responsibility for assessing health needs and experience with documenting and writing of reports.

A Master's degree in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, Nursing, Public Health, Health Care Administration, or a closely-related area may be substituted for one year of experience. A Bachelor's degree in one of the above areas may be substituted for six months of experience.

Oral communications skills sufficient to interview staff, residents, clients and patients.

Critical thinking skills sufficient to collect and analyze information, identify areas of focus, and make decisions based on evidence gathered.

Listening skills sufficient to ascertain level of compliance in meeting resident/client needs.

Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships, inform providers of deficiencies and other pertinent findings, and participate in legal proceedings.

Written communications skills sufficient to document concise, accurate and complete information and conclusions.

Computer skills sufficient to document findings and conclusions.

Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:   Degree in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, or a related area.

Experience evaluating federally certified care facilities such as a nursing homes, supervised living facilities, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, etc.

Successful completion of the Federal Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT).

Experience conducting internal quality assurance activities.

Experience conducting surveys or investigations of health care providers.

Training, experience, certification, or license with geriatrics, development disabilities, surgical technology or other relevant medical, nursing, health, legal, enforcement, or investigation areas.

Ability to apply nursing and health knowledge and clinical expertise to the review of providers.

Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to nursing and health services and the ability to interpret these laws and regulations for implementation.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation.

Certain Disabled Veterans ? Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This position is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. This vacancy will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions. Current employees of the Minnesota Department of Health who are currently in a Health Program Representative Senior - Dietary position and who are eligible to bid will be considered prior to filling the position via other means.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000239) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000239) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Pam Kerssen, 218-308-2129/