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Community Nutrition Specialist

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Closing Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

Reporting to the Territorial Nutritionist, the Community Nutrition Specialist (Specialist) is responsible for providing technical expertise and project management to territorial projects related to community nutrition programming in Nunavut, according to the standards of practice in Nunavut and the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Health. The Specialist will provide the coordination and expertise related to public health nutrition and community nutrition education within the Department. As an expert in nutrition, the Specialist provides expertise on community nutrition program planning, implementation and evaluation to the nutrition program, based on evidence and best practices, and works to promote food security and healthy eating as key determinants of health.

The Specialist is responsible for providing territorial coordination to territorial initiatives that support community-based programming, working with the Community Wellness territorial leads, and working closely with Regional Nutritionists. The Specialist will ensure that program development initiatives consider and incorporate nutritional health and food security concerns to provide full integration of departmental resources. By providing program leadership, expertise and the coordination to nutrition education initiatives staff throughout Nunavut, the Specialist will facilitate and enhance existing programs’ abilities to address these priority concerns and enhance the quality of life of all Nunavummiut.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through an undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or related field along with a Professional designation as a Registered Dietitian in Canada. Two (2) years of public health or community nutrition experience is essential, with preference given to community-based experience in Nunavut. A Master’s degree in Human Nutrition or Public Health, specializing in Nutrition or Health Promotion is an asset;

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut (Inuinnaqtun), English and French. The ability to communicate in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages is an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

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