Memorial Health System

Dietitian & Diabetes Program Coordinator

Job Locations US-IL-Springfield
Position Type


Provides individualized diabetes self-management education/ training to individuals and groups according to the Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice, and Standards of Professional performance for Diabetes Educators (AADE, 2005).  Provides oversight for planning, implementation and evaluation of the DSME/T program and ensures the systematic and coordinated delivery of diabetes educational services.  Coordinates the interdisciplinary clinical components of the program to ensure the goals and objectives of the program are being met and collaborates with department manager to ensure adherence to AADE guidelines for participation in the AADE Certification Program.  Responsible for planning and coordinating staff education, patient education as well as patient support activities related to diabetes.  Coordinates diabetes nutrition training competencies for dietitian staff in the Memorial Wellness Center.  Participates in multidisciplinary team communication as it relates to the care of The Center’s patient.  Collaborates with other department coordinators and program manager to facilitate patients through appropriate services within the Memorial Wellness Center. In addition to coordination duties, plans and delivers nutrition care for patients participating in The Center, especially those identified with diabetes.   Such care will include nutritional assessment, provision of education to patients and families, interpretation of biochemical and clinical data and recommendations to treating physician and other interdisciplinary team members as to plan of care. Utilizes medical staff approved orders protocol.



Bachelor’s degree in pertinent clinical discipline such as dietetics or nutrition required. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Licensed Dietitian in the State of Illinois required.
  • Registered dietitian status by the Commission on Dietetic Registration required.

Certified Diabetes Educator required


  • Seven years of clinical experience required, including at least five years experience with the diabetic population. At least one year of demonstrated leadership responsibility required.
  • Experience providing in-service education for hospital staff as well as presentations for consumers/public.

Experience with group nutrition interventions preferred

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Proven ability to function in autonomous/independent role; highly motivated and self-directed


Provides direction for the selection, and ongoing review, of the curriculum and educational materials to ensure they meet the needs of the population targeted.


Participates in marketing activities.


Develops and directs the implementation of an annual program evaluation plan and performance improvement activities, including CQI projects.


Ensures that DSME/T program accreditation requirements are met and maintained.


Oversees the diabetes educational process and ensures that services are provided in an individualized and fiscally feasible manner.


Develops and maintains relationships and partnerships with community groups, payers and potential referral sources.


Interfaces with the Volunteer Accreditation Advisory Group.


Maintain 15 hours of continuing education annually as it relates to the profession.


Dietetic Responsibilities

Collects DSME/T program participant assessment data, using the AADE7 framework, in a collaborative and ongoing manner.


Collaboratively develops educational goals, learning objectives and a plan for educational content and teaching methods with DSME/T program participants.


Provides educational interventions that utilize primarily interactive, collaborative, skill-based training methods and maximizes the use of interactive training methods.


Collaboratively develops an individualized follow-up plan with each program participant.


Evaluates effectiveness of educational services provided by measuring attainment of learning objectives.


Conducts a follow-up assessment upon completion of DSME/T program services, using outcome measures from the AADE7 Continuum of Outcomes Framework.


Documents assessment data, educational plan, educational services provided and evaluation results in each participant’s educational records.


Utilizes a team approach to provide services and collaborates and communicates with team members when needed.


Identifies when a program participant’s needs are outside the scope of the instructor’s practice and expertise, plus arranges for additional services to meet needs.


Participates in the development of training materials.


Contributes to, and participates in, a continuous quality improvement process to measure DSME/T program and to identify and address opportunities for improvement.


Appraises his/her performance to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement and to develop a plan for improvement and growth.


Provides feedback to department leadership for the review process to evaluate performance of other clinical staff and their effectiveness and competencies in diabetes education.


Assesses and evaluates the nutritional status of outpatient individual patients in health and disease throughout the life cycle, and develops and recommends a course of nutrition therapy in order to influence the course of treatment. Based upon a complete nutrition assessment, develops and recommends appropriate medical nutrition therapy.  (A complete nutrition assessment would include anthropometric and biochemical data.)  Evaluates the effects of nutritional intervention on the nutritional status of patients/clients in order to provide feedback regarding the appropriateness of various treatments.  Provides consultation for the development and implementation of procedures for the provision of nutrition care to the patients involved in the Memorial Wellness Center (medical and surgical weight loss patients) and diabetes and general outpatient nutrition counseling. 


Performs other related work as required or requested.



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