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 Interested candidates should submit the following:
   1. Letter of Intent
   2. Resume
   3. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses for at least three (3)
   professional references

Qualified applicants may be subject to a background check and may be required to travel to Ann Arbor, MI for an on-campus interview.

Please Note: This is a one year term limited position starting June 2018 and ending June 2019.

Job Summary

The Performance Nutrition Fellow will serve as an integral member of the Department’s multidisciplinary Performance Team and will work directly with Student-Athlete Health and Welfare personnel, coaches, Athletic Counseling and mental health personnel, and other exercise science and allied health personnel to deliver high-level comprehensive, practical, and evidence-based performance nutrition, healthcare, and lifetime wellness services for University of Michigan student-athletes. 

The Performance Nutrition Fellow will have clinical and administrative daily responsibilities to include assisting with the development and coordination of optimal performance nutrition services; individual and group/team nutrition counseling and education; documentation and analysis of performance nutrition outcomes and metrics; assisting with rest, recovery, and regeneration, and injury risk stratification program development and implementation; testing and evaluation; data entry, interpretation, and report generation; daily interaction, communication, and relationship building with Student-Athlete Health and Welfare personnel, coaching personnel, exercise science personnel, athletic administration, and other members of the campus community; assisting with various administrative duties; and performing other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities*

  • Serve as a performance nutrition contact and liaison between members of the coaching staff, student athletes, parents, physicians, members of the Student Athlete Health & Welfare Team, other allied health personnel, sport administration, and others for the assigned sport(s).
  • Provide a high level of customer service and communication at all times to all entities.
  • Clinical application and administration of high level comprehensive performance nutrition, injury risk mitigation, and lifetime wellness services for student athletes as assigned.
  • Administer comprehensive, sports specific performance nutrition counseling and education for student athletes, inclusive of individual, small group, and team education, coaching staff education, and professional development of Student Athlete Health and Welfare, Athletics Counseling, exercise science, and other allied health personnel.
  • Participate as a member of the inter-disciplinary eating disorder task force.
  • Perform body composition assessments and education for student athletes.
  • Assist with Athletics Dining initiatives, including the management and development of sports specific performance menus, pre and post activity fueling design, and Athletics Dining facility coordination and management.
  • Consult with coaches and director of operations to coordinate menu design and sports specific performance fueling for teams before, during, and after competitions and during travel.
  • Attend team practices, competitions, strength and conditioning sessions, and other team events as needed and/or directed.
  • Collaborate with Student Athlete Health and Welfare personnel and coaching personnel to develop protocols to monitor and enhance rest, recovery, and regeneration; hydration; and athlete readiness.
  • Provide reports to Student Athlete Health and Welfare personnel and coaching personnel as needed and/or assigned.
  • Serve as a liaison with nutrition and dietetics personnel on campus and in the community.
  • Assist with the evaluation and education of appropriate performance supplementation for student athletes.
  • Participation in Performance Team meetings and other committees, groups, special projects, and/or other initiatives as assigned.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative alliances with multiple stakeholders at the University of Michigan.
  • Use technology and social media to foster an effective and efficient overall experience for student athletes and department team members.
  • Contribute to the development of an environment for team members and student athletes that is healthy, safe, equitable, and culturally diverse;
  • Maintain a safe environment for student athletes to perform.
  • Provide care based on standard Commission on Dietetic Registration guidelines as directed by a physician, and in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Provide reports to fellow Student Athlete Health and Welfare personnel, physicians, coaching personnel, and other pertinent individuals as needed and/or requested.
  • Maintain proper documentation, record keeping, and utilization statistics.
  • Inventory management of supplies and equipment.
  • Assist in maintaining various social media outlets.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as defined by the NCAA, Big 10 Conference, University of Michigan, and University of Michigan Department of Athletics.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Act as liaison with other members of the athletic department team in issues involving student athletes, including compliance, academics, student athlete health and welfare, athletic counseling, and others under the supervision of the Director of Performance Nutrition.
  • Supervision, education and mentoring of assigned student volunteers in addition to interns enrolled in clinical internships within the University.
  • Collaborate with Student Athlete Health and Welfare personnel, coaches, Athletic Counseling and mental health personnel, and other exercise science and allied health personnel on research projects.
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics and credentialing requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration; 30. Represent the University of Michigan and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at University, State, Regional, and national conferences and/or meetings as assigned.

Please note that this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition or related field.
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) with active status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (www.cdrnet.org).
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of medical nutrition therapy.
  • Knowledge of nutritional supplements, ergogenic aids, complementary medicine, and herbal supplements.
  • Knowledge of food service quality and safety procedures.
  • Sound computer and presentation skills and effective report preparation.
  • Current CPR, AED, and First Aid certification.
  • Competence in obtaining and interpreting body composition, energy balance, and other performance science measurements.
  • Competence in managing disordered eating cases.
  • Knowledge and understanding of unique aspects of student athlete populations.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset with the ability to create programs and services to further drive program enhancements.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and advance strategic plans that support student athletes and the mission of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Student Athlete Health & Welfare.
  • Compliance and understanding of Big Ten Conference and NCAA rules.
  • Ability to champion a culture of innovative thought, life-long learning and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to meet Continuing Education requirements as established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the State of Michigan.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures set forth by the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, coaches, student-athletes, physicians, and other allied health personnel.
  • Must possess problem solving and critical thinking skills, innovation and creativity, adaptability, initiative and stress tolerance to various situations in a fast paced, dynamic work environment.
  • Must provide a high level of customer service.
  • Ability to work long hours, including early mornings, late nights, weekends, holidays, overtime, non-traditional work hours, extended periods of time without days off, travel, and be on call as a regular part of the position.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for an extended period of time at meals, practices, and games.
  • Must be able to carry heavy items, including cases of drinks, shakes, food and chafing dishes, etc. multiple times per day.
  • Must be able assist medical personnel to respond to medical needs of student-athletes as necessary, including administering fluids and transporting student-athletes from practice areas.
  • Must be able to perform all job-related tasks in various environments, including outside at practices and games and in cold and inclement weather as part of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Proven ability to multitask, work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory skills.
  • Proven ability to multitask, work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner; and
  • Demonstrated track record of developing collaborative relationships with both internal and external constituencies.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Masters’ Degree in related field.
  • Board certification as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).
  • Experience as a Registered Dietitian in intercollegiate or professional athletics.
  • Current CPR, AED, and First Aid certification.
  • Competence in obtaining and interpreting body composition, energy balance, and other performance science measurements.
  • Competence in managing disordered eating cases.
  • Compliance and understanding of Big Ten Conference, NCAA, USOC, and USADA / WADA rules.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of medical nutrition therapy.

Additional Information

This is a one year term limited position starting June 2018 and ending June 2019.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.