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Therapeutic Dietician

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Inglis aspires to create community, normalcy and empower the lives of the consumers and staff at Inglis. The Dining experience is an essential component of creating normalcy and community. Dietitians will provide comprehensive, high quality nutritional care to residents in Inglis House and consult to the Adult Day Program and related entities.  This will include, but is not limited to: examinations, assessments and/or diet counseling instructions for patients/families and care team members.  Each RD will make appropriate recommendations to the patient care team.  This will all be documented in the Medical Record.  Other duties include teaching, wellness, and community service.  The Dietitian will sign off on menus quarterly and review and comment on menus as written.  The Dietitian will help with menu writing, spreading diets, and entering data into the diet management system, and relieve for managers when needed.


He/She is a key member of the Dining Experience Team, working to integrate the dining experience into our overall resident’s experience of person centered care.  He she will manage communication between the Nursing Units and the office to assure that resident receive proper diets.    He/She will maintain compliance with all policies and standards in regards to: customers service, cleaning, food safety, diets, and assures inspection readiness at all times.   He/she will be supportive of Inglis’ mission person centered care principles and financial boundaries. He/she enables staff to achieve success, build a positive work environment and to build a strong team.  All essential job responsibilities will be executed in accordance with Inglis mission, vision, and values.  

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. The primary duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. There are other duties and responsibilities that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

Primary Responsibilities:

Quality of Care & Safety


Role models the Foundation’s commitment to quality and consumer safety.
Timely Nutritional Assessments of residents at nutritional risk or when consulted by physician or care team.
Design and implement an individual nutrition care plan and complete all required MDS 3.0 paperwork.
Develop specialized plans using physical assessment, medical Hx, lab data, drug profile, diet history, and mental status.
Attend resident rounds and consult with care team regarding resident issues with other disciplines.
Routine monitoring of nutritional status and intake.
Diet instruction to patients, caregivers and families as needed.
Dining Experience liaison to nursing, physicians, speech, OT, PT and other support services.
Makes every attempt to meet the Therapeutic Diet Requirements of the residents without compromising there right to choose. Liberalizes when necessary.
Builds and helps maintains the menu computer system and all communication with Nursing, other patient care disciplines, Trayline, solarium, and person centered service.
Adheres to and conveys a philosophy that supports the dignity, privacy, independence, choice, and individuality of Inglis residents.
Complies with all Inglis and departmental policies regarding safety attendance, dress, conduct, work related injury, and reports all fire and safety hazards appropriately


Quality of Life & Service


Role models the foundation’s service excellence values and behaviors. Sets an example.
Partners with Leadership to ensure that all consumers and staff are treated with respect and dignity.
Measures consumer satisfaction and uses feedback to improve menu and meal service on a continual basis.
Participate in menu development and therapeutic diets in accordance with the RDA’s and all State and Local Dept. of Health Orgs.
Creates environment for success through good communication and team building (intra and interdepartmentally).
Maintains confidentiality of staff and residents.
Participates in the Dining Experience CAT Committee.
Develops long and short range plans/programs for the purpose of building efficiencies into the department and program and ensuring
that resources are effectively utilized.


People & Team Leadership


Role models the foundation’s people and leadership values and behaviors
Works with all employees,  residents,  and neighborhood feeding area and Person Centered Care initiative. 
Measures resident satisfaction with performance and works to become more effective and improve performance.
Assumes total responsibility for the proper operation and security of the department when opening, closing or when assigned as “management on duty”.
Maintains a competent and motivated staff by:
Conduct “on the job” training and orientation.
Conduct section meetings for changes and new policies, procedures and products.
Assures compliance training and competency by each staff member.
Establishes, updates, and enforces job descriptions, job flows, and standards of performance.
Works in Diet Office and Checks Trayline when needed.




Partners with the Director and Person Centered Care Team to develop and implement strategic initiatives for Dining Experience.
Attends and participates departmental and Inglis Management team meetings and training in order to:
Develop and implement new policies and procedures.
Develop and implement new menus and programs.
Test, evaluate and recommend new food products.
Formulate continuing education needs for self and staff.
Designs nutrition education efforts for the purpose of enhancing learning and health as defined by the Department of Health.
Seeks continuing education in areas of limited knowledge: such as renal, oncology, MS, CF, Dysphasia, Assistive Technology.
Participates in system wide interdisciplinary initiatives such as promotion of consumer/employee satisfaction and committee assignments.


Financial Management


Supports Inglis in ensuring that our processes, procedures, and practices are in compliance and that we do not pay fines and other costs for compliance issues.
Always attempts to schedule with-in budget and to reduce overtime.
Always suggests food or nutritional therapies that provide the best value to patients and staff.
Makes enteral and formulary suggestions that indicate value purchasing for the Inglis Organization.




Partners with the Director of Innovation to identify and lead process improvement/innovation efforts that relate to improving the day-to-day workflow for management and staff and in the Dietary Department.
Actively participates in and/or leads improvement efforts that are cross-departmental and impact the overall organization’s efficiency and quality of care for all residents and consumers.
Actively engages in education and training to learn the tools and methods required to perform the process improvement work.
Assists with developing the metrics and measures that will support tracking progress of continuous process improvement.
Actively engages in the use of computer systems and technology to enhance the day-to-day flow of information.
Encourages and supports staff on the appropriate use of computer systems and technology.
Promptly reviews and responds to emails related to Inglis business and updates calendars on a regular basis with invitations and requests for Inglis meetings.




Assists operations team in keeping facilities clean and up to date.
Always calls maintenance and/or service provider for specific broken equipment or facility issues on units and in solariums.
Assures that all equipment is maintained and treated properly




Champion for culture change and supportive leadership.
Demonstrates a real sense of inquiry and a personal willingness to learn.
Demonstrates the ability to take responsible actions within the parameters of the role without a constant need to be directed by others.
Demonstrates politeness and respectfulness and evidences the self-awareness of the effect of her/his behavior on others.
Demonstrates mutual respect for diversity.




Demonstrates Inglis people and leadership values and behaviors
Demonstrates the ability to follow-up on schedules, set priorities and achieve deadlines
Demonstrates the Inglis Code of Conduct and builds trusted partnerships throughout the Inglis organization.
Establishes and maintains effective relationships by gaining trust and respect.
Is approachable and easy to talk with; puts forth an extra effort to make people at ease; is patience and builds rapport with customers and is a good listener.
A team player and has the trust and support of peers.
Promotes collaboration within the department



Actively engages in the use of computer systems and technology to enhance the day-to-day flow of information
Encourages and supports staff on the appropriate use of computer systems and technology
Understands common computer terminology and fundamentals of computers
Network account login, Basic Windows skills
Parts of the Windows desktop
Use the mouse; move and resize windows
File management, Open, view and print files
Save files, dating, and basic version control
When and why to store files in Desktop (C:\ drive), OneDrive, and Shared folders
Identifying, selecting and applying a variety of learning technologies, and matching the appropriate technology to the specific learning opportunity or challenge at hand.



Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of 1 to 2 years’ experience in a healthcare setting with residents who have physical disabilities.
  • Must be a Licensed/Registered Dietitian.
  • Effective communication and teamwork.
  • Must possess a high level of critical thinking with the ability to solve problems and apply solutions to clinical, service and business operations.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (written and oral) and strong organizational skills.


Inglis welcomes great people without regard to disability, race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, military service, marital status, or any other characteristics, as protected by law.  We encourage all Protected Veterans and the long-term unemployed to apply.  Please send resume to Cynthia Burgess, Recruiter, Human Resources at Inglis, 2600 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131; or via email to    EOE, M/F/D/V