Child Nutrition Specialist

September 11, 2019
Houston, TX
Job Type


BakerRipley provides an integrated holistic education system for families and their children ages six months through eighth grade. The Choices in Education division oversees the early childhood education programs and the BakerRipley Schools, including three community-based elementary schools, one middle school, and a "New Neighbor" school for refugee children - all of which reside within our community centers. Our holistic approach to educating the entire family allows us to create a stronger and more positive impact in the community. Both children and their parents gain access to education and broader community resources to prepare them for a successful degree and/or career.


The Child Nutrition Specialist is responsible for ensuring overall nutrition needs of the participating families are met. The primary duty of this position is to ensure optimum overall nutritional status of the children and families we serve by linking program participants to nutritional services via internal and external collaborative efforts.


  • Assists Sr. Family Wellness Coordinator with meeting all reporting responsibilities for Food Programs, Head Start and Charter requirements.
  • Plans and prepares menus that comply with USDA food program standards.
  • Works in collaboration with Family Wellness staff and FDWs in identifying children with special dietary considerations and creates special diet menus to meet those identified needs.
  • Provides internal monitoring of locations to ensure compliance with USDA Food Program regulations and Head Start Performance Standards in content area.
  • Provides training to staff related to Head Start Performance Standards and USDA Food Program policies, procedures and processes to ensure clear understanding of contract compliance issues.
  • Reviews completed Nutrition Assessment and Special Diet Declaration forms and links families to nutritional resources throughout the community that will address the nutritional needs of the family.
  • Promotes awareness of nutrition-related issues to staff, children and parents through the distribution of materials, provision of training and nutrition activities and nutritional counseling. Encourages parent and community involvement in the nutrition program by involving them in the development, decisions and evaluation.
  • Assists in the preparation for monitoring of USDA food programs by state and local authorities and the Head Start Monitoring Protocol federal authorities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Nursing, Public Health, or Business required or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Minimum (3) year experience required.
  • Experience in USDA Food Programs required.


  • City of Houston Food Manager's Certificate or able to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Registered Dietician strongly preferred. SKILLS:
  • Ability to read, analyzes, and interpret technical procedures or governmental regulations
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical skills including: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and calculation of percentages.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Applications including Excel, Power Point and Word


  • Bilingual preferred, but not required.

BakerRipley is committed to the principles of equal employment. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or any status protected by federal, state, or local laws. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations.

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