Rock Recovery is a Washington DC-based non-profit organization that supports the journey to freedom from disordered eating through Individual Recovery and Community Empowerment programs. The organization is seeking a part-time (10-15 hours/month) volunteer Lead Dietitian to manage the nutritional component of our Individual Recovery Program. In order to provide affordable and accessible care for our clients, Rock Recovery's team is currently led by one part-time paid staff member (Program Director). An additional 15+ trained volunteers and one part-time contractor carryout the remainder of the organization's operations. While the ideal candidate for the position would be a volunteer, there is potential for the Lead Dietitian to be a contract position.
The Individual Recovery Program serves approximately 8 - 10 adult clients through group meals, group therapy sessions, mentor matching, goal setting and optional spiritual services (such as healing prayer and spiritual direction with a Chaplain). The group meals currently take place on Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30pm in Arlington, near the Courthouse metro. Meals are followed by group therapy led by therapists from 6:30 to 8:00.
Reporting Structure: Performance expectations set and performance evaluated by the Program Director
Supervisory Duties: Manages and provides clinical supervision/consultation to volunteer dietitians on the treatment team
Position Classification:Volunteer (potentially Contractor)
- Work with volunteer dietitians to plan and coordinate a weekly meal for 8-10 adult women and men suffering from disordered eating. Group meals are ordered from local restaurants and brought to group by the lead dietitian or one of the other volunteer dietitians
- Lead group meals 1-2 times monthly, providing nutritional education and guidance to clients in a group setting, including effective goal-setting, redirection, hunger-fullness evaluation, and meal processing
- Supervise and provide clinical direction to approximately 2-3 volunteer dietitians
- Communicate and coordinate with clients’ individual dietitians to ensure effective goal-setting and recovery activities are conducted within the program
- Attend monthly treatment team meetings, chart clients’ progress weekly, and stay abreast of general communication
- Provide guidance on a potential client's appropriateness for RR's program based on his or her current dietary behavior and intake
- Work with Program Director to run the Hungry for What? Educational Workshop (a prerequisite for the majority of clients coming into our program)
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Nutritional Philosophy and Acumen - Demonstrating an understanding of the dietary needs and goals of individuals struggling with disordered eating; ability to support Rock Recovery’s All-Foods-Fit nutritional philosophy.
- Shared Values - Exemplifying Rock Recovery’s values (Freedom, Faith, Acceptance, Authenticity, Community, Collaboration, Evolution and Excellence) and being comfortable with supporting Rock Recovery as a Christian-based organization.
- Performance Management - Setting and clearly communicating realistic performance expectations; providing timely, ongoing, and constructive feedback to volunteer dietitians regarding their performance in comparison to those expectations; motivating and/or problem-solving with volunteers falling short of expectations; and continually developing volunteers
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Technical Acumen - Demonstrating ability to use modern computer equipment, software and online resources.
Required Education and Experience
Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, or a related field
Credentials:Registered Dietitian in Virginia
Experience:2 years of experience working with individuals suffering from disordered eating
The majority of work will be done on-site in Arlington, VA or Washington, DC in metro-accessible locations. Additional administrative work will be done from home, as Rock Recovery does not have office space. It is expected that the volunteer/contractor will have access to his or her own computer, internet, and phone for conducting administrative duties.
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Crisis Counseling
- Case Work / Management
- Special Needs
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 10-15 Hours per month