Dietitian – DECNET


South Riverdale Community Health Centre

DIETITIAN - DECNETPART-TIME, CONTRACT POSITION TO MARCH 31, 2024 0.5 FTE (17.5 HOURS PER WEEK)SALARY RANGE: $65,362 - $76,897 (1.0 FTE)INCLUDES HOOPP (HEALTHCARE OF ONTARIO PENSION PLAN)South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto. Our mission is to improve the lives of people that face barriers to physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. We do so by meaningfully engaging our clients and communities, ensuring equitable access to primary health care and delivering quality care through a range of evidence informed programs, services and approaches. As a leader in community health, our locally and internationally recognized community services include cutting-edge primary health services, health promotion, harm reduction, environmental health, community food centre and population-based community programs for marginalized peoples. We value health equity and inclusion and respect in our work and in the delivery of our services.The Diabetes Education Community Network (DECNET) is a partnership among South Riverdale Community Health Centre, East End Community Health Centre, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, and Michael Garron Hospital. Working within the context of community health principles and practices, DECNET provides diabetes education support and services to adults with pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes in East Toronto. Particular emphasis is placed on increasing access for mental health, hard to reach, complex, and marginalized populations and members of our community.As a member of the DECNET team, this position develops and carries out nutrition education programs for the community, provides nutrition counselling to SRCHC clients, acts as a resource person to community organizations in matters relating to nutrition and advocates on behalf of clients and other community agencies.This position is expected to work onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic as required.


Toronto, Ontario


Direct Client Care
• Follows own patients, ensuring high quality care
• Provides 1:1 and group diabetes care and education
• Functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team
• Conducts comprehensive health assessments of adults with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Assessments include a psychological and clinical component
• Performs telephone service when necessary, which may include intake, referral, health care advice, anticipatory guidance, and support for reception
• Provides supportive and lifestyle counselling
• Educates, counsels and teaches individuals/families about various diabetes self-management issues such as blood glucose monitoring, medication management/insulin, stress and emotions, etc.
• Makes home visits to clients as necessary
• Makes internal referrals to other DECNET and SRCHC staff as appropriate
• Refers clients to specialist, hospital or community resources as appropriate
• Participates in case conferences with other providers – both internal and external – to ensure coordination of services to the client
• Ensures that standards of client care are maintained according to accepted College of Dietitians of Ontario standards, the Regulated Health Professions Act, and the policies of SRCHC
• Completes documentation as required

Individual Nutrition Counselling
• Assess client's nutrition status by gaining an understanding of food habits or preferences, socio-economic and cultural background, psychological factors and medical profile
• Develop, implement and evaluate individual nutrition care plans according to the parameters of client's health, literacy level and relevant cultural and psychosocial factors
• Ensure continuity of care by maintaining up-to-date medical records, monitoring clients on a regular basis, and participate in case conferences with other members of health care team as required

Health Promotion and Educational Activities
• Integrates health promotion principles into each interaction with individuals, families or groups
• Participates in community projects or agency activities as a representative of the Health Centre and DECNET program as directed
• Assists and works with community groups in the development of community outreach programs as directed
• Participates in the development of and gives support to policies/strategies which are in the interest of public health and which support the recognition of the determinants of health
• Incorporates health care advances into practice and adjusts practice to the changing demographics and evolving needs of the community
• Identify barriers to local food access and facilitate local community initiatives to improve food access
• Support the advocacy efforts of appropriate agencies and policy makers on food issues
• Develop and maintain networks with community organizations and groups in order to develop collaborative initiatives
• Act as a technical advisor on food and nutrition programs and issues to staff of SRCHC and as a consultant to other local health and social service agencies
• Advocate with other health agencies to develop culturally relevant nutrition resources
• Develop, implement and evaluate education projects and activities to meet nutritional needs of groups in the community
• Use local media to promote healthy eating behaviours, and raise local food issues
• Identify the needs for nutrition education resources and obtain or develop relevant and current resources to meet these needs
• Maintain professional competence through participation in professional development programs, networking with peers and other related health professionals
• Collaborate within own team and other teams across the organization to identify and provide health education to target groups

Administrative / Organizational Duties
• Prepare reports and statistics as required
• Participate in health promotion policy development and advocacy within SRCHC and the community level
• Maintains complete and accurate records sufficient for timely communication with other professionals
• Participates in all relevant SRCHC programs, activities, meetings, professional associations, and workshops as required
• Participates in the development of policies and procedures as required
• Participates in planning and evaluation of DECNET programs and activities and SRCHC program reviews as required
• Contributes to the DECNET team’s use of research methodologies and findings in clinical practice and to monitoring and evaluation
• Works professionally, collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues
• Maintain professional competence through participation in professional development programs, networking with peers and other related health professionals
• Performs other related duties as required


• Bachelor of Science or Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from a recognized university
• Completion of a Dietitians of Canada accredited Dietetic Internship, preferably with a community focus
• Eligibility for membership with Dietitians of Canada and College of Dietitians of Ontario
• Certified Diabetes Educator certification considered and asset
• Thorough knowledge and proficiency in nutrition care
• Experience in community nutrition and clinical nutrition counselling
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
• Demonstrated commitment to community-based health care and knowledge of health promotion philosophy and strategies
• Knowledge of and sensitivity to socio-economic and cross-cultural issues in diet and nutrition
• Demonstrated respect for diversity, equity, anti-racism and accessibility with the ability to work collaboratively and positively with others
• Proficiency in the use of computer technology and various software applications
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to undertake nutritional counselling and facilitate groups
• Written and verbal knowledge of a second language, in particular South Asian/East Asian languages considered an asset
• Police clearance documentation will be required for employment
• Proof of triple COVID-19 vaccination status will be required for employment


The deadline for applicants is Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Please mail in your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
The Hiring Committee: Dietitian - DECNET
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 3P3

Or by email to:

Please enter “Dietitian - DECNET” in the subject line of your email.

No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please.

This is a bargaining unit position with CUPE Local 5399.

SRCHC welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

SRCHC is an equal opportunity employer. We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SRCHC encourages applicants who are racialized (IBPOC) and/or applicants who face any barriers as a result of systemic discrimination to apply for this position.

SRCHC encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.


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