Center for Discovery

  • Diet Technician

    Job Locations US-FL-Maitland
    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/6/2018 7:46 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    About Center For Discovery

    Center For Discovery has a 20-year legacy of transforming lives by promoting health, healing and hope to our clients and their families.  We are a national leader in behavioral healthcare and offer world-class treatment for eating disorders, mental health and substance abuse conditions.  We serve adolescents and adults in both residential and outpatient settings.  It is our mission to create a transformative therapeutic experience aimed at profoundly and creatively facilitating behavioral, emotional and spiritual growth.  We place a high priority on providing an environment that supports an unlimited capacity for learning, and we seek qualified individuals who share our passion for improving the lives of those we serve. 



    Benefits of Working at Center For Discovery

    At Center For Discovery you will have the opportunity to work closely within a team of professionals consisting of eating disorder and mental health experts, all dedicated to promoting lasting health and healing.  Clinical supervision and guidance are provided on total client care and therapeutic milieu management, as well as career growth and personal development oversight.  You will develop an individualized growth plan which will help you develop your professional skills and career objectives.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Full medical, dental, vision, life, disability and supplemental benefits including FSA and 401K
    • Paid sick time, vacation days and paid holidays
    • Modern, home-like work space
    • Team-building exercises and activities
    • Family-style meals provided

    The Facility

    This position is at an outpatient eating disorder facility for adults and adolescents in age specific treatment groups, with comprehensive family program and family support. Our specialized programs are integrated partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Program hours are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Clients attend as many as six days or as few as three days per week, as clinically appropriate.

    As each client begins one of our eating disorder outpatient programs, they are assessed by our multidisciplinary team and provided with a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan.


    The Position

    This is a part- time position. Schedule to be determined during the second interview. The Diet Technician consults with the Registered Dietitian to ensure implementation of the best standard of nutrition and dietary services. Responsibilities include dietary support, grocery budget allocation, client menu planning, maintaining a clean and well stocked kitchen, cooking and baking as needed, and appropriately discerning between appropriate and inappropriate client eating behaviors. This experience will prepare you to be a Registered Dietitian with hands on experience, learning from dedicated professionals, and working closely with a complex population.


    • Must have a thorough knowledge of nutrition and dietary interventions in the mental health field
    • The Diet Tech must have experience in dietary education
    • Ability to communicate with persons from all educational and cultural backgrounds
    • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Must demonstrate tact, initiative, resourcefulness, a professional manner, enthusiasm, and a non-judgmental attitude
    • Be self-motivated and creative
    • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the medical consequences of eating disorders, the hazards of re-feeding and how to avoid complications
    • Ability to implement an individualized menu plan for each of the different types of eating disorders
    • Ability to implement specific dietary exchange patterns through knowledge of portion size and caloric recommendations set by the Registered Dietitian
    • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with staff and clients
    • Ability to communicate effectively to all staff in implementing the dietary programs
    • The Diet Tech must be pursuing a career in the field of Nutrition, through an Accredited Undergraduate Program in Nutrition or Diet Tech Certification Program
    • Must have the ability to provide documentation or obtain a state-required food handlers permit, or Serve Safe Certification, upon hire


    • Purchasing all grocery items for facility, considering variety, special diets, and food safety
    • Maintaining a well-stocked kitchen
    • Upholding proper sanitation requirements
    • Analyzing food service providers to ensure quality products at cost effective prices
    • Preparing dinner daily, monitoring client consumption of appropriate exchange pattern
    • Cooking and baking with clients as therapeutically recommended by Dietitian
    • Participating in fun food challenge and restaurant experiences
    • Enforcing dietary program and advise clients appropriately on food choices
    • Conducting weekly client calorie counts


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