Sports Performance Dietician

  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • 20 Jul, 2021
Full time Nutrition

Job Description

Description of Position
The position is based in Kansas City, Kansas at Compass Minerals Performance Center. The primary role includes being the Sports Performance Dietician with Sporting KC’s first team and working within the Sports Performance department while being collaborative with the Sports Medicine and Coaching Staff members.

The Sports Performance Dietician’s main function is overseeing the nutritional needs of all athletes by conducting individual assessments, team nutrition education, and counseling to improve nutritional and dietary habits. This person serves as an integral part of the club and the club’s vision and will be able to effectively promote nutritional strategies alongside the performance, medical, and coaching staff. 

Organizational Relationship
The Sports Performance Dietitian reports directly to the Sporting Kansas City Director of Sports Performance and the head coach for Sporting KC.  They will also work closely with the following Sporting KC staff members at the MLS, USL, and MLS Next Levels: athletic trainers, performance coaches, technical staff, team physical therapist, team psychologist, team massage therapist, team doctors and any outsourced medical professionals that work with the organization. 

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. 

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in clinical nutrition, dietetics, food and nutrition, or a related area from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Registered Dietitian by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) 
  • Two years work experience with professional, semi-professional, or collegiate athletes
  • Must possess a valid passport/driver’s license
  • Must be able to travel with team in pre-season and work flexible hours including nights, weekends, and holidays as needed
Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree in nutrition, exercise science, or other related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Working towards Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
  • Bilingual in Spanish is of benefit

Position Summary:
Duties include developing nutritional and hydration strategies, for the Sporting Kansas City Senior Team, with a secondary emphasis on the USL and MLS is Next Academy Teams. Establishing dietary expectations and defining future goals based on the needs and demands of both individual athletes and the team. Assisting Director of Sports Performance or medical staff with any needs or tasks assigned.
  • Coverage of all Sporting KC Home games
  • Working collaboratively and offering guidance with full time culinary staff for planning of daily meals at all Sporting KC training Sessions
  • Planning necessary meals for Sporting KC away trips including the review of Hotel BEO’s
  • Organizing post game meals with Kitchen staff at all Sporting KC Home Games
  • Manage schedule and menus of post training lunches for USL team
  • Weekly hydration assessments on all Sporting KC senior team players
  • Create and implement individualized nutritional plans for all Sporting KC players
  • Assess blood work and supplementation for player safety in accordance with MLS governing banned substance guidelines (i.e. NSF Certified for Sport, Informed Choice)
  • Complete DEXA scans for all Sporting KC players three times per year, twice per year for USL team, and the 7-site skinfold assessment for Academy players once per year
  • Monitoring Daily Body Weight for all Sporting KC players, and weekly monitoring for USL team
  • Managing and maintaining organization with the ordering, inventory and distribution of all supplements for the organization
  • Maintain organization and stocking of the fueling station, as well as the distribution of pre and post training nutritional shakes at all Sporting KC training sessions
  • Plan and deliver educational presentations and resources for all three Sporting KC entities (MLS, USL, Academy)
  • Assist Director of Sports Performance in managing Nutritional Budget for all supplements, snacks, and meals

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Sporting KC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. 

Hiring Practices:
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. 

Sporting KC recruitment policies are designed to place the most highly qualified persons available in a timely and efficient manner. Sporting KC may pursue all avenues available, including promotion from within, employee referrals, outside advertising, employment agencies, internet recruiting, job fairs, college recruiting and search firms.

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization, which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.