Lead Sport Dietitian (Mat Leave-Part time) - UBC Athletics

Post date: Jun. 5, 2019

Application Deadline: Jun. 18, 2019

Position Start Date: Aug. 6, 2019


The Lead Sport Dietitian for the UBC Varsity Athlete program is responsible for developing and leading or facilitating nutrition programs, projects, presentation, workshops and initiatives that enhance student-athletes’ health, wellbeing and sports performance. The Sport Dietitian is responsible for working closely with coaches to manage service delivery to over 600 athletes across 25 teams.


The Sport Dietitian will report to the Senior Manager, Sport Science and Sport Medicine and ultimately to Director of Athletics-Performance and Team Services of UBC Athletics.


Nutrition Education and Support

  • Develop and maintain a progressive, evidence-based, and safe supplementation policy and subsequent procedures in collaboration with the Sports Science and Sports Medicine Lead
  • Leads the development and implementation of initiatives related to food, nutrition and high-performance sport
  • Develops and implements evidence-based nutrition education initiatives to enrich student-athlete learning and health, including overseeing student interns in implementation of various initiatives
  • Manages athlete cooking programs including the development, coordination and implementation of the lesson to teams throughout the competitive year in collaboration with coaching staff
  • Develops evidence-based educational materials and workshops for student-athletes on topics in collaboration with coaching and athletics staff
  • Manages the nutrition section of the Go Thunderbirds website, developing and creating content based on the latest evidence-based developments in sport nutrition In collaboration with Marketing & Communication team, creates information to promote nutrition strategies to support sports performance
  • Develops content for social media channels to promote good sports nutrition practices amongst the student athlete community
  • Coordinates the delivery of bloodwork information between medical staff, athletes and coaches in a timely fashion to support health and performance 
  • Identify and complete appropriate nutrition-based projects in a reasonable time frame including collaboration with UBC Academic researchers where appropriate.
  • Provides nutritional guidance to teams including but not limited to competition, travel, rest and recovery 
  • Supports the medical team and strength and condititoning team in the implementation or monitoring of nutritional interventions

Nutrition Counselling

  • Perform individual nutrition assessments with Varsity Athletes as appropriate via a variety of channels including email, phone and in person regarding topics including but not limited to recovery, illness, injury, a healthy relationship with food, body weight and composition management, modified diets due to allergies and intolerances, vegetarian and vegan diets, competition preparation and safe supplement use.
  • Lead Dietitian within the Integrated Support Team serving as the resident expert in the field of nutrition and high performance sport supporting both athletes and coaches
  • Mentor student interns in nutritional assessment and counselling of athletes in individual nutrition sessions.

Collaboration & Partnerships

  • Collaborates with the Partnerships and Business Development units on partnerships related to athlete nutrition support to ensure basic safe supplement policies and sound nutritional practices are being adhered to
  • Works in partnership with SHHS to provide guidance to culinary teams regarding athlete menu development. Where necessary, analyzes menus and recipes to determine nutritional adequacy.
  • Supervises Dietetics students for the Health Promotion component of their practicum year as part of the relationship with UBC Dietetics
  • Collaborates with campus partners including Land and Food Systems, Food Nutrition and Health and Student Health and Hospitality services to support initiatives related to student athlete wellbeing including student supervision
  • Represents UBC Athletics interests on the UBC Wellbeing Food and Nutrition Working Group and supports initiatives
  • Collaborates with the SHHS Dietitian on the Learn to Grocery Shop program which involves developing partnerships with on campus grocery stores, training and overseeing UBC students to deliver this program campus wide
  • In cooperation with the associate director of partnerships, manages the partnership with the preferred oncampus provider of sport nutrition products to athletes to support safe supplement use



This position requires a person capable of interpreting the position responsibilities and carrying them out with minimal direct supervision. Work is reviewed in terms of effectiveness and achievement of objectives. Reports to the Senior Manager, Sport Science and Sport Medicine.


The successful candidate directly supervises a number of student workers and dietietics student interns.


Failure to provide appropriate advice about diet and nutrition would have an adverse effect on the performance of the UBC varsity sports teams, which would result in a negative impact on the student-athlete experience. Poor judgment, decision-making, and/or errors could also involve legal and/or financial liability for the University and could have a damaging impact on the credibility and/or reputation of Athletics and Recreation varsity sports.


  • Applicants for the position must have earned a BSc in Dietetics or Nutritional Science as well as the IOC Diploma in Sport Nutrition or Masters in a related field
  • Applicants must also be a registered dietitian in good standing with the College of Dietitians of BC, be a member of Dietitians of Canada, and hold professional liability insurance.
  • A minimum of three years of recent related experience, including working with athletes and client counselling, is therefore required for the position. The successful candidate will provide nutrition consultation services to athletes. 
  • Experience with flexible and open learning techniques is desirable. Preference will be given to those applicants that can demonstrate a record of teaching excellence. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Only applications received through the UBC Careers website will be considered. To submit an application, go to https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php and navigate to Job ID 34000 



Type of Position: Part time
Employment Type: Employee
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Contact Details

Contact Name: Kimberly Haughian
Location: UBC Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
272-6081 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1
Contact Phone: 604-822-5464
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Web Address: https://gothunderbirds.ca/Apply by Email