Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$89,350.00 - $127,000.00 / Yr
Executive Drive
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Days, 8 hrs/day, TBD

#130626 (RD) Lead Registered Dietitian

Filing Deadline: Mon 7/22/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/10/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/22/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Current UC San Diego Health employees who apply by 07/15/2024 will have priority consideration for this position. Recruiters will refer qualified internal candidates after the first 7 days of the job posting. All qualified external applicants and additional internal applicants who apply after the priority date may have further consideration pending the results of the initial review.


The Lead Registered Dietitian serves as an expert level Dietitian for the nutrition department within the Eating Disorders Center, with excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills and provides clinical supervision and support to team dietitians. The Lead Registered Dietitianconfers with dietitians, managers, and other treatment team professionals to coordinate medical and nutritional needs and recommend dietary interventions for patients. The Lead Registered Dietitian motivates and leads nutrition staff, including dietitians, diet techs, and interns, and mentors others to grow professionally and advance their knowledge and skills. Lead Registered Dietitian demonstrates in-depth knowledge of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and integrates evidence-based recommendations into practice, while demonstrating professionalism at all times and holds self and team members accountable for standards of practice. The Lead Registered Dietitian leads nutrition, clinical and food service staff to ensure optimum patient care, efficient operations, quality service, and regulatory compliance. The Lead Registered Dietitian possesses highly advanced clinical knowledge, which is applied systematically and continuously, to monitor patient data and improve quality patient outcomes. The Lead Registered Dietitian integrates research-based practices and practice guidelines, as established by nutrition specialty groups or other health care agencies, into educational and professional development activities.

Responsibilities include the assessment and implementation of nutrition strategies and initiatives to ensure evidence-based nutrition practice is promoted and provided across the continuum of care. May manage programs, specific to the dietary department, that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources. Provides guidance, education, and training to staff and may be involved in the hiring and recruitment of new employees. Functions with a high degree of autonomy. Maintains professional growth and development through advanced certification(s), and professional affiliations, and organizational committees.

This position has recently been accreted by UPTE HX union, and will be a part of that union moving forward.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Licensed Registered Dietitian in the state of California.
  • Five (5) or more years of relevant experience.
  • In-depth knowledge associated with providing evaluation, assessment, and nutritional therapy services within specialty area(s).
  • Knowledge and skills to recommend improvements to nutritional services and consult on quality improvement.
  • Excellent skills in working effectively on a team and collaborating with physicians, nurses, and multidisciplinary care team.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.  
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs. 

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: Unclassified - No data available (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: Unclassified - No data available

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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