Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$78,527 - $103,648 / Year
Executive Drive
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#130090 (RD) Registered Dietitian-Transplant

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/27/2024

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Under supervision of the Department of Transplant, the RDN (dietitian) assumes total responsibility for the nutritional care of all pre, waitlisted and post-transplant patients. Assesses pre-transplant nutritional needs, develops and implements nutritional care plans, reports results as appropriate.

Provides education on nutrition for patients and family members regarding disease specific need. Monitors long-term progress. Participates in various transplant meetings and committees. Serve as resource person on nutritional care of the pre- and post-transplant patient. Develops, implements and records in EHR the nutrition care plan for all assigned patients. Continuously evaluates and monitors the effectiveness and outcomes of medical nutrition therapy intervention. Actively participates in medical rounds. Participates in department's special projects, performance improvement activities, and research.

Provides nutrition lectures and in-services to nutrition and medical staff as assigned. Collaborates with and mentors dietetic interns/students. May provide coverage for the other solid organ transplant services in the absence of the primary dietitian following all duties as outlined in the primary RD's job summary.


  • Dietitians must possess the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics and have completed an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics internship.
  • Registered Dietitian (RD).
  • Two (2) years’ experience with experience in comparable TH/acuity level.
  • Must possess the experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
  • Must have proven independent thinking, decision making, problem solving and prioritizing skills.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Must work effectively with all levels of staff, physicians, patients and external constituents.
  • Excellent ability to multi-task with demanding time frames.


  • A Master's Degree in Nutrition.
  • Prior experience working with Heart and/or Lung transplant patients.
  • Knowledge of ICU/Critical Care needs.
  • Knowledge of Cystic Fibrosis care needs.
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish.
  • Certified Clinical Transplant Dietitian (CCTD)certification.
  • Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC)certification.


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

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $78,527 - $103,648 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $37.61 - $49.64

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).

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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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