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This is a union position under the North End Community Staff Association Union

Pay scale:

Collective Agreement pay scale

$28.82-$37.99 per hour

Job Description

The North End Community Health Centre (NECHC) was created in 1971 to meet the needs of the residents of inner-city and North End Halifax. Today, it is the largest Community Health Centre in Nova Scotia with a staff of over forty-five people. The NECHC provides Primary Care, Outreach and Health Promotion and Prevention using a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. Team members include Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, a Nutritionist, Social Workers, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health professionals. The NECHC serves one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Halifax. The NECHC values collaboration, collegiality, teamwork, accountability, continuous quality improvement and respect for diversity.

As a member of the Interdisciplinary Health Team, the Nutritionist is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating a clinically based nutrition program with a small community-based component. The program will involve two full days of individual appointments including nutritional assessment and treatment of chronic disease, providing Special Diet Letters as required for the Department of Community Services., working with HCV patients as well as with clients without food and housing sustainability through our Mobile Outreach Street Health program. The Community Dietician is also expected to facilitate group nutritional programming based on the needs of the population. It is equally important for the Nutritionist to have an ongoing relationship with other resources in order to facilitate referrals to chronic disease management groups such as Your Way 2 Wellness. The Nutritionist provides advice and consultation on nutritional matters with the Health Team during Collaborative Practice Rounds.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  1. Consultation-dietary consultation with clients of the NECHC including Diabetes, Obesity, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension and other chronic disease.
  2. Programs-Develop programs based on demonstrated patient needs, collaboration with health team members when assessing need for nutritional programs. Apply principles of learning and teaching based on clinical research and evidence based practice when providing nutritional health education. Evaluate outcomes of programs and revise accordingly, reporting your progress at the monthly Health Advisory Committee.
  3. Collaborative Practice-Serve as a resource for interdisciplinary health team members on nutritional matters.
  4. Documentation-Familiar with electronic medical records system for charting. Provide written reports and work plans as appropriate.
  5. Other-Act as preceptor for dietetic intern students from various universities

Position Specifications:


BA degree in Nutrition, Food Sciences or Human Ecology including successful completion of an internship in dietetics

Registered with NS Dieticians Association, must be a member in good standing.

Skills /Experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years working as a Nutritionist in a community setting
  • Experience working in a diverse communities
  • Experience with chronic disease management, risk prevention education
  • Experience working with clients with mental health and addiction problems an asset
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (word, Excel, etc)
  • The ability to work independently and as a collaborative member of the Health Care Team
  • Experience using Electronic Medical Records, specifically Nightingale EMR
  • Health education experience with individuals, families, and groups
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Takes pride in his or her work and wants to make a difference, (small or large)

Please contact Angela Marshall, Health Team Lead at htl@nechc.com with your cover letter and resume no later than August 22, 2014

Location & Hours

2165 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B5
Main (902) 420-0303

CENTRE HOURS (Monday to Friday):
9am to 12pm / 1pm to 5pm
Call for appointment.

EVENING HOURS (Monday to Thursday):
For urgent care - not for everyday health advice or prescription refills.
6pm to 8pm
For registered patients only.
No appointment necessary.

For registered patients only. For urgent care that cannot wait until the next day.

Help Us Grow

Help us provide services to the North End community by making a donation or volunteering.

Cheques can be written out to North End Community Health Centre or you can donate online through

Volunteer opportunities and application form can be found here.