Nutrition Services Manager

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description

Nutrition Services Manager

Augusta , Maine , United States | Human Services | Full-time Apply by: Sept. 24, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)Social Services Manager IOpening Date: September 10, 2021 Closing Date: September 24, 2021 Job Class Code: 5065

Grade: 27 (Supervisory)

Salary: $53,476.80 – $72,612.80/yr.Position Number: 03030-4744

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

The Office of Aging & Disability Services (OADS) within DHHS oversees a broad range of services for older adults and adults with disabilities; home and community-based services (HCBS); long term services and supports (LTSS); a comprehensive system of support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and brain injuries; consumer-directed services; quality assurance and quality improvement services including independent assessment services; adult protective services; and public guardianship and/or conservatorship services for individuals who are incapacitated. As part of the Older Americans Act, Maine’s State Unit on Aging is designated as OADS within DHHS and administers the State Plan on Aging. OADS works closely with the five Area Agencies on Aging in Maine to administer federally and state-funded aging services and programs throughout the state.

Job duties:

As the Nutrition Services Manager in the Office of Aging and Disability Services, you will be responsible for providing provide oversight, day-to-day management, and on-going evaluation of the Older Americans Act and State funds that are distributed to the area agencies on aging to ensure the State of Maine maintains capacity to provide nutrition services (e.g., congregate meals, home delivered meals, nutrition education, nutrition counseling, etc.) to older Mainers throughout the state. You will also be responsible for ensuring that the Nutrition Services Program provides services that comply with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans and that comply with applicable provisions of State or local laws regarding the safe and sanitary handling of food, equipment, and supplies used in the storage, preparation, service, and delivery of meals to an older individual. In addition, you will consult with the Aging Service team and secure grants that would enhance the health and safety of older adults in Maine. The position duties are as follows:

+ Manage the Older American Act and State funded Nutrition Services Program for the State of Maine.

+ Develop and implement Nutrition Services Program evaluation methodology and coordinate all aspects of the Nutrition Services Program with the five area agencies on aging (AAA).

+ Manage performance and financial reports to determine compliance with goals and objectives outlined in Maine’s State Plan on Aging.

+ Analyze Area Plans on Aging annual reports submitted by area agencies on aging and recommend solutions for compliance with Nutrition Services Program requirements.

+ Manage service contracts and budgets for the Nutrition Services Program.

+ Collect and analyze data on the Nutrition Services Program to help prepare annual and ad hoc reports to state and federal partners.

+ Draft administrative rules, policies, and procedures governing the Nutrition Services Program.

+ Analyze and evaluate program participant needs data, functional status, units of service, expenditures, program income, allotment transfers, service costs, and program costs to provide recommendations for improvements to the Nutrition Services Program.

+ Serve as the OADS liaison with other state and federal departments for food and nutrition programs, including state and national committees/task forces.

+ Serve as a spokesperson for OADS by giving presentations at state and national meetings and conferences regarding the Nutrition Services Program.

+ Provide leadership and technical assistance for modernizing the Nutrition Service Program, including enhancing client choices and person-centered planning.

+ Plan for future nutritional and healthy aging support for Maine’s growing older adult population by monitoring trends and innovations and applying for relevant funding opportunities and grants.

+ Provide one-on-one nutrition counseling to older Mainers when the area agencies on aging are unable to secure such services from a Registered Dietitian in their planning and service areas.

+ Complete continuing professional educational requirements on an ongoing basis to maintain expertise in the planning of nutritional services.

+ Supervise staff within the Aging Services unit of OADS.

Minimum Qualifications:

In order to qualify, the minimum requirement is an eight (8) year combination of education and/or professional experience in social services to include two (2) years of related program management experience.Preference will be given to applicants who are Registered Dietitians and earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Please tell us about your experience in the following areas in your cover letter:

+ Knowledge of nutrition services programs for older adults, including applicable federal, state, and other regulations and policies (e.g., Older Americans Act, etc.)

+ Knowledge of menu planning and nutrition standards, including current developments in the field of food and nutrition services targeting older adults.

+ Knowledge of state procedures governing procurement, contracting, and rulemaking.

+ Ability to draft and manage contracts and budgets.

+ Ability to write grant proposals.

+ Ability to collect and analyze data using computer software.

Application Information:

For additional information about this position please contact James Moorhead, Aging Services Manager OADS at (207) 287-7057 or by e-mail To apply, please upload a resume and cover letteraddressing the six competency areaslisted in the requirements section.

For a paper application please contact Ashley Smith


Benefits are vital to your health and well-being. We get it. Here’s what the State of Maine offers:

+ growth – build your career

+ health, dental, and vision insurance – take care of yourself

+ retirement savings – financially independent, even after you stop working

+ flexible spending accounts – manage out-of-pocket healthcare and/or daycare costs

+ Living Resources(employee assistance program) – overcome difficult situations with support

+ paid holidays – twelve each year

+ federal public loan forgiveness program- for qualifying loans and payments

+ statewide locations – from Kittery to Madawaska

+ training – develop knowledge, skills, and understanding

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Programcan decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to

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Posted On: Sep 11, 2021

Updated On: Sep 26, 2021