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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: U4005 / Lead Nutrition Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, provides direct dietary services and coordinates the day-to-day operations of a metabolic kitchen supporting a specified nutrition research program. Plans and prepares meals in accordance with established research protocol and maintains kitchen supply inventories and records. Provides leadership, coordination, and training to one or more lower level nutrition techs performing associated duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinates and oversees the daily operations of the kitchen, to include work scheduling and allocation.
  2. Plans and prepares patient meals according to protocol guidelines.
  3. Trains and oversees the daily activities of lower level employees performing related services; may participate in hiring decisions and performance evaluation of technical staff.
  4. Maintains weekly inventory of supplies; places orders and receives supplies.
  5. Maintains daily and monthly census diet order sheets, cleaning, and temperature checklists.
  6. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to lead assigned staff including prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of operating standards, sanitation procedures, and personal hygiene requirements for dietary services.
  • Ability to plan work schedules and assign duties; ability to provide or arrange for training.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Knowledge of meal planning and preparation.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017