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Nutrition Associate - Detroit Tigers (Detroit · MI)

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Player Operations: Nutritionist
OVERVIEW:
The Detroit Tigers Minor League Sports Nutrition Associate is responsible for providing our minor league players and staff with effective strategies to optimize their performance and improve their well-being. Through the benefits of nutrition and science, the sports nutrition associates will enable the Toledo Mud Hens, Erie SeaWolves, and West Michigan White Caps athletes the ability to manage their body composition and perform at their highest level. 
 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Coordinate services with Tigers’ team physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, MLB Nutrition Coordinator, and MiLB Nutrition Coordinator and be available to such personnel at all reasonable times during the term for consultation.
  • Provide regular education in the clubhouse with the flexibility to create nutrition education pieces based on the most pertinent topics to their team. Sessions may be in person and/or via closed social media or online player platforms. Short team talks are to be coordinated with strength coaches/athletic trainers and affiliate coaches.
  • Work with other associates at the affiliates to share education pieces to help eliminate duplication of effort and ensure a consistent message across the organization. Have education pieces translated into Spanish. Examples of typical high priority education piece in the minor leagues include:
          o   Healthier fast food and quick service restaurant options.
          o   Hydration – how to evaluate hydration status, when to hydrate, how much, use of electrolytes.
          o   Meal prep – quick and easy, on a budget and with limited cooking resources.
          o   Protein shakes – recipes, preparation techniques, when to use.
          o   Pre-training/game nutrition principles.
          o   Post-game recovery nutrition principles.
          o   Safe supplementation – NSF certification, is it necessary, safe and effective.
  • One on one nutrition consulting – assess and counsel minor-league players at your affiliate team for optimal performance, recovery, and health. Document sessions and regularly communicate with other associates at the affiliates when players move to other affiliates to ensure continuity of care. Keep open communication regarding any relevant issues with the MLB and MiLB Nutrition Coordinators.
  • Keep inventory of supplements and identify when supplement inventory is low. Communicate inventory or needs with the MiLB Nutrition Coordinator. Provide education as listed above on safe supplement usage.
  • Oversee food and nutrition services at the minor league clubhouse.
          o   Select and order high performance food for pre and post-game meals at home and away stadiums. 
          o   Work with opposing teams visiting clubhouse mangers to identify options. Utilize feedback from   strength coach to assess on the road food and make necessary modifications as necessary.
  • Attend all home games and assist in preparation of smoothies (and teach players how to make their own) and food set up.
  • Remain available at reasonable times to provide other related consultations as reasonably requested by the Tigers.
  • Any equipment purchases must receive prior approval from the organizations.
  • Other services and work as mutually agreed upon.
 
CHARACTERISTICS & QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's Degree in clinical nutrition, food and nutrition, food science, sports nutrition or related expertise required.
  • RD or RD eligible. Completion of a didactic program in nutrition and supervised program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) or formally, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. 
  • Experience providing nutrition education and counseling (preferred experience with athletes).
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and counseling skills.
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Self-motivator, ability to work independently and collaborate as a member of a team.
  • Ability to accurately measure height and weight, as well as assess body composition.
  • Knowledge of eating disorders and any signs and symptoms.
  • Knowledge and application of medical nutrition therapy, ergogenic aids, nutritional/herbal supplements.
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Knowledge of food service quality and safety practices.
  • Ability to pass background screening and drug test.
  • Ability to operate in highest professional standard.
  • Membership in SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition and/or CPSDA (Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association) preferred.
 
 
COMPENSATION/LOCATION/TIME COMMITMENT:
  • To be determined
  • Spring Training March-April – Lakeland, FL (length TBD)
Regular season at assigned affiliate location (Toledo OH, Erie PA, Grand Rapids MI)
 
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