Nutrition Services Coordinator (Temporary)

Roanoke, VA

  • Department: Early Head Start/Head Start
  • Posting Date: 4/5/22
  • Closing Date:
  • Salary: $16.73 - $23.48/hr
  • Code: NSC – HS/EHS
  • This is a contracted position. Hours will vary based on needs of program.



Responsible for coordinating all nutrition services to enrolled children and families, including children with special dietary needs.  Duties include planning and approving all menus for full day and part day programs for children from six weeks to five years of age, monitoring food service quality and delivery, providing nutrition education to staff and families, assisting staff and families in managing special feeding issues of children, and performing food surveys and nutritional analysis.



Supervised by: Supervisor of Health Services

Supervises:  No one

Coordinates with:  Food Service Manager, Food Service Staff, Center Staff, Home Base Staff



  • Plans, prepares, and oversees distribution of cycle menus.

–     Menus must meet all USDA and Head Start Performance Standard Guidelines.

–     Menus should reflect foods that are low in fat, salt, and sugar, high in fiber, and provide nutrient dense foods including a variety of fruits and vegetables.

–     Menus must be prepared in coordination with the Food Service Manager, taking into account availability and cost.

  • Ensures the quality and safety of food production and preparation.

–     Monitors preparation and cooking procedures.

–     Monitors safety and sanitation in the kitchen.

–     Monitors recipes and ingredients for adherence to program and USDA guidelines.

  • Monitors food service in centers.

–     Educates about and model family style meal service.

–     Monitor food service safety and sanitation.

–     Complete required USDA monitoring forms (three times per program year, the first cycle within 30 days of fall enrollment).

  • Participates in the planning and leadership of the Health and Nutrition Services Advisory Committee.

–     Schedules with the Supervisor of Health Services to hold three Health and Nutrition Advisory Committee meetings per year.

–     Recruits staff, parents, and community members to serve on the committee.

–     Arranges for appropriate handouts and agenda content.

  • Provides case management of children referred through the Nutrition Alert process who have been identified or are suspected of nutritional needs.

–     Receives and responds to Nutrition Alerts in a timely manner.

–     Meets with parents and staff to discuss concerns.

–     Arranges for or provides nutrition counseling as needed for children and families.

  • Provides education and/or referrals for evaluation and treatment to parents of children with special food issues, including those children above or below optimal growth standards.
  • Plans and arranges for or provide nutrition education programs for staff and parents.

–     Provides workshops for parents on nutrition issues at parent meetings and parent seminars.

–     Provides trainings and/or education for staff concerning principles of nutrition or specific nutrition topics as requested.

–     Participates in community nutrition seminars and events as requested.

  • Plans and supervises special nutrition related projects.

–     Plans and coordinates the spring Health Fair for children.

–     Solicits assistance for the Health Fair from community professionals and organizations, and nutrition and/or nursing students.

–     Assists the Supervisor of Health Services in planning and implementing the annual Staff Health Fair.

  • Provides USDA required training to center staff annually.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.
  • Required to wear masks with a few exceptions



  • Knowledge of the principles of nutrition for preschoolers required.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and abilities.
  • Proficient in oral and written communication and public speaking.
  • Computer literate, specifically in the areas of nutrition software/food service analysis.



  • BS Degree in Human Nutrition
  • Registered Dietitian (or in the process of becoming registered)
  • Two years’ supervisory experience in a food services facility preferred.
  • Two years’ experience in planning USDA approved menus and food service to preschool children preferred.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients.



  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.

  • TAP is a mandatory COVID vaccine employer.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing; stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, hearing, talking, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; must be able to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.


Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.


We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply