Community Dietician

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: NTHSSA - Yellowknife Region
Job ID: 17803
Salary: $90,714 - $108,362
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Nov 22, 2019

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located in Yellowknife and reporting to the Regional Manager, Public Health, the Community Dietician provides consultant, resource and direct service delivery to a culturally diverse population

The incumbent works to improve the health of the entire service population and to reduce inequities among population groups. They work in the context of the ISDM, a model mandated by the Department of Health and Social Services that directs how health and social programs is delivered in the NWT with the purpose of promoting health and independence and assuring continuity of care and integration of that care. Close liaison, information sharing, teaching and collaborative relationships are maintained with community stakeholders, NTHSSA staff, community groups, aboriginal organizations, local businesses, Stanton and DHSS. The incumbent works with each partner group to identify nutrition program needs and prioritize, plan, implement and evaluate appropriate programs and services.

The incumbent supports dietician services in the NTHSSA Diabetes Education Program.. The incumbent works with clients to facilitate the adoption of self-management of their care and adoption of health related behaviors for the prevention and management of diabetes. The incumbent also is responsible for ensuring key messaging promoting healthy lifestyle choices and prevention messaging for diabetes is delivered in the broader population

Through the promotion of healthy food choices, emphasizing local and traditional foods, and the development of community programs, the position can impact on the total health care of all residents through the reduction of medical and travel expenditures as a result of chronic health diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The incumbent is responsible for advising, developing and promoting Healthy Public Policy on nutrition within NTHSSA and making recommendations to the Regional Manager, Public Health.

On a typical day, the incumbent may travel within and/or to a community, plan, deliver and evaluate nutrition services, field telephone requests from the community and health authority staff; review new materials; participate in meetings of community groups working on nutrition and health-related issues. The incumbent may also provide services through telehealth to both YK Region and other Regions within the NTHSSA.

Typically, the qualifications would be attained by the completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in Nutrition. In addition to a Baccalaureate Degree in Nutrition, completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship program, or a Master's degree in Nutrition. Two years or more ofrecent community nutrition experience is required.

Current registration with a provincially regulated association  of  Registered  Dietitians  is required as well as registration with Dietitians of Canada. Must also possess a valid NWT driver's  license.

Ability to work towards practice hours and completion of Certified Diabetes Educator over the next 5 years.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

More Information

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Eligible for current registration/certification with a provincially regulated association of Registered Dietitians is mandatory for this position as well as registration with Dietitians of Canada. 

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Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 5 Driver's License.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $46.52 per hour to $55.57 per hour (approximately $90,714 - $108,362.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 17803

Closing Date: November 22, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time