OPEN POSITION: Oncology Nutritionist

Reports to: Oncology Nutrition Manager
FSLA Status: Exempt
Hours: 36 hours/week; some evenings and weekends
Location: Lewiston and South Portland, ME

Position Summary

The Oncology Nutritionist provides nutrition counseling and education to individuals impacted by cancer. In addition, the nutritionist designs and delivers nutrition and cooking demonstrations, co-manages the community garden program, and develops community partnerships with similar or complimentary organizations to enhance, expand and support the mission of the Dempsey Center.

Responsibilities and Expected Outcomes 

  • Provides nutrition consult services for individuals and groups to effect change in food intake as part of a treatment plan, as preventative nutrition, or to improve general health.
  • Manages the documentation process for consult services.
  • Utilizes best practice and established standards in assessing clients’ nutritional status.
  • Updates treatment guidelines as needed based on client’s response to intervention and health status.
  • Designs and delivers nutrition programing, including curriculum development to both in – person and virtual audience.
  • Participates in the management of both nutrition and garden program volunteers.
  • Participates in evaluation process for nutrition programming and consult services.
  • Supports the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of individuals living with or impacted by cancer.
  • Recognizes professional boundaries and scope of practice and makes appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Collaborates with other disciplines within the Dempsey Center to improve client care.
  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to members of the client’s health care team, when appropriate.
  • Functions independently under the general supervision of the Oncology Nutrition Manager.
  • Maintains compliance with HIPAA policies and procedures.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary meetings and peer review.
  • Meets productivity standards and keeps on schedule with client treatments.
  • Adheres to departmental infection control and safety policies.
  • Meets department documentation standards.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition.
  • Experience in clinical nutrition as well as community nutrition preferred.
  • Cooking experience and ability to cook in front of group required.
  • Highly effective communication skills (speaking, reading, writing, active listening, presentation, etc.).
  • Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-based recommendations for maintaining optimal nutrition status during and after cancer treatment, and for cancer prevention.
  • Demonstrates competence in data collection and program evaluation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to follow-through to meet organizational and client needs.
  • Ability to meet job performance measures with minimal oversight and guidance.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to make well-reasoned decisions, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to see both the larger picture and detailed steps needed to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain focus on multiple projects and appropriately prioritize activities.
  • Ability to express and maintain an open and confident mindset as well as a positive attitude.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Dempsey Center

The Dempsey Center promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. The Dempsey Center encourages applications from qualified candidates of every age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and veteran status.

Licensure, Registration, and Certification

  • Valid Maine driver’s license is required.
  • RDN Licensure required
  • Certified Specialist in Oncology within 2 years of employment

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to effectively communicate with employees, clients, Board members, donors and potential donors, volunteers, consultants, advisors, and members of the community.

Computer Operations

Requires intermediate or better proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel and Outlook, or equivalent.

Responsibility for Confidential Matters

Works regularly with highly confidential information. Must comply with confidentiality policies and procedures. Utmost discretion and integrity are required for the job.

Responsibility for Getting Along with Others

Regularly represents the Dempsey Center and interprets its policies and practices to all types of people within and outside the organization. Assumes responsibility for harmonious relationships. Treats everyone with dignity and respect.

Supervision Received

Receives very general guidance based on broad objectives for the job. Work is carried out in collaboration with others while maintaining alignment with organizational directives and guidelines. Independent judgment is used to achieve assigned objectives.


  • Must be able to exert moderate physical effort with occasional standing, walking, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, typing and frequently lift and carry material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Normal office conditions such as sitting, with occasional standing, walking, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, typing and lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • Driving may be necessary to attend meetings and trainings but is not a primarily and essential job responsibility.