Occ. Code 3111800



New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard



          The Director Developmental Disabilities Nutritional Services plans, coordinates, and directs statewide nutrition services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in programs operated or certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The incumbent develops, implements, and evaluates nutrition service policies and procedures; oversees Nutrition Services Administrators located in Developmental Disabilities State Operation Offices (DDSOO); and manages the delivery of nutrition services throughout the State.


          This position is classified in OPWDD.




           DIRECTOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES NUTRITIONAL SERVICES: one position class located in Central Office; directs, manages, and evaluates OPWDD’s statewide nutrition services program; develops and implements policies and procedures for nutrition services and food service management; and oversees Nutrition Services Administrators and the delivery of nutrition services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities throughout the State. 




          Nutrition Services Administrators oversee, manage, and administer food and nutrition programs for individuals in State facilities or community residential settings. 






Plans, oversees, and coordinates OPWDD’s statewide nutrition services program.


·       Develops, implements, and evaluates nutrition service policies and procedures, in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations, and evidenced-based practices.

·       Plans, establishes, evaluates, and maintains standards for clinical nutrition services and food service management.


·       Oversees, supervises, and collaborates with Nutrition Services Administrators; and coordinates and provides overall direction in the statewide implementation of policies and procedures.


·       Visits program sites; observes clinical nutrition and food service practices; determines the quality and effectiveness of service delivery; and provides guidance and direction for improvement.


·       Provides technical assistance, guidance, and direction to State and voluntary provider staff on various aspects of nutrition services; and disseminates information and training materials on new laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines.


·       Reviews individuals’ nutrition records to determine the appropriateness and quality of provided services, and investigative reports on incidents related to nutritional concerns, providing feedback to review committees.


·       Analyzes the potential impact of proposed legislation on nutrition services; and evaluates nutrition service data, identifies gaps in service delivery, and develops nutrition programs to meet individuals’ needs.


·       Acts as liaison or confers with local, State, and federal organizations, agencies, provider associations, and other groups to plan nutrition services; and may meet with individuals and families to discuss specific issues and improve the quality of nutrition care provided to individuals.


·       Assists in food service design and/or modification activities; evaluates equipment and layout selections; and ensures compliance with applicable requirements.


·       Participates in agency initiatives, projects, and interdisciplinary committees pertaining to nutrition services. 






Promotion: two years of service as a Nutrition Services Administrator 2.


Open Competitive: a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, food service management, or closely related field; current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a Registered Dietitian; and five years of post-registration experience planning, coordinating, and/or supervising a food or nutrition program in a hospital, facility, or community-based residential setting. Three years of this experience must have been at a supervisory level in a food or nutrition program dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.


Date: 2/2020


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.