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Assistant Dietary Manager

Job Code:  232685
Facility: Highlands Behavioral Health
Location: HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO US Mountain
Region: Mountain
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: Some High School 
Category: Food and Nutritional Services
FTE: 1.0
Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.

Highlands Behavioral Health System is an 86 bed freestanding behavioral health hospital offering psychiatric care for adults and adolescents. Centrally located in Littleton, the facility is easily accessible to families throughout the Front Range and just minutes from surrounding communities.


Highlands Behavioral Health is currently looking for an Assistant Dietary Manager.




The Assistant Dietary Manager assist in the management of  the total food service and nutrition departments to ensure the implementation of standards for quality food service as they apply to patients, staff and the community.



  1. Assists the operations of the Dietary Department in accordance with hospital policies.
  2. Assist in monitoring the Dietary Department financial results to achieve operating goals.
  3. Achieves and maintains a level of service consistent with quality assurance and accreditation standards.
  4. Maintains and manages a professional staff to achieve effective delivery of service.
  5. Maintains and promotes effective internal and external communications.
  6. Evaluates and manages to maintain requirements for JCAHO accreditation.
  7. Assists in preparing s work schedules of all department personnel to ensure adequate staffing, prioritizing effectively.
  8. Maintains accurate up-to-date meal census.
  9. Records food invoices
  10. Processes all patient profile cards by unit/census sheet.
  11. Records diet changes, discharges and special orders to the kitchen.
  12. Provides leadership for staff; promotes an environment in which Food and Nutrition Service team can work cooperatively toward objectives.
  13. Assumes and/or performs additional duties as requested.
  14. Makes sound decisions within the range of expectation for the job.
  15. Collaborates with hospital personnel and medical staff to ensure optimal patient care.
  16. Promotes a positive working environment and guest relations.




Highlands Behavioral Health System offers evening, night and weekend shift differential, an excellent time off plan, medical, dental, vision, employee assistance program, life and long term disability benefits and 401(k) plan for full time and part time employees.




Formal Education in an approved course in Dietetic Assistant curriculum preferred; Experience should include either a minimum of three (3) years in a hospital setting, a minimum of two (2) years experience with institutional cooking in restaurants and/or hotels; or a Bachelors Degree in a Nutritional Science/Dietary field and a Registered Dietician. Previous experience in hiring, training, scheduling, motivating and counseling support staff preferred.




1)     Must have knowledge of budget preparation and control actions.

2)     Must be able to perform assignments with minimal supervision;

3)     Must be able to perform concentrated and/or complex mental activity with frequent involvement in complex and/or highly technical situations;

4)     Must be able to work successfully under highly stressful conditions;

5)     Must be able to make sound, independent judgments based on scientific and/or ethical principles;

6)     Must be able to comprehend and perform oral and written instructions and procedures;

7)     Must be able to collaborate with other multidisciplinary team members in an appropriate fashion;

8)     Must be capable of adapting to varying workloads an work assignments on a constant basis;

9)     Must have effective comprehensive reading skills, strong communication skills, written and verbal.

10)  Must have math skills to enable calculation of recipes and diets.

11)  Must possess a valid Colorado Drivers License in order to drive hospital vehicles or on hospital business.




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