A dietary director is the person who is responsible for planning and coordinating all activities of the dietary department within a variety of organizations. These organizations include workplace cafeterias, hospitals, educational institutions, and schools. This position is supervisory in nature. It will rarely require travel, as this person generally works within an office or “on the floor”. A dietary director is required to have attained a high school diploma, and many organizations also require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nutrition or food service management. Food service training courses and certifications are also available within this field. Continual education is often recommended, as the field is always evolving.
A dietary director is responsible for managing the overall daily operations of the dietary or foodservice department of their organization. Other responsibilities and duties associated with this position include managing food service employees, scheduling employees, delegating tasks, hiring and training all staff, evaluating staff, providing nutritional consulting, planning all meals and menus, maintaining and recording all inventory, establishing plans and objectives that coincide with the needs of the organization, gathering nutritional data, implementing nutritional plans regarding the needs of the workplace, managing all kitchen supplies and equipments, accommodating all meals and menus to the needs of the clients or students, and managing all business operations of the department. A dietary director is a person who must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment. This person is often responsible for individuals’ safety and health.
Dietary Director Tasks
Oversee, plan and direct the nutrition services program.
Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Ensure services are in compliance with nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.