Oregon Health & Science University Pediatric Diabetes Educator (Instructor, RD) in Portland, Oregon

Work Unit Description

The OHSU Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center (HSDHC) provides diabetes education and disease management to children and adults who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The HSDHC focuses on patients that have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, those with chronic disease, as well as patients admitted to Doernbecher for new onset diabetes. Care is provided as requested by physicians, other providers, or self-referral to the Center.


Functions/Duties of Position

The Pediatric Diabetes Educator, working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, has the primary responsibility for providing diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy for pediatric patients seen at the HSDHC whom have Type1, Type2 and Pre-Diabetes. The Educator will have direct patient contact in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. While in the ambulatory setting he/she/they are responsible for pre-scheduled face-to-face visits with patients and their families/care giver(s) and are responsible for coverage of clinic and telephone triage of patient needs requiring timely response and coordination of care. While in the inpatient setting at Doernbecher Children's Hospital (DCH) he/she/they are responsible for educating children and families/care giver(s) about diabetes survival skills curriculum as well organizing and preparing patients for hospital discharge and follow-up education in the HSDHC. The incumbent is expected to occasionally provide education to the public and community with lectures, talks, cooking classes and other engagements invited to participate in; work directly with dietetic interns as well as with medical and nursing students during their rotations. The Pediatric Diabetes Educator will participate in Center committees and Center quality improvement and practice enhancement activities.Occasional long hours may be required and evening and weekend work for teaching classes. Physical location: PPV, with classes being held at waterfront OHSU locations on occasion. Position does not maintain a private office. Workspace is shared with other Diabetes Educators in the outpatient clinic.

Job Requirements


  • BS Food Science & Human Nutrition or equivalent relevant undergraduate degree. Completed dietetic internship. Completed dietetic internship including rotation involving diabetes patients.
  • Strong passion for diabetes education.
  • Must be able to effectively utilize oral and written communication skills with patients, families, caregivers, colleagues, and the public/community.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks in a fast paced outpatient environment.
  • Registered, licensed dietitian; OR
  • RD eligible and must pass RD exam within first 90 days of employment; AND
  • After two years of employment as RD must pass Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Exam
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation


  • Master’s degree preferred – will consider other relevant degree
  • 3 or more years recent experience working with pediatric diabetes patients and their families.
  • 1 year experience working with diabetes technology (insulin pumps, sensors)
  • Nutrition assessment and intervention for the acutely ill pediatric patient.
  • Spanish speaking preferred
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • Diabetes Certified Pump trainer
Additional Details

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Job Title: Pediatric Diabetes Educator (Instructor, RD)

Department: Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center

Location: PPV 1

Drug Testable: Yes

Job: IRC76297

FTE: 1.0, Full Time

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Salary Range: $66,500 – $85,000

Location: Portland, OR (Marquam Hill)

Job Type: Faculty