Clinical Dietitian
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Portland, OR

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Vacancy Identification Number: 877788 (Include # on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

Include applicants from First and Second Area of Consideration permanent employees of any Federal Agency (includes Reinstatement, VRA, VEOA, Applicants with disabilities, and VISTA/Peace Corps KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
The Clinical Dietitian is the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients, including those with complex medical and nutritional needs. He/she supports the facility’s mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, the client, the client’s family and the community. The increasingly complex nature of the nutrition care process requires that the clinical dietitian have expertise in a wide range of disease entities, behavior-change strategies, nutrition-specific diagnostics, treatment modalities, nutrition-specific treatment modalities. Nutrition care is provided primarily in acute care and ambulatory care settings.

Relocation Expenses: are not authorized for this position.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standard (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS :
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education. The individual must have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, and fulfilled each of the following criteria:

1. Completed a didactic program in dietetic accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).

2. Completed a CADE accredited supervised practice program.

3. Passed a national examination administrated by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

c. Registration

1. All applicants must be registered with the CDR.

2. Non-registered applicants who otherwise meet the minimum requirements in the basic qualification standard may be appointed as a graduate dietitian under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7450 (a)(1)(D). Failure to obtain CDR registration during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may be result in termination of employment.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS : In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-7 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Assignments. Employees at this grade are closely supervised and competency with progressively complex tasks is monitored by supervisor. Employees at this grade level serve in a career development position.

GS-9 Experience: Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, or education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master’s or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field. Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve in either staff clinical or food service systems management dietitian positions. It is expected that they receive guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff members. Supervision is close for developmental assignments and more general in nature for assignments in which the individual has demonstrated competency.

GS-11 Experience: Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, or education equivalent to 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field. Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve as staff dietitians at the full performance level, and may or may not be in a food service systems management supervisory position .

As a registered dietitian demonstrated the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics necessary to satisfactory complete the following duties:

1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical dietetics and medical nutrition therapy for patients with multiple co-morbidites, and complex medical needs. Develop nutrition therapy interventions, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities.

2. Ability to plan and organize work consisting of multiple tasks and priorites of considerable difficulty and responsibility; and ability to act as mentor/consultant for other health care professionals.

3. Ability to provide nutrition counseling and coaching to patients, family members and/or care givers considering pychosocial issues and ages appropriate guidelines.

4. Basic knowledge of computer operations: software, hardware terminology, security requirements, and capabilities.

5. Ability to communicate effectively using written and oral techniques at varying levels of understanding (lay to professional.)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE .

References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G20, Dietitian VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm . ]

Grade and salary to be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) as noted in qualifications section.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

U. S. citizenship

Bachelor's degree from a US regionally accredited college or university.

Completed to didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE).

Completed a CADE accredited supervised practice program.

Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credential branch of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

Registered with the CDR

Proficient in spoken and written English.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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