Nutritionist
Department Of Agriculture - Alexandria, VA

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The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), and Food and Nutrition Service are separate entities of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. CNPP develops integrated nutrition research and provides the evidence-based science and nutrition education and promotion programs. It is a recognized authority for providing the best evidence-based scientific dietary guidance for the American public. CNPP's staff consists of nutritionists, economists, dietitians, food scientists, nutrition educators and program managers. Our nutrition promotion component works effectively with policy makers, academic and health professionals, the media, and public and private organizations to improve the diet and health of the American public. CNPP provides leadership, technical expertise, and coordination for the development of the legislatively mandated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We created and manage USDA's ChooseMyPlate Food Guidance System, which communicates and implements the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. CNPP's "brand,” ChooseMyPlate, is a state-of-the art web-based source of nutrition guidance tools recognized and used internationally by policy makers, researchers, and educators.

Key Information:
CNPP offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS

DUTIES:
As a Nutritionist, you will:
Provide professional leadership in nutrition policy development and in promoting national food and dietary guidance by translating research into guidance for food intake and related strategies that consumers can use to make informed food choices.

Plan, conduct, direct, and/or apply consumer-oriented research (intramural and extramural) to develop and evaluate goals, message strategies, concepts, approaches, techniques, materials, and other activities and communications for improving consumer behavior to achieve a healthful diet.

Keep abreast of scientific research on nutritional requirements; dietary practices; evidence analysis; consumer knowledge, attitudes, and behavior related to food and nutrition; nutrition education, and communications; and related fields.

Identify specific analyses and research topics and designs, and plan, conduct, direct, and/or apply research, analyses, and the evaluation of food patterns as they relate to current dietary guidance and feasibility for consumer implementation.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

Basic Requirements:
A full, 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree in dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or related science.

Minimum Qualification Requirement:
Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes:

Serving as team leader on projects requiring the coordination and supervision of activities performed by other Division staff;

Planning, designing, conducting, analyzing, evaluating and leading a wide range of projects that result in translating research into nutrition guidance and food patterns to implement the guidance; AND

Developing consumer-oriented content for nutrition education programs and/or materials that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
Resume,

Responses to the online questions, and

Required supporting documents.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

Skill in policy and data analysis project management concepts and methods that are applied to nutrition guidance development while successfully achieving objectives within budget and time constraints.

Professional experience in conducting consumer-based research for developing effective health communications.

Ability to analyze and interpret scientific research in food, nutrition, and related behavior and ability to translate such research into food and dietary guidance.

Possesses skill in communicating orally and in writing with a wide array of audiences.

Knowledge and skill sufficient to develop, monitor and evaluate contracts, grants and cooperative agreements to achieve established goals.

Working knowledge of computers and statistical techniques and analytical methods.

We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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BENEFITS:
Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining-designated position.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. CNPP may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."

To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

FNCS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising CNPP's vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 0 to 1 day per month.

Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

Successfully complete a background investigation.

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