Nutritionist
Department Of Agriculture - Chicago, IL

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The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

This position is located in the Mid-West Regional Office, Regional Special Nutrition Division, Supplemental Food Programs Branch. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:
  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Depending on a variety of circumstances, Telework may be available.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
DUTIES: The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Nutritionist, you will:
  • Provide coordination, guidance and training to State agencies, field and SSNP staff on the conduct of management evaluations, special reviews and related program issues.
  • Provide in-depth, expert-level comments and recommendations to proposed policies and regulations and other national proposals relating to nutritional services, nutritional risk criteria, breastfeeding promotion, food package prescription, eligibility/certification, paraprofessional usage, coordination with other programs, and caseload management.
  • Develop guidance material for use with the target population, comment and provide recommendations on food packages and to provide recommendations for changes in regulations.
  • Meet with State agency representatives to discuss areas of policy and operational non- compliance.
  • Make presentations on topics relating to the nutritional aspects of WIC or FMNP or SFMNP at professional meetings, as well as at national, regional and state/local meetings.
  • Plan, direct and participate in formal management evaluation reviews of State and local program operations.

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:
Degree: dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or related science.

Minimum Qualification Requirement:

Specialized Experience:

For GS-12 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes planning and coordinating nutrition, public health, and/or maternal and child health or nutrition assistance programs.
For GS-11 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes participating in the administration and coordination of nutrition, public health, and/or maternal and child health or nutrition assistance programs.

Education:
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

For the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. in a related field.

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. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

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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:
    • Knowledge of current principles, practices, and procedures of nutrition and public health in order to develop and recommend nutrition policies.
    • Knowledge of the cultural, social, economic, and health characteristics of varied population groups in order to design nutrition-related services to meet the needs of this population.)
    • Ability to write clear, precise, detail oriented documents that accurately reflect agency views on proposed policy and regulation.
    • Ability to communicate orally, to members of all levels of an organization, to present information, defend rationale, negotiate and persuade the audience, and respond to questions.
    • Ability to analyze and evaluate information and make recommendations in order to develop and implement program legislation, regulations, policies and technical guidance materials.
    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.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    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 unit-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.
    • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    • 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. FNS 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.
    • FNS 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 FNS' 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 up to 25% of the time.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation

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