Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 917350
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses [are/are not] authorized for this position.
[If you authorize expenses, be sure to include this paragraph: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp. ]
Must pass pre-employment examination
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
Incumbent serves as a Supervisory Dietitian and in this capacity assists
the Chief, Nutrition & Food Service (NFS) in planning, directing and
coordinating comprehensive Medical Nutrition Therapy services and Nutrition
Care Process and PACT at the Roseburg VA Healthcare System. Clinical activities encompass Nutrition
Support, Education, Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry Substance Abuse Treatment
Program, Hospice, Extended Care Unit, HBPC, and Ambulatory Primary Care and
PACT clinics. Operational responsibility
includes oversight responsibility for community-based outpatient clinics
Assists the NFS Chief in administrative duties for food production, food
service, and budget management.
Directly supervises the clinical dietitians.
Provides back up to the Chief, NFS during periods of absence. Represents the VAMC on variety of clinical
committees. Acts as liaison between the
clinical staff and the Food Production & Service Programs. Also advances clinical practice through
efficient and effective medical nutrition therapy, Nutrition Care Process, PACT
and Shared Medical Group Appointments and education to improve patient quality
of life, minimize therapeutic risk, and enhance clinical outcomes.
Additional duties of this position:
Supervises, develops, and implements Medical
Nutritional Therapy Program/Nutrition Care Process that includes the following:
Nutritional care criteria for the assessment of
patients nutritional needs and status.
The initiation of care plans with appropriate
Sustained nutrition and supportive care for those
with no current nutritional problems
Implementation of physician orders through service
of meals, or through enteral or parenteral nutrition
Development of dietary regimens for inpatients and
Participation in clinical interdisciplinary rounds
and patient treatment / discharge planning conference.
Plans, implements, coordinates, and provides
guidance to clinical staff on an ongoing educational program that includes Interviewing
and counseling patients individually and in groups, with family members,
caretakers, and residential care home sponsors on nutrition and specific diets
that are adapted and suitable for the home situation with consideration for
socioeconomic and religious background.
Develops goals and objectives for clinical programs
and reports on accomplishments at the designated staff meeting.
Serves as a consultant to physicians, other medical
personnel, fellow allied health professionals and nutrition staff concerning
complex clinical nutrition issues or proposed nutrition research projects;
gives guidance and recommendations on the practicality of implementing
Recommends visual patient education support
materials as well as other clinical resources needs within budgetary
Coordinates and directs the development of required
written discharge diets and other needed supportive educational guides and
materials issued patients to assist them in dietary compliance upon discharge
and thereby minimizing the necessity for rapid re-admission to hospital for
inability to cope with dietary regime.
Maintains professional relationships in the field
of nutrition and participates in related professional activities.
Plans and coordinates the analyses of the modified
diet menus using the regular menu as a guide and staying within the budgetary
allowance and the Recommended Dietary Intake.
Assures that hospital diet manual reflects current
concepts in nutritional treatment of disease, is reviewed / revised
periodically, and is available to medical personnel.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Following are requirements for appointment as a dietitian in the
Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
These requirements apply to all VHA dietitians in the GS-630 series.
2. 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 bachelors degree from a U.S. regionally accredited
college or university, and fulfilled each of the following criteria:
(1) Completed a didactic program in dietetics
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
(2) Completed a CADE accredited supervised
(3) Passed a national examination administered by
the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the
American Dietetic Association (ADA).
(1) All applicants must be registered with the
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. § 7405 (a) (1) (D) . Failure to obtain CDR registration during
that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
of Credential. An employee in this
occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/
registration within the required time
frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification
registration must be removed from the
occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
(a) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent
to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled,
and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs
and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designed
by an asterisk (*):
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1 . Knowledge of more
complex investigative processes and techniques in order to direct or
participate in the design of studies, collect data, conduct statistical
analysis, interpret findings, and translate results into written and oral
2 . Knowledge of, and ability to, apply quality standards
as specified by regulatory and accrediting organizations.
3 . Knowledge of the principles of program
management and oversight required to develop program goals and objectives,
administer and monitor program, coordinate associated activities, evaluate
program outcomes/accomplishments, redefine priorities, modify goals/objectives
and implement changes in processes/systems as needed.
4 . Ability to assess competence, evaluate, and
monitor the continuing education needs of professional staff.
5 . Ability to set
priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational
problems, and develop and implement effective solutions.
6 . Knowledge of
human resources administration, including such functions as the ability to
interview and select qualified applicants, monitor and evaluate performance,
and maintain effective labor management relations within scope of
7 . Ability to
manage/supervise, i.e., plan, organize, delegate, direct, control, review
activities of groups of professional subordinates.
References: www. va .gov/ohrm/joblistings/vaqualstds.doc
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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 Al l 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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties of this position are done in an office setting; sitting, standing, walking, stooping and carrying light items can be expected.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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. 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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
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. OTHER INFORMATION:
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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