Clinical Dietitian
Department of Veterans Affairs - North Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): RQ-13-KG-792289

(Include on all documents)

This position may be filled at the GS-7, GS-9 or GS-11 grade level.

A Professional Standards Board of your peers will review you application, education, and experience to determine your grade level for appointment consideration

Duty Location/Campus:
Nutrition and Food Services, Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

Tour of Duty:
Part Time Position

,

Monday-Friday

with rotating weekends

; Hours based on the needs of the Service.

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is seeking a Clinical Dietitian who will be responsible for planning, developing, and directing all nutrition care activities for assigned clients, including those with complex medical and nutrition needs. The selectee will support the mission of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) by coordinating nutrition care with other health care providers, the client, the client's family and the community.

Area of Consideration:
This vacancy announcement is open to all United States citizens. Management retains the right to select any appropriate recruitment methods such as c

urrent Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment,

Reinstatement

eligibles, those eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a

Special Appointing Authority

such as those for disabled veterans, those eligible for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) under the

VeteransÂ’ Employment Opportunities Act of 1998,

veterans eligible for a

VEOA

appointment,

severely disabled individuals, Interchange Agreements with other Agencies, etc. Candidates from other sources may be considered only after consideration has been given to the best qualified candidates from this Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Current permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees may apply for consideration under this announcement.

Our Mission:
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?

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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/

.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Non-citizens may be appointed when there are no qualified U.S. citizens.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Dietitian provides primary health care for the nutritional problems of patients being cared for by HBPC. The HBPC dietitian is a professional member of the interdisciplinary HBPC Team including nurses, physicians, social workers and rehabilitation therapists.

The dietitian is considered the medical nutrition expert for HBPC and is responsible for the medical nutrition treatment of Veteran beneficiaries on the HPBC program. The work requires a valid driverÂ’s license and the ability to travel the surrounding community to provide patient care.

The HBPC program provides over 90% of the health care required by the HBPC patients. On occasion, some patients are seen by specialty providers. The patients are required to be housebound or bedbound and have a home caregiver. Most are long-term care patients or terminally ill and have multiple, chronic, interacting medical problems which require management from a skilled interdisciplinary team. The team dietitian is totally responsible for the nutritional health of the patients assigned to the home health care team. Many of these patients live in less than optimal social and/or environmental conditions and are often cared for by frail elderly caregivers.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Must be a citizen of the United States (non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Must have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Must have completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)and completed an ACEND accredited supervised practice program.

Must have passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.).

All applicants must be registered with the CDR. Non-registered applicants who otherwise meet the minimum requirements may be appointed as a graduate dietitian.

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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 (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

. 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. ***

( X ) BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must receive favorable adjudication

( X ) PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

( X ) CREDENTIALING

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

:

The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.

All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.

This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

:

Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.

(P.L. 95-201)

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating or consideration for employment

Veterans' Preference:
Veterans' preference does not apply to Merit Promotion; however, if you are a Veteran applying under a special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as: a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:
Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website,

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html

. This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp

.

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, 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:
The

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

and

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

.

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.

PBI Interviews:
Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

www.va.gov/pbi

.

Filling Additional Vacancies:
If additional vacancies for this position occur within 90 days, this announcement may be used without reannouncement.

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