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Job Title: Clinical Dietitian
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Amarillo, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 12/17/2017
Expire Date: 02/15/2018
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Job Description
Clinical Dietitian

The Clinical Dietitian will be involved in the professional practice of dietetics in accordance with the guidance set forth in Nutrition and Food Service policies and procedures and VA regulations governing the practice of dietetics. The Clinical Dietitian may be scheduled and assigned to any nutrition practice area.

Nutritional Care:

Conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk.

Develops and implements an individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy in accordance with the patient's medical program goals and objectives.

Accurately obtains and interprets medical information pertinent to the patient's nutritional care to determine risk, assess nutritional status and develop individual specialized care plans to simultaneously address several disease processes.

Calculates nutritional requirements (calories, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, electrolytes, fluid) and necessary diet restrictions or food/drug interactions.

Provides initial and on-going nutritional assessments of patients receiving enteral and/or parenteral nutrition.

Utilizes assessment and evaluation techniques that consider age-specific needs as well as cultural, religious, and ethnic concerns.

Orders labs, diets and consults per Scope of Practice.

Nutrition Education

Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for individuals and groups, incorporating a learning approach that considers the cultural, religious, education and medical situation of the patient.

Evaluates achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family.

Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with patient's treatment goals, referring patients for appropriate community or home health services as needed.

Administrative Functions

Maintains productivity standards and practices, effective time management and prioritizing of tasks.

Maintains accurate record keeping of daily clinical activities, including information for scheduling and billing.

Manages resources (time, materials, and staff) in a cost-effective manner.

Quality Improvement/Research

Supports Performance Improvement activities by participating in the development of nutritional care indicators, evaluation criteria, collecting continuous quality improvement data, monitoring outcomes and initiating corrective actions.

Participates in planning and developing nutrition-related policies, procedures, and goals.

Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work schedule can include mornings, callbacks and weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Dietitian, GS-630-7/000000; Clinical Dietitian, GS-630-9/000000; Clinical Dietitian, GS-630-11/000000.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Are NOT authorized.

Confidential Financial Disclosure Report is not required.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education and Supervised Practice. (1) The individual must have earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and fulfilled each of the following criteria:

    (a) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE).

    (b) Completed an ACEND accredited or approved supervised practice program. Supervised practice programs are post-baccalaureate degree programs that provide supervised practice experiences which meet the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards of ACEND, formally known as CADE. Completion of a coordinated program in dietetics fulfills the requirements of a supervised practice program. Time spent in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience.

  • Registration/Certification. All applicants must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
  • English Language Proficiency. Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

GS-07 (Entry Level) - None beyond the basic requirements. In addition to the experience above the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

1. Basic knowledge of principles and practices of dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

2.Ability to provide nutrition care utilizing the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) to patients, family members and/or caregivers considering psycho-social issues and age-appropriate, evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.

3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with patients, family and/or caregiver, and other professional healthcare providers (e.g., tailoring to audience and use of medical terminology).

4. Ability to plan and organize work consisting of multiple tasks and priorities under direct supervision.

5. Basic knowledge of, and ability to use, current information technology operations, software, hardware, terminology, security requirements, and capabilities.

6. Knowledge of basic food production and service for various populations which incorporates principles of sanitation, safety, and menu planning within a healthcare environment.

7. Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, and the ability to execute existing education and training activities for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) employees.

GS-09 - At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) or education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master's degree from an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability to plan and organize work of considerable difficulty and responsibility, under general supervision.

2. Knowledge of various food preparation and delivery systems within a healthcare environment.

3. Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, training materials, and resources and the ability to develop and conduct education and training programs for NFS employees.

4. Ability to participate in research studies and conduct performance improvement studies and document findings to evaluate staff, food, supplies, equipment, and service, in order to improve the efficiency of the operations.

5. Knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical dietetics including NCP and MNT in order to plan, develop, and coordinate nutrition interventions, including enteral and parenteral nutrition, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities that promote Veteran health, wellness and lifestyle management.

GS-11 (Full Performance Level) - At least 1 year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09), 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of best practices in the dietetics profession and in scientific literature, including knowledge of research methods, study design, data collection, interpretation of findings, and translation of results into nutrition practice.

2. Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities.

3. Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies.

4. Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems.

In addition to the KSAs identified above, candidates for clinical nutrition positions must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. Knowledge of the principles and practices of nutrition care and the treatment of complex cases in clinical settings in order to develop, implement and coordinate best practices in the dietetics profession (e.g., assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation).

b. Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.

c. Ability to act as a consultant for health care providers including registered dietetic technicians, dietetic interns, nurses, physicians, medical students, and allied health professionals.

References: References: VA Handbook 5005/80, Part II, Appendix G20, DIETITIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated 09/05/2014, (this can be found in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/dietition-and-nutritionist-series-630 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The position requires intermittent walking and standing for up to 50 percent of the tour. Carrying normal amounts of written/reference materials is routinely done. Some of the work is sedentary, involving nutritional plans, research and reports. Use of computer keyboard and mouse to access patient date and record patient encounters is a frequent part of the work and happens intermittently during the day.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume
*Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c )
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50

The following documents are required for all applicants:

*Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience (month and year), hour worked per week, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.

*Transcripts

*Additional documents required for this vacancy; i.e., Commission on Dietetic Registration, etc.

*Any other documents required by the checklist.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2027274.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education and Supervised Practice. (1) The individual must have earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and fulfilled each of the following criteria:

    (a) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE).

    (b) Completed an ACEND accredited or approved supervised practice program. Supervised practice programs are post-baccalaureate degree programs that provide supervised practice experiences which meet the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards of ACEND, formally known as CADE. Completion of a coordinated program in dietetics fulfills the requirements of a supervised practice program. Time spent in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience.

  • Registration/Certification. All applicants must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
  • English Language Proficiency. Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

GS-07 (Entry Level) - None beyond the basic requirements. In addition to the experience above the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

1. Basic knowledge of principles and practices of dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

2.Ability to provide nutrition care utilizing the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) to patients, family members and/or caregivers considering psycho-social issues and age-appropriate, evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.

3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with patients, family and/or caregiver, and other professional healthcare providers (e.g., tailoring to audience and use of medical terminology).

4. Ability to plan and organize work consisting of multiple tasks and priorities under direct supervision.

5. Basic knowledge of, and ability to use, current information technology operations, software, hardware, terminology, security requirements, and capabilities.

6. Knowledge of basic food production and service for various populations which incorporates principles of sanitation, safety, and menu planning within a healthcare environment.

7. Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, and the ability to execute existing education and training activities for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) employees.

GS-09 - At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) or education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master's degree from an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability to plan and organize work of considerable difficulty and responsibility, under general supervision.

2. Knowledge of various food preparation and delivery systems within a healthcare environment.

3. Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, training materials, and resources and the ability to develop and conduct education and training programs for NFS employees.

4. Ability to participate in research studies and conduct performance improvement studies and document findings to evaluate staff, food, supplies, equipment, and service, in order to improve the efficiency of the operations.

5. Knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical dietetics including NCP and MNT in order to plan, develop, and coordinate nutrition interventions, including enteral and parenteral nutrition, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities that promote Veteran health, wellness and lifestyle management.

GS-11 (Full Performance Level) - At least 1 year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09), 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of best practices in the dietetics profession and in scientific literature, including knowledge of research methods, study design, data collection, interpretation of findings, and translation of results into nutrition practice.

2. Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities.

3. Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies.

4. Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems.

In addition to the KSAs identified above, candidates for clinical nutrition positions must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. Knowledge of the principles and practices of nutrition care and the treatment of complex cases in clinical settings in order to develop, implement and coordinate best practices in the dietetics profession (e.g., assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation).

b. Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.

c. Ability to act as a consultant for health care providers including registered dietetic technicians, dietetic interns, nurses, physicians, medical students, and allied health professionals.

References: References: VA Handbook 5005/80, Part II, Appendix G20, DIETITIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated 09/05/2014, (this can be found in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/dietition-and-nutritionist-series-630 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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