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Job Title: Clinical Dietitian
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/09/2017
Expire Date: 01/08/2018
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Job Description
Clinical Dietitian

This position is located with Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System GLAVAHS, Los Angeles, CA. In this position you will serve as the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned Veterans receiving outpatient hemodialysis in the outpatient dialysis units as well as Veterans who attend the Chronic Kidney Disease/Renal outpatient clinic. You will coordinate nutritional care with other health care providers, the Veteran, the Veteran's family and the community. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

*Conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk;

*Develops and implements individualized plans for medical nutritional therapy in accordance with patient's medical program goals and objectives;

*Obtains and interprets medical information pertinent to the patient's nutritional care accurately 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 prescribes a diet tailored to each individual client's physical and metabolic needs considering psychosocial, behavioral, ethnic and cultural factors to obtain desired outcomes and promote long term adherence to the nutritional care plan;

*Provides initial and ongoing nutritional assessment of patients receiving specialized nutritional support, including enteral and parenteral nutrition. Identifies the need for this support and recommends the appropriate mode of nutrition support including suitable route, formula, and rate of administration;

*Evaluates and monitors the effectiveness and outcome of medical nutrition therapy interventions;

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

*Documents in the medical record; and

*Participates in community projects and education and serves on committees as assigned.

Work Schedule: Part Time, 20 hours per week. Tour of Duty is 8:00 am- 12 noon one day a week most weeks. Twice per month, the tour start time would be adjusted to end at 6:30 pm to accommodate the latest shift of dialysis patients.

Position Title and Functional Statement: Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition and Food Services, GS-630-7/9/11

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G20- LicensedDietitian Qualification Standards.

Citizenship-Must be a US Citizen.(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.)

Education and Supervised Practice- Must have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, and fulfilled each of the following criteria:

(1) Must have completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND, formerly known as the Commission onAccreditation for DieteticsEducation (CADE). (Documentation Required).

AND

(2) Must have 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. (Documentation Required).

(Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories also must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for verification of completion of didactic program, dietetic internship, or coordinated program requirements. The completion of ACEND didactic program requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program). (Documentation Required).

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; religious; 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.

Registration- 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).(Exception. Non-CDR registered applicants who otherwise meet the minimum qualification requirements at the GS-07 and/or GS-09 may be appointed, pending CDR registration, as a temporary full-time graduate dietitian. This appointment may not exceed 2 years. Applicants appointed under this exception must provide care under the supervision of a registered dietitian at or above the full performance level. Applicants who fail to obtain CDR registration during this temporary full-time appointment may be terminated. For grade level GS-11, candidates must be registered with the CDR. (Proof of registration required).

English Language Proficiency- Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

Note:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for each grade level:

GS-7 Dietitian

Experience or Education- None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-9 Dietitian

Experience or Education- At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level 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.

GS-11 Dietitian

Experience or Education- At least 1 year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level, 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G20

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position. The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339. A physical condition or impairment may be disqualifying for employment only if there is a direct relationship between the condition and the nature of the duties of the specific position being filled. Applicants should be able to lift or carry up to 15 pounds, have finger dexterity and use of both hands, should be able to walk and/or stand for 4-6 hours at a time, have good vision, depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and/or shades of colors.

VHA policy requires health care personnel to receive the influenza vaccine every year. You can decline to receive the vaccine and/or to provide proof of the vaccination by November 30 or within two weeks of beginning employment if after November 30, you must wear a face mask according to requirements and guidelines within the Directive 1192, Seasonal Influenza Prevention Program. Violation of the directive may result in disciplinary action.

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

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 - Application for Associated Health Occupations)
*Other Veterans Document
*Resume
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript
Required Form-VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:

http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
OR access the fillable form at:

https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

SF-50 "Who May Apply" Merit Promotion Documentation Reminder - If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notice of Personnel Action" for verification of your eligibility for the area of consideration (Who May Apply) for this position. The SF-50 must identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

Please use this checklistto 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 2018515.

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:

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G20- LicensedDietitian Qualification Standards.

Citizenship-Must be a US Citizen.(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.)

Education and Supervised Practice- Must have earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, and fulfilled each of the following criteria:

(1) Must have completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND, formerly known as the Commission onAccreditation for DieteticsEducation (CADE). (Documentation Required).

AND

(2) Must have 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. (Documentation Required).

(Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories also must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for verification of completion of didactic program, dietetic internship, or coordinated program requirements. The completion of ACEND didactic program requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program). (Documentation Required).

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; religious; 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.

Registration- 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).(Exception. Non-CDR registered applicants who otherwise meet the minimum qualification requirements at the GS-07 and/or GS-09 may be appointed, pending CDR registration, as a temporary full-time graduate dietitian. This appointment may not exceed 2 years. Applicants appointed under this exception must provide care under the supervision of a registered dietitian at or above the full performance level. Applicants who fail to obtain CDR registration during this temporary full-time appointment may be terminated. For grade level GS-11, candidates must be registered with the CDR. (Proof of registration required).

English Language Proficiency- Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

Note:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for each grade level:

GS-7 Dietitian

Experience or Education- None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-9 Dietitian

Experience or Education- At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level 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.

GS-11 Dietitian

Experience or Education- At least 1 year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level, 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G20

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