U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Dietetic Health Technician
Dietetic Health Technicians are paraprofessionals who assist and support professional Dieticians in providing nutrition care to patients. Under the guidance of a Clinical Dietician, their duties include interviewing patients and using pre-established criteria to identify patients at nutritional risk; gathering information from, and documenting in, the medical record; developing nutritional care plans for patients not at nutritional risk; monitoring and assisting in the evaluation of food intake; adjusting meal patterns and nourishment for selected patients about their prescribed diets; teaching selected classes for groups of patients.
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
This is not a virtual position.
Dietetic Health Technician/
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Incumbent greets and welcomes all hospitalized patients daily.
Visits Veterans during dining room service daily. Reviews patient food preferences, stated food allergies and religious and/or cultural food restrictions for referral to the dietician.
Prepares diet cards using correct abbreviations to individually modify them for patients on complex diets, and checks accuracy utilizing computerized software (Ex. Computrition).
Identifies patients on calorie counts and coordinates completion of data collection. Reviews and records amounts of food consumed on corresponding calorie count trays. Identifies patients with birthdays and coordinates corresponding materials.
Answers general questions from patients about diets, i.e.- a patient on a sodium restricted diet asks why he/she cannot have sausage (a food high in sodium). Specialized questions regarding the patients' diet orders are referred to the Dietician.
Assist Dietician with screening patients and scheduling as appropriate.
Facilitates the completion of patient satisfaction surveys and tray line observation and prompt handling of patient concerns/complaints.
Conducts spoken menu / menu selection for patient food choices.
Routinely checks diet trays for accuracy, completeness and attractiveness.
Assist with nutrition program as assigned
This includes use of the EWL as the official wait list per policy and use of the Recall Reminder system for patients needing future appointments. No other lists, log books or other mechanism are being used for these purposes.
Other duties as assigned.
#### Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/04/2018.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
* Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the Dietetic Health Technician at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
* Knowledge of human nutrition requirements in health and disease.
* Ability to gather data from the medical record and document information pertinent to nutritional care.
* Ability to monitor and influence the patient's nutritional intake.
* Ability to provide nutrition education for selected groups of patients.
* Skill in patient interviewing and nutrition counseling.
* Ability to interact and communicate orally with people from a variety of backgrounds.
* Ability to function effectively in a support position within a clinical dietetic section of a general medical and surgical and/or psychiatric hospital.
Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have an associates' degree in Dietetic Technology with an emphasis in Nutrition Care or equivalent post-secondary education.
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond .
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Attention to Detail
Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
Veteran and Customer Focus
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.
: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
The work will be accomplished from a combination of a sitting position at a desk, frequent walking between the incumbent's work station, and offices as required for meetings and/or training. Clerical functions require many repetitive motion tasks, such as the use of a keyboard. The work is primarily sedentary, although employee frequently lifts or moves objects weighing up to 40 pounds unassisted, and must be able to lift/carry up to 100 pounds with the assistance of other workers. He/she must be able to push heavy pieces of equipment, such as loaded carts, over long distances (between buildings) weighing between 200-300 pounds and require 25 pounds of force to push. He/she may also scour or scrub utensils, carts or other equipment, work on ladders while cleaning, and operate powered cleaning equipment. The incumbent is required to work at a rapid pace for periods of time and frequently lift and carry boxes of supplies from storage area to kitchen or other locations throughout the facility. Incumbent will utilize trucks and dollies when necessary to transport items from long distances; utilize tools to open boxes and unpack boxes as required.
Candidates should have successfully completed an accredited course of study leading to an associates' degree in Dietetic Technology with an emphasis in Nutrition Care from a program approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) or equivalent post-secondary education. In determining whether a candidate's education is equivalent, close attention should be paid to the numbers and types of courses completed and their content. The education should provide the candidate with the ability to perform the responsibilities listed above, particularly numbers 1 through 5. To do this it must have included instruction in nutrition care / diet therapy, the natural sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry), social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology), food sciences, medical terminology, communications and education. Because course titles vary, it is important to carefully evaluate course content in order to determine that these subjects are covered. In addition, qualifying education must include supervised field experience in a hospital or similar clinical setting.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
: 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.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
(ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members
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For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. 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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
VA Diasibility Letter
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/04/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10160959.
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Agency contact information
Bob Stump VA Medical Center
500 Highway 89 North
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496843500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
04/14/2018 to 05/04/2018
$29,847 to $38,798 per year
Pay scale & grade:
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.