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Clinical Dietetic Technician

Company name
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Salary
$47,234.00 to $61,403.00

Location
Houston, TX

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Open & closing dates

Opening and closing dates

04/13/2018

to

04/23/2018

Salary

$47,234 to $61,403 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 7

Work schedule

Full-Time

Appointment type

Permanent

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

ALL US CITIZENS

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Announcement number

CBCR-10186601-18-LB

Control number

496688400

Duties

Duties

Summary

This permanent Clinical Dietetic Technician positions consists of one full-time position located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The Clinical Dietetic Technician (CDT) or the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) serves in the Clinical Nutrition Section within Nutrition & Food Services (NFS) and has the responsibility of providing a high level of technical assistance and support to the clinical staff which requires the application of advanced skills and knowledge of medical nutrition therapy. The incumbent performs duties with a high level of independence and demonstrates exceptional competence regarding administrative and clinical duties.

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Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:

-Serves as an Automated Data Processing Application Coordinator (ADPAC) for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS).

-Serves as the resource person for the nutrition computerized software and may be responsible for developing and or maintaining the data in these systems as appropriate.

-Assume a significant role in the NFS staff training on software packages.

-Provides nutrition care to inpatients and outpatients, which includes completing nutrition screens and working with the Registered Dietitian (RD) to develop and carry out nutrition interventions and plans.

-Provides nutrition education to patients and for significant others regarding basic diet modifications and prescribed diets (i.e., high fiber, low fiber, no added salt, low sodium, American Heart Association Guidelines, weight reduction, weight gain, etc.).

-Collects and analyzes data from the medical record and interviews patients to obtain information on diagnoses, laboratory data, medications, clinical symptoms, anthropometrics, food-related preferences, allergies and intolerances, alterations in appetite, swallowing or digestion, unplanned weight loss/gain, diet history and understanding of prescribed diets.

-Compares patients' nutrition data to pre-established screening criteria and works with RD to determine Nutrition Status Level.

-Gathers information to assist RD in developing nutrition care plans for patients.

-Care plans reflect knowledge of various disease entities, the effects of the aging process (specifically young adult, middle adult, geriatric stages), treatment modalities, and drug/nutrient interactions.

-Initiates nutrition counseling for selected patients on modified diets, including an overview of dietary restrictions.

-Writes learning objectives, lesson outlines, and evaluation procedures for assigned group classes to provide written, structured guidelines for in-class presentation.

-Knowledge, experience, and overall competence required for a DTR/CDT as described by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Practice for Dietetic Technicians and the Standards of Professional Performance

-Other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: 7:30am-4:00pm or 8:00am-4:30pm, alternate tours may be necessary to support patient needs

Position Description Title/PD#: Clinical Dietetic Technician/3553-A

Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

7

Job family (Series)

0640 Health Aid And Technician

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Requirements

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

May serve a probationary period.

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/23/2018.

GS-7 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized experience includes: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-6 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: OR,

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7.

OR

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

1.Knowledge of routine diets, diet restrictions, nutrition, and medical terminology.

2. Knowledge of nutrition and food service software programs and the patient record system.

3. Skill in performing various clerical duties in a medical setting.

4. Knowledge of the methods of basic nutritional therapy and their application in patient treatment.

5. Ability to communicate verbally with patients and agency staff to gather, provide, or exchange information and answer questions.

Preferred Experience: Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-7. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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.

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

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.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/

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 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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Alternate Application: If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

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. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

Cover Letter

DD-214

10-2850c

Other Veterans Document

Resume

SF-15

SF-50

Transcript

Documents Required:

Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/23/2018 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login

, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Latoya Bechet Latoya Bechet

Phone

713-791-1414 X23294

Email

LATOYA.BECHET@VA.GOV

Address

Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center

2002 Holcombe Boulevard

Houston, TX

US

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Company info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Website : http://www.va.gov/

Company Profile
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.

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