U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$61,218.00 to $88,450.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$61,218 to $88,450 per year
Pay scale & grade
2 vacancies in the following locations:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
The McGuire VA Medical Center consists of a complex tertiary care healthcare facility with 349 operating beds and four outpatient clinics in Fredericksburg (2), Charlottesville and Emporia. These facilities provide some of the finest medical care and cutting-edge technology in central Virginia.
McGuire VAMC is a research and teaching hospital with an affiliation with nearby Virginia Commonwealth University providing a rich academic environment in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Veteran population grows steadily at approximately 8% annually, and our efforts to grow and meet this demand are continuous.
The City of Richmond and its surrounding counties is the place where history and modern living coincide to showcase the best of the north and south. From urban whitewater rafting to world-class museums, Richmond offers something for everyone. RVA, as the city is often called, possesses vibrant night life, exceptional shopping, and was voted one of the 50 best places to live in America by Men's Journal. Virginia's Capital City is without a doubt one of the hottest food scenes in the country, so come be a part of a budding city and a growing healthcare facility that delivers high-quality medical care to our nation's Veterans each day.
Work Schedule: M-F: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Bargaining Unit: Yes
Supervisory status: None
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Clinical Dietitian is the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients, including those with complex medical and nutritional needs. He/she supports the facility's mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, the client, the client's family and the community. The increasing complexity and specialization in nutrition requires that the clinical dietitian have expertise in a wide range of disease entities, treatment modalities and drug/nutrient interactions. The HBPC 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 HBPC Clinical Dietitian serves as the nutrition expert on the HBPC interdisciplinary treatment team which includes physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals.
· He/she advises the interdisciplinary health care team of nutritional recommendations, goals, and efficacy of nutrition therapy.
· This includes the development and participation of in-service educational programs directed to members of interdisciplinary teams, Nutrition and Food Service personnel, Nursing, and various students, interns, residents, etc.
· He/she determine the need for home care to assure continuity of care and makes appropriate referrals to HBPC Social Work Service, Satellite clinics or other community agencies.
· The Dietician assists in patient discharge planning to ensure provision of appropriate services and equipment for enteral feeding.
· May serve as a member of the VAMC inspection team for the state veterans homes, community residential care program, community nursing homes.
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0630 Dietitian And Nutritionist
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 a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
(1) All applicants must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration CDR
(2) Non-registered applicants who otherwise meet the minimum requirements in the basic qualification standard may be appointed as a graduate dietitian under the authority of 38 U.S.C 7405 (a)(1)(D). Failure to obtain CDR registration during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
(3) Loss of Credential: An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION: At least 1 year of experience at the next lower level (GS-9) that demonstrates the core competencies described at that 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. In, addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Rating Factors:
DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
(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.
(5) 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).
(6) Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.
(7) 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: From VA Qualification Standards, VA Handbook 5005/80, Part 11, Clinical Dietitian GS-630-11 page II-G20-5 through II-G20-6
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11
a. The position requires intermittent walking and standing for up to 50% of the tour. Carrying normal amounts or written/reference materials is routinely done. Occasionally, duties may require the movement of audio-visual equipment charts and arrangement of classroom areas. Some of the work is sedentary, involving nutritional plans, research and reports. Use of computer keyboard and mouse to access patient data and record patient encounters is a frequent part of the work and happens intermittently during the day.
b. Environment comprised of office, vehicle and non-institutionalized settings; this position requires travel to rural and urban settings: (veterans' home possible virtual visits to homes via telemedicine equipment, (as equipment and technology is acquired), driving distances of approximately 100 miles at times, etc. Subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
c. Position requires current drivers' license to operate a government vehicle while performing job requirements of making visits to veterans' homes.
d. Physical requirements of position are ability to sit/drive in vehicles for approximately one to two hours at a time, visual acuity to read maps, judge distance, read road signs, spend extended hours in front of a computer screen, or listen carefully to others on the telephone and occasionally drive vehicles for moderately extended periods of time. Ability to lift 20-30 lbs., navigate medical equipment bag and laptop to non- institutional settings.
EDUCATION: The individual 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) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
(2) Completed a CADE accredited supervised practice program.
(3) Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess either the following experience or education requirement:
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Expectation for on-duty travel to assigned veteran's homes that may be outside of the usual Charlottesville/Fredericksburg catchment area.
Expectation for on-site Richmond clinical meetings at least monthly or as assigned by supervisor.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
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Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Veterans' Preference: 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 full 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 03/23/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Carla Westcarr Carla Westcarr
(804) 675-5005 X2236
McGuire VA Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
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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.