U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$61,425.00 to $79,855.00
Open & closing dates
$61,425 to $79,855 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) strives to provide the highest quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care to its beneficiaries through a compassionate, innovative health care system, excellent training and education of health care professionals, and effective use of available resources. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.
Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the Required Documents tab may result in loss of consideration.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: NOT Authorized
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The Mental Health Residential Programs Clinical Dietitian Specialist is responsible to independently plan, develop, and direct all nutritional care activities for all patients on assigned wards at a 217-bed tertiary care Medical Center for the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) including 11 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). The NMVAHCS also has an active Joint Venture with the US Air Force and as such, serves active duty servicemen and women. In addition, NMVAHCS has an extensive academic affiliation with the University of New Mexico, and as such, staff participates in the education of dietetic interns, medical students, residents, fellows, and other students of allied health professions. The Clinical Dietitian Specialist serves as the nutritional expert in the following specialty areas: diabetes, oncology, cardiology, pulmonary, infectious disease, obesity, gerontology, neurological disease and mental health. He/she supports the hospital's mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, patients, the patient's family, and the local community. Other duties include but are not limited to;
Conducts comprehensive nutritional assessments for all patients at nutritional risk admitted to the DRRTP, STARR and PRRTP Programs.
Develops and implement san individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy in accordance with the DRRTP, STARR and PRRTP patient's medical program goals and objectives.
Accurately obtain and interpret 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.
Assess educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for individual and groups. Includes information regarding budgeting, menu planning, food purchasing and preparation, food storage and sanitation. Conducts group classes in food preparation, food storage and sanitation utilizing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program, FDA Food Code and VHA guidelines.
Calculate nutritional requirements (calories, protein, and carbohydrate, lipids, vitamins, and electrolytes, fluid) and necessary diet restrictions or food/drug interactions ad indicated by specific patient needs.
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Dietitian/Functional Statement
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
Bargaining Unit Status: 1276
Background Information: NACI
This is not a Supervisory Position
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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
Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Walking (3 hours); Standing (3 hours); Repeated bending (0.5 hours); Climbing, legs only (1 hours).
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d). No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
Applicant must have completed 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 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics(ADA).
Applicant must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
NOTE: 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.
Experience Requirements at GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS- 09) in the normal line of progression for the Registered Dietitian. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: conducting nutritional assessments; developing and implementing individualized plans; calculating nutritional requirements and diet restrictions; providing nutrition counseling; providing follow-up in accordance with treatment goals; assist in developing and revising education materials, clinical forms, and protocols; participate in planning and developing nutrition related policies, procedures, and goals.
Education Requirements at GS-11: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level. Applicants must possess 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 DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE CANNOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G20 Dietitian Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
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
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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.
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If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, 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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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c
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
. Required at time of application!
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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
VA Form 10-2850c
Other Veterans Document
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 01/26/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
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.
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, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
Raymond G Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1501 San Pedro Drive, Southeast
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Website : http://www.va.gov/
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.