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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dietitian (Community Living Center/Extended Care) in Bronx, New York

Summary

This position is in the Nutrition and Hospitality Service Center, James J. Peters VA Medical Center. This position provides support to the facility's mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, the client, the client's family and the community. The Clinical Dietitian is responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients.

Responsibilities

The Community Living Center/Extended Care (CLC) Dietitian is the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients, and completing the nutrition related components of MDS. The increasing complexity and specialization in nutrition requires that the CLC Dietitian have expertise in a wide range of disease entities, treatment modalities and drug/nutrient interactions. The CLC Dietitian may perform inpatient and outpatient clinical duties in various other work areas, as assigned, to meet the needs of the medical center, patient care centers, clinics and clients to include providing support/coverage for weekends, holidays, vacancies and leave. The CLC 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 CLC Dietitian may be scheduled and assigned to other nutrition practice areas, and must possess the required knowledge and skills in order to perform the following functions: Nutritional Care: Conducts all aspects of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) for assigned patients in accordance with hospital policies Nutrition Education: Assesses needs and provides nutrition education for individuals and groups, including patients and their significant others. Quality Management/Improvement: Supports clinical nutrition performance activities and participates in quality improvement projects in specialty area Participation as a Member of the Health Care Team: Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team Professional Development: Maintains dietetic registration and continuing education requirements VHA Mission: The CLC Dietitian provides excellent comprehensive and innovative nutrition and food service programs for our Veterans and stakeholders that are evidence based and support the full continuum of healthcare through interdisciplinary collaboration both within and outside the James J. Peters VA Medical Center VHA Vision: The CLC Dietitian will deliver premier level nutrition and food service programs to Veterans and stakeholders, using people centered, results driven and forward-looking principles. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). Registration: Must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), or pending CDR registration for GS-7 and GS-9 grade levels, 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 may be appointed, pending CDR registration, as a temporary full-time graduate dietitian under 38 U.S.C. 7405(a)(1)(B). In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2), 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. The exception only applies to positions at the GS-7 and GS-9 level. For grade levels at or above the full performance level the candidate must be registered with the CDR. Education: A bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and fulfilled each of the following criteria: (a) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE).(b) 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 spend in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience. Grade Determinations: To Qualify for GS-07 Developmental Level (Experience or Education): None beyond the basic requirements. In addition to the experience/education listed above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Basic knowledge of principles and practices of dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). 2. Ability to provide nutrition care utilizing the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) to patients, family members and/or caregivers considering psycho-social issues and age-appropriate, evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines. 3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with patients, family and/or caregiver, and other professional healthcare providers (e.g., tailoring to audience and use of medical terminology). 4. Ability to plan and organize work consisting of multiple tasks and priorities under direct supervision. 5. Basic knowledge of, and ability to use, current information technology operations, software, hardware, terminology, security requirements, and capabilities. 6. Knowledge of basic food production and service for various populations which incorporates principles of sanitation, safety, and menu planning within a healthcare environment. 7. Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, and the ability to execute existing education and training activities for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) employees. To Qualify for GS-09 Developmental Level (Experience or Education): At least one (1) year of experience at the next lower level (GS-07) that demonstrates the core competencies described at the level, or Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or Master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field. In addition to the experience/education listed above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Ability to plan and organize work of considerable difficulty and responsibility, under general supervision. 2. Knowledge of various food preparation and delivery systems within a healthcare environment. 3. Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, training materials, and resources and the ability to develop and conduct education and training programs for NFS employees. 4. Ability to participate in research studies and conduct performance improvement studies and document findings to evaluate staff, food, supplies, equipment, and service, in order to improve the efficiency of the operation. 5. Knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical dietetics including NCP and MNT in order to plan, develop, and coordinate nutrition interventions, including enteral and parenteral nutrition, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities that promote Veteran health, wellness and lifestyle management. Employees at the GS-11 grade level serve as staff dietitians at the full performance level. Registered dietitians are responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutrition care activities (e.g., food service and/or clinical nutrition) To Qualify for GS-11 Full Performance Level (Experience or Education): At least one (1) year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09),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 to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 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. Ability to direct food service and production with focus on customer acceptance and budgetary guidelines to include principles of menu planning, food purchasing, delivery schedules, and ability to estimate food quantities. 6. Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies. 7. Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems 8. Knowledge of the principles of management required to establish program goals and objectives, to plan and administer a program, coordinate associated activities, evaluate program accomplishments, redefine priorities, solve problems, and modify objectives. References: VA Handbook 5005/80. Part II, Appendix G20, Dietitian Qualification Standard, dated September 5, 2014. 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-07 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: The essential duties of a Registered Dietitian works efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others and include use of fingers, walking (1-2 hours), hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability, working closely with others, exposure to TB and other diseases.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. This is a required document and must be submitted at the time of application. 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.

Additional Information

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. 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 site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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