Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Dietitian Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) in Big Spring, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Big Spring, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/16/2016 (37 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1804533* (Include # on all documents)*

  • 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 West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

  • Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.

  • Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.


This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. The incumbent is the Specialist Dietitian for the Home Based Primary Care under Chief of Staff Service for the for The George H. O'Brien VA medical Center at The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS),Big Spring, TX. The specialist is a professional member of the interdisciplinary HBPC team. The specialist is considered the medical nutrition treatment of Veteran beneficiaries on the HBPC program. The dietitian is also responsible for providing professional guidance and education in the medical nutrition care of HBPC patients for fellows, nursing allied health and dietetic students.

Work Schedule: Normal Tour: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, or as defined by Supervisor.

Travel within regular tour Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm within service area.

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Must have a Valid Driver's License.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive Maybe authorized for this position. Please note: This is not moving expenses. If incentive is approved, it comes with a 2 year service agreement and is not paid out until incumbent is employed with facility.

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Within tour time Monday through Friday 8 am until 4:30 pm within catchment area.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Registration: All applicants must be registered with the CDR.
  • 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: Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). Completed a CADE accredited supervised practice program. Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).


*GS-11: Experience or Education. *At least 1 year of experience at the next lower level 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 KSAs:

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. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G21, DIETITIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at or VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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: 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. *

Physical Requirements: Current Valid and unrestricted driver's license: The incumbent will need to possess and maintain a current valid and unrestricted driver's license. The work is generally sedentary in nature with daily intermittent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of lightweight items required. Periods of time may be moderately demanding to include increased driving, or assisting Veteran’s with impaired mobility while making visits to alternative living situations or other community agencies. Driving will be required. Intermittent complicated issues with Veteran or Caregiver may periodically become stressful. Verbal communication used frequently in contact with Veterans/family/significant others. Documentation in electronic medical record is required for position necessitating good hand/eye coordination.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed every 15 calendar days.

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 employees 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.

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0630-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450854400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-519-16-NR1804533mhr-BU