Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dietitian (HPBC) in Sacramento, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Sacramento, CA
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1824750

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.

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.


Are you a clinician who can connect with your clients even if you're not face-to-face? Would you thrive in an environment where you could provide care while your client stays in her/his comfortable environment? The VA Northern California Health Care System is seeking an experienced Dietitian to provide services to Veterans as part of a Telehealth Care team based out of the Sacramento VA Medical Center at Mather (Sacramento), CA. The 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. S/he support the facilities 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. S/he serves as the nutrition expert on the interdisciplinary treatment team, advises the interdisciplinary health care team of nutritional recommendations, goals, and efficacy of nutrition therapy. S/he will develop and implement an individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy in accordance with the patient's medical program goals and objectives. Some other duties might include:

  • Evaluate and monitor the effectiveness and outcome of nutrition therapy interventions

  • Document nutrition care plan in the patients records

  • Work cooperatively with appropriate staff to assure conformance to diet prescriptions

  • Determine need for home care to assure continuity of care

  • Make appropriate referrals to the appropriate staff, satellite clinic or other community agencies

Work Schedule: Monday/Tuesday and every other Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title: Dietitian

On-Call: No

Rotating Shift: No

Required to work holidays or weekends: No

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Yes

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Registration - All applicants must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
  • Education and Supervised Practice - (1) The individual must have earned 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)

b. Completed an ACEND accredited or approved supervised practice program. Time spent in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience.

Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

Preferred Experience: Possess a minimum of one advanced practice credential: (e.g., Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG), or Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO.)

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.

Grade Determinations:

*GS-07: *Experience or Education: None beyond the basic requirements. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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 patient, 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 & Food Service (NFS) employees.

*GS-09: *At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level or education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master's 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:

  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.

*GS-11: *At least 1 year experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade 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 to the experience above, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following 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 finding, 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 system

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.

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: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G20, Dietitian Qualification Standard, dated September 5, 2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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:Moderate lifting, 15-44 lbs, moderate carrying, 15-44 lbs, pushing (.5 hr), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (2 hrs), standing (2 hrs), kneeling (1 hr), repeated bending (1 hr), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish basic shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), repetitive computer use.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

Salary Range: $63,525.00 to $82,583.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0630-07/11

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453309700

Job Announcement Number: 612-17-TG-1824750-BU