Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Dietitian in Chillicothe, Ohio

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

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

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1815354

Chillicothe, Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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.

If you are Chillicothe VAMC or other VHA employee you should apply under announcement RW-16-KH-1815643-BU.


The Clinical Dietitian position is located within the Nutrition and Food Service of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center. This position serves as 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. 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.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Is the nutrition expert on an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Conduct nutritional screenings and comprehensive nutrition assessments.
  • Conduct nutrition focused physical exams for the identification of malnutrition.
  • Develop and implement individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy.
  • Assess educational needs and provides nutrition and food/drug counseling for individuals and groups.
  • Present seminars, workshops, and lectures to convey nutrition information.
  • Determines need for home care to assure continuity of care and makes referrals to Social Work Service, satellite clinics or other services or community agencies.

Work Schedule:**Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Weekends and evenings may apply. Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Dietitian

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.
  • Bargaining Unit Position


  • 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. Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English to be appointed to a direct patient care position.
  • Education.

(1) 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 spent in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience.

(2) Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories also must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for verification of completion of didactic program, dietetic internship, or coordinated program requirements. The completion of ACEND didactic program requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

  • Registration. 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). Exception: Applicants can be appointed as a temporary graduate dietitian under 38 USC 7405(a)(1)(B), pending attaining the registration. The exception only applies to positions at the GS-7 and GS-9 level. Preferred Experience: The ideal applicant will have at least one year of independent experience as a working Registered Dietitian at the GS7 level. See listing of GS-7 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities below.

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-7 Dietitian (Entry Level).

Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

*Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. *In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Basic knowledge of principles and practices of dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Ability to plan and organize work consisting of multiple tasks and priorities under direct supervision.

  • Basic knowledge of, and ability to use, current information technology operations, software, hardware, terminology, security requirements, and capabilities.

  • Knowledge of basic food production and service for various populations which incorporates principles of sanitation, safety, and menu planning within a healthcare environment.

  • Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, and the ability to execute existing education and training activities for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) employees.

GS-9 Dietitian (Developmental Level)

Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-07 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.

*Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. *In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Ability to plan and organize work of considerable difficulty and responsibility, under general supervision.

  • Knowledge of various food preparation and delivery systems within a healthcare environment.

  • Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, training materials, and resources and the ability to develop and conduct education and training programs for NFS employees.

  • 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.

  • 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 Dietitian (Full Performance Level)

Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the GS-09 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.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:**

  • 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.

Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities.

  • Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies.

  • Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems.

*References: *

VA Handbook 5005, Dietitian Qualification Standard appendix G20. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

PLEASE 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: *Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Sitting for long periods of time; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

Mental/Emotional Requirements: The incumbent of this position will be expected to understand, remember and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information; understand, remember and communicate routine, factual information; understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions; understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints; organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology; apply common routine forms, using existing for letters and/or conduct routine oral communication; communicate with individuals using a telephone, which requires ability to hear and speak effectively.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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.

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: $41,104.00 to $79,080.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0630-07/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452154000

Job Announcement Number: RW-17-KH-1815354-BU