The Nutrition and Food Service Program Coordinator/Supervisory Dietitian has full responsibility for administering all aspects of the local initiatives to support the health and well-being of the Veteran population and the employees who care for them. Position requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as the facility includes a 24/7 hospital.
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The Supervisory Dietitian has the ultimate responsibility for planning the local nutrition programs and performance improvement metrics based on the national guidance provided in VHA Program Directives. Responsible for the overall technical and administrative oversight of the nutritional care program operations within their program area.
Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program Planning and Management:
Full responsibility for managing and supervising all phases of the MOVE! Weight Management Program, Healthy Teaching Kitchen, HBPC nutrition and other assigned nutrition and wellness programs at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHCS).
Independently exercises initiative and judgment in serving as the facilities technical authority on MOVE! and Weight Management, HTK and other assigned nutrition programs for VASNHS.
Provides expert technical advice on nutrition programs to other dietitians and healthcare professionals.
Responsible for planning, designing, conducting, and administering the nutrition activities related to assigned nutrition programs.
Establishes and maintains a continuous and systematic process of curriculum development, assessment, review, revision, evaluation and implementation of the nutrition programs. Ensure curriculum follows evidenced based research and guidelines.
Plans and develops policies, procedures and goals, and implements and educates staff on applicable VHA directives, handbooks, or other policies.
Establishes performance improvement metrics, monitors and plans activities to ensure high performance outcomes. Prepares reports and graphs data, including trends and makes recommendations for changes and improvements to nutrition programs.
Advises and guides employees regarding grievances that may be resolved at the service level, and EEO within the service.
Manage, plan, organize, delegate, direct, control, review, activities of the program and groups of subordinates.
Integrates customer service, including patient satisfaction and stakeholders' feedback into the strategic plan.
Maintains up-to-date program information accessible through VA Facebook and other approved forms of social media and web sites. Develops materials for the medical center intranet site as it relates to nutrition programs for Veterans and staff.
Knowledge of the principles of program management and oversight required to develop program goals and objectives, administer and monitor program, evaluate program outcomes/accomplishments, set and redefine priorities, and implement effective solutions in processes/systems as needed.
Ability to manage and establish program goals and objectives, plan and administer a program, coordinate associated activities and resources, evaluate program accomplishments, redefine priorities, problem solve, and modify objectives.
Direct Program Involvement:
Incorporates technology into the development of course content and learning opportunities for the participants in the nutrition programs.
Ability to determine the continuing education needs of program staff and appropriate resources to meet those needs.
Counsels Veterans to promote health and wellness. Takes into account the individual and modifies the plan according to individual needs.
Provides nutrition therapy services as needed to ensure quick and timely access for the Veterans.
Teaches weight management and HTK classes for Veterans and staff.
including participation in professional organizations and activities, workshop, seminars and
staff development programs
Participates in departmental and/or interdisciplinary meetings, task forces and projects.
Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA mission. Communicates and treats customers in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner.
Performs other related duties as required.
Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts: Day Shift, Night Shift, Weekends, and Holidaysv
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Pass a pre-employment Physical Exam
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education and Supervised Practice: 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), 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.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Preferred Experience or Education: ServSafe certified (willing to be obtained within 180 days of hire), certified executive chef (CEC or ACF certified)
Grade Determinations: GS-12 Dietitian
Experience or Education. At least 1 year of 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 listed above, the candidate MUST demonstrate the following KSAs: (these KSAs must be demonstrated in your resume to receive credit toward qualifying for this series and grade level).
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
References: VA Handbook 5005 reference/80 Part II Appendix G20
This vacancy is GS 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS 12.
Works involves standing and walking throughout the medical center throughout the day.
Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours).
Must be able to do moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.).
Must be able to transfer items to a cart and occasionally push a light cart (audio visual equipment), portable metabolic cart.
Must be able to verbally communicate, read, write and use computer keyboards without impairment.
Interact with ill patients, in an environment where individuals may have communicable diseases.
Mentally stable and physical demeanor/skills to work counsel patients that could have significant mental illness as well as be able to work with patients with physical handicaps.
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.
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