Indian Health Service Dietitian (DE) in Chinle, Arizona

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Chinle, AZ
  • Pinon, AZ
  • Tsaile, AZ
  • Gallup, NM
  • Shiprock, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 2/12/2016 (253 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The purpose of this position is to provide nutrition expertise in planning, implementing and evaluating outpatient nutrition care, education and prevention with special emphasis on family-oriented education of the recently diagnosed diabetics; provides medical nutritional services to other outpatient clinics and not limited to Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Surgical, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, etc.; plans, controls and responsible for the medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and participates in the continuous quality improvement process, meeting nutrition care standards of Indian Health Service and JCAHO and other regulatory agencies. Position/s reports to a Supervisory Dietitian at a PHS Hospital in Chinle, AZ, Gallup and Shiprock, NM or Health Clinics at Pinon or Tsaile, Arizona. This is an "open continuous" announcement to fill permanent position/s as vacancies occur at the sites noted above. Issuance of certificates will not occur until 15 days after the 'opening date'.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-NJ-1611063-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.



  • Assists with planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the diabetes and other outpatient programs including nutrition services as part of the Innovations in Planned Care (IPC)
  • Reviews, selects, develops and disseminate suitable educational and counseling materials on normal and therapeutic nutrition for clients, community and for gestational diabetic clients

  • Assists with explanation of program and research findings to the Indian Health Service, Indian community and educational and allied groups concerned with the control and prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Provides medical nutrition therapy to individuals and nutrition education to groups in outpatient or community settings directed at control of diagnosed diabetics and other disease prevention

  • Conducts nutritional assessment of clients, developing nutritional care plans with them and their families, consistent with cultural, social and physiological requirements

  • Plans for and participates in group teaching and training of clients, staff and community members to expand services and increase public awareness of diabetes and control and prevention
  • Provides consultation to professional and paraprofessional staff concerning diets and nutrition; records information in medical records regarding nutritional requirements, patient's progress, education, follow-up and etc., and performs other related duties as assigned
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • For meetings and trainings
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • If travel and relocation expenses are approved and paid, employee will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement requires repayment of relocation/travel expenses/allowances.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


Position requires positive education. If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

Degree in dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or related science. The curriculum must have been in accordance with the qualifying requirements established by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) in effect at the time of graduation. (Professional registration as a registered dietitian (R.D.) is evidence of meeting ADA requirements).

Completion of a coordinated undergraduate program, internship, or other clinical component approved by the American Dietetic Association that was conducted as part of the undergraduate program or after completion of the basic requirements for a baccalaureate degree, is qualifying at grade GS-7 for dietitians.

Applicants possessing professional registration as a Registered Dietitian meet the requirements for GS-7.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate education may be substituted for experience for the GS-9 and GS-11 levels in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards for General Schedule positions.

GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree; or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9.

Registration: Each PHS dietitian must possess and maintain a current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Applicants must submit a copy of their current registration with application

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: *In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below. Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of *specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Dietitian position and that is typically in or related to the work of the Dietitian position to be filled. Examples of creditable experience are: experience as a Dietitian that included food service management, assessing nutritional needs of individuals or community groups, developing therapeutic diet plans, teaching the effects of nutrition on health, conducting research regarding the use of diet in the treatment of disease, or consulting on or administering a dietetic program with emphasis on providing patient care services in hospitals or other treatment facilities.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Position has promotion potential to the GS 11 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "regulatory/administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate of 4, 6, or 8 hours per pay period which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-Federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized. Not all locations listed pay relocation/travel expenses.

Government Housing may or may not be available


  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff
  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0630-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 429665300

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NJ-1611065-DE