Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Dietitian in Dayton, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Dayton, OH
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Intermittent NTE 1 Year

Opened Saturday 10/1/2016 (24 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 9/30/2017 (340 day(s) away)

Job Overview



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1812484

Announcement amended to be Open-Continuous and will remain open until all vacancies are filled. Candidates will be referred every 15 business days until vacancies are filled.

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 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.**


The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), provides Medical Nutrition (MNT) for patients of varying ages with debilitating disease and complex medical problems, who are under the care of the Dayton VA Medical Center. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Use the MNT process manual and the Joint Commission (TJC) standards, the Dietitian determines the present nutritional status and prepares a nutrition assessment of the patient, receiving guidance from the Clinical Nutrition Manager for the more complex cases
  • Calculates nutritional needs (calories/protein/fluid) and identifies nutritionally at risk patients
  • Recommends appropriate lab tests for patients, which will more accurately assess nutrition requirements.
  • Monitors lab values closely and recommends changes in nutrition interventions to the physician as necessary.
  • Reviews diet, tube feeding and Parental Nutrition orders prescribed by the physician and calculate specialized diets, enteral, and parenteral feedings
  • Develops, implements, monitors, and updates realistic and effective nutritional care plans based on the assessment and physician diet prescription

Intermittent assignment may include the provision of Medical Nutrition Therapy to Veterans in varied settings including inpatient, outpatient, home based as well as in the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC): Richmond, Lima, Middletown, and Springfield, during periods of decreased staffing only.

Work Schedule: Intermittent Schedule, based on the needs of the Service (Varied tours) not-to-exceed 1820 hours during a service year; May include Weekends and Holidays

Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/000000

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.
  • Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Completed an ACEDN accredited or approved supervised practice program
  • Registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d)

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:


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 patients, 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 and Food Services (NFS) employees.


*Experience or Education.* At least one (1) year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, or education equivalent to two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master's or equivalent graduate 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.


*Experience or Education:* At least one year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, or education equivalent to three 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 or dietetics or closely related field. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. 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.

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

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

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

  1. In addition to the KSAs identified in subparagraph 1 above, candidates for clinical nutrition positions must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. 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).

b. Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.

c. 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 5005/80, Part II, Appendix G20. 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:Work is mostly sedentary, but it does require some periods of standing, walking, and bending

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.

After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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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.

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: $40,291.00 to $77,518.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0630-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 451791800

Job Announcement Number: KO-16-DMP-1812484-BU-OCA