Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advanced Practice Dietitian (Certified Diabetes Educator) in Fresno, California

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The Advanced Practice Dietitian (Certified Diabetes Educator) position is located in our Nutrition & Food Service at the VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS), Fresno, CA. The Dietitian manages the most complex patients receiving specialized diabetic management, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition assessment, management of diabetic medication, and patient education. The Dietitian serves as the liaison between the medical teams and the Nutrition Committee. Serves as mentor/consultant/preceptor for health care providers including but not limited to registered dietitians, dietetic interns, dietetic technicians, nurses, nursing students, physicians and residents. Assists Service Chief in providing education and training of the nutrition team, multi-disciplinary team and dietetic interns as the medical expert.

The Dietitian provides consultant services to VHA staff, conducts comprehensive nutrition assessment and diagnosis which may include the nutrition focused physical exam. The individual coordinates education programs for facility staff and serves as an education resource, instructing physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, interns, residents, and students on the current research and practice in the specialty area; maintains productivity standards, manages clinical resources, and conducts and/or participates in nutrition research studies and communicates findings through reports, abstracts, presentations, and publications. The dietitian provides medical nutrition, education and continuing medical nutrition care therapy to inpatients/outpatients/CLC residents and care givers.

Work schedule: Full-time; Tours from 7:00AM to 3:30PM; Saturday-Sunday rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays required Position Title / FS#:Advanced Practice Dietitian (CDE)/FS#: 040850 Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized PCS/Relocation Allowances: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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
  • You must be a current, permanent VA employee.

Basic Requirements:

1. U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

2. Education: All applicants must have completed 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); and (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.

3. Registration with the CDR: 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).

4. Proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Policy.

5. Physical Requirements outlined below.

Grade Determinations for GS-12 Advanced Practice Dietitian:

1. Advanced Practice Credential: Advanced Level Practice Dietitians must possess a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) advanced practice credential.

2. Experience:Must have completed 1 year of Dietitian experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11) or equivalent.

3. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*). The selectee will be required to provide a written narrative for each.

a. *Ability to develop, maintain, and supervise a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies to assure compliance with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities. b. *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. c. Ability to act as a consultant for staff. d. Ability to mentor and educate peers and other multidisciplinary team members in complex issues, procedures and practices. e. Ability to make presentations on topics regarding food, nutrition and health issues. f. Ability to make high level decisions with a focus on delivering patient care and achieving program outcomes. g. Ability to contribute to evidence analysis process to affect practice and identify and create new practice opportunities.

NOTE: Human Resources can't assume any qualifying elements including experience that is not documented in your resume or application packet. Resumes must list the following information in order to be rated appropriately. Missing information may cause an ineligible rating:

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  • Dates of employment, include month and year (i.e., June 2004 to September 2012)

  • Full Time or Part Time Status, include number of hours worked per week

  • Grade level held, if Federal employment (i.e., GS-11)

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G20. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:The work is mostly sedentary, however there may be some light to moderate activity as specified. Moderate lifting (15-44lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44lbs); Straight Pulling (1-2 hours); Pushing (1-2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1 hour); Standing (1 hour); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Both legs required; Emotional/ mental stability.

Work Environment: Position requires possible exposure to the following: Excessive heat; Excessive cold; Excessive humidity; Excessive dampness or chilling; Constant noise; Fumes, smoke, or gases; Solvents (degreasing agents); Grease and oils; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working around machinery with moving parts; Working around moving objects or vehicles; Working with hands in water; Working closely with others.


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: 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:

Additional information

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

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

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

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: Documents 1-4 are required from every applicant.

1. Résumé. (Ensure your resume clearly details your applicable work experience to meet the KSAs outlined in the 'Qualifications' section.).

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required):;=&Action;=Search

3. Copy of unofficial college transcript(s) (official college transcripts may be required if you are selected for the position).

4. Copies of CDR registration and Advance Practice credentials required for the position.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 11/26/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you are unable to apply online, please see the* "Alternate Application"* link in the "Additional Information" section above.

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Agency contact information
Tracy Lawson

(559) 225-6100 X3117



Fresno VA Medical Center 2615 East Clinton Avenue Fresno, CA 93703 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 11/02/2018 to 11/26/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $73,375 to $95,388 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time