Summary HBPC Advanced Practice Dietitian serves as a core member of the interdisciplinary HBPC treatment team which is a specialized program under the administration of Geriatrics and Extended Care. Responsibilities HBPC Advanced Practice Dietitian serves as a core member of the interdisciplinary HBPC treatment team which is a specialized program under the administration of Geriatrics and Extended Care. He/she works independently and without access to nutrition supervision to provide expert level nutrition interventions and case management services to veterans with complex medical, social and behavioral conditions in which routine clinic based care is not effective. Patients served under the HBPC Program typically are among the most complex within the Geriatric population, who have impaired mobility due to disability or functional limitation, inability to cope with the clinic environment due to cognitive, physical or psychiatric impairment, and the need for frequent coordinated interventions from multiple disciplines. The clinician utilizes advanced practice skills, knowledge, and judgment in developing and measuring effectiveness of nutrition services and interventions, and utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Coordination of specialized nutritional services and programs are also provided. The HBPC Advanced Level Practice Dietitian oversees the nutrition therapy of the most complex and/or high risk patients including those with advanced dementia, alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease, palliative care, and end of life needs. 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 HBPC Advanced Level Practice Dietitian provides nutritional administrative leadership (Performance Improvement, Quality Monitoring, operating procedure management, nutrition program evaluation, nutrition related Joint Commission Accreditation standards and reporting etc.) for all HBPC nutritional services. The HBPC Program Director and HBPC Medical Director depends on the HBPC Advanced Level Practice Dietitians for administrative and practice leaderships. The HBPC program dietitians function independently and work primarily in the community without direct supervision. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; ***** Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements 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. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Must possess a current, valid Driver's License. Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Registered Dietitian (RD) - 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). Current VHA Dietitians that qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision may not be promoted to a higher grade if they do not meet the current RDN/RD requirements. Grade Determinations: GS-12 - Dietitian (Advanced Level Practice) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Certification. Must hold an advanced practice certification from a nationally recognized certifying body such as the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists or the National Board of Nutrition Certification. The certification must be directly related to the assignment being filled. For example, where the assignment requires diabetes management, a Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management or Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists certification is qualifying. Commonly held certifications include Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition; Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition; Registered Dietitian Nutritionist-Advanced Practitioner; Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Skill in leading a team in the implementation of nutrition-related activities. Skill in utilizing evidence- based practice guidelines to establish or modify goals and improve patient outcomes. Ability to communicate in writing to develop policies and standard operating procedures. Ability to serve as a nutrition expert, providing technical guidance, direction and staff development. Ability to lead research or performance improvement studies. Ability to present complex nutrition information to a large group of health care providers to persuade and influence provision of care. References: A Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G20, GS-0630 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The incumbent will need to drive a car and have a valid state license. The position may place the incumbent in a position of stress as challenging ethical and social dilemas are often identified in the home environment, where the incumbent may be required to contact emergency services and support. Frequent/daily travel is required and overnight travel may be required when multi-day stays are necessary Education 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.