Veteran Health Administration Clinical Dietitian Technician in Houston, Texas

Announcement Number: JP-16-SSmth-1776743-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Houston, TX

Open Period: 2016-08-29 to 2016-09-19

OverviewWho May Apply

Current, Competitive Service Federal employees and individuals eligible under special hiring authorities, such as reinstatement, VEOA, VRA, persons with disabilities, and Excepted Service employees covered under an Interchange Agreement.

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1776743

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Job Summary

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

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

  • Time in grade requires 52 weeks at the GS-6 level

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

DutiesMajor Duties

These permanent Clinical Dietetic Technician positions consists of 2 full-time position located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The Clinical Dietetic Technician (CDT) or the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) serves in the Clinical Nutrition Section within Nutrition & Food Services (NFS) and has the responsibility of providing a high level of technical assistance and support to the clinical staff which requires the application of advanced skills and knowledge of medical nutrition therapy. The incumbent performs duties with a high level of independence and demonstrates exceptional competence regarding administrative and clinical duties. Specific duties and responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:

-Serves as an Automated Data Processing Application Coordinator (ADPAC) for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS).

-Serves as the resource person for the nutrition computerized software and may be responsible for developing and or maintaining the nutrition and food service data in these systems as appropriate.

-Assume a significant role in the NFS staff training on software packages.

-Provides nutrition care to inpatients and outpatients, which includes completing nutrition screens and working with theRegistered Dietitian (RD) to develop and carry out nutrition interventions and plans.

-Provides nutrition education to patients and for significant others regarding basic diet modifications and prescribed diets (i.e., high fiber, low fiber, no added salt, low sodium, American Heart Association Guidelines, weight reduction, weight gain, etc.).

-Collects and analyzes data from the medical record and interviews patients to obtain information on diagnoses, laboratorydata, medications, clinical symptoms, anthropometrics, food-related preferences, allergies and intolerances, alterations in appetite, swallowing or digestion,unplanned weight loss/gain, diet history and understanding of prescribed diets.

-Compares patients' nutrition data to pre-established screening criteria and works with RD to determine Nutrition Status Level.

-Gathersinformation to assist RD in developing nutrition care plans for patients.

-Care plans reflect knowledge of various disease entities, the effects of the aging process (specifically youngadult, middle adult, geriatric stages), treatment modalities, and drug/nutrient interactions.

-Initiatesnutritioncounseling for selected patients on modified diets, including an overview of dietary restrictions.

-Writes learning objectives, lesson outlines, and evaluation procedures for assigned group classes to provide written, structured guidelines for in-class presentation.

-Knowledge, experience, and overall competence required for a DTR/CDT as described by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Practice for Dietetic Technicians and the Standards of Professional Performance

-Other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm or 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Clinical Dietetic Technician, GS-0640-07, 3553-A

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates must meet all requirements identified in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions, Individual Occupational Requirements for the Health Aid and Technician Series, GS-640 (TS-2), dated August 1994, and Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions (TS-2), dated August 1994. To qualify for consideration at the GS-07 level, the applicant must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-06.

Specialized Experience:

Specialized experience is technician experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of this particular position.

Preferred Experience:Dietetic Technician, Registered

As a general rule, education is not creditable above GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, one full year of graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position. Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-07 level. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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.


The DTR, has completed a course of study from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics(ACEND) approved dietetics program leading to an Associate's Degree or a Baccalaureate degree and has completed a supervised practice experience in various health care and food service facilities and community programs. The DTR has successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians and maintains continuing education hours as specified by the Commission on Dietetic Research (CDR). This level of training and registration is preferred, but not required, for individuals practicing as clinical dietetic technicians. The CDT has completed an associate or baccalaureate degree with appropriate course work in nutrition care, medical nutrition therapy, natural sciences, food sciences, medical terminology, communications, and 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.


Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 level.



You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

1.Knowledge of routine diets, diet restrictions, nutrition, and medical terminology.

  1. Knowledge of nutrition and food service software programs and the patient record system.

  2. Skill in performing various clerical duties in a medical setting.

  3. Knowledge of the methods of basic nutritional therapy and their application in patient treatment.

  4. Ability to communicate verbally with patients and agency staff to gather, provide, or exchange information and answer questions.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 19, 2016 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter ·DD-214 ·OF-306 ·Other Veterans Document ·SF-15 ·SF-50 ·Transcript

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1776743.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification pointscan be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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.