Supervisory Dietitian (Clinical Nutrition)

Richmond, Virginia
Jan 20, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

The list of duties are not inclusive of all duties associated with this position.

  • Serves as a professional and technical advisor to staff and other health care professionals
  • Represents the Clinical Nutrition Section on projects, committees and/or workgroups within the department and facility.
  • Assumes full responsibility for planning, directing, and assessing the work and competence of subordinate staff.
  • Collaborates with other managers in the medical center to negotiate and/or make decisions on NFS related matters affecting clinical operations.
  • Provides Clinical Nutrition Section specific leadership and exercises a full range of supervisory and personnel management authorities and responsibilities
  • Develops procedures and guidelines for clinical operations and monitors compliance with regulatory standards and policies and procedures.
  • Participates in performance improvement efforts within Clinical Nutrition section, acting on quality improvement data and plans.
  • Leads the action planning process to attain goals and resolve deficiencies.
  • Identifies and prioritized problems, sets long and short-term goals, identifies action plans for the clinical section and nutrition programs.
  • Builds and implements contingency plans within the section, ensuring continuity of clinical operations in all internal and external emergency situations.
  • Executes the training plan for the clinical section and ensures staff remain up to date on advances and changes in medical nutrition therapy. Orients and trains employees related to clinical nutrition and appropriate policies and procedures. Assists with new employee onboarding.
  • Ensures that materials utilized in Veteran education are evidence-based, using current literature and research.
  • Analyses data (i.e., event capture, clinic utilization) to recommend allocation of clinical nutrition resources.
  • Ensures evidence-based guidelines are integrated into clinical practice.
  • Ensures Veteran education materials are written with based on evidence-based guidelines, current literature, practice, and research.
  • Collaborates with the food operations staff, bridging the work of the clinical nutrition staff to the food services provided to Veterans.
  • May perform other related duties as assigned which are appropriate to this grade and assignment.
Management/ Administrative:
  • Directs the provision of nutrition therapy by supervising the activities of clinical dietitians and dietetic technicians, which includes nutrition screening, assessment, monitoring, and education.
  • Develops, maintains, implements, and supervises a system of nutrition care policies and guidelines to assure compliance with all regulatory agency requirements (i.e. TJC, AND, ASPEN) and specific VHA guidelines.
  • Plans and reviews modified menus based on the regular menu. Coordinate nutrient analysis and assures menus served meet the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
  • Reviews electronical Medical Records of patients to substantiate that clinical staff meet established guidelines of care that meet the needs of patients.
  • Implements and coordinates a continuing staff development program.
  • Ensures that all clinical nutrition staff meets mandatory and continuing education requirements to assure maintenance of registration status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and to maintain scope of practice.
  • Mentors clinical staff in presenting and/ or publishing articles, abstracts, or results of research studies in professional journals or at professional meetings.
Customer Service:
  • Employee strives to meet the needs of customers while supporting the VA mission. Consistently communicates while supporting the VA mission. Consistently communicates and treats customers (Veterans, families, Veeran representatives, all VA staff) in a courteous, factful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm
Telework: ADHOC Telework Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


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.
  • 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.


Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

English Language Proficiency: Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

Education and Supervised Practice: The individual must have earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and fulfilled each of the following criteria:
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories also must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for verification of completion of didactic program, dietetic internship, or coordinated program requirements. The completion of ACEND didactic program requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
Registration/Certification. 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). Advanced Level Practice Dietitians must possess a minimum of one advanced practice credential relevant to the area of practice, (e.g. Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR), Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), or Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO)).
  • Loss of Credentials: An employee who fails to maintain the required registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. At the advanced level practice assignment, an employee who fails to maintain the required board certification must be removed from the assignment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate assignment in the occupation when the credential is not a requirement, and a placement opportunity exists. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Grade Requirements: GS-12 Clinical Nutrition Manager (Supervisor)

Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

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 (*):
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 and/or systems as needed.
  • 3. Ability to act as a consultant for staff.
  • 4. *Ability to determine the continuing education needs of staff and appropriate resources to meet those needs.
  • 5. *Knowledge of human resource management principles and the ability to manage/supervise, i.e, plan, organize, delegate, direct, control, review activities of groups of subordinates. 6. 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 and supervise clinical nutrition staff.
Ability to perform assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. A clinical nutrition manager serves as a supervisory dietitian, clinical nutrition expert, and consultant with primary responsibility for professional management support of clinical nutrition program activities. The clinical nutrition manager integrates clinical functions with other sections of NFS, other services and units within the medical center, hospital and community-based clinics, and the local community. The individual assesses, plans, and evaluates the clinical nutrition program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of clinical nutrition services and the overall delivery of health care. The clinical nutrition manager is responsible for ensuring compliance with internal and external regulatory authorities.

Physical Requirements: The work required does not inherently include any physical requirements essential for successful job performance that could not otherwise be performed with accommodation or workplace adjustment.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/80 SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 PART II APPENDIX G20The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.


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

Receiving Service Credit or 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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.

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 .

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