US Veterans Health Administration
Full time Full day
$64,649 - $84,049 / year
Orford, NH



This position serves as a Dietitian with the VA White River Junction Medical Center. A Dietitian is a medical nutrition expert. They are responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned veterans, including those with complex medical and nutritional needs.


The clinical dietitian supports the facility's mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, the veteran, the veteran's caregiver and the community.

Major duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts comprehensive nutritional assessment for clients at nutritional risk adhering to the Nutrition Care Process

  • Develops and implements an individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy for clients

  • Accurately obtains and interprets medical information pertinent to client's nutrition care

  • Completes nutrition focused physical exam as appropriate to determine client's nutrition risk

  • Calculates nutritional requirements and necessary diet restrictions or food/drug interactions

  • Identifies clients in need of nutrition support

  • Provides initial and on-going nutritional assessments of clients receiving enteral and/or parenteral nutrition

  • Order labs, diets and consults per Scope of Practice

  • Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for individuals and groups

  • Maintains productivity standards and practices

  • Assists in developing and revising patient education materials

  • Assists in achieving compliance with regulatory agency standards

  • Supports Nutrition and Food Service (N&FS) performance improvement activities.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Functional Statement Title: Dietitian, GS-0630-11

Telework: Not available

Virtual: Not available

Relocation/Moving Expenses: Will not be reimbursed.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Will not be authorized.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

EDRP: This position is not eligible for EDRP

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0630 Dietitian And Nutritionist

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

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

    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

    • 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

    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


    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).

    • 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:(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).(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.(2) 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), credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as American Dietetic Association (ADA). Advanced Level Practice Dietitians must possess a minimum of one advanced practice credential relevant to 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)).

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

    To qualify for GS-11 Full Performance Level (Experience or Education): At least one (1) year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09),or Education equivalent to 3 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 of dietetics or closely related field. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):1. 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.2. Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities.3. Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies.4. Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems.5. 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).6. Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.7. Ability to act as a consultant for health care providers including registered dietetic technicians, dietetic interns, nurses, physicians, medical students, and allied health professionals.

    Employees at the GS-11 grade level serve as staff dietitians at the full performance level. Registered dietitians are responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutrition care activities. Serves as important members of the interdisciplinary team of care providers, and focus on offering exceptional nutrition care and guidance to optimize health. They are responsible for using evidence-based approaches to develop menus, counsel patients and provide nutrition care.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

    .References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G20, Dietitian Qualification Standard, GS-630

    Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


    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. 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.

    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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    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.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Professional Certification

    • Resume

    • Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

    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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter

    • DD-214/ Statement of Service

    • Disability Letter (VA)

    • License

    • VA 10-2850C

    • Professional Certification

    • Resume

    • Transcript

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference

    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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