Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dietitian (Informatics) in Fort Harrison, Montana
Summary This is a new VIRTUAL position supporting the Nutrition & Food Svcs (NFS) departments in Montana (Fort Harrison & Miles City), Wyoming (Sheridan), & Colorado (Grand Junction). The Informatics Dietitian is the subject matter expert responsible for NFS computer systems managing VHA supported software programs &/or commercial off the Shelf Systems (COTS) that focuses in NFS to include food production & food service operations. Responsibilities The Informatics Dietitian is the subject matter expert responsible for Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) computer systems. This position manages VHA supported software programs and/or Commercial off the Shelf Systems (COTS) that focus in Nutrition and Food Services to include food production & food service operations; training and education of computer systems; collection and analysis of data, such as customer experience surveys, nutrient analysis, staffing and workload statistics. The Informatics Dietitian is responsible for solicitation, evaluation and recommendation of COTS software; integration, training and alignment of technology functions throughout the section. The position is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating informatics within the service. The Informatics Dietitian works in collaboration with the NFS management team, supervisors, and staff in supporting NFS program goals and facility mission. Coordinates integration of administrative and clinical nutrition activities within the department and other services and units, clinics and local community. This position may supervise staff in the nutrition communication center. Participates in the selection, implementation and evaluation of automated nutrition systems. Provides system support to include testing, maintenance, enhancements and problem solving. Oversees automated information systems to support effective management of food operations and patient meal services. Monitors COTS purchased programs to ensure tracking of items, room service, full functionality and budget control. Manage the technology for meal production, service, labeling, temperature control and satisfaction. Coordinate the selection, installation, training, use and reporting structure for the full range of technology used in the administrative section of the service. Maintains/updates data base on nutritive analysis of food items served. Performs nutritional analysis of regular and modified menus. Maintains and updates recipes and menu databases with adequate nutritional analysis data, food unit package size, pricing and other data updates. Recommends automated and manual solutions to enhance system and departmental functionality. Manages department databases/registries and productivity reports for the nutrition communication center. Maintains and revises COTS and VISTA Databases, as well as any other NFS ordering programs for ingredients, recipes and menus as needed or required by changes necessitated by SPV product changes. Assures privacy issues are addressed with all systems. Inputs data for regular and modified diet menus and special events taking into consideration factors such as nutritional requirements, patient satisfaction, budget allocation, available manpower, and equipment limitations. Ensures that all recipes are standardized and costed. Inputs new products with purchasing information, nutrition analysis data and therapeutic diet usage. Reviews new products for acceptability. Creates and revises recipes and menus for all regular and modified diets for all patient meal delivery points. Ensures all menus are signed. Maintains recipes that meets regulatory standards, including HACCP. Leads a menu committee, ensuring menus meet nutritional and cost requirements while always striving to improve patient satisfaction and quality standards. Plans and reviews modified menus based on regular menu. Coordinates nutrient analysis and assures menus follow VA Healthy Diet Guidelines. Participates in food operations production planning functions. In coordination with department staff, forecasts food and meal production based on SPV reports, QPI reports and seasonal and SPV availability. Maintains all files with inventory management. Coordinates menu printing and distribution. Coordinates downtime procedures for the diet communication office/call center, ensuring procedures remain up to date and employees are trained on implementation. Supports this area during downtimes. May supervise the staff working in the nutrition communication center. Oversees all aspects of NFS training program related to menus and informatics. Trains personnel in various computer applications and security issues regarding the VISTA dietetic software package. Other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Full Time, Days-8:00am - 4:30pm *Note-must be able to adjust tour of duty to MST hours Telework: Available Virtual: This IS a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Dietitian (Informatics)/PD524500 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment 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. 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: (1) 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 provided 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) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Grade Determinations: GS-11 (Full Performance Level) Experience or Education: At least 1 full year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the next lower grade level, 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA): In addition to the experience above, the candidate must also demonstrate the following KSAs: a. 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. b. Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities. c. Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies. d. Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of Computrition References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G-20 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. 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 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. 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