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    Summary

    The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures.  Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-NJ-1611059-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

    The position of Public Health Nutritionist reports to a Supervisory Public Health Nutritionist or a Community Health Director within the Division of Public Health in Hospitals and/or Clinics on the Navajo Reservation--Chinle PHS Hospital and Pinon and Tsaile Health Clinics in Arizona and Crownpoint, Gallup and Shiprock PHS Hospitals in New Mexico.  Positions help plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate community-based nutrition care, education and promotion of services; assists with the provision of services and the development and implementation of innovative programs through collaboration with dietary services, health promotion, public health Nursing, clinical diabetes and other departments and programs in order to meet the needs of the Service Unit and the community for which it serves.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties:

    • Assess community nutrition needs; evaluates nutrition services in the Service Unit and reservation communities
    • Recommends policies, procedures and program
    • Establishes long and short-range objectives, sets priorities, plans methods and evaluates progress
    • Participates in the development of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention programs
    • Provides technical consultation to professional and allied health staff of Indian Health Service, Tribal and community, schools and institutional settings
    • Works with other health care professionals in the development of appropriate, culturally specific nutrition education materials
    • Cooperates with personnel of other health agencies and groups serving the Indian population to coordinate Service Unit nutrition activities and programs
    • Prepares special and periodic reports and performs other duties as assigned

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - For meetings and Trainings

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
    • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
    • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
    • U.S. Citizenship is required

    You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

    Degree in dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or related science. The curriculum must have been in accordance with the qualifying requirements established by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) in effect at the time of graduation.  Professional registration as a registered nutritionist/dietitian (R.D.) is evidence of meeting ADA requirements for a baccalaureate degree, is qualifying at grade GS-7 for nutritionists.  In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown:

    GS 9:  2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree; or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS 7.

    GS 11:  3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9

    Substitution of Education for Experience:  Graduate education may be substituted for experience for the GS-9 in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards for General Schedule positions.

    Registration:  Each PHS dietitian/nutritionist must possess and maintain a current registration with the Commission on Dietetic.  Applicants must submit a copy of their current registration with application.

    In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks:  This is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Public Health Nutritionist position and that is typically in or related to the work of the Public Health Nutritionist position.  Examples of creditable experience are: experience as a nutritionist emphasizing the social, economic, cultural and psychological implications of food usually associated with public health care services or with food assistance and research activities.  The work includes directing, promoting, and evaluating nutritional components of programs and projects; developing standards, guides, educational and informational material for use in Federally funded and operated nutrition programs; participating in research activities involving applied or basic research; or providing training and consultation in nutrition.

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    Additional information

    Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

    A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

    This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

    Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized.

    Government housing may or may not be available.

    Not all locations listed with vacancies pay relocation/travel expenses.

    This position has promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level.  Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval.  Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

    • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.  Seasonal influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

    IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:

    • Customer Service:  Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available  products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services
    • Influencing/Negotiating:  Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior, works with others towards, an agreement, negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
    • Technical Competence:  Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues
    • Oral Communication:  Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately
    • Interpersonal Skills:  Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintain effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences

    If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your application will be rated based on Category Rating and Selection procedures, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

    The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

    Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Saturday, December 31, 2016, to be considered.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Sensitive

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    Required Documents

    Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

    Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Saturday, December 31, 2016, the closing of this announcement.

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    You can review our benefits at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

    1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
    5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following 1611062. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot complete your application package online:
    1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
    3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
    4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

    Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.

    The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Cecelia Yazzie, (928)871-1452, and/or CECELIA.YAZZIE@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: http://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=search&option=faq

    Agency contact information

    Cecelia Yazzie

    Phone

    (928)871-1452

    TDD

    (301)443-6394

    Email

    CECELIA.YAZZIE@IHS.GOV

    Address

    Indian Health Service HR Center
    Hwy 264 NAIHS Complex
    Window Rock, AZ 86515
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    The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

    If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/429619400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.