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Job Title:Assistant Chief Nutrition and Food Service

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-664-13-CUS-777608

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$89,012.00 to $115,714.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to Wednesday, November 21, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego County, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 777608 



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?


VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement.  The Veteran's experinece and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healingrelationships in an optimal healing environment.


We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment.  We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system.  The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.


We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.




  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must meet education and registration requirements


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This position is located in the Nutrition and Food Service (NFS) in the San Diego VA Healthcare System, San Diego, CA.  As an Assistant Chief, Nutrition and Food Service (NFS) is responsible for the daily operational activities of the Administrative and Clinical Sections. Provides direct supervision for both the Clinical Nutrition and Food Service Systems Managers, successfully integrating operations and management of both sections. Supports the VA San Diego Healthcare System’s mission and coordinates departmental activities with other services in the medical center, ambulatory clinics and the local community.


Major duties and responsibilities include but not limited to the following:


  • Provides direct oversight, monitoring and management of the food production and service section. Oversees the patient meal service process and identifies problems and establishes efficiencies.


·         Assists in the establishment of organizational structure guidelines, performance standards, reporting requirements and assists in defining the lines of authority and supervisory controls necessary and essential in carrying out the mission of the service.


·         Assists in the development and administration of a human resource management program for all NFS employees that maximizes staff performance and job satisfaction and supports labor-management cooperation.


·         Assists in the development and implementation of a performance improvement program to continually monitor major functions of NFS for quality and appropriateness of nutritional care.


·         Assists the Chief, in providing leadership to NFS, which consists of professional and non-professional staff. Coordinates implementation of initiatives and presents conclusions and recommendations to staff at departmental meetings.


·         Coordinates and delegates as appropriate nutrition related training for

other disciplines, students, and/or trainees so they can perform their patient care duties more efficiently.


·         Facilitates participation in clinical nutrition studies and research projects that have a nutrition component.


·         Informs and enforces ADP security guidelines and follows applicable regulations for access to computer files.


·         Provides input and recommendations to the Chief regarding medical center and VA San Diego Healthcare System long and short range planning and assists in the development and implementation of policy which reflects the goals of the agency and VISN.


Salary Determination: Salary and grade level based upon Education/Experience. (To be determined by Dietitian

Professional Standards Board prior to appointment.)


Relocation Expenses: Not authorized.


Recruitment Incentive or Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized




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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   Applicants must meet the basic requirements for this occupation.

  • U.S. citizenship.  


  • Education: You must have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, and fulfilled each of the following criteria: (1) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) NOTE:  You must submit a copy of your transcript to qualify for this position.
  • Registration: Applicants must have passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Physical Requirements: Applicants must successfully complete a pre-employment physical.

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

  • GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Current Professional Dietitian Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional dietetics practice. 

  • GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.


Specialized Experience:  Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. 




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 (copy of transcripts required).


Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:


  • The full range of supervisory duties.  This includes, but is not limited to, responsibility for assignment of duties; development of   performance standards, and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointments, awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions; and identification of continuing education and training needs.
  • Serving as a consultant within the nutrition and food service and with other facility health care staff in evaluating health care delivery to patients.
  • Assessing, planning, and evaluating the food service systems management program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of patient meal service and the overall delivery of health care.
  • Ability to develop financial goals, manage a budget and organize and/or maintain a cost accounting system to forecast expenditures based on current spending patterns; provide estimates for planning and adjustments as program and resources change.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills,Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position. 


Ability to manage a food production and service operation and providing patient meal service.


Knowledge and applications of principles, practices and procedures of both administrative and clinical dietetics.


Ability to manage human and financial resources.


Ability to manage and supervise activities of subordinates: i.e. plan,organize, delegate, direct, control, review.


Knowledge and ability to apply the evidence based principles, theories, concepts and practices of nutrition.



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.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G20 Dietitian Qualification Standard GS-630:



APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.


Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at



This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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 employees 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.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 777608.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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