Nutrition and Food Assistant Service Chief

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Hospitality - Food Services

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The Assistant Chief, Nutrition and Food Services serves as full assistant to the Chief, NFS. Assistant Chiefs share with the chief full responsibility for managing and supervising all phases of NFS operations. Assists the Chief, NFS in planning, developing, organizing, directing, managing, supervising, controlling, implementing and evaluating programs for the service. The Assistant Chief, NFS assists the Chief, NFS in management planning to achieve medical center, VISN, and national goals.
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The incumbent provides direct supervision for the Clinical Nutrition Manager and the Food Production and Service Manager, successfully integrating both sections. The assistant chief works in cooperation with the Chief in the identification of major management initiatives as well as the provision, production and service of high-quality food and effective nutrition therapy to the veteran population served. Shares the technical, professional and administrative responsibility with the Chief for planning, developing, organizing, staffing, implementing, and evaluating a functionally comprehensive Nutrition program. Supports hospital mission and coordinates departmental activities with other services in the medical center, ambulatory clinics and the local community.

Duties of the Assistant Chief include but are not limited to:

  • Has direct supervision over clinical dietitians and Cook Foreman successfully integrating both systems
  • Perform all duties of subordinate clinical dietitians
  • Functions as a professional and technical advisor to clinical staff, other allied healthcare professionals, program directors and managers
  • 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
  • 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
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Fi nancial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized for a highly-qualified candidate.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential



    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
  • 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.

  • 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(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 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.
    c. 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)).

    Preferred Experience: Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level closely related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSA's at that level.

    Grade Determinations : Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) closely related to the position being filled and must fully meet the KSA's at that level.

    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • 1) Knowledge of, and skill in applying, the theories and practices of clinical nutrition and/or food service systems management sufficient to resolve complex, controversial, or precedent-setting matters.
  • 2) Demonstrated skill in making decisions on problems presented by subordinate supervisors, team leaders, or other personnel.
  • 3) Skill and ability to effectively communicate and advise senior management officials.
  • 4) Knowledge required to serve as a recognized expert on the theories and practices of clinical nutrition and/or food service systems management to provide authoritative advice and coordination of nutrition care programs and resolve complex, controversial, or precedent-setting matters.
  • 5) Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations.
  • 6) Knowledge of clinical nutrition and practices of nutrition care sufficient to direct the clinical nutrition section, including community-based outpatient clinics, and the ability to coordinate clinical nutrition needs of patients with the food service systems section.
  • 7) Knowledge of the principles of management required to assist in establishing program goals and objectives, develop budgets to plan and manage a program, coordinate associated activities, evaluate program accomplishments, redefine priorities, and modify objectives.
  • 8) Ability to manage/supervise, i.e., plan, organize, delegate, direct, control, and review the activities of groups of subordinates that have diverse functions.
  • 9) Ability to assess qualifications, abilities and continuing education needs of staff and determine appropriate resources to meet those needs.

  • References: VA Handbook 5005/80 Part II Appendix G20.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12.

    Physical Requirements: he regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and staff interaction in working kitchen, storeroom, loading dock and patient care areas. Frequent periods of walking, bending, stooping and visual acuity when performing inspections or instructing staff actions. Occasional lifting and carrying of boxes and supplies up to 25 pounds. Occasional pushing or pulling of food service carts up to 100 pounds. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required.


    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

    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

    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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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    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.

    NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

    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.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


    Required Documents

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

  • Va-10-2850c
  • Any document to support eligibility under 'Who May Apply' (I.E. DD-214, SF-50, etc.)
  • 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.

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • Va-10-2850c
  • Any document to support eligibility under 'Who May Apply' (I.E. DD-214, SF-50, etc.)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

  • Resume (required) - Resume must include the following information for each job listed: job title, duties, start and end dates, full time or part time status (include hours worked per week). Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.
    If you are a current federal employee , include your latest SF-50 Notification of personnel action that shows your current title, series, grade, step, salary, and tenure. (required)
    If you are a former federal employee , include your last SF-50 Notification of personnel action that shows your title, series, grade, step, salary, and tenure. (required)
    If prior military service , include all copies of your DD Forms 214 that shows your character of service (i.e. Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions) (required).

    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

    Federal Employees: Veterans' preference does not apply to promotions, reassignment, change to lower grade or transfer if the external area of consideration includes other current permanent Federal agency employees.

    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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    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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