Indian Health Service Public Health Nutritionist (DE) in Chinle, Arizona

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Chinle, AZ
  • Pinon, AZ
  • Tsaile, AZ
  • Crownpoint, NM
  • Gallup, NM More Locations (1)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 2/12/2016 (256 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.

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.



  • 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
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • If travel and relocation expenses are approved and paid, employee will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement requires repayment of relocation/travel expenses/allowance
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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

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.


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-


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.

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

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other 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.


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

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0630-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 429619400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NJ-1611062-DE