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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Position Title:
Supervisory Nutritionist
Open Period:
02/07/2012 - 02/27/2012
GS - 0630 14/15
$105211.00 - $155500.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Alexandria, VA
  • 1 Vacancy in Alexandria, VA, US
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Who May Apply:

U.S. citizens who meet any of the categories shown under the heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary section below.

Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), and Food and Nutrition Service are separate entities of the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. CNPP develops integrated nutrition research and provides the evidence-based science for nutrition education and promotion programs. It is a recognized authority for providing the best evidence-based scientific dietary guidance for the American public. CNPP's staff consists of nutritionists, economists, dietitians, food scientists, nutrition educators and program managers. Our nutrition promotion component works effectively with policy makers, academic and health professionals, the media, and public and private organizations to improve the diet and health of the American public. CNPP provides leadership, technical expertise, and coordination for the development of the legislatively mandated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We created and manage USDA's ChooseMyPlate Food Guidance System, which communicates and implements the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. CNPP's "brand," ChooseMyPlate, is a state-of-the art web-based source of nutrition guidance tools recognized and used internationally by policy makers, researchers, and educators. Key Information:

  • CNPP offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying. Who May Apply: 1. Current Federal employees on career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service, or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; 2. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; 3. Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individual with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, eligible for Certain Military Spouses), etc. 4. USDA employees currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA); OR 5. Individuals eligible for appointment under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). Individuals who do not meet the above may apply under 12-FNS-066P, open to the Public.
  • Supervisory Position:
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    This position is located in the Nutrition Guidance and Analysis Division.

    As a Supervisory Nutritionist, you will:

  • Provide guidance, leadership, and oversight to the Division.
  • Establish Division policy and plans for program proposals and justify policy and program proposals to the Executive and Deputy Directors.
  • Report to the Executive Director.
  • Initiate and oversee development of and maintain systems and processes for monitoring and evaluating program/service at the national level.
  • Provide administrative and technical direction to the Lead Staff within the Division.

  • Qualifications and Evaluations

    Your application includes your:
    1.    Resume,
    2.    Responses to the online questions, and
    3.    Required supporting documents.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position.  You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.  If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Ability to provide technical and professional leadership in applying scientific knowledge to inform national food and dietary guidance (
  • Expert knowledge, leadership, and experience in the administrative processes and technical aspects associated with the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret scientific research in food, nutrition, and related behavior and ability to translate such research into food and dietary guidance.
  • Ability to plan, conduct, and/or direct analyses associated with food consumption patterns, USDA Food Plans, Healthy Eating Index, and Expenditures on Children by Families.
  • Ability to manage all facets of a complex, diverse organizational unit including budget/ contracting  issues, staffing requirements, developing short-  and long-term goals in the organization, aligning Division goals with organizational goals, and the ability to promote teamwork to accomplish the goals of an organization.
  • Knowledge and skill sufficient to manage all contractual aspects of a wide variety of complex programmatic initiatives requiring long-range planning and in-depth implementation strategies.

    Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.  If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
  • Qualifications:
    Although all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement (see "How to Apply"), applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements listed below.

    For the GS-14 level:  Candidates must have been a GS-13 for 52 weeks (when applicable).

    For the GS-15 level:  Candidates must have been a GS-14 for 52 weeks (when applicable).

    Time After Competitive Appointment:
    Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.

    Basic Requirements:
    A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree in dietetics, food, nutrition, food service management, institution management, or other related science.

    Minimum Qualification Requirement:

    Specialized Experience:
    For GS-14 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.  Experience for this position includes leading project teams engaged in analyzing and interpreting scientific research in food, nutrition, and related behavior in order to translate such research into food and dietary guidance; and advising supervisor on scientific and technical processes associated with the development of national level food and dietary guidance.

    For GS-15 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.  Experience for this position includes supervising lower level employees' work in analyzing and interpreting scientific research in food, nutrition, and related behavior in order to translate such research into food and dietary guidance; and advising senior-level officials on policy development and implementation.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.  One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:
    Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  
  • This is a non-bargaining-designated position.
  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements.  However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."
  • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, Room 942, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
  • FNCS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization.  BPD's responsibilities include advertising CNPP's vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a one-year supervisory or managerial probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment  to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.  We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

    CNPP provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.  

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (
    We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer.  You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.  See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online
    Click "Apply Online."  You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume.  If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well.  After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents.  You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax.

    You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.
    Required Documents:
    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees)
  • Submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status.  If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade.  (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
  • If you are currently on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that.

    Performance Appraisal
    Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating.  If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.  

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility.  For a detailed list of documents, click here.

    Special Hiring Authorities Documentation
    If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

    Veterans' Documentation
    If you are applying through VEOA, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.  Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.  

    Education Documentation
    Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.

    To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to  An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:
  • What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings."

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.