The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has adopted the Nutrition and Food Service (NFS) Workforce Modernization Plan, one of the largest workforce innovation efforts undertaken by VHA to articulate future states of NFS operations across enterprise, identifies key priorities for NFS to modernize workforce, recognize unique positions within VHA to support Veterans NFS and established consistency of functions and streamlines hiring process. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/15/2022. EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements: Dexterity and SafetyInterpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)Lead or SuperviseMaterialsTechnical PracticesUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWork Practices 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to adjust to alternative shifts. Work requires lifting and carrying heavy items on a recurring basis. During a large part of tour, work is either standing or moving about on tile floors. Must possess sufficient physical stamina to report for duty regularly and perform a full range of required duties. Responsibility may require shift changes on short notice and at any hour. Working Conditions: Work requires adherence to defined safety rules to avoid hazards associated with the operation and cleaning of steam and electrical equipment used in Nutrition and Food Service. Incumbent must use proper procedures in lifting and moving heavy objects to avoid bruises, strains and other injury. He/she must be alert and cautious to avoid falls on wet floors, burns and scalds from hot foods and equipment, cuts from knives and other equipment and injury from improper use of chemicals. Incumbent must have the ability to work rapidly, yet efficiently to meet meal schedules and time frames. Incumbent works in areas subject to change in temperature when required to enter refrigerators or freezer. He/she is required to wear protective clothing provided when entering freezer. Must be clean and neat at all times and set the standard for proper uniform compliance. May be exposed to contagious disease while in patient care units to solicit customer feedback, investigate employee issues and/or attend team meetings. Must exercise proper handling procedures and caution when dealing with medical waste inappropriately returned to Nutrition and Food Service on soiled trays. ["Supervises all areas of food production and service including food preparation, nourishment, tray delivery and retrieval, making rounds on the patient wards, meeting ward personnel and taking corrective action for any problems that might arise on the floors pertaining to food service. Receives and inspect deliveries. Requisitions all supplies needed for the different areas in Food Service The incumbent is responsible for efficient overall sanitation throughout Nutrition and Food Service. Conducts menu conferences, completes schedules assignments, cold prep sheets, record temperatures and completes tray assembly area report. Will also be responsible for monitoring and assuring that the proper procedures are carried out in the Diet Communication Center. Prepares performance ratings/competencies for all employees under his or her direct supervision. Closely supervises work performance of employees under his/her supervision and discusses work performance and problems with them. Checks employees on and off duty. Monitors tardiness and attendance of employees under his/her supervision and provides guidance to the employees. Makes necessary adjustments in assignments to make sure work is completed. Works under the immediate supervision of the Cook Supervisor/Team Captain and is accountable for the quantity and quality of the work done. Carries out the responsibilities of the position within general instructions, standard procedures and established policies such as VA and hospital regulations, quality assurance monitors, procedure manuals, diet manuals, training guides, menus, etc. Embodies the concepts of Customer Service and emphasizes it's importance with employees in the performance of one's duties. Develops and fosters the climate for positive interactive relationships and demonstrates support for quality service to patients and among Services. Assures overall Medical Center effectiveness through continued coordination of policies and procedures within the Medical Center. Follows appropriate communication channels, which promote timely transmission of information, both horizontally and vertically Operates an effective working unit by assuring that subordinates complete the tasks to which they are assigned. Explains work requirements so that all food supply items required are available for meeting the meal service schedule. Knowledgeable of the responsibilities and performance requirements of Food Service Workers WG-2 through WG-4 and WL-4. Uses work outlines to direct employees in making preparations for meal service. In emergency situations, establishes priorities in the daily operation, this requires using employees available which may be less than originally scheduled and starting and completing all operations in the allotted time. Defines the standards of quality and quantity to be met; instructs subordinates on difficult work operations; reviews work while in progress or on completion to insure the correct portion sizes, serving dishes, etc., have been used. Serves as a member of the in-service training team by providing individual and/or group instruction for employees in the correct care and maintenance of food service equipment. Also provides instruction in correct sanitation and cleaning procedures, such as how to mop a floor, how to clean stainless steel, etc. Knowledgeable on the correct foods to be served on modified diets and provides guidance and assistance for lower grade employees in making decision when assembling patients trays. Work Schedule: Thursday and Friday 10:30-7pm Saturday Sunday and Monday 6-2:30am"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.