Job Description

Job Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1860074

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?

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2017.  THE FIRST CUT-OFF FOR THIS POSITION IS DECEMBER 20, 2016.  THOSE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE APPLIED BY DECEMBER 20, 2016 AND FOUND QUALIFIED WILL BE REFERRED TO THE SELECTING OFFICIAL.  ADDITIONAL CUT-OFFS WILL BE EVERY 2 WEEKS.  THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.  ONCE THIS POSITION IS FILLED, THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CLOSED.

This announcement is being amended to include approval for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).  If selected for this position, you are encouraged to apply for this award program and must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VA Policy 1021. Award amount is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation and final approval by the Under Secretary for Health or designated official.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/


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.

 

This position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service, VA ECHCS. The incumbent at this level has full supervisory responsibility for a staff of non-supervisory personnel and performs a wide variety of laboratory tests on blood, urine and other body fluids and tissue.  Performs highly complex testing on cellular material from all human body sites.  Microscopically examines prepared cytological specimens and renders diagnoses.  Recognizes normal and abnormal cytology, including but not limited to, malignant neoplasms, precancerous lesions, infectious agents and inflammatory process in gynecologic, non-gynecological and fine-needle aspirations (FNA) specimens.  Detects, selects and clearly marks the cells most representative of the pathologic process.  Develops differential diagnosis based on cellular evidence in conjunction with pertinent cognitive knowledge, clinical data, histological correlative material, review of previous patient material and knowledge of various modes of treatment and their effect on the cytologic interpretation.  Independently screens and evaluates gynecologic cytologic specimens (Pap smears) for evidence of infection, precancerous changes or malignancy.  Functions as attending pathologist's assistant in FNA/core biopsy and EUS procedures in special radiologic procedures and clinics.  Independently prepares FNA on-site, stains and microscopically examines to determine adequacy of cytological interpretations.  Determines appropriate triage of FNA specimens for further diagnostic studies.  Enters, collates and prepares Cytology and Anatomic Pathology data for QA purposes with presentation at meetings.

US CITIZENS SHOULD APPLY TO ANNOUCEMENT EC-113-17-1862580.

Duties

Major duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Writes and maintains Standard Operating Procedures to ensure all aspects of work functions are covered.
  • Perform the full range of supervisory duties for one or more sections of the laboratory, including responsibility for assignment of work performed, performance evaluations, recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions;
  • Develops and maintains competency on all staff.
  • Ensures orientation and competency of assigned staff.
  • Ensures compliance with OSHA and all other safety regulations and requirements. 
  • Plans and schedules on-going work.  Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures.
  • Chooses methods for achieving work goals, objectives, and management strategies.
  • Ensures that adequate supplies are available to perform testing.
  • Ensures that maintenance is current and that all instrumentation is in working order or that work orders have been sent to Biomed.
  • Develops Statement of Work for all instrumentation and contacts under the Anatomic Pathology Division.
  • Provides supervisory oversight and performs administrative reviews as required.  
  • Responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations too ensure acceptable levels of performance.
  • Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications.
  • Day-to-day supervision of highly complex test performance.
  • Other required duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours.  The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE/#:  Supervisory Medical Technologist (Cytotechnologist),Anatomic Pathology GS-0644-11, Medical Technologist

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No