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Job Title:Medical Technologist, Supervisor (Microbiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:797702TS

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$82,373.00 to $100,454.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 797702 (Include # on all documents)

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?


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 .  


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The incumbent serves as the supervisory medical technologist in the Microbiology section of Pathology & Lab Medicine Service overseeing a staff of 8 medical technologists and 2 medical technician support staff.  Instrumentation includes Biomerieux Vitek, BacTAlert and Cepheid Infinity. Supervisor recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, gives advice and evaluates the work of subordinates.  Is responsible for monitoring test analysis and specimen examination to ensure acceptable levels of performance in microbiology.   Assures corrective action is initiate.  Assures orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff.  Develops and updates technical policy and procedure manuals.  Assures compliance with all regulating bodies.  Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures and performs work as needed when there are vacancies.



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  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Education and/or Experience Combination: Bachelors Degree in Medical Technology or a related science

        Completion of a Medical Technology Clinical Practice Training Program that is NAACLS accredited.

  • Certification (COPY REQUIRED): Currently possess of be eligible for and pass wihin one year the appropriate Certification Examination as a Medical Technologist or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC),American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).  
  • English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written english in accordance with Title 38 U.S.C.


  • Experience:

  • GS-12: Must have completed the equivalent of one year of full-time, creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-11) or at least 5 years working in a Mircobiology Laboratory. You can substitute 3 years of progressively higher level education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field for experience as long as the basic requirements are met.


NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Verification of Education: To qualify based on education, or where education is a minimum requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or list of courses with credit hours, majors, and grade-point average or class ranking.  Transcript materials will not be returned. 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Web site:  All education claimed will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

BASIS OF RATING: Your rating will be based on the quality of your experience as shown in your application and elements. Listed below are the knowledge, skills and abilities considered essential for successful performance in this position. These elements will be used to determine the highly qualified candidates to be referred to the selecting official. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: You will be rated on the following as part of the assessment questionaire for this position:

1. Knowledge of laboratoy accreditation.

2. Skill to develop procedures and plans.

3. Ability to maintain accurate and timely operations.

4. Ability to perform the full range of duties and skill in supervising a group of individuals.

5. Knowledge of fiscal, time management, computer skills and customer service.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

RPL/ICTAP/CTAP:  The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days. 


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 797702.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 20, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume.

2.  Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

3.  Occupational Questionnaire

4.  Original Transcript (scan copy when applying then send original via mail to:

VAPAHCS / HRMS / 05A        

ATTN:Tami McNerney, HR Spec

3801 Miranda Ave

Palo Alto, CA 94304

5.  License or Certificate required for position.

6.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

7.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 [Member-4 copy] (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

8.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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