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Job Title:Supervisory Medical Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DK-13-797999-JJ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,403.00 to $98,022.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 30, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
North Chicago, IL United StatesView Map


Candidates eligible to apply for this position are current, PERMANENT service Federal employees, former permanent service Federal employees with reinstatement rights, Veterans claiming preference, and people eligible under special hiring authorities. Veterans may also apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles may also apply.


Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes!


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:   Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Vacancy Identification Number: 797999

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00am-3:30pm  

Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.  

This position is located within the PT SVC Blood Donor Processing Div at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL.  The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD).   It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission.   The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility. 

Join the FHCC's team of energetic, career-minded professionals! 

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  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a supervisory probationary period.
  • You will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.


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The incumbent serves as a Medical Technologist with supervisory responsibility over Lead Medical Technologist and non-supervisory personnel. The incumbent will provide authoritative consultative services to the management team and the Medical Director as it applies to quality management in the Blood Donor Processing Division. The incumbent is responsible for the development, administration and supervision of the Compliance, Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Program and ensures conformity with the Armed services Blood Program and the Navy Blood Program Office requirements. The position involves regular observations in donor selection, donor collection, blood component manufacture, testing, storage and transportation of product in the quality system. The incumbent interacts with management officials and accrediting organization inspectors/assessors, evaluates and monitors proficiency testing and assures compliance with peer review standards, military and federal regulations.


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a.        Citizenship.   Be a citizen of the United States.  

b.        English Language Proficiency.   Medical technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

c.        Education and/or Experience Combination.   An associate's degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or an equivalent program composed of at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a)  24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or (b)   24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing.  In addition to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

d.        Certification.   All candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or 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) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).


II. GRADE REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible for the GS-12 Grade level, in addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must have completed the equivalent of one (1) year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled.

Creditable Experience

To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with active professional laboratory practice.   (Active professional practice is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MT/CLS as defined by NAACLS.)   Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to the medical technologist experience at the GS-11 level in the federal service.     AND,

Additional Requirements: A bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program.   Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).   The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.    


III. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to perform the KSA's as defined below:

(1) Skill to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans, and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation.

(2) Knowledge of laboratory quality management procedures and principles.

*(3) Knowledge of, and ability to, provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions.

(4) Ability to analyze organizational, technical, and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation.

(5) Ability to successfully apply principles and techniques of sound human resources and labor management.

*(6) Knowledge and ability to manage fiscal matters of the functions supervised, forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget.

NOTE:   Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position. Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

APPLICANT'S 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 (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 website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  

If you are qualifying based on education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned.  If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty. 

*** 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 *** 

Physical Requirements:  The work involves both sedentary and recurring physical exertion; walking, long periods of standing, bending and lifting when required.  The work requires specific physical characteristics and abilities as above average dexterity (to perform intricate collection and/or electronic procedures).  The work necessitates satisfactory color vision and the ability to exercise independent judgment.

Working Conditions:  The work is performed in an office setting, training or conference room, laboratory, blood donor center, or alternate blood mobile site.  The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk agents which require special safety precautions (contagious diseases, caustic reagent, noxious fumes, flammable liquids and the possibility to low-level irradiation).  The medical technologist is required to use protective clothing or gear (PPE) provided by the facility in the performance of duties.  The work often involves travel to and from alternate work sites.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled Veterans and others eligible for 10 point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, 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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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  1. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).   
  2. The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 07, 2012.
  3. Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 
  4. You must upload the required documents before you submit your application.  
  5. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

NOTE:  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

When submitting your RESUME ONLINE yet unable to upload all other required supporting documents, you may fax supporting documents using the below instructions:


    1. Complete this supporting documents cover sheet for submitting supporting documents using the following Vacancy ID: 797999.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Without the cover page, your documents will not be processed.
    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

NOTE:  The supporting documents cover sheet in this section is only for use when you have applied online and need to submit faxed supporting documents.


  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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt for your verification.

NOTE:  The 1203FX form is considered a part of your initial application package.  You must submit all six (6) pages of the form.  Please ensure you use the 1203FX form when you are submitting your entire application via fax.  DO NOT use the cover page listed above under the heading section "TO APPLY ONLINE”, USE THE 1203FX as your cover page.

To change or update your application, reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be basis for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected will be subject to a pre-employment medical screening.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants will be denied employment consideration if listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year supervisory probationary period.



* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.

PERMANENT FHCC (VA) FACILITY EMPLOYEES MUST submit ALL the following documentation:

 Résumé* – A sample can be obtained at

 VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

 Responses for Questionnaire* View Occupational Questionnaire

 Copy of your most recent performance appraisal* (If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal, submit a copy of the performance appraisal that you do have OR submit a written explanation as to why you cannot provide a copy.)

 Copy of Transcripts*

 Copy of Certification(s)*

30% OR MORE DISABLED VETERANS OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES MUST submit ALL the following documentation:

 Résumé* - A sample can be obtained at

 VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

 Responses for Questionnaire* View Occupational Questionnaire

 Copy of Transcripts*

 Copy of Certification(s)*

 Copy of your DD-214.* Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at

 Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-point preference MUST also submit a completed SF-15* with all the listed required documentation for proof of eligibility. Note: 30% or more Disabled Veterans claiming 10-point veterans preference, MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 30% or more. *

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MUST submit ALL the following documentation:

 Résumé* - A sample can be obtained at

 VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

 Responses for Questionnaire* View Occupational Questionnaire  

 Copy of Transcripts*

 Copy of Certification(s)*

 In addition, you MUST submit certification issued from a licensed medical professional physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits as proof of mental retardation, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability AND that describes your ability to perform the essential duties of the position in which you are interested.*

Only send documentation as required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.



Kea Massey
Phone: (224)610-3263
Agency Information:
VA Federal Healthcare Center
3001 Green Bay Road
Building 135
North Chicago , IL


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. We will also review your application to ensure that your résumé supports the answers you provided in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers,  you will be rated ineligible for this position.

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