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Job Title:Lead Medical Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AH-13-GBS-841264

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

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$60,681.00 to $78,883.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to Wednesday, June 19, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map


Applications are being accepted from permanent current VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) employee ONLY.



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 841264 (Please include on all documents)


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.



VA North Texas Health Care System is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,600 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS provides a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 110,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

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   

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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • English language proficiency is required.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.


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The incumbent facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members of the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service, to ensure that tasks are completed and team priorities, goals, needs, and achievements are coordinated with management.  This assignment requires specialized training and experience in drug testing, chromatography, and mass spectrophotometry.  The Lead Technologist must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance.


The duties and responsibilities of the Lead Medical Technologist include but are not limited to the following:


·         Acts as a liaison to other departments of the laboratory and medical center for the Toxicology laboratory.

·         Prepares reports, maintains records and administrative information; prepares and presents work-related information to the supervisor.

·         Researches qualitative and quantitative methods relative to Toxicology.

·         Performs statistical analysis on quality control and quality assurance monitors.

·         Performs complex testing utilizing chromatography and spectrophotometry methodologies on GC/MS analyzers.

·         Performs complex maintenance on the instrumentation, such as weekly, monthly, quarterly and semi-annually maintenance for continuous optimum operation.

·         Develops guidelines for troubleshooting of the instrumentation and is used as an expert in-house resource.

·         Reviews/edits all procedures and policies related to such Instrumentation/testing and assists with updating as needed.

·         Trains new employees and gives annual competency to all employees in the Toxicology section. Ensuring all staff perform each task according to the protocol/procedure.

·         Identifies training needs appropriate for the type and complexity of the laboratory services performed.

·         Oversees the collection of data for compiling monthly and quarterly Quality Assurance reports.             

·         Reviews equipment function and maintenance records of all equipments used in Toxicology.

·         Evaluates new and evolving developments in Toxicology laboratory instrumentation and automation.                                                      

·         Ensures compliance with rules and regulations of assorted regulatory agencies (e.g., CAP, JCAHO, and OSHA, etc.). 

·         Coordinates proficiency testing program for Toxicology and ensures that survey materials are rotated among technologists.


WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm



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Citizenship.  Citizenship of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs Qualification Standards, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.)


Education and/or Experience Combination. 

Appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level requires 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.  In addition, candidates for GS-9 must possess either (b) or (c) below:


Experience.  Completion of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.




Education.  Must have 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s degree in medical technology or directly related field, or equivalent graduate degree provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.


Certification.  All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year 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).


Loss of Credential.  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/ certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


English Language Proficiency.  Medical technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs Qualification Standards, chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.


TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For this vacancy, applicants must have held grade GS-9 or higher for at least a year (52-weeks) to be eligible for the GS-11 grade level of this position. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grade and salary is commensurate with education and experience.  NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.




Specialized Experience for GS-11 Level.  Medical Technologists (MTs) must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-9), and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*):




Education.  Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 


In addition to the required core competencies, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:


1. Knowledge of medical technology applicable to a wide range of duties in all areas of the laboratory, and a high level of skill in applying this knowledge in solving very complex problems involving diverse aspects of clinical laboratory practice.


2. Knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements, and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations sufficient to use in planning, implementing, or monitoring laboratory programs and services.


*3. Management, administrative, and professional knowledge sufficient to effectively oversee and coordinate daily work activities and assignments in a section.


4. Knowledge of laboratory instrumentation, and the ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.


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 (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 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 résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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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, 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


The 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. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 02, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 841264.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.    Resume -  (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties (required).

2.    VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

3.    Occupational Questionnaire (Skip this step, if choose to "Apply Online"): Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire  Complete responses to the questionnaire (required) (Available at      View Occupational Questionnaire).

4.    OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at:

5.    Copy of your unofficial transcript (required).

6.    Copy of Current and Unrestricted licensure or certification, if applicable (required).

7.    People with Disabilities (Schedule A Letter) (required).

8.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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  

9.    If current or former Federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action; showing status, series, grade, step, and salary. (required).



Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Human Resources Mgmt
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 

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