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Job Title:Medical Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA621-863271-LRC38-13-51

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 25, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Johnson City, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens - First area of consideration is James H Quillen VA Medical Center Employees

JOB SUMMARY:

Multiple vacanices may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 863271

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?

The James H. Quillen VAMC strongly encourages persons that are interested in and may represent multicultural diversity to apply.  We have a long-standing Multicultural Diversity Committee led by mental health professionals devoted to educating, monitoring and furthering our awareness, practice and outcomes in regards to multiculturalism.  

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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.

Welcome to the Crossroads of the eastern United States – Johnson City! Forbes Magazine Ranks Johnson City 14th in their latest rankings of best places to live. For almost two centuries, Johnson City has been the center for tourism and business in Northeast Tennessee. Originally little more than a train depot, Johnson City is now a metropolitan melting pot with invigorating music, enchanting culture, and exhilarating mountain adventure. Family fun abounds in Johnson City and the surrounding areas. Local festivals include the Blue Plum Festival, Fun Fest, the Apple Festival and the Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Enjoy outdoor adventure at Boone Lake, Watauga Lake, and nearby Roan Mountain State Park. Other family-friendly activities include hiking and biking trails and some of the best trophy trout fishing in the country. Johnson City flourishes with tradition, heritage, and hospitality. Its natural beauty and fresh mountain air make Johnson City the perfect location to live and work. You'll awaken your when you visit our historical areas and living history sites— like Tipton-Haynes, Rocky Mount and Sycamore Shoals. And just a stone's throw away, you'll find world-renowned attractions like Bristol Motor Speedway, Bays Mountain and Barter Theatre. Also, Johnson City enjoys affordable cost of living, low tax rates and no state income tax yet we offer outstanding schools, parks, playgrounds and sports facilities that make life enjoyable.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.

2 Postions 1 - generalist; 1 generalist blood bank/hematologist.

FACT: Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional documentation with resume' or application and are found ineligible (see ‘HOW TO APPLY' section of this announcement); therefore, it is imperative that you read the complete announcement. Failure to do so MAY result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.  NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-9.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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The Medical Technologist (MT) performs technical duties in all sections of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service in support of acute patient care.  An MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.  Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision.  The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), molecular biology, coagulation, flow cytometry, genetics, hematology, immunology, immunohematology  (blood banking), mycology, parasitology, serology, urinalysis, and virology.  The positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public. 

·         Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technologist occupation.  In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.

·         Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.

·         Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment.  Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment.  Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.

·         Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.

·         Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.

Work Schedule: Generalist - 40 hours per week Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, will include weekends and holidays, tour at the discretion of service chief.  Blood bank/hematology - 40 hours per week Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will include weekends and holidays, tour at the discreation of service chief.

SALARY:  Grade and Salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board commensurate with education and experience.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

    -  Citizenship.  Citizenship of the United States

    -  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.

    -  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).  Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D).  Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in termination of employment.

      -  Physical Requirements.   Lift up to 15 lbs, carrying up to 15 lbs, pulling, pushing, use of fingers, both hands required, walking up to 2 hours, standing up to 8 hours, bending, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, correctable near vision, cannot be color blind, depth perception, hearing (aid permitted), must be able to don personal protective equipment.

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

    Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Specialized Experience.

    GS-5.  Experience. None beyond basic requirements.   Assignment.  Employees at this grade level serve in an MT career development position under close supervision.

     GS-7 Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level.  or Education.  A bachelor’s degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or 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 4-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.   Assignments.  Duties and responsibilities may include any combination of those found at the GS-9 grade level; however, individuals in these assignments work under closer supervision and are not given the freedom of action typically found at the higher level.

    GS-9   Minimum Requirements.  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 experience or education 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.

    OR,

    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.  

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.

Please be sure that your resume and/or application reflect the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) listed for this position. The KSA's and corresponding task statements are also located in the occupational questionnaire. A separate document containing KSA narratives will not be accepted as part of your application packet.

1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.

2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement providing for sound independent work.

3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.

4. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

5. Ability to interpret and apply complex written instructions.

6. Ability to communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 863271.  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 Monday, April 08, 2013.

Manual applications will be accepted from James H. Quillen VAMC employees.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

CV or Résumé - Your resume should include a description of job duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. Descriptions of job duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application by all current and non-current employees/applicants.

Responses to the questionnaire.

If prior military service, include all copies of you 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

Most Recent SF-50 - Current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that indicates time in grade, proof of status (career or career conditional) and type of service. (Not an Award SF-50)

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Donald P. Barrett
Phone: (423)926-1171x7183
Email: DONALD.BARRETT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Mountain Home VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
HR Management Service PO Box 4000
Mountain Home, TN
37684

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA621-863271-LRC38-13-51

Control Number:

340330400