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Job Title:  Medical Technologist, GS-0644-09
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  13-MDW-864749

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

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SALARY RANGE:
$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, March 29, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0644-09
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Toledo, OH View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 864749 (Include # on all documents)

***APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION***

 

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?

 

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.

 

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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This position is located within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Toledo Ohio.  An MT/CLS at this level 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 board exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision.  The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as microbiological, chemistry (including endocrinology, toxicology, and immunochemistry), coagulation, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), serology, and urinalysis.  Such 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.  The incumbent serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of chemistry, hematology/coagulation, urinalysis, immunohematology (blood bank), and microbiology.  Additionally, the incumbent of this position will be required to perform venipuncture.

 

Tour of Duty:   The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas and also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.

 

The salary listed is a range for information purpose.  The salary will be commensurate with the selectee's training and experience.

 

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

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

  

   b.  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).

 

   c.  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.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

    d.  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,

 

    e.  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.

 

DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

 

 In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

    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.

 

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

 

    a.  Definitions

 

    (1)  Creditable Experience

 

    (a)  Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice.  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.)  This may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:

    

   (b)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements in paragraph 2.b. above.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to laboratory experience at the next lower level.

   

   (c)  Part-time Experience.  Part-time experience as a medical technologist is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek.  For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  YOUR RESUME NEEDS TO DOCUMENT THE NUMBER OF HOURS WORKED PER WEEK FOR ALL JOBS LISTED, A DETAILED DESCRIPTOIN OF YOUR DUTIES PERFORMED, OR MONTH/YEAR TO MONTH/YEAR WORKED FOR ALL JOBS LISTED.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.   

Qualification Standard used, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, APPENDIX G24.  MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD,GS-644.


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: 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.


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://www4.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 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.


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/Login.aspx ) 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: 864749.  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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Denise Nelson-Smith
Phone: (734)845-3087
Email: DENISE.NELSON-SMITH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Ann Arbor HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resource Management Service 05
2215 Fuller Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
48105

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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