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Job Title:Medical Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-MAM-890241

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$32,519.00 to $64,050.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 17, 2013 to Monday, June 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 890241 (Include # on all documents)

The Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center located in Cincinnati Ohio is currently seeking two (2) Full-Time Permanent Medical technologists (Generalist) assigned to Pathology and Laboratory Medical service. 

 

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?

 

This vacancy is advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.  

 

 

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.

   

NOTE:  

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.   The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to GS-09.   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.

 

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

Relocation expenses are not authorized for these positions.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for these positions.

 

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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Medical Technologists at the Full Performance Level perform, evaluate, interpret, correlate, and validate the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.   Test 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 may be in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry, molecular biology, coagulation, flow cytometry, genetics, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, mycology, parasitology, serology, urinalysis, and virology. 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.

 

WORK SCHEDULE :   The Normal Tour of Duty may be variable.    Current open positions include Evenings/Nights, rotating weekends and holidays.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

 

Citizenship:   Must be a U.S. Citizen.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified U.S. citizens)

 

Education and/or Experience Combination:  Must possess 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:   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.

 

English Language Proficiency:  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.

 

GS-5:  None beyond basic requirements.

 

GS-7:  Must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level and possess the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of professional medical technology principles, practices, concepts, and theories.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement.
  3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair.
  4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments.
  5. Skill in informatics and processes, and the ability to communicate effectively electronically, orally, and in writing.

OR

Must possess 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.


GS-9:  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 one of the 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.

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.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

The preferred qualification for these current vacancies include:

 

  • 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.  

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

References :   VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).  Appendix G24

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  

Work requires some physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time.  Must be able to lift up to 30lbs. 


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.

REQUIRED INFORMATION:

 

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:

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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


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/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete the following forms within 3 days from the date of the tentative offer of employment.

 

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 # 890241.  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, June 10, 2013



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1.     CV or Resume: (If submitting a resume please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.  If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked).  

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:       View Occupational Questionnaire

4.     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 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:

Mona A. Meszaros
Phone: (513)559-3600x3671
Fax: (513)559-3585
Email: MONA.MESZAROS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH
45220 Fax: (513)559-3585

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

WHAT HAPPENS 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.

 

NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made.  Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment.  Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-NV-13-MAM-890241

Control Number:

343630700