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Job Title:Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Systems Manager)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-612-13-918941LN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,460.00 to $105,897.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 02, 2013 to Tuesday, July 23, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Martinez, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 918941918941

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.

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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

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.


Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For Positions Covered by the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

All Applicants Including Department of Veterans Affairs Northern CA Health Care System Employees: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.



On-Call: Yes

Rotating Shifts: No

Required to Work Holidays or Weekends: May on occasion be required

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (must be flexible on hours for  when required LIS activities must be performed in evening or on a weekend).

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes




  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Requires licensure and/or certification


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Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Systems Manager)


Incumbent develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall  hospital information system (HIS).  Provides authoritative advice and consultation on the information system and as they apply to the clinical laboratory at multiple sites.  Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing and workload recording taking into account compliance principles.  He/she assists the Bard Code Expansion (BCE) project.  Must be able to advise at all organizational levels on functions and capabilities of the LIS and BCE project.  Analyses emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals.  Incumbent will perform BCE duties at least 25% of the time.



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



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Citizenship – Must be citizen of the United States.

English language proficiency – Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education - Must have at least 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 4-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

Foreign Graduates – Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS.  This finding may be based on any of the following:

1.  A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating the foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree. (COPY OF LETTER MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

2.  A letter from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), or the American Medical Technologists (AMT) stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination, or documentation from any other recognized organization that evaluates education.  (COPY OF LETTER MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)

Certification – Must 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).  (COPY OF CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION) 




Specialized Experience for GS-12 Level:  Must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the GS-11 grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully; meet the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). Examples of specialized experience may include: developing and recommending new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) n conjunction with the overall hospital information system (HIS); provide authoritative advice and consultation on the information system and they apply to a clinical laboratory; implement and maintain coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing and workload recording, etc.  

Selective Placement Factor:  The following Selective Placement Factor (SPF) requirement is being used to determine whether an applicant fully qualifies for this position.  Therefore is it MANDATORY that all applicants meet this requirement in order to receive further consideration for this job vacancy.  Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience of the SPF listed below.  Evidence of this experience must be documented in your resume.  Applicants who fail to meet this requirement and/or address the SPF may lose further consideration.

Selective Placement Factor:  Must have extensive working experience with the day-to-day operations of a Laboratory Information System to include – the ability to add and change tests; troubleshoot hardware and software issues; working knowledge of coding/billing and workload functions; and knowledge of regulatory requirements of a Laboratory Information System.  



REFERENCES: VA Handbook 5005, Part II  Appendix G24 Medical Technologist 

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must meet physical requirements in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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, please visit


You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position. 

Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology sufficient to revise standard methods to improve or extend test systems; and evaluate, modify, or adapt new methods to meet the requirements of particular testing situations.

Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training, and problem solving services on specific projects, programs, or functions.

Knowledge of laboratory information systems and programming techniques sufficient to develop, adapt, and maintain computer systems for accomplishing diagnostic laboratory work and quality assurance.

Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes.

Knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory functions.

Knowledge of computer system analysis, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system.

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

Knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory and Bar Code Expansion (BCE) functions.

Strong working knowledge of Laboratory (both clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology), Blood Bank (VBECS), CPRS computer systems and other associated software packages and their interdependencies.

Ability to train multidisciplinary medical staff in different clinical settings on the use of various computer programs and hardware.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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, 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




This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 to receive consideration.


1.      To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.      Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

You must include a VA FORM 10-2850C - Application for Associated Health Occupations  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: for more information 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.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account: select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:


1.      CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. (required).

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

3.      Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.      Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment: signed and dated. (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.      DD Forms 214: If prior military 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

6.     Notification of Personnel Action – SF-50’S: All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: documenting permanent status, promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50.

7.      Copy of your college transcript(s). Certificates/diplomas are not acceptable. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to submit official college transcript(s) prior to appointment (required).

8.     Copy of your current registration/certification/licensure (required).

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.




You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Occupational Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page: and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 918941.

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items.

Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



Elizabeth Inman
Phone: (925)372-2370
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA


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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