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Job Title:Medical Technologist (Immunochemistry)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FZ-13-931269-MO

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$35,657.00 to $64,120.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 26, 2013 to Friday, August 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cleveland, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 931269

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". 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.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

NOTE: A Professional Standard 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Medical Technologist. The Medical Technologist will function in the Immunochemistry section of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The tour of duty is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may include rotating weekends and holidays. The Medical Technologist duties include:

  • Processing and logging in specimens.
  • Evaluating requested procedures to determine the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable.
  • Selecting, performing, evaluating, and monitoring the performance of non-routine and specialized test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols.
  • Recognizing and defining testing problems and evaluating methods for solution.
  • Evaluating guides or implementing possible alternative approaches to standard methods.
  • Monitoring the quality control system including record keeping systems and measuring to assure the accuracy and validity of test results.
  • Adhering to quality control measures, suggesting new or revised methods of control and of collecting and evaluating quality control data.
  • Participating in process improvement, data driven decision making, and team driven change to continuously improve operations.
  • Generating laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system.
  • Recognizing conditions which cause erroneous results; troubleshooting complex instruments; and correlating test results with patient data (history, physical findings, medications, and other laboratory data) to verify results.
  • Performing routine and specialized testing; evaluating the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures; correlating quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results.
  • Performing additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results; and recognizing abnormal results which require immediate attention by the physician.
  • Training new technologists and other professional staff, and conducting established in-service programs for other services and groups.

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

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 at least three years of directly related, full time work experience.

OR

Education: 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.

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).

Clinical Training: Must have completed laboratory training that includes completion of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing.

Grade Determinations:

GS-5: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-7 Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal service.

OR

GS-7 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 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 Education: In addition to the basic requirements, you must possess 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.

AND

GS-9 Specialized Experience: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service.

OR

GS-9 Education: You must have two 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 describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

References: All qualification standards can be located VA Handbook 5005 (http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc). Also available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment (month/year).


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. You 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.

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

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 16, 2013. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using 931269. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. CV or Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (http://www.va.gov.vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).
  3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable.
  5. If currently employed in the federal government, include your most recent SF-50 showing title, series, and grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Michael J. Overfield
Phone: (216)791-2300x2134
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: MICHAEL.OVERFIELD@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cleveland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs 05W
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH
44106 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if your résumé does not reflect experience and education as outlined in the qualifications section. You will be notified when a qualification determination is made.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following 3 areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located somewhere other than Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC).
  • Third Area of Consideration (external candidates) – All other US Citizens.

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Job Announcement Number:

FZ-13-931269-MO

Control Number:

348174000