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Job Title:Medical Technologist (Microbiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-T38-13-426-HJo-955472

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Friday, December 6, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Temple, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 

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.

 

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) in one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination if required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES:

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   955472 (Please include on all documents)

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., rotating weekends and holidays. 

A Medical Technologist 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 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.  Duties include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory arid other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.  Incumbent will carry out all of the testing responsibilities of the GS9, but has higher levels of professional responsibilities and expertise.  Technologists at this level generally have professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large scale automated analytical instrument system; a specific area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, quality control review, new method development, or employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on evening or night shifts.  Modifies or adapts new methods or techniques to improve or expand services.  Develops protocols for performance of tests and evaluation of results.  Ensures that laboratory tests and procedures are consistent with accrediting agencies standards and requirements.  Recognizes methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity and considers these when drawing conclusions about the validity of testing results.  Perform validation/method verification studies for new systems.  Consults with healthcare providers on logical protocol to follow in attempting to confirm the diagnosis or risk assessment of a patient.  Other duties as assigned.

RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED.

IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITHIN THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Citizenship:   Must be a citizen of the United States.

 

English Language Proficiency:   Must be proficient in spoken and written English. [To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA, applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

 

Education and/or Experience Combination: Must have 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.

 

GS-5:  None beyond basic requirements.

 

GS-7:  (a) Experience.  in addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level  OR  (b) 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. (Transcripts must be submitted).

 

GS-9 Grade Level Qualifying Education Requirement:  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 the GS-9 must possess either (b) or (c) below.  (b) 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: (c) 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 total background demonstrates the core competencies for the GS-9 level assignment. (Transcripts must be submitted).

 

Certification:   All candidates must currently possess, or be eligible for and able to 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).   

 

GS-7 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).  In addition to the qualification standards for GS-9, candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs.

 

(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.

 

GS-9 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).  In addition to the qualification standards for GS-9, 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 educations.

 

OR

 

(B)   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 the GS-9 level assignment.

 

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.    Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.  You must include the month and year for each positions held.  For positions worked on a part-time basis you must include the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11, 40 hrs/week.

 

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES: Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: SEE QUESTIONNAIRE.

 

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

 

All applicants must submit VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health positions to receive consideration.   Failure to submit this form will result in applicant being disqualified.

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standards, GS-644, https://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbook/Documents/5005.pdf


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.  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Physical Requirements:  Light Lifting (under 15 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (2 to 8 hours); Standing (2 to 8 hours); Repeated bending (2 to 8 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

 

Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.  

Veterans' preference does apply to Title 38 Hybrid positions; therefore, if you are a Veteran applying for veterans preference, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html. This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.   INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 

 


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, 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.

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

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

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

 

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has partnered with the Planetree Organization and considers patient centered care one of our primary focus areas.

 

If you are interested in a career with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, we are interested in you. We would like to know what patient centered care means to you and why you are interested in working with us?

 

To learn more about Planetree and our efforts to become a true Veteran Centered Organization refer to the following website: http://www.planetree.org/

 

STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (SLRP):  “The applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan repayment award under the provisions of the Student Loan Repayment Program, subject to availability of SLRP funding.”  This application will be submitted prior to enter on duty.

 

EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP):  “The applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, subject to availability of EDRP funding.” 

 

The Primary SLRP/EDRP Coordinator is Albert Mersch, Human Resources (05), Temple, Texas and can be reached at (254) 743-0777.



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY:  All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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 Monday, September 09, 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.

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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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):

1.     To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 955472

2.     Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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 TAG:Closing Date 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:

 

1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire       Online Questionnaire

2.     Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

3.     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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (Application for Associated Health Occupations VA Form 10-2850c)
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 955472.

2. 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 Thursday, September 26, 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:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.
View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. 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. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Houston P. Johnson
Phone: (254)743-1831
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: HOUSTON.JOHNSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY , TX
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.


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Job Announcement Number:

AG-T38-13-426-HJo-955472

Control Number:

350950600