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Job Title:MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST (SENIOR TECHNOLOGIST)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OP-14-AAO-972424

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$75,427.00 to $90,511.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 03, 2013 to Thursday, October 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0644-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego County, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 972424 (Include # on all documents)

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.

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

 

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran’s experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

 

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment.  We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system.  The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

 

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

 

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

 

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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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Work Schedule: IRREGULAR SHIFT  M-F 2:00p.m. - 10:30p.m. 

 

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) has one (1) full-time vacancy in the Pathology and Laboratory Service for a Medical Technologist (Senior).  The incumbent serves in multiple sections of a clinical laboratory and is assigned specialized and complex laboratory tasks beyond providing patient test results.  Assignment may include laboratory test development or modification, method validation / performance evaluation, and/or providing consultation services to health care providers.  The incumbent facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members of employees to ensure that tasks are completed and team priorities, goals, needs, and achievements are coordinated with management.  Acts as a liaison between the team members and the supervisor.  In addition to the required core competencies, must demonstrate the following:

Specific duties include:

·            Prepares reports, maintains records, administrative information.  Prepares and presents work-related information to supervisor.

·            Researches qualitative and quantitative methods in the appropriate laboratory specialty area.  Performs statistical analysis on quality control and quality assurance monitors.

·            Is responsible for coordination of training in the methods and techniques of the appropriate laboratory specialty area.

·            Is responsible as a primary source of information for maintaining current instrumentation.  Is responsible for evaluation of new and evolving developments in laboratory instrumentation and automation.

·            Ensures compliance with rules and regulations of assorted regulatory agencies such as CAP, JCAHO, AABB, and OSHA.  Coordinates Quality Control activities with the Supervisor.  Coordinates proficiency program for the appropriate laboratory specialty

·            Acts as liaison to other departments of the medical center for the appropriate laboratory specialty area.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • 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.]
  • 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.
  • In addition to the associate’s degree, must have at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.
  • Must currently 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 Certificate Required)

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: 

  • Must have 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 (copy of transcripts required, must indicate type of degree received and date conferred, unofficial copy ok)

AND

  • Must have 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: (1) Comprehensive knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of concepts, principles, and methodology of the filed to perform advanced techniques. (2) Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures, or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems. (3) Ability to recognize methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity to draw conclusions about the validity of testing results. (4) Ability to perform validation/method verification studies for new systems and make recommendations. (5) Skill to provide advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other specialists. OR 3 full years of progressively higer-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position being filled.   

 

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.  We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.  Ensure to include the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11, 40 hrs/week. 


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 transcripts in order to receive credit for that education. ***Your transcripts must reflect the number of credit hours for courses that are directly related to the work of this position.  Transcripts must indicate the type of degree conferred and date conferred.  Transcripts must be legible.

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.  


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. 



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: 972424.  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 Thursday, October 17, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. 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. Copy of transcripts, must indicate type of degree received and date conferred (required).
  5. Copy of Certification (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Email: VASDHSJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA
92122

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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Job Announcement Number:

OP-14-AAO-972424

Control Number:

352863900