U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$83,573.00 to $108,648.00
Open & closing dates
$83,573 to $108,648 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
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?
This announcement is open to current permanent VA nationwide employees. Applicants that do not meet this requirement should apply under announcement #CBAU-10136697-18-CRM. VA Central California Healthcare System Employees will receive first consideration.
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The Medical Technologist, Technical Specialist directs a specific work section or sections in the laboratory service. The Medical Technologist, Technical Specialist, performs routine and STAT testing on blood, urine, and other body fluids and ensures staff assigned to the section perform duties in a timely and accurate manner. The incumbent is responsible for the training of subordinate staff in these lab sections. The incumbent is also responsible for compliance with all applicable accrediting agency requirements. The laboratory provides diagnostic services in support of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
Processes and evaluates specimen suitability for testing. Tests, verifies, and reports patient test results in accordance with established protocols. Performs special testing, with interpretation of special test results. Recognizes and responds to indications of malfunctions in testing and reporting. Immediately compares current test results to prior test results for acceptability. Reports critical results in accordance with established protocols.
Determines specific assay protocols and specific instrument systems to be used. Modifies, adapts, and implements new testing methodologies to meet laboratory service needs. Assures each methodology in use will meet all accrediting agency requirements, including precision and accuracy and appropriate reference range values.
Develops and maintains current and complete procedure manuals for each testing system used. Provides technical training to appropriate staff regarding new and existing procedures.
Establishes and maintains Quality Control (QC) practices to assure each methodology conforms to defined limits. Reviews all QC results for acceptability and responds in a timely manner to out-of-control QC results, documenting effective corrective action.
Troubleshoots and resolves instrument and procedural problems, with supportive documentation, to maintain diagnostic laboratory services in support of patient care.
Maintains an effective supply inventory system. Practices cost-effective management of supplies. Compiles detailed workload reports as requested by supervisor.
Actively participates in service Quality Improvement activities, by collecting, analyzing, and reporting various data. Provides technical advice to providers of care regarding test methodologies, interpretation of results, and educational information as requested.
Utilizes computer systems as needed to perform duties assigned. Complies with all rules to ensure data security and confidentiality of patient records.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. with rotating weekends and holidays.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0644 Medical Technologist
Blood Bank Laboratory Technologists
Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Clinical Laboratory Technologists And Technicians
Medical And Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Laboratory Technologists
Technologists, Blood Bank Laboratory
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending over microscopes, reaching for supplies or materials and lifting moderately heavy items such as centrifuges and record boxes (or occasionally lifting heavier items such as reagent packs, weighing 50 lbs.). The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity (to perform intricate collection or analysis procedures) and color vision.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.\
Certification: Certification as a Medical Technologist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, or Clinical Laboratory Scientist given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
Education/Experience: A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.). AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 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. OR
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.OR
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to qualify for the GS-11 grade level:
You must have one year (52 weeks) of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled OR you must have three years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field (transcripts required).
Your resume must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position:
1. Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methodology of medical laboratory technology, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medicolegal requirements and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests.
2. Skill to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing.
3. Advanced knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologist and clinical pathology residents in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures.
4. Ability to develop procedures for new tests and modify existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations.
5. Advanced knowledge of a particular discipline or function with wide latitude for exercising sound independent judgment.
Preferred Experience: Preferred applicants will have extensive Blood Bank experience. Experience providing technical insights as a subject matter expert for both automation and reagent performance and integration and experience with:Lot to lot comparison Method validation
Establishment of analytical measurement range(s)
Accuracy and precision
Maintenance and troubleshooting
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24, dated: May 12, 2014.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
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If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or CV (required)
VA 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
Copies of all applicable licensures and certifications required for the position.
Copy of unofficial college transcripts.
Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing current position title, series, grade, and step.
Any other documents you identify as necessary on this checklist (for reference only): http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc
. 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.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/02/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
(559) 225-6100 X3411
Fresno VA Medical Center
2615 East Clinton Avenue
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.