<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>Recruitment Incentives:</strong> This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program.<br /><br />The incumbent MT/CLS 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. Requires independent judgment with minimal technical supervision.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technologist occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. Perform specimen collection i.e. Phlebotomy, including following universal precautions and positive identification. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and makes recommendations. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines. Performs specialty assignments as assigned. Accession and process laboratory specimens according to the guidelines established in the Laboratory's test description files. Demonstrates and maintains competency in the assigned areas — Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology, Hematology, Coagulation, Body fluids, Phlebotomy, Immunology and Clinical Chemistry. Evaluates test results and identifies susceptible results, correcting erroneous results. Responsible for manually entering all data in a timely manner, notifying supervisor of more complex problems, and promptly notifying the physician and/or Infection Control of critical results and/or panic values. Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for culture, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Set up specimen cultures according to site and culture requested, per established guidelines. Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections.<br /> In addition the following KSAs are required:<br /><br />Ability to communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.<br /><br />Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.<br /><br />Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.<br /><br />Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.<br /><br />Ability to interpret and apply complex written instructions.<br /><br />Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance. improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.<br /><br />Ability to plan, organize and set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.<br /><br />Skills required for proper specimen collection, including patient preparation, if applicable, Phlebotomy labeling, handling, preservation or fixation, processing or preparation, transportation and storage of specimens.<br /><br /><strong>Work Schedule: </strong>Evening Shift, 1600 to Midnight Monday to Friday with: rotating weekends and holidays<br /> <strong>Financial Discloser Report:</strong> Not required<br /> <strong>Recruitment Incentives:</strong> May be Authorized<br /> <strong>Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status</strong>: Exempt<br /> <strong>Supervisory Position</strong>: No<br /> <strong>Bargaining Unit Position</strong>: Yes <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 9 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> <li>Must pass pre-employment physical examination</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/15/2019. .<br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirements</strong>: <ul> <li>United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> </ul> Education and/or Experience Combination:<br /> (1) 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.).<br /> AND<br /> 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.<br /> OR,<br /> (2) 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,<br /> AND<br /> 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.<br /> OR,<br /> (3) 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,<br /> AND<br /> 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.<br /><br /><strong>Certification.</strong> Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:<br /> (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.<br /> (2) Candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).<br /> <strong>Grade Determinations</strong>: GS-9 (Full Performance Level)<br /> Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR,Education. Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.<br /><br /><strong>References:</strong> VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standard.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience: </strong>You must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level to qualify.<br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements:</strong> The candidate must be able to perform the duties of the position under the following conditions:<br /> Light Lifting (under 15 pounds);<br /> Light Carrying (under 15 pounds);<br /> use of fingers;<br /> Both hands required for fine-manipulation and simple grasping;<br /> Walking (up to 8 hours);Standing (up to 8 hours);<br /> Sitting (up to 8 hours);<br /> Near vision correctable at 13" to 16";<br /> both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of color. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: </strong>A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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 . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>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.<br /><br />NOTE: </strong>A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br />Resume<br /> VA Form 10-2850c<br /> Transcripts<br /> Certifications<br /><br />VA Form 10-2850c can be found at: http: www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . (Required)<br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.<br /><br /><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>Disability Letter (Schedule A)</li><li>Disability Letter (VA)</li><li>OF-306</li><li>10-2850c</li><li>Other (2)</li><li>Other (3)</li><li>Performance Appraisal</li><li>Resume</li><li>Separation Notice (RIF)</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br />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 . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.