This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Education and/or Experience Combination: You must meet one of the combinations of education and/or experience listed below. 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.) 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 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, 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 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, 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. Certification: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations GS-12 Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): (a) Knowledge of Federal and state laws and regulations, laboratory accrediting and regulatory requirements in order to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation. (b) Knowledge of laboratory quality management procedures and principles sufficient to establish and monitor a laboratory quality management program and/or education and training of laboratory staff. (c ) Knowledge of, and ability to, provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff; recommendation of awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions. (d) Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation. (e ) Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. (f) Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget. (g) Ability to set short and/or long term goals for the section and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. Assignment The incumbent has full supervisory responsibility in a complexity index group 1 laboratory or in a complexity index group 2 laboratory that performs at least 1 million Standard Billable Tests annually (reported to the Laboratory Management Index Program). The incumbent supervises a large staff of nonsupervisory personnel including at least one GS-11 subordinate. Recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, provides advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance and initiate corrective action. Verifies orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff. Develops and updates technical policies and procedure manuals. Ensures all staff and affiliate staff are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level. This individual manages document control, develops performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements, and is responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area to include budget execution. The supervisor will maintain effective interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year of experience as a supervisor in a high-complexity laboratory setting. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-0644, Veterans Health Administration dated May 12, 2014. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform light lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs., reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, intermittent walking and standing for up to 6 hours in a shift, intermittent bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and shade of colors, hearing (hearing aid permitted), emotional stability; ability to work closely with others and ability to work irregular hours. ["The Medical Technologist (Supervisory Technologist) has full supervisory responsibility for a large staff of non-supervisory personnel, including GS-9, GS-10 and at least one GS-11 Medical Technologist. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance and initiate corrective action. Also, verifies orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff. These assignments require specialized training and experience. Employees must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 1. Plan and schedule on going work. Adjust staffing levels or work procedures.\n2. Day to day supervision of moderately and highly complex test performance.\n3. Recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, gives advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates.\n4. Responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance.\n5. Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications.\n6. Assures orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff.\n7. Develops and updates technical policy and procedure manuals.\n8. Applies continuous quality improvement processes to section oversight. Implements and monitors quality management activities; designs quality improvement monitors, review data and implements requirements for change or improvements.\n9. Ensures all staff and affiliate staff are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies.\n10. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level.\n11. Perform full range of supervisory duties. Recommend appointment, plan and assign work, gives advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates.\n12. Assures section meets standards of accreditation agencies such as College of American Pathologists, Joint Commission, FDA and other VA inspecting entities. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 570-2540\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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