The incumbent is a qualified, experienced Medical Technologist that serves as Supervisory Medical Technologist for the Evening and Night shifts of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS), prepares administrative reports, and works as a technologist in any Section area as needed. 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: 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. Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described above. This finding may be based on either of the following: (1) A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree. (2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Certification. Candidates must have: (1) 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 5019.5. English Language Proficiency. MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005. Grade Determinations: Supervisory Management Technologist. GS-11 (a) Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR, (b) Education. Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of Federal and State laws, regulations, and accrediting/regulatory requirements in order to develop plans and procedures for the laboratory. 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. Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills including skill interpersonal relations and conflict resolution in order to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. d. Ability to perform the full range of supervisory duties which includes responsibility for assignment of work, performance, evaluations, selection of staff, recommendation of awards, advancements and disciplinary actions. e. Ability to plan, organize, set short and/or long term goals and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. f. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methods of clinical laboratory technology and operations. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24 Physical Requirements: Intermittent moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hours); intermittent, but possible prolonged stooping and kneeling; ability to distinguish basic colors; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; ability to read and comprehend ordinary type and computer screens; ability to hear (aid permitted)and work in an environment with constant noise; working closely with others; high cognitive function required to work in a fast paced environment with competing priorities without loss of accuracy; emotional stability required to maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations; ability to wear required to personal protective equipment as required. Full performance level of this position is a GS-11. ["The incumbent is responsible for the overall supervision of the Evening and Night shifts of the Clinical Laboratory. Assures that all specimens are processed, tested and results verified and released in a timely and efficient manner with a minimum amount of errors. Incumbent is responsible for the testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, (Transfusion Services), Coagulation, Serology, and Microbiology that occurs during these shifts. Reviews results (including results from off-hour and weekend shift(s) as appropriate) for correctness as\nrequired by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), directs involved technicians/technologists in the\ncorrection of errors, and notifies attending physicians as appropriate. Provides technical guidance to technicians/technologists when quality control or instrument problems occur.\nDesigns and prepares appropriate instrument maintenance logs, reviews these logs monthly, and assures that proper routine maintenance is being done by technicians/technologists. Writes and updates or supervises the writing and updates of procedure manuals as appropriate for the shifts covered. Involved in the review and updating of all general technical manuals as appropriate in all areas of the Clinical Laboratory. Trains or directs the training of lower grade technicians/technologists in the use of new procedures and\ninstrumentation during the identified shifts. Maintains appropriate levels of supplies and reagents for the efficient operation of laboratory during evening\nand night shifts. Works with day time Supervisors to insure noted supply deficiencies are corrected. Position may require the incumbent to maintain a Government credit card for routine or emergency purchases and if required to maintain a credit card will comply with all acquisition regulations, Federal, VA and local to include 8a, small business, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses and mandatory sources. Work Schedule: Off Tour: Monday-Friday, 12:00am (Midnight) - 8:00 am\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Supervisory Medical Technologist/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Maybe be authorized for highly qualified candidates.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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