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Laboratory Manager

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Harlingen , TX 78551

Posted 2 months ago

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The Laboratory shares, with the Chief of the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service Line (P&LMS), full responsibility for managing and supervising all phases of laboratory service operations of the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) which includes the Ambulatory Surgical Health Care Center (HCC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCSC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MOPC).

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The laboratory manager will provide guidance and serve as an authority for laboratory medicine. The laboratory manager will develop guidelines, assess laboratory effectiveness, establish and maintain quality assurance and performance improvement programs. The laboratory manager may be expected to serve as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).

Additional duties include, but are not limited too:

Serve as a consultant to local, network, and national program officials.

Develop guidelines and written policies for VATVCBHCS Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Section.

Serve as an authority in laboratory medicine (technical and administrative).

Keep abreast of current research, clinical methods, and technical advances in the field.

Develop and integrate new techniques, and procedures into laboratory programs.

Interpret and provide technical guidance on agency policies and procedures.


Assess laboratory effectiveness.

Establish and maintain quality assurance programs and successful accreditation for the VATVCBHCS laboratories (HCC, COPC, LOPC, MOPC).

Develop and manage program budget.

Take on all assigned responsibilities and meets established deadlines.


Provide direction and guidance to staff.

Manage resource utilization, inventory acquisition and contracting processes.

Maintain coverage throughout the laboratory and active recruitment and personnel selection functions.

Interpret and provides guidance on agency policies and procedures.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Note: This is a Non-Bargaining Unit Position.

Note: Selected applicant will be required to complete 1 year supervisory probationary period, if not previously completed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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HelpRequirements 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

  • 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.
  • (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.).


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,


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,


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.

Foreign Graduates: 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 in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) 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.

Grade Determinations: GS-12 Medical Technologist (Laboratory Manager)

Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11, which is directly related to the position to be filled.

a. Ability to balance the administrative and clinical functions in order to coordinate and manage programs and resources.

b. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes strategic and tactical program planning, coordination, interpretation, supervision, consultation, negotiation, problem solving, formulation of policy and guidelines and monitoring of laboratory programs.

c. Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, on technical information with a wide variety of individuals including senior VHA managers in the medical center, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) level staff and VHA Central Office staff.

d. Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to the measurement and improvement of program effectiveness and/or organizational productivity.

e. Skill to develop new or modified work methods, organizational structures, records and files, management processes, staffing patterns, etc.

f. Knowledge of regulatory, licensing, and accrediting agency requirements, and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations used in planning, implementing and monitoring laboratory programs and services.

g. Skill in administrative management (e.g., budgeting, contracting, procurement and property management) in accordance with VHA regulations.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G-24 dated May 12, 2014.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS- 12.

Physical Requirements:
The laboratory manager position will require light lifting (under 15 pounds), walking (4 hours), standing (2 hours), repeated bending (1 hour), working alone, working closely with others, and working around machinery with moving parts.


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: 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:

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Laboratory Manager

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Department Of Veterans Affairs