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: Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a Certification:Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Education/Experience: Candidates can meet the experience/education requirement by the following ways: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 Technologist 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 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. 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). Preferred Experience:Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other VA web-based applications/ Effective verbal and written correspondence, ability to communicate with Veterans, staff, leadership and other stakeholders / Experience with interpersonal communication to include multi-level leadership and public facing / Effective organizational and multi-tasking skills / Experience in reviewing and completing detail-oriented tasks/assignments / Ability to work with minimal to no supervision and as part of a multi-disciplinary team / Critical thinking skills / Effective prioritization skills to manage multiple ongoing tasks / Flexibility/Resiliency to complete daily tasks and impromptu assignments / Ability to maintain strict confidentiality / Knowledge of basic Medical Technologist and laboratory operation fundamentals and practice Grade Determinations: GS 11, Medical Technologist (Quality Management):
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.
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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
(KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level)
a. Advanced knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of medical technology sufficient to perform the full range of duties involved in planning, coordinating and evaluating laboratory services.
b. Knowledge of quality management standards.
c.Knowledge of accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements pertaining to laboratory operations.
d. Comprehensive knowledge of statistical evaluation and analysis.
e. Knowledge of laboratory operations and relationships to the organization.
f.Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control/assurance policies, procedures and principles, as well as safety practices and regulations. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, APPENDIX G24. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-644 This position is announced at the GS-11 grade level, above the Full Performance Level.Physical Requirements: The position will be primarily sedentary (at a desk for the majority of the day) completing audits/reviews, answering phone calls, completing research, etc. The incumbent will be required to travel as needed (less than 5 days per week) and will need to be able to operate a motor vehicle.When consulting on site, the incumbent must be able to complete light lifting/carrying, work closely with others, and be able to visually see and interpret laboratory reports. The incumbent will infrequently be required to be in close working proximity to equipment with a slight risk of exposure to prolonged machinery noise, electricity, and chemical reagents. All necessary/required personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided as needed.
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