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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Medical Technologist in Augusta, Georgia

Summary

Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is looking for a Lead Medical Technologist in our Path & Lab Department. Facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members, priorities. Responsible for all aspects of operation in their area of specialty including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation and compliance.

Responsibilities

FUNCTIONS:

Is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance.

Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications.

Attends vendor training for a complex analytical instrument and is responsible for training employees in its operation.

Performs complex maintenance procedures and is consulted; as the in-house expert for troubleshooting problems.

Provides oversight for the day-to-day workload by setting the work pace, coordinating work assignments based upon skill level or technical specialization, schedule changes, and solving complex problems to meet tum-around-time and productivity goals.

Supervises the clinical training experiences of technical and professional level technologist or technician training programs to fulfill educational and professional requirements (when training programs exist).

Recommends updated guidelines and policies for non-routine or complex assignments.

Coordinates, under the guidance of the unit supervisor the laboratory competency program.

Is responsible for reviewing and recommending procedure manual updates for a specific laboratory function.

Prepares for accrediting agency inspections by keeping current with all accrediting agency requirements for CAP, TJC, and AABB, which are directed to the clinical laboratory disciplines of Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Urinalysis, and Specimen Receiving/Accessioning sections as assigned. Assists supervisor in resolving any deficiencies received during inspections.

CAP Inspection Team Member or alternate for Clinical Laboratory as assigned.

Oversees Proficiency testing for clinical laboratory section as assigned.

Performs/oversees new employee orientation, training, and competency assessments prior to final review by supervisor.

Monitors and assists with accurate time records for employees utilizing established electronic time keeping system.

Attends/presents assigned clinical laboratory section quality assurance report at QA committee monthly meeting and brings concerns/issues from staff from all tours; 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. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 4;00 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/16/2021. 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. Certification. Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:1. Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.2. For positions up to the full performance level, 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). English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: MT-ASCP. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for GS-11: Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position OR, Education. Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or directly related field. Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package. 1. Knowledge of medical technology applicable to a wide range of duties to solve complex problems involving diverse aspects of clinical laboratory practice.

  1. Knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations in order to plan, implement or monitor laboratory programs and services.

  2. Ability to manage and coordinate daily work activities and assignments in a section.

  3. Skill to maintain, troubleshoot and repair laboratory instrumentation.

  4. Ability to provide technical oversight in order to manage personnel and work assignments in a manner that assures completion of the laboratory workload. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

Education

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: 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.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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