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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Team Leader Medical Technologist in Detroit, Michigan

Team Leader Medical Technologist

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
Overview
  • ##### Open & closing dates

06/19/2019 to 07/10/2019

  • ##### Service

Competitive

  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 10

  • ##### Salary

$62,103 to $80,729 per year

  • ##### Appointment type

Permanent

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

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Detroit, MI 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

- Duties
Summary

The incumbent in this position is a Lead Medical Technologist that facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management. Responsible for all aspects of operation in their area of specialty including preparation and maintenance of records, reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation and compliance. Acts as a liaison to other department of the medical center.

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Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the Lead Medical Technologist include but are not limited to:

  • Calibrates and evaluates results of calibration of section instruments, with minimal assistance and according to established procedures.
  • Performs "in vitro" analysis of human biological specimens, responding immediately to STAT orders, to obtain results in a timely manner, using section procedures, established guidelines and minimal assistance. Streamlines or changes work assignment of other technologists, as needed, to complete daily workload in a timely fashion.
  • Evaluates test results for clinical relevance, detecting instrument malfunctions and initiating further confirmatory testing if necessary. Enters or verifies test results into the computer system accurately and completely, calling-in the panic results immediately according to the established policies.
  • Receives and stores new reagents, performs section inventories monthly and is responsible for timely regents use based on their expiration date. Assists with ordering of section supplies and is responsible for reagents, controls, and calibrators.
  • Performs scheduled maintenance on analytical instruments and associated equipment to assure proper operation, using section's written procedures. Responsible for all aspects of the operation of the department including analysis of testing methodologies and ensuring that the department is inspection ready for all accrediting agencies.
  • Performs and assists other technologists with troubleshooting on analytical instruments to correct malfunctions, using instrument operation and maintenance manuals. Records and documents the instrument maintenance and troubleshooting in log books. Refers unusual problems or unresolved problems immediately to Supervisor or Section Chief.
  • Performs Quality controls and checks daily quality control charts, instrument function checks, Q.C. malfunctions and corrective actions. Facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that task. Priorities, goals, and achievements are coordinated with management.
  • Prepares reports on testing of extra-mural quality assurance proficiency programs correctly and completely using established guidelines, and submits reports within established timeframe.
  • Compiles and analyzes workload data accurately and completely and submits it review within time frame established by supervisor.
  • Trains and coordinates the training of technologists, technicians and Laboratory Aides in accordance with established guidelines and manuals.
  • Attends and participates in departmental educational seminars and training sessions as assigned.
  • Provides support to the safety and occupational health programs by applying approved standards, regulations, practices, and work methods. Instructs and trains subordinates in hazard communication, asbestos, awareness, fire safety, and maintaining material safety data sheets. Ensures safe working methods, practice, and proper use of protective equipment through routine job safety analysis.
  • Interacts with laboratory personnel in a professional manner and responds promptly and courteously to requests or inquiries from professional staff throughout the medical center.
  • Communicates effectively, orally and in writing, with people form a variety of backgrounds. This includes constructive interaction and cooperation with patients, subordinates and peers.
  • Visitors to the work unit and telephone inquiries are handled courteously, competently. Information provided, message taken and referrals given are accurate and timely and to the maximum extent possible accomplished without supervisory involvement. Acts as a liaison to other departments of the Medical Center for their department.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with rotating weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

10

  • #### Job family (Series)

0644 Clinical Laboratory Science

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- Requirements
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
Qualifications

ONLY THOSE APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE GS-9 FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. This is not an entry level or trainee position. Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy Education and/or Experience Combination (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 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. Only candidates that have a MT, MLS, OR CLS from the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR or AMT will be considered. (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). (3) Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified. Preferred Experience: Certification as MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT (as a GENERALIST in all areas). Applicants who meet the GS-9 requirements. Please see the DUTIES section of the job posting. GS-7 (Entry Level) (A) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. ****GS-9 (FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL)**** -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. OR -Education -Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques. 2. Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems. 3. Knowledge of the application of laboratory regulatory requirements. 4. Ability to provide or coordinate staff development and training.

Assignments. MTs at this level generally have a higher level of professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large-scale automated analytical instrument system; a specific area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, laboratory safety, quality control review, new method development or employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on alternate tours of duty. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. 1. Team Leader. MTs at this level have professional oversight responsibilities of a laboratory team. .The team leader facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities and goals are coordinated with laboratory management. The incumbent also provides technical advice to staff and other health care members and oversees work assignments and work flow. The team leader is responsible for ensuring that staff follow all policies and procedures and is a subject matter authority when there are questions of a technical or professional nature. The incumbent may be responsible for reporting personnel absences and may be responsible for staff schedules and other assignments delegated by the departmental supervisors.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is 09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS 9 grade level. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 lbs); As needed - Straight pulling, pushing, walking, standing, repeated bending, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; ability to see and distinguish depth perception, basic colors and shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted). In addition, the ability to deal with constant noise, work around machinery with moving parts, work closely with others or alone and work protracted or irregular hours. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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. GRADUATES (Please Note): 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 paragraphs 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. ****The appropriate documentation must be submitted with your application packet if are a graduate of a foreign degree program****

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Recruitment incentive and/or Relocation incentive may be awarded to highly qualified candidates.

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.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must include starting and ending dates of employment (whether employment was paid or non-paid) in the month and year format. Your resume must also include whether or not the employment/work experience listed is/was full time or part time. If the experience was part time, please list the total weekly part time hours worked. Experience is only Creditable if: Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. For positions at or above the full performance level, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment. Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled. Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a MT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. Graduate Education. Graduate education and graduate degrees may be substituted as specified at each grade level. Education must have been from an accredited college or university in a field related to MT (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, immunohematology, biological science, physiology, allied health education, health systems administration, infection control and preventive medicine), which was accredited at the time the candidate completed the program.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

- Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • License
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. *Your clear, legible College Transcript that shows the date of graduation- Bachelors level (required of all applicants)

*Your updated/current resume must including starting and ending dates of employment and/or non-paid experience in the month and year format for each experience that is listed on your resume. A resume is required of all applicants. Your resume must also include whether or not the employment/work experience listed is/was full time or part time. If the experience was part time, please list the total weekly part time hours worked. This HR Office will only review the last uploaded resume that is submitted for this vacancy. Please note that your documents are date and time stamped.

*Your clear, legible College Transcript (Graduate level, if you are using your graduate level degree to qualify/substitute experience for education) with date of graduation included on the transcript.

*Documentation in the form of a letter or certificate of completion as it relates to your medical technology clinical practice program (required as applicable)

*Documentation in the form of a copy of your current, valid, active certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. (required of all applicants)

* You must submit your last/most recent SF 50 personnel action with your application packet if you a current Federal government civilian employee. Your SF-50 must include: your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Please be aware that award SF-50's do not always include this pertinent information.

*FOREIGN GRADUATES (Please Note): : Documentation is required (to be submitted with your application packet) if you are graduate of a foreign degree program. Please see the Education Section of the job posting.

*If you have any other certifications/credentials that are related to the Medical Technologist occupation, please submit a copy of this documentation with your application packet. Please also include this information on your resume and on the 102850 C application as well.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • License
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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- How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/10/2019 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information
Samantha Trevino
Phone

(313) 576 - 1000

Email

Samantha.Trevino@va.gov

Address

John D Dingell Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 4646 John R Street Detroit, MI 48201 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/537056400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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