Medical Technologist
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Providence, RI

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Honor American's Veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 651174 (Please include on all documents)

Be a member of our team providing compassionate health care to Veterans. We are an employer of choice and a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to http://www.va.gov/ for more information.

Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI; Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient health care to V eterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island, also known as the Ocean State, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.

This Medical Technologist position is located in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service and is not bargaining unit positions.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

The work schedule is: Midnight - 8:00 a.m., r otating weekends and holidays is required for the position. Eligible for shift differential for tour between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US citizen

Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Certification

Subject to a background/suitability investigation

Must pass a pre-employment physical examination

Designated and random drug testing may be required

Must be proficient in spoken and written English

DUTIES:
Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimens if determined to be unusable.

Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols.

Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains instruments.

Verifies correct operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring.

Prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic states of the specimen properties are maintained.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
(from VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements GS-5 requires:
Citizenship: Citizenship of the United States

Education and/or Experience Combination: An associate's degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or an equivalent program composed of at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or (b) 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing. In addition to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

Certification: All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC ) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). Non- certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C.7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

Specialized Experience: GS-7 requires: In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service.

OR

Substitution of Education: GS-7 requires: A bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a 4-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.

GS-9 Minimum Requirements: In addition to basic requirements, appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 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 AND 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

OR

Substitution of Education: GS-9 requires: Must have 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree in medical technology or directly related field, or equivalent graduate degree provided the applicant's total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.

Specialized Experience: GS-10 requires: In addition to a bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or related science AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program or two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree in medical technology or a directly related field, do you have one (1) year of directly related professional laboratory experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) which demonstrated progressively responsible experience? To be creditable, this experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with active professional laboratory practice.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Reference: VA Qualification Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.

Applicants Please Note: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** 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.***

Additional Requirements/Information:
Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.

Selectee will be presented to a peer review board to determine final grade and salary.

Subject to a one (1) year probationary period.

Position does not confer competitive status.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).

Veterans Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference," and required documentation with your application material.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

An incomplete application will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

A selected applicant for this position may be eligible to apply for an award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), provided that the applicant has qualifying loans and subject to the availability of funds. For further information regarding this program, you may contact Human Resources Management Service at 401-459-4770.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...