Southern charm, hospitality and history imbue Charleston, one of the most well-preserved cities in the United States.
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865933
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves more than 53,000 veterans in 22 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline in our main Medical Center or one of six community-based outpatient clinics. The main Medical Center provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient primary and mental health care to low country veterans who require more than 659,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The 117 bed hospital currently operates 96 beds and a 28 bed nursing home unit. Charleston VAMC supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston , Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-9. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2013. HOWEVER, THE FIRST CUT-OFF DATE FOR ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES WILL BE APRIL 8, 2013, WITH SUBSEQUENT CUT-OFF DATES EVERY 7 WORKDAYS UNTIL FILLED. ONCE SELECTIONS ARE MADE, THIS ANNOUCEMENT CAN BE CLOSED WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.
U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
English Language Proficiency required
Background/Security Investigation required DUTIES:
This is positon is located in our Pathology & Laboratory Service in Charleston, SC.
Performs a full range of standardized tests and analyses of human sera and fluids. Technologist will either be assigned to one division, performing all tests within the division; or rotate through all divisions, performing all stat tests and many routine tests in each division. Recognizes discrepancies in test results, particularly laboratory errors or mistakes and medical improbabilities. Takes necessary corrective action with supervisory assistance, if needed. Recognizes test results that are so abnormal that immediate treatment of the patient may be necessary. Performs all necessary quality control functions as described by laboratory policy and as dictated by accrediting agencies.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Tour of Duty: 4:00pm - Midnight
Link to Full Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE :
A Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate does not qualify for this position .
a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States .
b. Education and/or Experience Combination. An associates 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 associates degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.
c. 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).
(1) Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for 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.
(2). Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists."
Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements. Reference basic requirements in paragraph 2.b. above. Candidates must demonstrate the following:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Knowledge of common nuclear medicine procedures and techniques.
2. Knowledge of the various diseases such as coronary artery disease, cancer, and thyroid disease.
3. Knowledge of routinely used radiopharmaceuticals for imaging.
4. Knowledge of radiation safety related to the general public, patient, and radiation worker.
(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Education. A bachelors 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.
In addition , the candidate must also demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of professional medical technology principles, practices, concepts, and theories.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement.
3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair.
4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments.
5. Skill in informatics and processes, and the ability to communicate effectively electronically, orally, and in writing.
Assignment . Duties and responsibilities may include any combination of those found at the GS-9 grade level; however, individuals in these assignments work under closer supervision and are not given the freedom of action typically found at the higher level.
Minimum Requirements. Appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level requires a bachelors 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. In addition, candidates for GS-9 must possess either (b) or (c) below:
b) Completion of 1 year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level equivalent to the GS-7 level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.
c) Education. 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.
The candidate must also demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement providing for sound independent work.
3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.
4. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
5. Ability to interpret and apply complex written instructions.
6. Ability to communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.
Assignment. This is considered the full performance level for nonsupervisory positions. An MT/CLS at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), molecular biology, coagulation, flow cytometry, genetics, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), mycology, parasitology, serology, urinalysis, and virology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatmentof patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.
Physical Requirements. See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Directive and Handbook 5019 Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standard http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf dated March 17, 2006.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, sitting and bending over equipment, light to moderate lifting and can be extremely stressful.
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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.
Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational requirements if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS. This finding may be based on any of the following:
1. A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individuals foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree. 2. A letter from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), or the American Medical Technologists (AMT) stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination, or documentation from any other recognized organization that evaluates education.
New appointees will be required to serve a probationary/trial period of one year.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicant's responsibility: It is the applicant's responsiblity to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can isit http://www.va.gov/pbi to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.
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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
Drug Testing Designated position: In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.
Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergo an electronic credentialing process called Vet Pro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using Vet Pro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use Vet Pro.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodatino will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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