Medical Technologist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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General Job Information

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-0644-11

Agency: Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Area of Consideration: Open to the general public

Closing Date: October 18, 2012

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duration of Appointment: Continuing full time

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Opening date: October 4, 2012

Promotion Potential: There is no known promotion potential

Salary Range: $50,510 - $65,126

Tour of Duty: 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM


Brief Description of Duties: Serves as medical technologist in the histopathology laboratory at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Incumbent is responsible for processing autopsy tissue for microscopic evaluation and diagnosis. Embeds, cuts and stains autopsy tissue, smears or cell blocks for histological examination. Decalcifies bone. Prepares and processes special stains. May perform histochemical preparations, or other special diagnostic procedures as required. Freezes, cuts, and stains, tissues for rapid diagnosis. Responds to internal and external quality control and risk management inquiries, Prepares responses and makes recommendations concerning corrective or remedial actions based on problem and data analysis. Maintains quality assurance data, conducts trend analyses, identifies critical episodes or events, and reports such occurrences to appropriate authorities along with recommendations. Coordinates approved solution to quality assurance/risk management problems with appropriate offices and/or individuals within the laboratory. Remains current and develops quality control procedures for new tests as they are introduced into the laboratory and modifies existing procedures as needs change. Assesses data needed, designs data collections procedures, identifies parameters, and determines acceptable range for each parameter. Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products by designing and implementing instrument, reagent, and product check systems. Evaluates results and implements corrective actions when indicated. Establishes and maintains recordkeeping systems (e.g., specimen accession and retention, instrument maintenance, quality control samples) and monitors computerized logs, proficiency surveys, and ME cases to ensure accuracy of data. Develops and maintains the quality control portions of procedural manuals. Designs forms as necessary to comply with regulatory agency and laboratory needs. Responds to external proficiency testing programs and conducts internal proficiency testing programs. Prepares reports and responds to requests for quality control information. Reviews current literature for improved quality control procedures.


Basic Requirements: Degree: medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least: 16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology. (NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunobiology in the course title, the requirement for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following topic areas: (1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies; (2) host-antigen interactions; (3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and (4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.) The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" 16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry courses must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;" and 3 semester hours of college mathematics. OR A full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology. OR A combination of (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university. Acceptable experience is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Professional knowledge of histo-technology and medical technology principles, concepts and methodology sufficient to perform routine, non-routine, and complex analyses; and run qualify controls and implement new procedures.

Ranking Factor #2: Professional knowledge of medical technology principles, theories, practices, and methodology sufficient to perform duties connected with the development and maintenance of a quality control program for a mortuary unit and to perform a broad range of tests, including complex and non-routine analyses; run quality controls; research and implement new procedures, etc

Ranking Factor #3: Knowledge of mathematics and statistics as related to quality assurance and the processes for calculating and conferring analytical data to test results

Ranking Factor #4: Knowledge of the types of surveillance needed to monitor variables that affect quality of services and skill in evaluating and interpreting results of quality control procedures and implementing corrective action when indicated.

Ranking Factor #5: Knowledge of medicolegal and accrediting/legal agency requirements sufficient to insure that legal standards are maintained (e.g. maintaining chain of custody).

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors: This position may also require criminal and traffic background checks as well as drug testing.

Physical Effort: The work requires a high degree of manual dexterity. The work requires regular and recurrent standing to perform tests, walking between the different sections of the histopathology laboratory area, prolonged bending over microscopes, and reaching and bending to obtain supplies and operate instruments. Occasionally lifts 30 to 40 pound containers of liquid regent. Performance of duties requires manual dexterity and normal color vision.

Working Conditions: The work is performed in a histopathology laboratory. The work involves regular and recurrent exposure to hazards such as infectious materials, chemicals and electrical appliances. The technologist must wear protective clothing (such as gloves, face mask, eye protector), use safety equipment (e.g.-fume hood), and observe occupational safety and infection control rules.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Promotion Potential: There is no known promotion potential

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the

Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required

to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide

District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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