Medical Technologist (Generalist Night and Evening Shift)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - San Juan, PR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 845207

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is 9 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be elected for this vacancy is in the range of 5 to 9 . The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Current permanent employees of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.

In addition to the Annual Salary : 4.20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

Tour of Duty: Rotating work shift is from 12:00 MN to 8:00 AM to include all weekends and holidays, also provides rotating coverage for evening shift (4:00 PM to 12:00 MN)

Bargaining Unit Status: Covered

Relocation Expenses Authorized: No

Relocation Incentive or Recruitment Incentive Authorized: No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship
Full unrestricted Licensure/Certification/Registration required.
Spoken and written English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required

Spoken Spanish Proficiency Language required DUTIES:
Incumbent is a Medical Technologist who works in the night shift performing emergency procedures in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Performs the full complement of specified emergency tests in the areas of chemistry, urinalysis, hematology, coagulation, serology, bacteriology and immunohematology (blood bank). Assignment mainly consists of rotating shift for the night shift. Assignment also provides coverage on the evening shift when needed. At the GS-5 to GS-7 level, you will perform similar duties but under closer supervision. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Education and/or Experience Combination: Must have 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: 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or 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 laboratorytechnology 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. (Submit Evidence)

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). The (NCA) and the (ASCP-BOR) unified to form the Board Certification (ASCP-BOC). 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. 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. (Submit Evidence)

English Language Proficiency: Medical technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Selective Placement Factors:
1. Must be proficient in spoken Spanish.

2. P.R. Medical Technologist License and current registration, required. (Submit Evidence)

GRADE DETERMINATIONS :
GS-5 (Entry level): None beyond basic requirements.

GS-7 Level: Experience: in addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 year of experience comparable to GS-5 level. In addition , the candidate must 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. OR , Education: 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. 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.

GS-9 Level: Minimum 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. In addition , candidates for GS-9 must possess either the following Experience: completion of 1 year of experience at GS-7 level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must 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. OR , 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE . VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G-24 MT Qualification Standard http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.doc

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: the work requires regular and irregular periods of sitting and/or standing, bending and walking while performing the work in the laboratory units. When required to use respirator, employee cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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. ***

Veterans' Preference: 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:
Your application, CV, 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. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 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://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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.

NOTE : Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process. For information about PBI, you may access http://www.va.gov/PBI/index.asp .
Applicant will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate .
All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT : Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment. Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation. If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database. New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.

Drug Free Workplace : This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564.Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.

THE VA CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER : If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors, which are prohibited by law.

VETPRO CREDENTIALING : Individual selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing and electronic credentialing process called VetPro. 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 VetPro. VetPro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty. The candidate selected will be provided further information on how to use VetPro.

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