Medical Technologist - Generalist (Blood Bank)
Department Of Veterans Affairs 1,251 reviews - Gainesville, FL

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Vacancy Announcement Number (VIN): 831359 ( Include This Vacancy Announcement Number on All Documents). North Florida South Georgia Veterans Health Systems are recruiting for a Medical Technologist for Gainesville VA Medical Centers.

Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. Recruitment Incentive of $2,000 is authorized with a two(2)year service obligation agreement. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp .

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?

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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U. S. citizen to apply for this position.

Must submit and pass a security background investigation for this position

Must pass all pre-appointment drug testing and medical exam requirements.

English Language Proficiency Required.

License and OTR Certification (Required Documentation)

Must be Nationally Certified by (NAACLS-ASCP-BOR-CAP-AACC-NCA-AMT-AAB)

DUTIES:
I ncumbent is a generalist Medical technologist that is primarily based in the Blood Bank Section of the clinical laboratory. The incumbent demonstrates advanced expertise in the primary section to which he/she is assigned. The incumbent serves as a Generalist Medical Technologist in all sections of the Clinical Laboratory where emergency procedures are performed. Performs a wide range of emergency (STAT), routine and nonroutine procedures i.e., processing, chemistry, urinalysis, fee basis, hematology, blood bank, immunology and microbiology). Maintains inventories (e.g. ordering of supplies and reagents). Teaches technicians, technologists, students and housestaff regarding the duties of the Section and other generalist duties, practices and functions. Prepares reagents, controls, standards and test equipment. Solves test and procedural problems. Sets up new instrumentation. Performs STAT and routine procedures and evaluates validity of data. Operates and maintains state-of-the-art sophisticated equipment. Accurately/expeditiously performs all functions associated with Immunology, Hematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Chemistry and Blood Bank functions. Performs routine maintenance procedures and follows section protocols. Monitors and interprets quality control, evaluates results, and solves problems concerning results . Work Schedule: 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with rotating weekends & holidays.

Physical Requirement: No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc. and occasional visits to activity work sites.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Basic Requirements:
An associate 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 degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience. Must provide copy of transcript(s) with on-line or fax application.

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 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..

GS-7

(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:

OR,

(b) 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.

(c) 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 individual's 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.

(d) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

(e) Assignments. 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.

GS-9

(a) 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 (b) or (c) below:

(b) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

OR,

(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.

(d) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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.

(e) 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 treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD.

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. All applicants can verify Certification and 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. ***

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 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.

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. All applicants can verify Certification and 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. ***

REQUIREMENTS:
All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

  • Copies of Official Transcripts and Certifications must be submitted with application to be considered.
  • If Previous Federal Employee, Copies of Last SF-50 (Non-Award) SF-50 Must show Title, Series, Grade, Step, and Salary during federal employment.
  • Must submit VHA-10-2850c Application for Employment. Must be signed and dated.
  • If Military Veteran must submit Member 4 Copy of DD-214
  • Complete Full Length Resume' and CV (Not Abbreviated must include past employment with Job Descriptions and Duties)
  • OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment.
  • Concentration in Chemistry and Microbiology Preferred
Physical Requirements:
Must be able to pass a complete pre-employment physical exam

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
EVALUATION:
It is critical to the applicant evaluation that the resume contains sufficient information to support the following.

  • Responses to the vacancy-specific questions.
  • The applicant resume will be compared to responses to the vacancy-specific questions related to the position.
  • Meet the specialized experience as defined in this vacancy announcement and/or in the vacancy qualifying question(s).
If the responses to vacancy-specific questions and specialized experience are not adequately supported in the resume, applicant responses may be adjusted to reflect the information provided in the online resume and/or rated NOT QUALIFIED.

Applicants must ensure they answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect the applicant evaluation. Applicants should be aware that when answering all questions, their experience and education are subject to verification by investigation. If the applicant resume and application does not support the responses to the job specific vacancy questions and specialized experience, or if the applicant is not able to provide verifying documentation on request, it may affect the applicant evaluation or result in the applicants' name being removed from consideration.

BENEFITS:
BENEFITS:
Working for North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Medical Center offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.ASP .

OTHER INFORMATION:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
1. If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. Schedule A (Federal Employment of People with Disabilities) Acceptable Documentation: Proof of the disability, and a certification of job readiness that describes your ability to perform the essential duties of the position in which you are interested from either: a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U. S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); -OR- any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U. S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. The proof of disability and certification of job readiness may come from the same entity listed above.

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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account

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