Department Of Veterans Affairs - Albany, NY

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Vacancy ID: 845092

OUR MISSION: 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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation. DUTIES:

This position is located within the Clinical Laboratory Service at the Stratton Veterans Medical Center in Albany, NY. Serving as a Histotechnologist, you will be responsible for the activities of the anatomic pathology (histology) section of the laboratory and perform work associated with specimen preparation.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
Receiving all requests and specimens for testing, entering the specimens into the computer accession file;

Embedding, sectioning, staining, and cover slipping of all specimens;

Performing routine and special stains requested by the Pathologist;

Performing frozen section preparations;

Assisting the Pathologist with surgical gross description and processing;

Performing advanced staining techniques that are often complex, difficult and non-standard;

Researching state-of-the-art methods and advancing technology in testing and staining procedures;

Reviewing written procedures of all tests performed and updates them to reflect needed changes;

Assisting in the quality improvement and quality control programs to ensure that department policies meet the requirements of regulatory and accrediting agencies such as CAP, JCAHO and OSHA;

Consulting with physicians and medical staff about specimens submitted, giving instruction on proper handling of specimens;

Conducting on-the-job training for all histopathology technicians and students;

Assisting in autopsies as needed;

Performing other related duties, as assigned.

Work Schedule: Intermittent. NOTE : Intermittent employment is defined as non-fulltime employment in which employees serve under an excepted or competitive service appointment without a regularly scheduled tour of duty. A position with an intermittent work schedule is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advance.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level you must meet one of the following requirements:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level with responsibilities related to the work of a Histopathology Technician. Specialized experience for this position is anatomical pathology technician work in (a) cutting and staining very thin sections of human tissue specimens for microscopic examinations and/or (b) testing and examining body fluids, etc for abnormalities in cell structure. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your Resume' and/or OF-612 and must include job title, duties, month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. ~OR~

One year full year of graduate level education with course work that is directly related to the work of a Histopathology Technician. Such graduate courses may have included clinical pathology, clinical chemistry, hematology, diagnostic microbiology, etc. Your overall education must indicate the ability to perform the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college, or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~OR~

Equivalent combinations of related graduate level education and specialized experience. You must submit unofficial transcripts with your application. Education must have been obtained in an accredited college, or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Knowledge of professional histology principles and practices performed in a clinical laboratory setting.

Knowledge and ability to properly use laboratory equipment and supplies.

Knowledge of laboratory safety regulations.

Ability to identify tissue types and elements microscopically.

Ability to work efficiently and independently within established guidelines.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work of this position requires regular and recurrent standing to operate various pieces of equipment, walking between different sections of the laboratory, and reaching and bending to obtain supplies and specimens and to operate instruments. Occasionally lifts heavy containers of reagents. Manual dexterity is necessary to perform intricate procedures and to repair and operate equipment.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available. BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: 113 Holland Ave
Albany, NY 12208

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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