Ancillary Test Coordinator/Laboratory Information Mgr
Department of Veterans Affairs - New York, NY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
843652

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.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

PLEASE NOTE:
The selectee for this position may be eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement, aka Education Debt Reduction Program

award up to the maximum limitation ($48,000) under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to availability of funding.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
This position is located within Laboratory Services at the VA Medical Center, Bath, New York.

As Ancillary Testing Coordinator (ATC),

develops and recommends policies and procedures for the procurement and service requirements for ancillary testing (testing outside the physical confines of the main laboratory as mandated by VHA)

Must have knowledge of accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements.

As Laboratory Information Manager (LIM),

develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall hospital information system (HIS).

Provides authoritative advice and consultation on the information system as they apply to the clinical laboratory

Advises all organizational levels on functions and capabilities of the LIS.

Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing and workload recording taking into account compliance principles

Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals.

In addition to the required core competencies, must demonstrate the following:

Functions:
These assignments require specialized training and experience.

Employees must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance.

They have wide latitude for exercising independent judgment.

For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Duties/Tasks

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Develops and recommends policy and procedures for the procurement and service requirements for ancillary or point-of-care testing (Testing outside the main laboratory as mandated by Handbook 1106.1) equipment and instrumentation. Ensure the appropriate correlation among different instrumentation and methodologies

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Trains and evaluates the competency of a variety of individuals (physicians, residents, nurses, patients) in the performance of ancillary testing procedures and in the reporting of test results promptly, accurately, and proficiently.

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Serves as a recognized technical expert (technical consultant or technical supervisor as mandated by CLIA) to provide authoritative advice and ancillary testing program consultation in areas of quality control/assurance, records control, proficiency testing, inspection, and accreditation to all levels of the organization.

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Evaluates ancillary testing activities to assesses ongoing day-to-day compliance with established protocols and guidelines. Recommends policy/protocol changes to correct deficiencies and improve the program.

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Creates, applies, and monitors reengineering and continuous performance improvement initiatives, both within the program and/or the organization.

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Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of the data and ensures the validity of data in relation to the test systems.

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Consults with program managers or equivalent of clinical services to identify ancillary testing needs and to analyze emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods.

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Identifies, defines, and resolves problems associated with unique or controversial aspects of the ancillary testing management program where no direct precedent exists.

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Develops technical bulletins, procedures, training materials and other program materials, which ensure accreditation and compliance with all regulatory agencies concerning patient testing, result reporting, and proficiency testing. Develops and implements corrective action when deficiencies are identified.

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Develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) or the hospital information system (HIS).

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Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording systems.

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Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals.

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Advise all organizational levels on various aspects of the functions and capabilities of the information system.

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Serves as a recognized expert to provide authoritative advice and consultation on the information system.

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Serves as the local expert for national software developers for alpha or beta testing of software packages.

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Assures laboratory information system and laboratory maintained computer interfaces are in compliance with all regulatory requirements.

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Carries out day-to-day operations related to laboratory computer use.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: A $5,000.00 recruitment or relocation incentive has been approved for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
1) U.S. citizen -

all qualified applicants must be a U.S. citizen

2) English Language Proficiency -

In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position

3) Education -

A.

A degree in

medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least:

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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;"

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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

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3 semester hours of college mathematics.

OR

B.

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

C.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates for positions involving highly technical research, development, or similarly complex scientific functions must have completed the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above.

4) Certification -

All qualified 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.

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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.

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, qualified applicants MUST also possess one of the following:

1 year of specialized experience euivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service (GS-09) performing work that is within the realm of duties described in the Major Duties section of this vacancy announcement

OR

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredted college or university

OR

A qualifying combination of education and experience totaling 100% of the minimum qualification.

Transcript/Certification Reminder

: Transcripts for any education used to qualify MUST be provided; education cannot be credited without proper documentation.

A copy of Medical Technologist certification must be provided.

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.

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

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, 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.

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.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

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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.

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