Supervisory Medical Technologist/Ancillary Testing Coordinator, GS-0644
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Biloxi, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 836340 (Include # on all documents)

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) TAG: VacancyID

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 Mississippi Gulf Coast is a great place to live and work! You’ll find picturesque, white-sand beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico, exciting, fun-filled outdoor activities to include boating, fishing and championship golf courses, taste-tantalizing cuisine, plentiful shopping, and must-see cultural attractions. Mississippi’s Gulf Coast also features unlimited stakes gaming, top-name entertainment, and spectacular stage shows you won’t want to miss. With a unique combination of attractions that will please everyone, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is undoubtedly "the" place to live and work!

The VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (VAGCVHCS) is a multi-divisional health care system based in Biloxi, Mississippi spanning the Gulf Coast to include the following Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Mobile, AL, Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, and Panama City, Florida. Acute inpatient medical and surgical care, primary, specialty outpatient care, long-term care, blind rehabilitation, as well as inpatient and outpatient mental health services are provided at the Biloxi campus. Over 200,000 veterans reside in our service area. The VAGCVHCS has affiliation agreements with three medical schools and numerous associated health programs. We support resident training in cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, radiology, and dental programs, as well as a general thoracic fellowship. The residents rotate from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more .

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:
(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position (GS-07). The duties listed are not meant to be all-inclusive, but are merely intended to be illustrative of the nature of the work to be performed by a person in this position.)

The incumbent is a qualified, experienced Medical Technologist who serves as a Supervisory Medical Technologist/Ancillary Testing Coordinator for the Diagnostic Medicine Service (DMS). The incumbent participates with the Chief DMS, Laboratory Director, and staff pathologists in planning policies, adopting procedures and resolving problems, which concern the entire laboratory unit and is responsible for performing a variety of duties to include, but not limited to, assisting in the overall operation, administration and supervision of the Clinical Laboratory; providing direct supervision to employees performing a variety of duties in support of the Safety and Occupational Health Program, the Gulf Coast VA Health Care Systems; serving as an active member of the DMS Management Team; making decisions on work problems; collaborating with other supervisors to negotiate, decide on, and/or coordinate work-related changes affecting the laboratory and other units; advising the Chief, DMS and other management officials on the problems of any section and the impact; performing a variety of laboratory procedures, including complex analyses and infrequently requested non-standard tests, evaluating abnormal results, using and maintaining equipment and setting up and monitoring quality control programs; serving as a technical specialist and section supervisor; reviewing serious disciplinary cases and problems; coordinating leave requests to assure coverage and making reassignments of available personnel where personnel are needed in the laboratory; evaluating technical personnel; providing for proper on-the-job training; recommending policies, which will promote the most efficient and accurate operation and best serve patient care; and reviewing send-outs for inclusion in the laboratory’s battery of tests.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Weekend work may be required based on staffing and medical center needs.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Recruitment Incentives: Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.

Note: This position’s initial duty station is Biloxi, Mississippi; however the duty station, based upon the needs of the health care system, may require the individual to work from other facilities (e.g. Mobile Outpatient Clinic, Alabama; Eglin Outpatient Clinic, Florida; Joint Ambulatory Care Center, Pensacola, Florida and Panama City Outpatient Clinic, Florida). QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify for this position , applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education and/or Experience Combination. 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: (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’s degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

c. 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).

d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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

In addition to the basic requirements the following criteria must be met:

GS-11: Employees in this assignment perform the full range of supervisory duties for one or more sections of the laboratory, including responsibility for assignment of work performed; performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions; identification of continuing education and training needs. The individual assures compliance with accrediting agency and regulatory requirements; establishes and monitors the quality of the pre-analytical processes as part of the overall laboratory quality management program, and assures corrective action is initiated as needed. The supervisor assures orientation and competency of assigned staff.

Your resume will be evaluated against the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. You do not need to respond separately to each KSA listed above. Make certain your resume accurately reflects your KSAOS.

1. Advanced knowledge and understanding of regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medico legal requirements and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests.

2. Knowledge and skill sufficient to apply standard medical technology techniques to conduct a variety of difficult and complex test systems.

3. Ability to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing.

4. Knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologists in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures.

5. Knowledge to develop procedures for new tests, and modify existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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

If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

References: The above is an excerpt from the qualification standards printed in the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Qualification Standards for Medicine Technologist Series, GS-644, and VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-24, Medicine Technologist, Series GS-644. For the full text, see the Handbook on file in the Human Resources Management Service.

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm .

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 .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration for employment. . 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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . 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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