The incumbent serves as the Supervisory Medical Technologist for Client Services at Central Alabama Health Care System (CAVHCS), for all CAVHCS procurement sites. CAVHCS Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers clinical laboratory services and is responsible for the overall supervision of Client Services. The Supervisory Technologist is under the direct supervision of the Assistant Laboratory Manager. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and/or Experience Combination: (1) A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.), AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 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. OR, (2) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. OR, (3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. Certification. All candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a medical technologist (MT), medical laboratory scientist (MLS) or clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), or American Medical Technologists (AMT). Preferred Experience: Leadership Experience: Minimum of one (1) year of demonstrated progressive responsibilities in a leadership role that prepared applicant for responsibilities of position. Grade Determinations: GS-11 Medical Technologist (Supervisory) Experience/ Education: You must have one (1) of the following.1. One (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled.OR2. Three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Applicants must demonstrate the following KSAs. a. Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methodology of medical laboratory technology, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medico legal requirements and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests. b. Skill to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing. c. Advanced knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologists and clinical pathology residents in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures. d. Ability to develop procedures for new tests and modify existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations. e. Advanced knowledge of a particular discipline or function with wide latitude for exercising sound independent judgment. In addition to the requirements above, the candidate must also demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of Federal and state laws, regulations and accrediting/regulatory requirements in order to develop plans and procedures for the laboratory. b. Knowledge of laboratory quality management procedures and principles sufficient to establish and monitor a laboratory quality management program and/or education and training of laboratory staff. c. Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills including skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution in order to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. d. Ability to perform the full range of supervisory duties which includes responsibility for assignment of work, performance evaluations, selection of staff, recommendation of awards, advancements and disciplinary actions. e. Ability to plan, organize, set short and/or long term goals and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. f. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methods of clinical laboratory technology and operations. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: This work is primarily sedentary but include periods of prolonged walking and routine travel to perform site visits. Extensive reading may be required. ["Duties include but not limited to: You will be expected to travel between campuses and CBOCs for this position. Travel to Columbus, GA will be required no less than 2 times per week for supervisory coverage. Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the departments, with periodic visits to off-sites, prepares work schedules that include a fair and equitable rotation of weekends and holidays, tour of duty changes and assigned duties to subordinates to assure efficient and timely performance of all specimen procurement procedures. Responsible for the management of an assigned T&L and communicates with other section supervisors and management as necessary to assure adequate laboratory coverage. Assures that all employees under his/her supervision are aware of and abide by the appropriate hospital and laboratory safety regulations. Responsible for insuring employees maintain a clean work area. Plans work to be accomplished, sets short and long-term goals; assigns work based on priorities, instructs employees on work and administrative matters. Assists employees in obtaining continued education and determines their training and competency needs. Establishes and monitors the quality of pre-analytic processes and initiates corrective actions as needed. Provides coordination/communication regarding in-house, outpatient and CBOC blood draws, specimen delivery, preparation, storage, reference lab shipping requirements and courier services. Responsible for the expedition of emergency and special requests and assessment of the quality and quantity of specimens submitted. Assures that all specimens are processed in a timely and efficient manner with minimum amount of errors Ensures rapid processing and delivery of reference laboratory STAT samples, timely follow up on delayed results and verbal notification and rapid computer entry of STAT results. In collaboration with the Laboratory Manager or designee, establishes policies and procedures within the sections that comply with the guidelines of appropriate regulatory and accrediting agencies (i.e., TJC, CAP, etc.) and CAVHCS policy. Assures that all standards of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) are practiced at all times in the section and that the section will qualify for accreditation by CAP. Develops procedures for processing specimens effectively and accurately for tests performed at CAVHCS as well as those sent to reference laboratories. Develops and maintains procedure manuals for all procedures and policies in the section. Maintains an up-to-date Specimen Procurement section in the CAVHCS PLMS Handbook and SharePoint, to be reviewed and updated annually. Obtains appropriate approval of high cost reference test by lab manager or chief of service prior to submission to reference labs; aids in controlling expenditures of appropriate funds. Ensures activities associated with process improvement, customer service, data driven decision making, or team driven change are accomplished. The Laboratory Manager along with the Chief, P&LMS, set the overall objectives and availability of resources and consult with the supervisory technologist in developing deadlines, new processes, and efficient ways to get the work done. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Subject to change based on agency needs.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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