This position serves the phlebotomy and core laboratory sections of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service and is a Lead Medical Technician (Phlebotomist) assigned to oversee the phlebotomy support for both inpatients/outpatients and the central processing area; will be required to rotate to all phlebotomy and central processing duty stations at the VA Maine HCS campus. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive is authorized for highly qualified eligible applicants. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/14/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time, in the past 52 weeks, must also meet time-in-grade requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-6 position, you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5 grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. A Standard Form (SF)-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You must also qualify based on your experience, as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5), in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Applies Technology to Tasks Specimen Collection Technical Competence Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: 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. Physical Requirements: Physical demands may involve minimal lifting, standing, foot travel, bending, or sitting. The incumbent must have the digital dexterity and adequate vision to perform safe venipuncture procedures. Lifting will not exceed a weight of 10 pounds. The incumbent must fully utilize all safety practice and equipment provided by the medical center, and in compliance with local and accrediting agency requirements. The environment is that of a typical clinical laboratory setting in a large, multidiscipline medical center. The incumbent is expected to be familiar with and perform all duties utilizing universal precautions established for the safety of healthcare workers. The incumbent may be subject to occupational risks of infectious agents, toxic and/or caustic chemicals, needle-sticks, cuts/abrasions, electrical shock, high decibel noise levels, etc. The incumbent is required to practice appropriate biohazardous waste disposal and infection control procedures. The incumbent is required to maintain a clean and safe work environment. The incumbent must utilize safe techniques and safety equipment mandated by CAP, OSHA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the medical center. The incumbent is required to attend annual mandatory training courses related to safety, fire prevention, infectious disease prevention, and hazard notification. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, which closes on April 14, 2023 . The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be on or about November 30, 2022 with subsequent reviews every other week as additional vacancies occur, or on an as-needed basis, until positions are filled. Please see the \"What To Expect Next\" area of the announcement which provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized for highly qualified, eligible applicants. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Serves as a Work Leader of subordinate personnel performing phlebotomy and specimen processing duties. Prepares daily schedules of duty stations and monitors attendance of employees, revising schedules as needed to ensure maximum coverage of the Phlebotomy and Processing stations. Coordinates with the Phlebotomy Supervisor to assure formal orientation, training and competency programs are developed and carried out as required. Performing venipunctures associated with tolerance tests, time tests, \"stat\" tests, and routine requests throughout the Hospital. Utilizing patient identification methods. Providing customer service for those utilizing the laboratory services. Processing and accessioning in laboratory orders through VISTA. Answering telephones and referring unanswered questions to the appropriate source for correct information/assistance. Processing blood, urine, and other body fluid specimens as necessary for testing. Performing centrifugation, aliquoting, and determination of acceptable specimens and Performing other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with weekends/holidays; 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. as assigned Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Lead Medical Technician - Phlebotomy/PD402-00432-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required NOTIFICATIONS: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Interchange Agreements with Other Merit System: Employees who occupy medical or medical-related positions and were appointed under 38 U.S.C. 4701(1) or (3) [formerly 38 U.S.C. 4104 (1) and (3)] must be serving in a full-time position without time limit and have served continuously for at least one year in this other merit system to be eligible to convert to the Title 5 System. Some exceptions to this rule may apply if you have previously acquired tenure under a Title 5 appointment. This position is not a Bargaining Unit position. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees"]
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