The Supervisory Medical Technologist will serve as the Department Supervisor for the laboratory section of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, reporting to the Laboratory Manager and must be a Medical Technologist able to work independently and manage multiple assignments in an efficient and accurate manner. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a. Certification: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS give by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Education and/or Experience Combination: 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 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 (2) 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 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 (5) 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations for GS-12: Experience: Must have one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11), which is directly related to the position to be filled. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): In addition to the experience or education requirement above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of Federal and state laws and regulations, laboratory accrediting and regulatory requirements in order to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation. 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. Knowledge of, and ability to, provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff; recommendation of awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions. Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation. Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget. Ability to set short and/or long-term goals for the section and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. Preferred Experience: Three (3) years of Supervisory experience, Lead experience or Quality Management experience as a Medical Technologist. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational and Health Services ["The assignments of the Supervisory Medical Technologist 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. The duties of the Supervisory Medical Technologist include, but are not limited to the following: Responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance; assures corrective action is initiated. Assures the orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff. Develops and updates technical policy and procedure manuals. Ensures all staff and affiliate staffs are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level. Plans and schedules on-going work. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures. Collaborates in laboratory scheduling process. Chooses methods for achieving work goals, objectives, and management strategies. Day-to-day supervision of highly complex test performance. Responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance. Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications. Assures orientation, training, and competency assessment of staff. Implements and monitors quality management activities. Performs the full range of supervisory duties; recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, gives advice and counsel, and evaluates work of subordinates. 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. Responsible for section technical procedures (content, format, update). Implements and maintains an inventory program to ensure adequate supplies within quality control and administrative guidelines. Ability to use scientific knowledge and apply highly technical skills in all areas of the laboratory and to read, interpret, evaluate and judge the reliability of test results accurately and to evaluate modify and introduce advanced test procedures into use in the laboratory. Comprehensive quality management knowledge of federal acquisition regulations (FAR) and maintains COR training and certification. Initiates required documents for COR nomination, new laboratory contracts for supplies and services. Tracks contract funding, payments and follows up on audit discrepancies; informs the Laboratory Manager of any unexpected changes in contracting needs or funding in a timely manner to avoid ratifications, as much as it is in the Service's ability. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm, with rotating weekends and holidays Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 51613A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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