Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Birmingham, Alabama
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
7 vacancies in the following location:
- Birmingham, AL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Saturday 7/16/2016 (100 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1741410
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 Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama. The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually. The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.
Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education. For more information on the Department of Veteran Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.
The Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) is currently recruiting for full-time Medical Technologist's. The BVAMC is one of the facilities in the VA Southeast Health Care Network (VISN 7).
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.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.
NOTE: If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire). If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line). Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).
If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.
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Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS;) provides laboratory testing and professional consultation to Medical, Surgical, Open Heart, Neurology, Blind Rehabilitation, Primary Care Clinics, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), Community Services Program (CSP), and Research Programs, as well as limited laboratory testing for the Tuscaloosa and Montgomery VA Medical Centers. These laboratory test results are utilized by physicians in conjunction with a pertinent history and physical examination to detect, diagnose, and treat disorders and are used in routine maintenance of good health.
Incumbent serves as a Medical Technologist in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, which provides acute tertiary medical and surgical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Incumbent carries out the day to day operations in the Clinical Laboratory: Chemistry, Blood Bank, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, and Microbiology. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. The incumbent develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision.
GS-7: Employees at this level serve in an entry level Medical Technologist (MT) career development position practicing under close supervision of an MT at or above the GS-9 full performance level.
GS-9: This is considered the full performance level for nonsupervisory positions. A Medical Technologist (MT) at this level carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, and immunohematology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public in a professional, courteous and effective manner.
Work Schedule: Selected candidates must be available to work either 3:30pm to Midnight or Midnight to 8:00am.
Functional Statement Title/#:
Medical Technologist, GS-7 / # FS-360
Medical Technologist, GS-9 / # FS-361
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Citizen of the United States
- Education and/or Experience combination
Basic Requirements: * - U.S. citizenship:* Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy - 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- have completed a medical technology clinical practice program. * 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- successful completion of 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- 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- successful completion of 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:* Qualified candidates will have either (1) or (2): (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. * -OR-* (2) For positions up to the full performance level (GS-9), candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to: chemistry (C/SC); hematology (H/SH); microbiology (M/SM); molecular biology (MB/SMB); and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e.g., an individual with a chemistry (C/SC) certification can only perform duties in chemistry). - English Language Proficiency: MT's must be proficient in spoken and written English. - Creditable Experience: For positions at or above the full performance level, GS-9, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment. Experience is only creditable if its equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled. - Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's): In addition to the experience and/or education listed above in the basic requirements, qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate the following KSA's to reach the full performance level, GS-9: 1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work. 2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems. 3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation. 4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments. 5. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results. 6. Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions. 7. Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
Preferred Experience: Preferred candidates will have experience as a certified Medical Technologist.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standard.
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: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Grade Requirements: - Creditable Experience: For positions at or above the full performance level (GS-9), the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7), and is directly related to the position being filled. - Part-time Experience: Part time experience as a MT is creditable according to its relationship to the full time work week. For example, a MT would receive one week of full time credit (40 hours per week) for each 2 weeks of half time (20 hours per week) work. - Graduate Education: Graduate education and graduate degrees may be substituted as specified at each grade level. Education must have been from an accredited college or university in a field related to MT (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, immunohematology, biological science, physiology, allied health education, health systems administration, infection control and preventive medicine), which was accredited at the time the candidate completed the program.
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: * - GS-7 Medical Technologist, Entry Level*:
Experience: none beyond the basic requirements listed within this announcement. * - GS-9 Medical Technologist, Full Performance Level:*
Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR-
Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $42,242.00 to $65,719.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0644-07/09
Promotion Potential: 09
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 443451200
Job Announcement Number: OB-16-RB-1741410-PATH-EX-BU