Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist (Advanced Staff Technologist) Lake City VAMC in Lake City, Florida

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Lake City, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819268

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?


Please read the announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents. All documents requiring signature must be signed and dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete. Resume' or CV must include the vacancy announcement number, position title, grade, how to contact you, descriptions of jobs held including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date, (month and year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make any assumptions regarding your experience.

ATTENTION: Current, permanent North Florida/South Georgia VHS employees should apply under job announcement GF-16-KRD-1771911-BU on the NF/SG VHS intranet.


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This job opportunity announcement (JOA) will be used to fill one (1) Medical Technologist (Advanced Staff technologist) GS-0644-10 vacancy at the Lake City VAMC, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS), Lake City, FL.

WORK SCHEDULES: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Rotating Weekends and holidays).

RELOCATION EXPENSES:Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this vacancy.

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.

VA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. VA will make reasonable accommodations for qualified job applicants and employee with disabilities.


Position Overview:

The incumbent is a generalist that works primarily in the Chemistry section of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, with rotating weekends and holidays.

MTs at this level perform more complex laboratory functions. Duties may include specific targeted laboratory responsibilities or projects such as laboratory safety officer, analyzer specialist, or quality control file maintenance. Duties may include, but are not limited to, any of the following: serves as primary operator on new test systems, assumes responsibility to maintain operations including preventive maintenance and training of technicians and technologists on the operation of the new test systems; assists in writing procedures and other documents as directed; oversight of the clinical training experiences of technical and professional level technologist or technician training programs in order to fulfill educational and professional requirements (where training programs exist); provides technical training and guidance to students, residents, staff and other employees; recommends updated guidelines and policies in compliance with regulatory requirements for non-routine or complex assignments; coordinates the laboratory competency program; and coordinates the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) laboratory proficiency/survey program.

Major duties:

  • Prepares automated analyzers for operation, including daily/weekly/monthly maintenance, reagent handling and inventory, calibration, quality control analysis and troubleshoots analytical problems to ensure timely and accurate results.

  • Performs and documents quality control results and corrective actions related to the test performance. Evaluates quality control data using sound statistical principles.

  • Performs laboratory tests efficiently to meet turnaround time requirements. Communicates effectively with providers and allied health professionals. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity and sensitivity. Recognizes deviations from expected results, differentiating between abnormalities caused by disease, analyzer malfunction and compromised specimens.

  • Serves as analyzer specialist, responsible for a large scale automated analytical instrument system. Establishes and validates new instruments and test methodologies with minimal supervision. Troubleshoots the more complex analytical issues.

  • Provides clinical training and evaluation of medical technology students. Provides technical training to new hires, residents and cross-trains current employees.

  • Coordinates inventory for automated analyzers. Tracks reagent usage, orders reagents and consumables and monitors expiration dates of supplies.

  • Uses knowledge of word processing and data spreadsheets to generate reports for the supervisor.

  • Coordinates with Supervisor and Lead Technologist to assess laboratory performance to ensure compliance with accrediting agency standards.

Gathers and prepares data for Performance Improvement projects.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • MT, MLS, or CLS certification by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.(REQUIRED)


U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologist must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

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.).


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.


(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,


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.


(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,


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.

Foreign Graduates: Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above. This finding may be based on either of the following:

(1) A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree.

(2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Certification: Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

(1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

(2) For positions up to the full performance level, 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) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Grade Determination for GS-10 (Advanced Staff Technologist):

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.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques.

  2. Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems.

  3. Knowledge of the application of laboratory regulatory requirements.

  4. Ability to provide or coordinate staff development and training.

Assignments:MTs at this level generally have a higher level of professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large-scale automated analytical instrument system; a specific area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, laboratory safety, quality control review, new method development or employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on alternate tours ofduty. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.



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: 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.

Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting, 15 – 44 pounds, ability to distinguish basic colors, moderate carrying, 15 – 44 pounds, hearing aids permitted, standing (6 hours), and good distance vision in one eye.

ATTENTION: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

REFERENCE: The Functional Statement (FS) is available to view at the Office of Human Resources, 1601 Southwest Archer Road, Trailer T-11, Gainesville, Florida during the duration of this posting. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WORK SCHEDULES: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4*:00* p.m. (Rotating Weekends and holidays).

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
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:

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.

Other Information

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: $53,925.00 to $70,103.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-10/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 452621000

Job Announcement Number: GF-17-RLD-1819268-BU