Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist (Technical Specialist) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN: 1817619)

Amended the extension for the closing date from 10/21/16 to 10/28/16.

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?

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?

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.

This position is located with the Pathology and Laboratory Department at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DC VAMC). This position requires rotating weekends and holidays.

The DC VAMC is one of the most visible and dynamic facilities in the VA system. This tertiary care teaching facility provides acute general and specialized services in medical, neurology, psychiatry as well as offering a nursing home care unit. The medical center also oversees a satellite Substance Abuse Clinic and three Veteran Centers.

The Medical Center's staff of over 2,000 provides care to veterans residing in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland treating over 50,000 veterans and over 500,000 outpatient visits each year. The DC VAMC is affiliated with four medical centers: The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and many other colleges and universities in the following areas: pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, biomedical engineering, dietetics, social work, nursing and medical center management.

Special Employment Consideration: 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.**


The incumbent serves as the Medical Technologist Technical Specialist in the Mycobacteriology/Mycology Unit of the Microbiology Section. She/he works independently to accomplish work in the unit. The duties and responsibilities of Medical Technologist Specialist are the following:

  • Establish standards and develops or modifies standard operating procedures for the section.
  • Coordinate quality control programs and assures compliance with the proficiency testing program in the unit.
  • Plan and conducts training for medical technicians and medical technologists.
  • Prepare and maintain a current procedure manual for all tests performed in the Mycobacteriology/Mycology section.
  • Reviews all the results of the Mycobacteriology/Mycology Lab for accuracy as required by CAP; detects and corrects error in accordance with laboratory policies, including notification of the lab supervisor and clinician as appropriate.
  • Solve testing problems, develops new solution to testing problems, and performs newer/more complex test and examination.
  • Supervise the overall operation of the lab, including specimen handling, performance of all tests, reporting of results, quality control and performance improvement.

Work Schedule: Full-Time Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm with rotating weekends, and emergency call schedule coverage will be required.

Functional Statement: Medical Technologist GS-0644-11

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency (Required)


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Certification. All candidates must currently possess certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). (COPY REQUIRED)

Minimum Requirements. Appointment or promotion to the GS-11 level requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

Experience.Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled.


Education.Must have 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.

Assignments.These assignments require specialized training and experience and have wide latitude for exercising independent judgment. Employees must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance. 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.

Technical Specialist.The incumbent serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge. Examples include, but are not limited to molecular/ deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)/genetic testing, bone marrow examination, and flow cytometry. Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of specialized testing, including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. Advises on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnoses. Analyzes emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods and testing. Applies policies, precedents, regulatory, licensing and accrediting requirements to establish, monitor and maintain the specialized testing. The technical specialist often works independently and is given freedom of action under the general guidance of a pathologist or other laboratory practitioner. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methodology of medical laboratory technology, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medicolegal 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 judgement.


References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G24, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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:The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 20 lbs, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking, standing for up to 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted), clear, high cognitive function and emotional stability; ability to read ordinary type without strain.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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: $63,900.00 to $79,443.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452615700

Job Announcement Number: FQ-17-SP-1817619-HT38-BU