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Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: New Orleans, LA
Employment Type: Full-Time
Date Posted: 01/18/2021
Expire Date: 03/28/2021
Job Categories: Banking, Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Financial Services, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Science, Executive Management, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
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. 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.), 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, (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, AND 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, (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, AND 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. All candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a medical technologist (MT), medical laboratory scientist (MLS) or clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) given 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). English Language Proficiency. MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: 3-5 years experience as a Generalist Medical Technologist / Clinical Laboratory Scientist, including specimen testing, receipt, and processing. 1 -2 year supervisory experience in a diagnostic Pathology laboratory.
Customer service: serving as a point of contact to providers concerning testing needs, and coordinating collection and processing of new tests Grade Determinations: GS-11 Medical Technologist (Supervisory) Experience/ Education: You must have one (1) of the following.
1. One (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR Three (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. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs. Knowledge of Federal and state laws, regulations and accrediting/regulatory requirements in order to develop plans and procedures for the laboratory. 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. Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills including skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution in order to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. Ability to perform the full range of supervisory duties which includes responsibility for assignment of work, performance evaluations, selection of staff, recommendation of awards, advancements and disciplinary actions. Ability to plan, organize, set short and/or long term goals and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methods of clinical laboratory technology and operations. Preferred Characteristics and Experience: In addition to ASCP Certification and experience as Medical Technologist, the ideal candidate should have experience in Phlebotomy and Laboratory Specimen Processing. The ideal applicant should have 2 years' experience supervising individuals in a high-volume laboratory section and 2 years' experience managing a laboratory section Quality Assurance Program. The candidate should demonstrate experience in Customer Service / dealing with the public in a medical setting, scheduling staff coverage for a laboratory section, and time management skills. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24 Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 15 lbs., straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking, standing for up to 1 hour, kneeling, repeated bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing clear (aids permitted), high cognitive function and emotional stability; ability to read ordinary type without eye strain.