This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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: 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 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 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. 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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must meet the following grade requirements. GS-11 (a) 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. OR, (b) 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. (c) 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. Supervisory Technologist. The incumbent has full supervisory responsibility for smaller, less complex laboratories or laboratories having no GS-11 positions subordinate to the supervisor. Employees in this assignment perform the full range of supervisory duties for one or more sections of the laboratory, including responsibility for assignment of work performed; performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement and disciplinary actions; identification of continuing education and training needs. The individual ensures 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 initiates corrective action. This individual will develop policies and procedures, manage document control, develop performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements. Responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area, to include budget execution, orientation and competency assessment of assigned staff. The supervisor will maintain effective interdepartmental relations with other services in order to accomplish medical center goals. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of Federal and state laws, regulations and accrediting/regulatory requirements in order to develop plans and procedures for the laboratory. b. 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. c. Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills including skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution in order to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. d. 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. e. 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. f. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methods of clinical laboratory technology and operations. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-24 The full performance level of this vacancy is 09. Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. ["The incumbent is a qualified, experience Medical Technologist who serves as the Supervisory Medical Technologist for the Laboratory Medical Technologist and Health Technologists within the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System. Supervisory Technologist duties include the entire range of responsibilities for the day-to-day management of the Chemistry and Hematology laboratories. Major duties and responsibilities of the position: Oversees the overall function of the Laboratory to ensure optimal patient care. Acts as the technical advisor for quality control, records control, proficiency testing, inspection and accreditations for the Chemistry and Hematology laboratories. Develops and implements and documents plan for Chemistry and Hematology as part of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) effort. Performs statistical analysis (variations, standard deviations, trend analysis) on quality control and quality assurance data collected to identify, document, and take corrective action on out-of-control test results. Implements departmental operating policies by coordination Laboratory policies with other Medical Center Services. Performs quality assurance functions to ensure department commitment to patient care. This includes fill responsibility for investigations of all complaints followed up with a written report to be submitted to the complainant and monthly staff meeting. Reviews and coordinates preventative maintenance on all equipment in the Chemistry and Hematology Departments. Reviews and coordinates supply inventory to ensure adequate supplies at all times. Assigns department responsibilities for the maximum orientation and training of employees. Develops new procedures independently and as assigned by the laboratory manager. Collects, coordinates, and submits LMIP and other statistics for review by the laboratory manager. Performs Phlebotomy procedures on in patients and outpatients as needed. Acts as the Safety Officer for Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the Castle Point Campus, ensuring safety of the employees, patients and families are met. Ensures compliance with the following patient test management requirements: Detailed written or electric test requisitions, Recording system of specimens submitted that document each step-in processing and testing patient specimens. Adequate systems to report and retrieve test results in a timely, accurate, and reliable manner. Adequate systems governing the maintenance, timing, and storage of test reports. The incumbent carries out the following supervisory responsibilities: Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets priorities, and scheduled for work completion. Develops position descriptions and performance standards for the above personnel and conduct the annual performance rating of the supervisors. Serves as the approving official of performance plans and/or annual performance appraisals for the above personnel. Gives advice counsel, and instruction to supervisory personnel and other individuals on both work and administrative matters. Advises the Ancillary Careline Manager and the Chief of P&LMS on problems of the units supervised that affect other services and the impact it may have on them. Interviews candidates for the positions in P&LMS and selects for appointment. Assures that all new personnel receive both the hospital and laboratory orientation. Makes recommendations for selections, promotions, and reassignments of supervisory personnel. Counsels and resolves complaints from employees, individually or as a group when not resolved at the level of the department, such as Blood Bank, Microbiology, etc... Reviews and serious disciplinary cases of employees and disciplinary problems involving supervisory personnel. Recommends action on the more serious cases. Participates in the resolution of Union and EEO complains withing Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services. Identifies training needs of employees such as orientation training for new employees and competency re-training by consulting with section supervisor. Recommends continuing education training modules, and assures that supervisor, lead technologist, ATC, ADPAC, office personnel, and phlebotomists complete the required hours of total quality improvement requires by the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System. Recommends improvements in the overall efficiency and functioning of P&LMS and identifies ways to improve service delivery. Acts as a consultant to the ancillary careline manager regarding the effects of management decisions and their implications. Work Schedule: 12:30pm to 9:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 26164F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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