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Supervisory Medical Technologist

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Veterans Health AdministrationDecatur, GA
  • SummaryThis 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.
  • The publicU.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.Clarification from the agencyOpen to Current , Permanent Department of Veteran Affairs Employees and the Public.
  • This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2022.
  • The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be August 1, 2022, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month.
  • Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.
  • VideosHelpDutiesThe Atlanta VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for Supervisory Medical Technologist fort the Pathology and Laboratory Clinic.
  • The incumbent at this level has full supervisory responsibility for a large staff of nonsupervisory personnel, including GS-9 and GS-11 MTs, and at least 1 subordinate team leader or supervisor at the next lower grade level.
  • The incumbent provides first line supervision to staff in one or more laboratory sections.
  • The incumbent receives general assignments from the supervisor & Laboratory leadership.
  • The incumbent is responsible for full coordination and informing the laboratory manager or Core Lab Supervisor of major problems and decisions in the assigned lab section.
  • Subsequent findings and recommendations are used by the Lab Manager, Clinical Pathology Director or Service Chief for decision-making.
  • The incumbent is directly accountable to the Path & Lab Chief, Laboratory Manager and & Core Lab Supervisor as applicable.
  • The incumbent works independently.
  • Much of the incumbent's responsibilities are self-initiated, such as identifying and correcting problems, and identifying ways of improving the efficiency of the service.
  • Duties/Tasks Plans and schedules on-going work.
  • Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures.
  • Chooses methods for achieving work goals, objectives, and management strategies.
  • Day-to-day performance and supervision of highly complex test performance.
  • Is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance.
  • Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications.
  • Assures orientation, training, and competency assessment of staff.
  • Implements and monitors quality management activities.
  • Performs the full range of supervisory duties.
  • Recommends appointment, plans, and assigns work, gives advice and counsel, and evaluates work of subordinates.
  • Creates, applies, and monitors reengineering and continuous performance improvement initiatives, both within the program and/or the organization.
  • Identifies, defines, and resolves issues associated with complex aspects of the data and ensures the validity of data in relation to the test systems.
  • Develops technical bulletins, procedures, training materials and other program materials, which ensure accreditation and compliance with all regulatory agencies concerning patient testing, result reporting, and proficiency testing.
  • Develops and implements corrective action when deficiencies are identified.
  • Holds COR certification and functions as the subject matter expert for all department's contracts.
  • Reconcile vendor charges in Integrated Fund Distribution, Control Point Activity, Accounting and Procurement (IFCAP) within the timeframe established in VHA Handbook 1730:1.
  • Work Schedule: 07:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (May include requirement for weekend & Off Hour responsibilities) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
  • Functional Statement #: 51842F Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Authorized, contacts Tran Brunsberg,
  • or Lena Gowder,
  • Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredHelpRequirementsConditions of EmploymentYou must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this jobAll 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.Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • QualificationsBasic 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.
  • 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: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.
  • A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.
  • Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. NOTE: 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).
  • This appointment may not be extended.
  • For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified in accordance with paragraph 2d(1) above.
  • Failure to Obtain Certification.
  • In all cases, MTs must actively pursue meeting prerequisites for certification from the date of their appointment.
  • At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the MT with the written requirement to obtain certification, the date by which the certification must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline.
  • Failure to become certified within one year from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0644 MT series.
  • Grade Determinations: GS-12 Medical Technologist (Supervisory) The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
  • Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11), which is directly related to the position to be filled.
  • The incumbent has full supervisory responsibility in a complexity index group 1 laboratory or in a complexity index group 2 laboratory that performs at least 1 million Standard Billable Tests annually (reported to the Laboratory Management Index Program).
  • The incumbent supervises a large staff of nonsupervisory personnel including at least one GS-11 subordinate.
  • Recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, provides advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates.
  • The supervisor is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance and irritate corrective action.
  • Verifies orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff.
  • Develops and updates technical policies and procedure manuals.
  • Ensures all staff and affiliate staff are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies.
  • Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level.
  • This individual manages document control, develops performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements, and is responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area to include budget execution.
  • The supervisor will maintain effective interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals.
  • In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:Knowledge of Federal and state laws and regulations, laboratory accrediting and regulatory requirements in order to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to, provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff; recommendation of awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions.
  • Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers.
  • Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget.
  • Ability to set short and/or long term goals for the section and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc.
  • References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 Physical Requirements: Ability to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and following practices and regulations governing bio-safety and bio-security in the workplace.
  • See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
  • 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.
  • For further information, visit: informationReceiving Service Credit or 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.
  • Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience.
  • This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
  • Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
  • 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.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.)
  • , subject to such exceptions as required by law.
  • If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date.
  • The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • Read moreHelpA career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
  • HelpA career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

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