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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Advanced Medical Technologist in Fort Harrison, Montana

Summary The Montana VA is currently recruiting for one Advanced Medical Technologist. Responsibilities The following duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Serves as a Generalist Medical Technologist responsible for coverage of the clinical disciplines of Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Blood Gases, Coagulation, Blood Bank and HgbAlc and also limited duties in the Microbiology Laboratory. Spends 25% of the time coordinating the laboratory proficiency/survey testing programs. Works with the Ancillary Testing Coordinator, pathologist and technical specialist to ensure proper and timely proficiency testing and reporting. Performs testing procedures on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual and automated techniques. In all areas, technologist prepares reagents, assembles equipment and verifies correct instrument operation. Testing duties in all disciplines require the technologist to perform, evaluate, interpret, correlate and validate the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Is responsible for recognition of all critical value results and for the effective and immediate communication of those results to the patient's provider following all required steps and documentation. Is responsible for mastering the preventive maintenance requirements for a large number of instruments and testing systems. Tech performs these duties as assigned by printed schedule. Requires thorough understanding and adherence to all safety requirements as per regulatory laws such as used in phlebotomy, proper handling of blood and body fluids, hazardous medical waste, safe chemical handling practices, etc. Provides effective and professional training to new staff members on theoretical and practical aspects of procedures in use providing demonstration of laboratory practices. Consults with newer staff regarding abnormal or unusual results and advises on course of action. Primarily performs the following Microbiology tasks: Culture set-ups, Send out processing and entry of results, EIA testing, (C.diff, O&P, Influenza, Lactoferrin), PCR testing, Gram stains for new cultures or positive blood cultures, and Negative blood culture reports. Uses only approved Biohazard level II or, as needed, level III safety protocols in the performance of tasks and adheres to all other general lab and station safety practices. Preserves, packages and forwards samples sent to reference lab for testing in a timely manner. This includes special infectious disease packaging and form completion requirements. Reviews the copious amount of survey material to be received during a year, organizing the assignments to be distributed throughout the years to various testing personal. Develops and maintains a complex proficiency testing calendar schedule. Analyzes survey results and enters survey data into the CAP website. Oversees the testing of assignments in order to have testing completed and reported to CAP by the due date. Maintains the Graded results into the lab Statistical program for review by management to keep the lab currents and in good standing with the laboratory's accreditation. Protects data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion; Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release. Assumes responsibility for care and maintenance of personal computer system used in the performance of official duties. Ensures security of data and access to system is limited to authorized users. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Duty tours will most frequently be during the evening shift Monday thru Sunday (rotating weekends and holidays) but will also be required to cover shifts as assigned 24 hours, 7 days per week; weekends, holidays and night shifts. Compressed/Flexible: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Advanced Medical Technologist/PD0000 and PD521230 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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[1]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 as described 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. Certification: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. For positions up to the GS-09 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). Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended 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. Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. English Language Proficiency: must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determination:GS-10 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, (KSAs). 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 References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Transcripts must include your name, the school's entire name, can be unofficial transcripts, must have the name of the course, date course taken, grade received for the course, amount of credits earned for the course, date degree conferred, (if applicable), (name of degree received, (if applicable). 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: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual, Vacation Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate, 4, 6 or 8 hrs per pay period based on their Federal Service years. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used to determine the annual leave rate. Credit must be requested and approved prior to appointment date and isn't guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and doesn't confer competitive status. If you can't apply online or need to fax a document that you don't have in electronic form, use the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 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. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 2 weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. For Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca/Oxford, full vaccination is 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series. For Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, full vaccination is 2 weeks after an employee has received a single dose. HR Office staff must verify your vaccination status prior to issuing a final job offer and before New Employee Orientation. New hires must show vaccination documentation and submit their completed VA FORM 10230, COVID-19 Vaccination Form, to HR staff when reporting for New Employee Orientation. HR staff will upload vaccination information in the VA Light Electronic Action Framework system. If you are unable to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination due to a legally covered exception (i.e., medical or religious reasons), VA will provide more information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request an exception. If you request an exception, you must first complete the VA FORM 10230, COVID-19 Vaccination Form, and return the form to the servicing HR Office staff within 2 business days. The HR staff will submit the exemption request form to your new supervisor for adjudication. You may receive a final offer or be appointed while your request for medical or religious exception is being adjudicated. Some positions must be adjudicated favorably prior to receiving a final offer. Please contact the HR Point of Contact listed in the JOA for more information. COVID-19 Pandemic Expanded Telework Program Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently expanding telework. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is outside the commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. You may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.