Medical Technologist (Quality Management Technologist/Education Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fresno, California, California
Internal Number: 745416000
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(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. 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 in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above. 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 currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determination: GS-11 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, 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. 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 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-644, Veterans Health Administration, May 12, 2014. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform light lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs., reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, intermittent walking and standing for up to 6 hours in a shift, intermittent bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and shade of colors, hearing (hearing aid permitted), emotional stability; ability to work closely with others and ability to work irregular hours. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. ["The incumbent is a qualified, experienced, licensed Medical Technologist who serves as the Quality Management Technologist for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) of VA Central California Health Care System (VA CCHCS) and affiliated Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). The programs for which this individual is responsible include, but are not limited to, the Performance Improvement/Quality Assessment Program, and Compliance Programs sponsored by the Service. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 1. Plan and schedule on going work. Adjust staffing levels or work procedures. 2. Day to day supervision of moderately and highly complex test performance. 3. Recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, gives advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates. 4. Responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance. 5. Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications. 6. Assures orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff. 7. Develops and updates technical policy and procedure manuals. 8. Applies continuous quality improvement processes to section oversight. Implements and monitors quality management activities; designs quality improvement monitors, review data and implements requirements for change or improvements. 9. Ensures all staff and affiliate staff are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies. 10. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level. 11. Perform full range of supervisory duties. Recommend appointment, plan and assign work, gives advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates. 12. Assures section meets standards of accreditation agencies such as College of American Pathologists, Joint Commission, FDA and other VA inspecting entities. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm, Subject to change based on the needs of the agency. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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