Medical Technologist (Contracts/Assistant Laboratory Information Manager/Document Control)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Denver, Colorado
Internal Number: 675102800
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. Certification. Candidates must have either (1) or (2) or (3) 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) 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). (3) Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist. Failure to become certified within one year will result in being removed from the Medical Technologist occupation. English Language Proficiency. MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methodology of medical laboratory technology, regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medicolegal requirements and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests. b. Skill to apply new scientific/technical developments and theories to laboratory testing. c. Advanced knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologists and clinical pathology residents in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures. d. Ability to develop procedures for new tests and modify existing procedures and methods in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult situations. e. Advanced knowledge of a particular discipline or function with wide latitude for exercising sound independent judgment. Preferred Experience: Contracting and/or computer experience desirable. References: VAHANDBOOK 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: Intermittent moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending (up to 2 hours); intermittent, but possible prolonged stooping and kneeling; ability to distinguish basic colors; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; ability to read and comprehend ordinary type and computer screens; ability to hear (aid permitted)and work in an environment with constant noise; working closely with others; high cognitive function required to work in a fast paced environment with competing priorities without loss of accuracy; emotional stability required to maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations; ability to wear required to personal protective equipment as required. ["- Assists in development and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) or the hospital information system (HIS) and bar code expansion project.\n- Assists with Implementation and maintenance of coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording systems.\n- Performs interface validations for instrumentation and Vista Blood Establishment Computer Software (VBECS) for blood bank software updates.\n- Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals.\n- Advise all organizational levels on various aspects of the functions and capabilities of the information system.\n- Maintain competency to assist the key operator for P&LMS Document Control System, Voice Dictation System and Automated temperature/humidity monitoring system.\n- Ensures laboratory contracts are established, monitored, documented, funded and audited in accordance with the FAR, VISN 19 and local policies.\n- Ensures laboratory contracts are established, monitored, documented, funded and audited in accordance with the FAR, VISN 19 and local policies.\n- Acts as Contracting Officer's Representative for Laboratory Service contracts.\n- Assists Supervisors/Specialists to identify needs for all technical/instrumentation requirements; creates statement of work, sole source justification, independent government estimates, performs market research, requests funding documents according to policy and budget constraints.\n- Ensures contract quality assurance and serves as primary PLMS representative for acquisition debriefing conferences as requested by VISN 19 Contracting Office.\n- Ensures that laboratory policy and procedures are consistent with accrediting agencies standards and requirements as they relate to contracting.\n- Ensures staff awareness of how to request and order supplies and services required for normal operations of the laboratory. Serves as backup\npurchase card holder.\nOther duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 53802-O\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Jeffrey Young ((720) 723-4828 or Jeffrey.Young9@va.gov), the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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