The incumbent has full supervisory responsibilities in the Pathology and Laboratory Service at the VA Portland Health Care System, a Complexity-Index Group 1 laboratory, performing 3 million standard billable tests annually. The incumbent directly supervises a staff of highly specialized, nonsupervisory GS-12 Medical Technologists, which includes Laboratory Information Managers and Ancillary Testing Coordinators. The incumbent serves as Acting Laboratory Manager. 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. 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: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-12 (a) 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. (b) Assignments. 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. Candidates at this grade level are in one of the following assignments: Supervisory Technologist. 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: a. 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. 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. 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. d. Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation. e. Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. f. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget. g. 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. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Preferred Experience: ASCP certification for CLS/MT References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72 PART II APPENDIX G24The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["Functions: The Deputy Lab Manager / Quality and Safety Manager serves at a large, active, university-affiliated medical center with comprehensive and complex laboratory services and has full supervisory responsibility for highly specialized GS-12 personnel. Serves as Acting Laboratory Manager in the Lab Manager's absence. The incumbent requires an advanced level of knowledge of complex and specialized subject matter extending beyond the duties of laboratory test performance. Incumbent has wide latitude for exercising independent judgement. Duties / Tasks: - Responsible for designing, establishing, maintaining, evaluating, and reporting of a comprehensive Quality Management program for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service which meets the requirements of the Joint Commission, CAP, AABB, FDA, VHA and the VISN 20 Quality Program. This includes representing Lab Management on all Clinical Laboratory issues pertaining to quality improvement during accrediting agency, federal, state, and VHA inspections.\n- Maintains membership on Hospital and Network committees as appropriate: Patient Safety, Quality Management, and Facility Safety.\n- Provides oversight, guidance, and advice in the development of required Quality Assurance monitors. Conducts regular focused reviews and presents and assigns quality assurance deficiencies discovered to supervisory staff for corrective action. These quality management and safety issues and their resolution are presented at lab leadership meetings.\n- Presents the results of quality assurance / improvement activities to hospital committees as required.\n- Serves as the Safety Officer for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service.\n- Member of the Laboratory Leadership Team and participates as a CAP Inspection Team member.\n- Maintains the CAP Proficiency Testing program. Ensures that all Proficiency testing is ordered, received, and delivered to the lab sections. Monitors proficiency testing results for all Laboratory Sections, as required by accrediting agencies, and coordinates deficiency responses and other communications regarding maintenance of a successful Proficiency Testing Program.\n- Maintains an on-going relationship with Patient Safety and Quality Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 07:30 AM-4:00PM Start time is flexible.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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