This announcement has been extended. Applicants may update their application through the closing date of 9/30/2021. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in support of critical hiring shortages in the VA. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be June 7, 2021 and applicants will be referred on an 'as needed' basis. NOTE: Announcement will remain open until no longer needed but no later than September 30, 2021. While this announcement shows various grade levels, applicants will only be considered for the GS-7 or GS-9 grade levels. 'VA employees have the chance to give back to America's heroes and help improve life for them and their families every day.' The Medical Technologist is located within Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service and may be permanently or temporarily appointed on an intermittent, part-time or full-time schedule. The Medical Technologist develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Performs a variety of biological specimen and/or environment samples using manual or automated techniques; Performs a variety of laboratory disciplines such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology and immunohematology; Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, considering physiologic processes and requirements; Carries out day-to-day operations in the laboratory to include routine testing, quality control and routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting; Develops, performs, evaluates, interprets correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results; Monitors quality control systems and measures; Provides education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public, as needed; Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and suggests solutions; Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment uses, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment and diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction; Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement; Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which includes test results and interprets results and suggests follow-up tests; Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member; provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others); and gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing. Work Schedule: A variety of work schedules are available; Work schedule will be determined upon selection. NOTE: May be expected to work rotating weekends and holidays. Pay Schedule: The salary range listed in this announcement is a Base-Line Salary for a full-time work schedule. Starting salary will be set based on locality (which may include a special pay rate depending upon location), as well as FT, PT or Intermittent employment. PCS Expenses: Not Available. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Depending on your leave tier, receive 13 to 26 days paid time off per year, including 10 paid federal holidays; 13 sick days annual with no limitation on accumulation. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). For More Information on Benefits: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EmploymentBenefits
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.