The Lead Medical Technician works in the processing and blood drawing sections of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Section, directing the operations of technicians assigned, from medical lab technician students to medical technicians at the full performance level. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/06/2022. For the GS-5 position, per 5 CFR § 300.604, Advancement to positions up to GS-5. Candidates may be advanced without time restriction to positions up to GS-5 if the position to be filled is no more than two grades above the lowest grade the employee held within the preceding 52 weeks under his or her latest non-temporary competitive appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-4) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience must include (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings OR (b) Technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. NOTE: Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on resume. OR EDUCATION: Applicant may substitute education for the experience for the GS-5 level Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study of at least 24 semester hours in subjects related to the Medical Technician (medical, clinical lab assistant/technician) position. (YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE OR YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE). OR Combining Education and Experience: To determine total qualifying experience, first calculate the percentage of education the applicant has earned compared to the amount of education that can be substituted (applicants cannot use the first 60 semester hours earned to substitute education for experience). Then calculate the percentage of required experience possessed. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-5 level. For example, the position to be filled is a Medical Technician GS-5. The applicant has 8 months of GS-4 level specialized experience and 80 semester hours of college. The applicant has 67 percent of the required experience (8 out of 12 months required) and 33 percent of the required education (only 20 of the 60 semester hours can be substituted). The applicant meets 100 percent of the total requirements and is qualified for the position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) In addition to the above, this position has a Selective Placement Factor. This is required in order to successfully perform the duties as a Lead Medical Technician (Phlebotomist). You must have experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Computer SkillsCustomer Service (Clerical/Technical)Patient CareQuality AssuranceSpecimen Collection Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work performed requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending over equipment/instruments, and occasionally unassisted light lifting or carrying. Working in a clinical laboratory also involves regular and recurring risks to infectious substances and irritant reagents. You will be required to wear protective clothing and take safety precautions. There may be special requirements for agility or dexterity, such as exceptional hand/eye coordination or color differentiation. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Duties may include but are not limited to: Responsible for directing and monitoring the overall workflow of the specimen processing areas to assure that the work is done in the most efficient manner to minimize turnaround time for laboratory tests. Answers queries from physicians, nurse and other staff regarding test requirements, processing instructions, and test order status. Routes call to the proper section of the lab. Maintains liaison with reference laboratories and ensures all references tests are collected, processed and shipped correctly. Resolves all problems and discrepancies concerning patient or specimen identification, or lost or improperly drawn specimens. Takes appropriate action to resolve the problem. Prepares and adds necessary preservatives to reference laboratory specimens. Assists the Receiving Supervisor in the interviewing and selection of personnel for vacant positions within the Receiving and Blood Drawing Sections of the Lab. The Lead Technician is responsible for training the phlebotomy team and documenting competency. Performs phlebotomy as needed and provides backup to the medical technicians and medical laboratory aids when workload or staffing so dictate. When performing phlebotomy duties, incumbent could spend up to eight hours a day intermittently using the computer which could amount to 25-30% of their time actually on the computer. Uses centrifuges and other laboratory equipment and supplies to process specimens after collection. Sorts, aliquots and distributes specimens throughout the laboratory and to referral labs. Occasionally acts as courier to deliver specimens to UMHC laboratories and returns pathology report test results and specimens to the laboratory. Ensures that 24 hour urine containers are mailed to patients in a time frame that allows the patient to collect the specimen and return the 24 hour urine at the next patient appointment. Measures, aliquots, and prepares preservatives for surgical and cytology specimens. Instructs patients on the proper collection of specimens for timed and random urine testing. Preserves, measures, aliquots, and prepares all 24 hour urine collections for testing. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.\nPosition Description/PD#: Medical Technician - Lead/PD007170\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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