The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Supervisory, Medical Technologist. The Supervisory, Medical Technologist will function as the third shift supervisor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements within 15 calendar days of the closing date listed on the announcement: 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 Experience (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: (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Grade Determinations: Applicants must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11), which is directly related to the position to be filled. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below: 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. The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24 - Medical Technologist Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending over microscopes, reaching for supplies or materials, and lifting moderately heavy items such as small centrifuges and record boxes (or occasionally lifting heavier items such as reagents packs). The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity (to perform intricate collection or analysis procedures) and color vision. ["The position of Supervisory Medical Technologist is established to provide expert professional/scientific leadership in a laboratory section and an effective and efficient management of resources available in that section of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The incumbent serves in a large, complex, sophisticated and computerized laboratory of a diversified, university-affiliated tertiary care, teaching Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This P&LM Service functions as a major reference laboratory in the Central Region. The incumbent also provides scientific and professional assistance to the Office of the Chief of the P&LM Service. Supervises GS11, GS10, and GS9 Medical Technologists as well as GS-7, GS-6, GS-5 and GS-4 phlebotomists. Oversees complex and sophisticated diagnostic and prognostic services. The incumbent will make sure that the services are provided in a timely, appropriate, accurate and reliable manner. Validate, as needed, all accompanying reference ranges. Facilitates research activities within the Section to develop and deploy cost effective diagnostic procedures. Reviews, plans and directs developmental approaches to new automated and manual testing, utilizing extensive knowledge of advanced technology and \"high-Tech\" techniques. Makes recommendations on the future needs of the laboratory such as analytical instruments and methods development. Performs cost versus benefit analyses on testing and makes recommendations to the Chief, to reduce testing sent to referral laboratories. Maintains literature searches and keeps abreast of technological developments in their assigned section. Facilitates smooth and efficient day to day operation of the Section by maintaining communications with personnel at all levels. Stays abreast of changes to Clinical Laboratory Standardization which promulgates standards for Laboratory Testing, thereby improving the quality of services provided by the laboratory. Coordinates the Section's routine personnel management issues such as leave administration and oversees technical problems that arise in the Section. Assesses continuing education needs and plans appropriate continuing educational programs for the Service and Section for improving and/or maintaining quality and productivity of service. The incumbent, in conjunction with Pathologists, Phlebotomists and Medical Technologists, establishes appropriate training activities for new employee orientation, technical training, new instrument operation/procedures, safety and infection control policies and procedures for employees and students from affiliated colleges. Assists the Assistant Chief (Administration) in keeping inventory current of the equipment and government properties. In concert with the section supervisor recommends selection, acquisition and installation of new and replacement equipment to the Administrative Officer. Takes responsibility for the day-to-day supervision of the Section, prepares work schedules and assigns duties to subordinates to assure efficient and timely performance of all tests and procedures. Writes and updates procedure manuals applicable to the assigned laboratory section. Evaluates and implements the use of new methodologies and instrumentation in the Section. Trains lower grade technicians/technologists in the use of new procedures and instrumentation in the Section. Works as a technologist as needed and accomplishes duties specifically assigned to the technologist in the Section supervised. Executes other duties as listed in Functional Statement Work Schedule: Monday - Friday from 12:00am to 8:00am\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required 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. Learn more"]
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