The position of Supervisory Technologist-Ancillary Testing Coordinator (ATC) is established to provide expert professional and scientific leadership in a laboratory section, to ensure continuity of coverage in the section, and to maintain effective and efficient management of available resources (both human resources and financial resources) in the section of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. 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. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, of this part. 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) below: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. 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 GS-12 Supervisory Technologist 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. supervisory responsibility for smaller, less complex laboratories or laboratories having no GS-11 positions subordinate to the supervisor. Employees in this assignment perform the full range of supervisory duties for one or more sections of the laboratory, including responsibility for assignment of work performed; performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement and disciplinary actions; identification of continuing education and training needs. The individual ensures compliance with accrediting agency and regulatory requirements; establishes and monitors the quality of the pre-analytical processes as part of the overall laboratory quality management program, and initiates corrective action. This individual will develop policies and procedures, manage document control, develop performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements. Responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area, to include budget execution, orientation and competency assessment of assigned staff. The supervisor will maintain effective interdepartmental relations with other services in order to accomplish medical center goals. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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. 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. 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. Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation. Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget. 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. Preferred Experience: The ideal Supervisory Ancillary Testing Coordinator (ATC) should have a minimum of 5 years of experience with ancillary testing program management, identifying clinical Point-of-care testing needs, and knowledge of accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements. In addition, it is preferred the incumbent has at least 2 years of experience in a supervisory/leadership role with employee development/training in ancillary testing. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72 MAY 12, 2014 PART II APPENDIX G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking two hours; Standing six hours; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and not color blind; Hearing (aid permitted) ["The incumbent serves in a large, complex, and computerized laboratory of a diversified, university-affiliated tertiary care, teaching Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The incumbent serves as the section Subject Matter Expert and provides scientific and professional assistance to the Office of the Chief of the Pathology Service. Duties below are at the full performance level and include, but not limited to: Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the Section, preparing work schedules and assigning duties to subordinates to assure efficient and timely performance of all tests and procedures. Acts as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) of a 24/7 Laboratory Section, the incumbent is available to employees during off-tour hours to answer questions and address issues including instrument function / maintenance, other scientific questions, or staffing issues. Managing routine personnel matters related to the section, such as performance appraisals and awards, evaluations, guidance, counseling, disciplinary actions, and recruitment. The supervisor also participates in succession planning and reviews human resource utilization. Responsible for Timekeeper duties in VATAS and the maintenance of records in the Time and Leave Tracking System, including certification of Timecards for all P&LMS employees. Assuring that all specimens are processed in a timely and efficient manner with a minimum number of errors. Ensuring the performance of CAP survey unknown specimens by technicians/technologists in the Section in accordance with all regulatory guidelines. Prepares the appropriate work sheets for the Service Quality Assurance Manager. The Supervisor reviews all of the results for correctness as required by regulatory agencies (CAP, TJC, AABB, FDA) and directs involved technicians/technologists in the correction of errors and notifies attending physicians as appropriate. Responsible for the quality control program for the Section, investigates complaints from the hospital staff concerning questionable results, and investigates and responds to Patient Safety reports (JPSRs) within 48 hours. Ensures that records are maintained according to all applicable Record Retention Regulations and that records exceeding the retention date will be promptly destroyed in accordance with protocol to protect all confidential patient information. Provides technical guidance to technicians/technologists when problems occur. Assures that all standards of all applicable regulatory entities are practiced at all times in the Section, and that the section will qualify for accreditation by College of American Pathologists (CAP), The Joint Commission (TJC), VA National Compliance Office, as well as AABB and FDA as applicable. Authorizes procurement of the supplies, reagents, and consumables from appropriate contractors and manages contracts, if applicable. Ensures that a sufficient level of inventories (par level) for necessary reagents and materials is maintained. Constantly surveys and rotates stock to ensure time sensitive reagents and supplies do not expire. The Supervisory Medical Technologist is also responsible for the maintenance of required records and review of invoices to ensure the section remains within budget. Ensures Incomplete lists are generated and addressed at least daily. Designs and prepares appropriate instrument maintenance logs, reviews these logs monthly, and assures proper routine maintenance is being done by technicians/technologists. 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 as well as non-laboratory personnel in the use of new procedures and instrumentation in the Section and throughout the SLVHCS system. Works as a technologist as needed and accomplishes duties specifically assigned to the technologist in the Section supervised. Serves as the \"Supervisor on Duty\" when working weekend / holiday tours (or any other circumstance in which the incumbent is the only on-site supervisor) and assumes full supervisory duties for all employees on duty. Receives, accessions, and processes incoming samples per SOP from all areas of the hospital and outlying clinics. Serves as a rotating member of the Pathology Essential Personnel Team (Hurricane Team). Work Schedule: 7:30 - 4:00 PM; Works off-hour shifts, weekends or holidays in any section of the Laboratory as priorities show a need or when necessary to maintain ongoing operations. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement # PN 91650569: 00344F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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