Supervisor Pathology Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Bay Pines, FL (30+ days ago)3.9

This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, qualifications, or responsibilities of this position, however significant duties are summarized below:

Provide direct supervision for a diverse group of staff performing a variety of duties supporting the Anatomic Pathology Section of P&LMS.
Consult with pathologist, physicians, nursing, supervisors, medical support assistants personnel and other medical center personnel for the purpose of setting protocols, handling problems that arise when determining when additional information is needed.
Oversee procurement and contracting to achieve desired results by serving as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for all Anatomic Pathology contracts. Monitors expenditures (equipment, supplies, staff, and contracts for service) using cost benefit thinking to set priorities.
Initiate recruitment actions, interviews and selects new employees based on organization goals, budget considerations,and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited and selected.
Serve as the gatekeeper for all cytology and histology specimens that are processed in the anatomic pathology section,reviews the paperwork for accuracy ensuring that the patient identification matches the prepared slides and specimen sources are identified correctly.
Work Schedule: M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: PD# 516-10958-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/25/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9 The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

U.S. citizenship: In accordance with 38 U.S.C.7402(c), no person shall not be appointed to a position in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) unless the person is a citizen of the United States.
English Language: Must be proficient in the spoken and written English Language.

Minimum Qualification:
Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the page IV-A-22, in addition to meeting the basic requirements.

The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
1. Degree: Major study in an academic field to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements. Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.

2. Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining
the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

Specialized Experience: At least 52 weeks of experience that equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-09. Examples of specialized experience includes but is not limited to: work that has provided the knowledge of cytotechnology and understanding of medico legal, principles, concepts and methodology; knowledge of cytology laboratory quality control and assurance procedures; knowledge and understanding of medico legal, accrediting and regulatory agency requirements; knowledge and skill to develop, implement and maintain the cytology program; knowledge and skill in preparing and using reagents; knowledge and
skill in calibrating, operating and maintaining specialized laboratory instruments.
Substitution of Education for Experience: This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, technical school, junior college, college or university. Applicants must have at least 2+ years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree (Transcripts Required).
Combination of Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-graduate school education and experience are also qualifying. The combination is most typical for this position: If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position.
Note: Transcripts must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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 raining and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: The work requires prolonged sitting and viewing into a microscope, occasional periods of prolonged standing to prepare specimens, walking within the laboratory, throughout the entire medical center. In addition, the work requires manual dexterity,visual acuity, color vision, regular and recurring physical exertion such as reaching and lifting heavy materials of supplies or materials; typing/data entry using a computer and the demand for accuracy and timeliness in reporting results to pathologists responsible for patient care is an ever-present responsibility and a constant concern.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume - Required
2. Most recent SF-50 from 2018 with Current Grade, Step, Wage and Tenure.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Service Connection Letter

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit