The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System is hiring for a Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Manager) in Laboratory Service at the Castle Point Campus. The incumbent will be required to travel to Montrose Campus, as well at the surrounding (7) CBOCs. In addition to the duties listed below, the LIM will perform lab bench work in all areas of clinical lab 40% average of the required work hours.
Applicants will be referred as needed during the timeline of the announcement being open.
The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
The incumbent develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall hospital information system (HIS). Provides authoritative advice and consultation on the information system as they apply to the clinical laboratory. Advises all organizational levels on functions and capabilities of the LIS. Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing and workload recording taking into account compliance principles. Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals.
The Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) is responsible for insuring that the day to day operations of the area of the laboratory assigned are performed in an organized manner. The incumbent assists the Laboratory Manager and QA Coordinator with Quality Assurance and provide technical oversight to in order to assure proper completion of the laboratory workload. Additionally, the LIM is expected to perform a full range of laboratory procedures in the STAT and/or Routine area to which they are assigned. These procedures may be performed in Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology/Coagulation, and Specimen Processing/Phlebotomy/Reference Lab Send outs. Performs all technologist's specimen collection and processing procedures in the absence of appropriate phlebotomy and specimen.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with rotating weekend and holiday shifts and calls. Schedules may vary based on needs
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0644 Clinical Laboratory Science
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/01/2020.
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: Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, VA Directive 5005.
Education and/or Experience Combination:
(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.
(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
(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 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: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
Creditable Experience:(1) Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. For positions at or above the full performance level, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment.(2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled.(3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a MT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.(4) Graduate Education. Graduate education and graduate degrees may be substituted as specified at each grade level. Education must have been from an accredited college or university in a field related to MT (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, immunohematology, biological science, physiology, allied health education, health systems administration, infection control and preventive medicine), which was accredited at the time the candidate completed the program.
Grade Determinations: GS-12
Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.
In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
a. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology in relation to laboratory information systems.
b. Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs or functions.
c. Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes, including the use of office automation software.
d. Knowledge of laboratory computer system analysis, program techniques, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system.
e. Ability to independently plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.
f. Knowledge of compliance and regulatory requirements for laboratory functions
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24 Medical Technologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-40 pounds; moderate carrying 15-40 pounds; use of fingers; bother hands required; walking; climb stairs, ambulate moderate distances, both eyes required; working along; and working closely with others. Light lifting (under 15 pounds).
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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