Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Manager)

US Department of Veterans Affairs - Anchorage, AK3.9

Full-time
Duties
Summary
Is the primary Laboratory Automated Data Processing Application Coordinator (ADPAC) with responsibility to provide consultation and user interface design between Laboratory equipment, 3rd party software, referral laboratories, joint venture partners, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) information systems Computerized Patient Record System (CRPRS)/Laboratory Information System (LIS) - Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VISTA).

Responsibilities
This position is located in the Laboratory Service at the Alaska VA Healthcare System, Anchorage, AK. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Advise all organizational levels on clinical applications, functions, capabilities, and security.
Build, implement, and maintain coded files with specific laboratory applications to ensure interface connectivity, test ordering, results reporting, proper accounting, and workload recording according to compliance principles and established protocols.
Expert for national software developers, tests and validates software packages, and adopts appropriate methods for systems to meet agency goals.
Perform audits, provide training on computer functions, and take responsibility for the distribution of computer security keys.
Develop and implement new policies and procedures.
Implement progressive changes in computer technology, programs and patches.
Maintain computer operations, procedures, audits, and documentation in accordance with program requirements.
Build, implement, and maintain coded files with specific laboratory applications to ensure interface connectivity, test ordering, results reporting, proper accounting, and workload recording according to compliance principles and established protocols.
Serve as the technical and subject matter expert for VistA, CPRS, and 3rd party Laboratory related software.
Interfaces all equipment and is responsible for file set up and maintenance interface set up for point of care testing in the Lab and at the CBOCs.
Liaison between ITOS, National IT support offices, Bio-Medical Services and the Laboratory in the establishment and maintenance of information connectivity and systems operability.
Responsible for specific architecture functionality such as: LEDI, LOINC, FileMan, DOS, MUMPS, GUI, etc.
Work with Computer Applications Coordinator (CAC) teams concerning lab related issues i.e. quick orders, order entry errors, new test replacement, physician education, workload/encounter, etc.
Provide instruction to Laboratory employees on VistA, CPRS, Micro-Soft Office applications, RALS, Data Innovations, etc.
Provide advice and consultation on the information system, phlebotomy and specimen processing.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telework: Telework may be available.
Virtual: Virtual may be available for highly qualified applicant.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Fi nancial Disclosure Report: Not required
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Job family (Series)
0644 Clinical Laboratory Science

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Requirements

Requirements
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
Qualifications

Basic Requirements :
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

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 Program (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 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 or medical technology degree. (2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Certification. Must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

Physical Requirements. Must be medically suitable to perform the duties of Medical Technologist in accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience: Candidates with VistA Laboratory package ADPAC experience is preferred.

Grade Determinations :
GS-12
Experience. Must have one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11), which is directly related to the position to be filled.

Assignments. The higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Laboratory Information Manager. The incumbent develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of hte laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall hospital information system (HIS). Provide authoritative advice and consultation on the information system as they apply to the clinical laboratory. Advise 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. Analyze emerging trends, software and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. Serve as the local expert for national software developers for the testing and validation of software packages. Responsible for compliance with regulatory agency requirements related to information systems and performs audits as needed. Provide consultation and training of personnel on computer functions, including ordering options, and responsible for the maintenance of computer security keys. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
NOTE: Applicant may be required to submit written responses to these KSA's upon request:
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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24 Medical Technologist Qualification Standard dated May 12, 2014.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Light carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing without aid; Hearing (aid permitted); Other (emotional/mental stability).
Education
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 .

Additional information
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

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

REQUIRED:
1. VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . (Required)
2. Current Resume - Must include: a. Name of agency, address, city, state, zip code; b. Job title; series (if applicable); grade (if applicable); c. Current and previous supervisor(s) name, phone number and if they may be contacted; d. Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2009 to April 2010); e. Duties (be as detailed as possible; f. Full-time, part-time, intermittent status (include hours worked per week); g. School(s) attended, list of undergraduate/graduate degree(s), completed/date(s) graduated. (Required)
3. Copy of transcripts. If Foreign Graduate copy of supporting document(s). (Required)
4. Copy of Certification(s). (Required)
5. If current Federal employee, copy OF MOST RECENT NON-AWARD SF-50. (Required)

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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Cover Letter
DD-214
OF-306
VA Application 10-2850c
VA Award Letter
Resume
SF-15
SF-50
Transcript

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
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