Full Job Description
This Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Manager) is a non-supervisory position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center located in North Chicago, IL.
Serves as the Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) and Automated Data Processing Applications Coordinator (ADPAC) for Pathology and laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS) with responsibility for designing, reviewing and maintaining the laboratory information system and laboratory centric software to gather, record, process, analyze and report clinical data relating to all areas of the laboratory including microbiology, mycology, parasitology, infection control, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, molecular pathology, toxicology, serology/immunology, blood bank/transfusion medicine, cytology and anatomic pathology.
Is responsible for the implementation of the laboratory software modules of the hospital information systems. Identifies of problems in new software packages or functionality when they are installed, analysis of those problems and assisting in the determination of the appropriate corrective action.
Develops and provides initial computer orientation and training of new laboratory employees at the appropriate level of knowledge and skill to meet users' position requirements. Performs training at the local level, within the VISN or nationally.
Serves as the PLMS information security officer and provides guidance to resolve security issues. Trains all employees on the hospital, VISN and national computer security policies and procedures.
Provides computer advice, expertise and guidance to laboratory personnel. Provides advice and guidance to other clinical staff, support workers, business managers, service chiefs and service line managers on computer-related problems concerning data inputs, new procedures and software updates.
Represents PLMS on hospital committees and task forces, and contributes to the development of new programs, resolution of problems and institution of new initiatives involving the laboratory information systems.
Monitors overall workflow/workload patterns, project or program initiatives within the laboratory to evaluate and assess optimal utilization of the laboratory information system, software, applications and hardware. Changes workload priorities as required to ensure the provision of uninterrupted computer services in an effective and efficient manner.
Proposes new computer-related initiatives and processes for consideration to laboratory management and assesses their effectiveness.
Directs and implements computer-related initiatives at the hospital, VISN and DHA (Defense Health Agency) levels. Monitors and evaluates current work processes and procedures and contributes ideas for improvement in laboratory functions.
Is responsible for continuously studying laboratory utilization to identify areas that need attention. Considers desirability and feasibility (availability of equipment and staff, cost-effectiveness, etc.) of computer applications in support of laboratory operations and recommends those that best meet laboratory needs.
Evaluates new procedures and protocols for incorporation into the functionality of the laboratory information system, and assess the effectiveness of the procedures once in place.
Develops, implements, maintains and modifies various computer applications such as clinical reporting systems, laboratory database files, a detailed test catalog with specimen collection criteria, a downtime an contingency plan for both scheduled and emergency interruption of computer services, bidirectional and host query instrument interfaces, the Laboratory Electronic Data Interchange (LEDI) system, the Laboratory Management Index Program (LMIP) for workload reporting, preventive maintenance schedules and logs for computer hardware and quality assurance (QA) programs.
Designs, develops, reviews and revises policies, protocols, manuals and guidelines for the laboratory information system in accordance with the requirements established by the various accreditation and inspection agencies (i.e., CAP) or applicable Federal and State regulations. Maintains and ensures required all documentation pertaining to laboratory information systems locally and for the VISN is accurate, complete, up to date and in compliance with those organizations.
Manages the collection and interpretation of data for hospital and VISN QA programs and Performance Improvement (PI) initiatives and at the request of laboratory management.
Works with hospital Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) and national VA support staff to install and implement software modifications and patches.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm, with possibility of rotating weekends and holidays
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
0644 Clinical Laboratory Science
Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Clinical Laboratory Technologists And Technicians
Medical And Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Laboratory Technologists
Technologists, Clinical Laboratory
Technologists, Medical Laboratory
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 within 10 days of the closing date of this announcement, 11/05/2020.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS for appointment as a Medical Technologist (all grades):
English Language Proficiency
Certification (copy of certification required).Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
Education and/or Experience Combination (Transcripts Required):
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.
Note: 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 SAHEA), 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. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
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 Technologist (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banding, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
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. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
**IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS YOU MUST MEET THE GRADE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL BELOW**:
Specialized Experience: Must have at least 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-11, which is directly related to the position to be filled. Creditable specialized experience typically includes but is not limited to: Experience with developing and recommending new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of laboratory information systems. Experience providing advice and consultation on clinical laboratory information systems. Experience analyzing emerging trends, software and technology to meet agency goals. Experience with ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies and performing audits.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
In addition, one must be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:
KSA 1 - Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology in relation to laboratory information systems.
KSA 2 - 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.
KSA 3 - Ability to adapt, implement and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes.
KSA 4 - Knowledge of laboratory information system analysis, program technique computer language and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system.
KSA 5 - Ability to independently plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.
KSA 6 - Knowledge if compliance and regulatory requirements for laboratory functions.
References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standards, 5/12/2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12 .
Physical Requirements: The employee works and functions in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application to show that the basic education requirement has been met.
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/.
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 the paragraphs above. This finding may be based on the following, and documentation must be submitted with your application package:
(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. OR
(2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
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.
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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.
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
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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.
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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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.
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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.