This position is at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, MA. in support of COVID-19 operations. The Supervisory Health Science Specialist provides Anatomic Pathology services in cytopathology, immunohistochemistry, and molecular studies for all Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 1) medical facilities; surgical and autopsy pathology for the Boston Healthcare System VA Medical Centers (Boston and its outlying clinics, West Roxbury and Brockton), Bedford, and Northampton.
NOTE: This is a TEMPORARY appointment (not-to-exceed 1 year) on a part-time or full-time schedule in support of the VA facilities across the Nation. This appointment may be renewed for additional service in accordance with Agency needs for 1 additional year. Temporary positions offer health insurance (if the employee is expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days) but do not offer life insurance or retirement benefits and may be terminated at any time before the expiration date. The appointment to a Temporary position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.
Oversees personnel, logistical, fiscal, and educational matters for the Boston Area Consolidated Laboratories (BACL) Anatomic Pathology (AP) Service;
Creates, formulates, writes and reviews BACL AP Service administrative and technical policies and procedures;
Prepares a variety of administrative material, committee reports, memoranda, etc.;
Oversees Quality Assurance functions of the BACL AP Service, including surgical pathology, autopsy services, immunohistochemistry services, Mohs cancer surgical service, and cytopathology services;
Reviews changing requirements for space, equipment, personnel, supporting material requirements, and proposed new programs;
Ensures the AP laboratories are adequately supplied, and monitors economic and cost-effective use of supplies;
Works with VA attorneys and the US Attorney's Office to identify and sequester patient cases under review for litigation;
Coordinates and provides documentation for all Pathologists' and residents' Credentialing and Privileging activities;
Performs initial examination and processing of surgical pathology specimens including fixing, gross examination, orientation, cutting and dissecting, photographing, and sectioning of patient biopsy and surgical excision specimens;
Participates in the teaching of residents and medical students;
Prepares all needed instruments, surfaces, and containers, reviewing the patient's clinical history;
Oversees maintenance of the autopsy suite area, properly disposing of chemicals and biohazard materials;
Performs frozen section microtomy and staining of specimens according to protocols in the pathology department;
Monitors stain quality documentation, preparation techniques, and workflow daily and oversees and coordinates Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Service when necessary;
Performs a variety of supervisory duties to include selection of new employees; plans, schedules, and conducts projects and studies; performance evaluation; provides advice, counsel, and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters; hears and resolves minor complaints and grievances; etc.; and,
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Multiple Shifts;The work schedule will be determined based on the needs of the Medical Center. The New England VA Medical Centers are acute care facility operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While most tours of duty are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings, nights and weekends to exist. Additionally positions hired from this job announcement may be on a part-time, or full-time schedule in support of the VA facilities across the Nation .
Recruitment Incentives: maybe authorized for this position
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Compressed/Flexible: May be available
TELEWORK ELIGIBLE: May be available
Dual Compensation Waiver: For positions hired from this announcement, the Hiring Officials may request salary offset waiver for the individual selected if that individual is currently receiving an annuity from the federal service. This is eligible for annuitants who have a voluntary/optional retirement (no early outs or buyouts retirements). Any annuitant hired to work in support of COVID-19 is required to sign an Acceptance Statement of Annuitant/Declination of Annuitant Dual Compensation Waiver.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel to other facilities of VA New England Healthcare System may be required
Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, you must meet the following:
Basic Requirement: You must have successfully completed a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree, with a major field of study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences, or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. This degree must be from an education program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.(Unofficial transcripts required) ~AND~
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement above, to qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must meet the following:
Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Supervisory Health Science Specialist and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is performing as a lead and/or supervisor; using gross examination and sectioning procedures to illustrate and document the pathologic process; applying regulatory, licensing, and accrediting agency requirements governing clinical laboratory operations; performing quality control and quality improvement functions; interpreting specialized tests and laboratory findings; modifying or adapting established methods and procedures; maintaining complex instruments and equipment associated with pathology; utilizing permanent and frozen section techniques; training of new employees in performing functions pertaining to pathology. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL TESTING
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such 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; religious; 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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
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.
Physical Requirements: The work of this position requires long periods of standing, bending over instruments, counters and tables (microscope, autopsy table, cutting benches), as well as, heavy lifting (bodies and supplies). The work procedure requires manual dexterity and depth perception for determining depth and angles of cuts into human tissue. The work requires long periods of bending over microscopes, color appreciation for visual control of staining procedures.
The work requires regular and recurring exposure to infectious agents such as, tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, and other agents; to body fluids and tissues; and to caustic, flammable, noxious, toxic and/or carcinogenic chemical reagents and solutions such as formaldehyde. Use of extremely sharp cutting instruments in difficult conditions with limited visibility at times. The person in this position is required to utilize personal protective equipment including gloves, goggles, laboratory coats and masks; chemical and biohazard disposal barrels; and fume hoods.
Receiving Service Credit for 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.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (774) 826-1269.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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 WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (VA)
Separation Notice (RIF)
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.