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Lead Medical Technologist (Microbiology)

Veterans Health Administration
Miami, US
Closing date
Jun 13, 2024

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Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Program Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.


Basic Requirements:

• Citizenship
• Citizen of the United States
• (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) English Language Proficiency
• MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part
• Education and/or Experience Combination-Transcripts Submitted (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 science 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
• 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 inorganic 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 inorganic 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 2b(2) or (3) 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-Submitted Documentation Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT
• For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB)and blood bank (BB/SBB)
• Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e
• g., an individual with a chemistry certification can only perform duties in chemistry)
• Physical Requirements
• See VA Directive and Handbook 5019
• GS-11 Experience
• Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled
• OR, Education
• Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D
• or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field
• Assignments
• These assignments require specialized training and experience and have wide latitude for exercising independent judgment
• Employees must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance
• For all assignments above the full performance level, 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
• Lead Medical Technologist
• Facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management
• Responsible for all aspects of operation in their area of specialty including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation and compliance
• Acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for the appropriate laboratory specialty
• In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of medical technology applicable to a wide range of duties to solve complex problems involving diverse aspects of clinical laboratory practice
• Knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations in order to plan, implement or monitor laboratory programs and services
• Ability to manage and coordinate daily work activities and assignments in a section
• Skill to maintain, troubleshoot and repair laboratory instrumentation
• Ability to provide technical oversight in order to manage personnel and work assignments in a manner that assures completion of the laboratory workload
• References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


"Total-Rewards-of-an-Allied-Health-VA-Career-Brochure.pdf Medical Technologist: An Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Specialist at this level has professional oversight responsibilities including responsibility for large scale automated analytical instrument systems, reviews quality control and maintenance records, collaborates in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and provides education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.
Duties Include: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technologist occupation in Microbiology Bacteriology, Parasitology, Mycobacteriology, Serology, Immunology, Molecular and Environmental Microbiology.
In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.
Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment.
Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment in Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Blood cultures, Molecular Microbiology, or others as required.
Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction in these same departments.
Assists the supervisor in modifying existing procedures as testing requirements change.
Participates in quality assurance efforts by identifying quality improvement indicators for section operations.
Develops a system to monitor indicators to effectively identify problem and/or potential problem areas.
Recommends and implements corrective actions when indicated to improve patient care efforts of the P&LMS.
Reviews regulatory compliance requirements (CAP checklists, Joint Commission standards, Patient Safety Goals) and works with the Microbiology supervisor to implement policies and procedures to assure compliance.
Monitors and screens all Microbiology orders for appropriateness, using established criteria and requiring an understanding of disease entities and/or clinical situations.
Evaluates the validity of statistical data in relation to the test system and assay procedures.
Correlates quantitative, biochemical, physiologic and morphologic data with other laboratory and/or other patient information to verify results.
Performs additional tests as per department's protocol, to certify or confirm abnormal patient results and reports via computer and telephone.
Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results.
Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures for all departments in the laboratory.
Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member.
Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others).
Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 730a-400p, rotating weekends and Holidays Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance.
Learn more Pay: Competitive salary and regular salary increases When setting pay, a higher step rate of the appropriate grade may be determined after consideration of existing pay, higher or unique qualifications, or special needs of the VA (Above Minimum Rate of the Grade).
Paid Time Off: 37-50 days of annual paid time offer per year (13-26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior [work experience] or military service experience.
Parental Leave: After 12 months of employment, up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.
Child Care Subsidy: After 60 days of employment, full time employees with a total family income below $144,000 may be eligible for a childcare subsidy up to 25% of total eligible childcare costs for eligible children up to the monthly maximum of $416.66.
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 30625F Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"

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