Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Medical Technologist, Hematology, Blood Bank, Coagulation, and Special Coagulation in Denver, Colorado

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Denver, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1816736

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.

This position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Service at the Denver VA Medical Center, Eastern Colorado Health Care System. The incumbent preforms at this level performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Proper performance of phlebotomy is required. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The work performed in a variety of laboratory disciplines: Blood Bank, Coagulation, Hematology and Special Coagulation with limited specimen sample processing in Flow Cytometry. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.

Current, permanent VA Employees should apply to job announcement EC-17-113-BMD-1816736-BU.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Modifies or adapts new methods or techniques to improve or expand services;

  • Develops protocols for performance of tests and evaluation of results;

  • Ensures that laboratory tests and procedures are consistent with accrediting agencies standards and requirements;

  • Recognizes methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity and considers these when drawing conclusions about the validity of testing results;

  • Performs validation/method verification studies for new systems;

  • Consults with healthcare providers on logical protocol to follow in attempting to confirm the diagnosis or risk assessment of a patient;

  • Performs all Hematology, Blood Bank, Coagulation, and Special Coagulation;

  • Performs limited duties in Flow Cytometry such as but not limited to specimen processing;

  • Provides advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other specialists;

  • Performs phlebotomy on weekends, holidays and as needed;

  • Assist Hematology/Oncology Physicians during Bone Marrow Biopsies; and

  • Skills to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, with rotating weekends and holidays.

Functional Statement Title: Lead Medical Technologist

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

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.)

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 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. Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

(1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

(2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates mustcurrently 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 (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency. MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Grade Determinations

Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts principles and methodology of the Medical Technology to perform advance techniques and independent work.

  • Serves as primary operator on complex instrument systems, assumes responsibility to maintain operations including preventive maintenance, training of technologists and residents and within authorized clinical training programs, writing and updating standard operating procedures. Recommends and updates guidelines and policies in compliance with regulatory requirements for complex assignments; coordinates the laboratory proficiency testing program as assigned.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagents and supply inventories and document control systems.

  • Ability and knowledge to modify or adapt established methods, procedures, or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems.

  • Independently processes, performs, and reports results for all procedures in Hematology, Blood Bank, Coagulation, Special Coagulation with limited duties in Flow Cytometry, such as, but not all inclusive, specimen processing. Knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory functions.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements: moderate lifting up to 20 pounds, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use if fingers and both hands, walking, standing for up to 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted), clear, high cognitive function and emotional stability; ability to read ordinary type without strain.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

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

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

Salary Range: $57,971.00 to $75,363.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-10/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452326700

Job Announcement Number: EC-17-113-BMD-1816736-BU