Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technician in Iowa City, Iowa
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Iowa City, IA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (7 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)
Vacancy ID: 1823290
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincolns 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 Americas Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
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The Medical Technician will be working at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Health Care System in Iowa City, IA. This positions is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service. You will serve as a medical laboratory technician in the community based outpatient clinic, this position will be located at the main hospital with the responsibility for leading and overseeing laboratory operations and performing a variety of general procedures including phlebotomy, accessioning, point of care testing and general clerical and administrative support. Your major duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Receives all requests for testing into the laboratory services;
Prepares referral specimens for shipment, packages and ships containers;
Verifies proper patient preparation, sample collection, and sample transport requirements for all laboratory tests;
Processes all specimens according to strict guidelines to assure specimen integrity;
Uses and performs preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment;
Draws blood from medical center inpatients and outpatients for requested laboratory;
Performs blood drawing duties in a courteous manner;
Collecting timed specimens such as peak and through drug levels, glucose and lactose tolerance specimens;
Labeling blood bank armbands and drawing samples for compatibility testing;
Assists in teaching laboratory science students on theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection, and specimen requirements.
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test results is received.
- Not Required
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Background investigation may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
In accordance with 38 U.S.C.7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. The English Language proficiency statement appears as on the Assessment Questionnaire.
You must possess one (1) year of specialize experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of a Medical Technician (Hematology) position successfully. To be creditable that experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled; performing phlebotomy techniques, procedures and other specimen collection procedures.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (Copy of transcripts required)
You must possess successfully completion of a 4-year course of study, above high school, leading to a Bachelor's degree, with courses related to the occupation or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Copy of transcripts required)
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience as described above may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for this position.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
ABILITY TO PERFORM CLERICAL DUTIES.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY TO PERFORM ACCESSIONING AND PROCESSING DUTIES.
ABILITY TO PERFORM PHLEBOTOMIST DUTIES.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires extensive and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending, standing, lifting, walking, stooping, and stretching. The work requires duty on weekends, holidays, and nights when so assigned.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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).
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click on more information. Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp. IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (319)338-0581x6728.
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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) 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/.
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0645-05/05
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 453191100
Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-BWS-1823290-BU