Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Pathology Technician in Saint Louis, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Saint Louis, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Saturday 9/24/2016 (30 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1807790

The closing date of this announcement has been extended.

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?

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.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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Employee will serve as a Supervisory Pathology Technician assigned to Laboratory Service located at the John Cochran Veterans Health Care System in St. Louis, MO. This position involves skill in Anatomical pathology technician work in cutting and staining very thin sections of human tissue specimens for microscopic examination and/or in testing and examining body fluids, etc. for abnormalities in cell structure, as well as Supervisory responsibilities: Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Serves as the supervisor the Histopathology, Cytology and Autopsy services; assigns work/duties to staff.

  • Sets up staff schedule; administers leave administration; approves leave requests: initiates and justifies overtime requests: conducts studies on leave and imitates action against employees abusing leave privileges; and reviews timecards/attendance sheets for areas in need of improvement.

  • Writes position descriptions, performance standards, and evaluates staff performance; recommends promotion, salary increases and cash awards.

  • Investigates personnel grievances/incidents of misconduct/discrimination (e.g., Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints); and resolves matters at the lowest possible level.

  • Initiates disciplinary actions as necessary and prepares thee actions for the higher management signature.

  • Sets up and monitors record keeping systems as effective quality control procedures; identifies need for changes in the quality assurance program.

  • Responsible for the maintenance of the Autopsy room, and Cytology and Histology laboratories ensuring rooms are clean and equipment is clean and in working order. Initiates orders for supplies and expendable equipment.

  • Verifies tests results by analyzing physiologic, pathophysiologic, biochemical, morphologic, quantitative, and other laboratory data.

  • Ensures that Automated Data Processing ADP procedures are carried out in accordance with guidelines; reviews and make recommendations of ADP procedures; responds to emergency situations; monitors the performance of all section employees, and provides training to improve ADP skills when necessary.

  • Evaluates standard operating procedures (SOPs) and revise SOPs which do not accurately describe the duties that are to be performed.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm


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 result is received.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized with a 3 year service commitment
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level (GS-10) in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of this Supervisory Pathology Technician position. Specialized experience includes: Anatomical pathology technician work in (a) cutting and staining very thin sections of human tissue specimens for microscopic examination; and/or in (b) testing and examining body fluids, etc. for abnormalities in cell structure, depending upon the requirements of the position to be filled; in addition, experience supervising staff (e.g., staff scheduling, leave administration, writing Pathology position descriptions/ performance standards, evaluating staff performance, providing training). This experience must be clearly demonstrated by your resume to be creditable for consideration.

NOTE: Substitution of Education for the specialized experience is not creditable for this GS-11 position; therefore, it is not necessary to submit transcripts.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative responses not required):

  • Knowledge of Anatomic Pathology with specialization in areas of Histology and Cytology.

  • Knowledge of specimen processing, identification and correction of errors, and evaluation/interpretation of test results.

  • Knowledge of reactions involved in routing and special staining procedures.

  • Knowledge of operating procedures associated with Pathology Technician responsibilities.

  • Knowledge of accepted management policies and practices required to guide and supervise employees.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT/WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is sedentary in nature, with some walking, bending, and occasional lifting. The work involves regular/recurring exposure to moderate risks/discomforts that require special safety precautions (e.g., hospital laboratory risks/exposure to contagious diseases, carcinogenic materials, caustic reagents, noxious fumes, and flammable liquids). Position requires use of protective clothing or gear associated with Pathology laboratories, and infection control techniques.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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: 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 and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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 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 (314)894-6620.

Other Information

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

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: $59,318.00 to $77,114.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0646-11/11

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451516600

Job Announcement Number: ANS-16-NRT-1807790