Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Medical Technologist (Medical Laboratory Scientist) in Tacoma, Washington

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

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821901

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.


The incumbent serves primarily as a Lead Medical Technologist (Medical Laboratory Scientist) in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service Line, Tacoma, WA.

The Lead Medical Technologist (Medical Laboratory Scientist) is responsible for ensuring that the day to day operations of the area of the laboratory assigned are performed in an organized manner. The incumbent assists the Supervisor Medical Technologist in Quality Control and Quality Assurance matters. Additionally, the Senior/Lead is expected to perform a full range of laboratory procedures in the STAT and/or Routine area to which they are assigned. These procedures may be performed in Hematology/Coagulation. All senior/lead technologists perform specimen collection and processing procedures in the absence of appropriate phlebotomy and specimen.

Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, medicolegal requirements, and pertinent statistics sufficient to perform complex diagnostic tests.
  • Knowledge and skill sufficient to apply standard medical technology techniques to conduct a variety of difficult and complex test systems.
  • Ability to apply new scientific/technical developments and validation/method verification procedures to test systems.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance principles to perform data collection, data presentation and interpretation in solving problems and improving performance.
  • Knowledge of instructional techniques to instruct newly hired technologists and clinical pathology residents in proper performance of tests and applications of the laboratory procedures.
  • Critical thinking skills in order to resolve problems relative to complex and difficult clinical and technical situations.

Example duties:

  • Responsible for maintaining adequate levels of QC material.
  • Responsible for ensuring timely performance of control validation and/or new lot reagent cross-over studies prior to consumption of current lot products.
  • Reviews current literature for improved quality control methods and has knowledge of statistical analysis methods used to evaluate performance.
  • Reviews consensus standards establishing control limits that allow timely detection of performance problems and defines action to be taken when control values indicate unacceptable performance. Designs and modifies quality control procedures for new instrumentation and tests, identifying parameters that require monitoring.
  • Conducts routine reviews of quality assurance records including instrument start-up logs, maintenance records, reagent logs, action logs, Levy-Jennings quality control charts, and peer group reports ensuring appropriate follow-up actions are taken in a timely manner. Reports problem areas to Supervisor and recommends alternative solutions.
  • Performs monthly QC review. Responsible for mid-year CAP checklist review and ensuring that appropriate measures have been taken to ensure compliance.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Lead Medical Technologist/Functional Statement

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expense are not authorized for this vacancy.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is not authorized for this vacancy.

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.


Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science of 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 (CSAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree;


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with on course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic of 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 10 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;


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 5 years of clinical laboratory experience within the last 10 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 GRADUATION 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. 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. -OR- 2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

CERTIFICATION Must possess current certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. It is the responsibility of the candidate/employee to maintain required certification. Loss of certification will result in removal from the occupation and may result in termination of employment.

Grade Determinations:


Experience. MTs must have the equivalent of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*):


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, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.

Assignments. These assignments require specialized training and experience. Employees must have advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter extending beyond the duties of test performance. They have wide latitude for exercising independent judgment. 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. Individuals at the GS-11 grade level in these laboratories spend a majority of their time in the following assignment:

Lead Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist. The incumbent facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals needs, and achievements are coordinated with management.Acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for the appropriate laboratory specialty.In addition to the required core competencies, must demonstrate the following:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of medical technology applicable to a wide range of duties in all areas of the laboratory, and a high level of skill in applying this knowledge in solving very complex problems involving diverse aspects of clinical laboratory practice.
  2. Knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements, and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations sufficient to use in planning, implementing, or monitoring laboratory programs and services.
  3. Management, administrative, and professional knowledge sufficient to effectively oversee and coordinate daily work activities and assignments in a section.
  4. Knowledge of laboratory instrumentation, and the ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.
  5. Ability to provide technical oversight and assign personnel and tasks to be accomplished in a manner that assures completion of the workload.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24. 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, 15-44 pounds; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental Stability.

Security Clearance


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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Other Information

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.

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

Salary Range: $63,900.00 to $79,443.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452964100

Job Announcement Number: 17-HYB-EME-1821901-PLMS-BU