Location: Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina
Internal Number: 718490100
Summary: The position is that of Odd Tours (2nd and 3rd Shifts) Supervisory Medical Technologist within Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service for the Columbia VA Healthcare System. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Medical technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education and/or Experience Combination: In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess: 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. 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 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 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 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. Certification: All candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as an MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, and AMT Grade Determinations: GS-12 (a) 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. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of Federal and state laws and regulations, laboratory accrediting and regulatory requirements in order to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation. 2. Knowledge of laboratory quality management procedures and principles sufficient to establish and monitor a laboratory quality management program and/or education and training of laboratory staff. 3. Knowledge of, and ability to, provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff; recommendation of awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions. 4. Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation. 5. Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. 6. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget. 7. Ability to set short and/or long term goals for the section and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. (c) Assignments. 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. Candidates at this grade level are in one of the following assignments: Supervisory Technologist. The incumbent has full supervisory responsibility in a complexity index group 1 laboratory or in a complexity index group 2 laboratory that performs at least 1 million Standard Billable Tests annually (reported to the Laboratory Management Index Program). The incumbent supervises a large staff of nonsupervisory personnel including at least one GS-11 subordinate. Recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, provides advice and counsel and evaluates work of subordinates. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance and initate corrective action. Verifies orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff. Develops and updates technical policies and procedure manuals. Ensures all staff and affiliate staff are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level. This individual manages document control, develops performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements, and is responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area to include budget execution. The supervisor will maintain effective interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, Part II Appendix G24; Medical Technologist Qualification Standard; GS-644 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring sitting, standing, walking, reaching and bending. Occasionally lifts heavy containers of supplies and equipment. ["The supervisor is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure acceptable levels of performance and initiate corrective action. Verifies orientation, training and competency assessment of assigned staff. Develops and updates technical policies and procedure manuals. Ensures all staff and affiliate staff are in compliance with accrediting and regulating bodies. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at the executive level. This individual manages document control, develops performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements, and is responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area to include budget execution. The supervisor will maintain effective interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. Plans, implements and coordinates a quality assurance program. Assures compliance with quality control and proficiency testing programs, as well as with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) and VHA regulatory requirements. Assures that adequate equipment and reagents are maintained for daily testing to ensure appropriate patient care is provided at all times. Chooses appropriate test methods and instrumentation based on the needs of the patient population and the clinical providers. Responsible for monitoring CLIA moderately and highly complex test performance. Assesses operating costs, taking into account instrument purchases, cost-per-test agreements, vendors, reagents and supplies, and test volumes. Provides budget input annually and provides data to justify increases. Assures adequate training and competency of all personnel who work on odd tours. Performs the full range of supervisory duties. Conducts interviews, recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, gives advice and counsel, prepares or provides input for annual Performance Appraisals and reviews, and maintains documentation. Prepares work schedules, grants annual leave, and delineates both technical and administrative duties to assure maximum efficiency within the section. Develops and updates procedures to make sure they are current, and ensures testing personnel are aware of new or changed procedures. Ensures that proper maintenance and operation of equipment is being performed and is responsible for the preventative maintenance program and proper record keeping. Assures that personal protective equipment and Safety Data Sheets are available and properly used. Files accident and incident report forms within time requirements. Ensures participation in fire and emergency preparedness drills semi-annually. Reports equipment and/or utility failures and any safety hazards. Enforces the medical center non-smoking policy. Ensures all odd tour personnel are trained in the performance of safe work practices. Ensures that current mandatory hours of continuing education, training modules and additional education hours required by facility are complete Serves as mentor and trainer for new staff members and students from affiliated training programs on areas of expertise Serves as the subject matter expert on assigned P&LM sections and functions for the facility May be expected to use a government purchase card and/or prepare acquisition packages and comply with all program requirements Preferred Experience: Five (5) or more years of experience in all areas of the clinical laboratory (Generalist) in a medium to large medical center, including responsibility for assignment of work and familiarity with agency (CAP, TJC) requirements for accreditation. Work Schedule: M-F, 4:00PM-12:00AM or 12:00AM-8:00AM, with rotating holidays and weekends (Tour of duty is subject to change based on agency's needs.) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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