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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Medical Technologist (Hematology) in Walla Walla, Washington


The Urinalysis/Coagulation/Hematology Lead Technologist assists the Laboratory Manager by working in collaboration with team members for effective and efficient operation of the Urinalysis, Coagulation and Hematology areas of the laboratory.


Duties include responsibility for required procedures, performance of instrument maintenance, quality control testing and interpretation, training and competency evaluations of laboratory personnel as well as overall regulatory compliance. The lead serves as a subject matter expert and liaison to other departments within the VA Healthcare system for Urinalysis, Coagulation and Hematology. This assignment requires specialized training and experience. The Urinalysis/Coagulation/ Hematology Lead must have thorough knowledge of principles and operations of each of these sections extending beyond test performance. The employee must have a 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 50% of the time. Duties will include, but are not limited to: Assists in facilitating team processes by working in collaboration with team members of employees to ensure that tasks are completed. Sets team priorities and goals with management, reporting achievements to management. Demonstrates proper technique and processes. S/He reviews the work of other Medical Technologists and students to check for proper documentation, accuracy and completeness as needed. Acts as the liaison between the team members, other area leads and the Laboratory Manager, reporting adverse or potential issues within each section. Provides expertise to providers or other departments in the medical center for assisting with test recommendations or interpretation. Provides technical instruction to new employees, rotating technologists, medical technology students, or medical laboratory technician students. The Lead evaluates competency in theory and practical techniques. Act as a backup to testing personnel, ensuring to maintain competencies. Monitors inventory to ensure sufficient reagents and supplies are available and ready for use by anticipating requirements for regulatory studies and new lot preparations. The Lead verifies the order for proficiency and linearity studies annually and assists the Laboratory Manager with updates to the active test menu with CAP as needed and delegates proficiency testing to lab staff to perform. Monitor quality assurance activities such as daily quality control for specified frequency and unusual trends or occurrences. Generates and transmits monthly statistical reports and maintains organized documentation of calibration, linearity, validation and control ranges. Advises the Laboratory Manager regarding new or improved technology and instrumentation for Urinalysis, Coagulation and Hematology. S/He researches updates and serves as a primary source of information for evolving developments in instrumentation, technology and automation. Assists the Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Directory P&LMS in the development of working internal and external quality management benchmarks of laboratory service provided by P&LMS for the department. Assists Laboratory Manager in monitoring and documenting initial orientation, training of staff, and student technologists with medical laboratory technician programs. Writes reports/summaries on topics concerning laboratory services and quality management for the department. Analyzes historical data and trends. Acts as liaison for students performing clinical rotations within the laboratory Work Schedule: Monday through Friday. Hours may vary. 6:30am to 3:00pm or 8:00am to 4:30pm depending on needs of the lab.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

EDRP: This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with the VHA Policy and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Education and/or Experience Combination: 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.). (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 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, 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, (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 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, 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, (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 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: Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. (COPY OF CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently 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). (COPY OF CERTIFICATION REQUIRED) May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-11:

Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR

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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of medical technology applicable to a wide range of duties to solve complex problems involving diverse aspects of clinical laboratory practice. b. Knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations in order to plan, implement or monitor laboratory programs and services. c. Ability to manage and coordinate daily work activities and assignments in a section. d. Skill to maintain, troubleshoot and repair laboratory instrumentation. e. Ability to provide technical oversight in order to manage personnel and work assignments in a manner that assures completion of the laboratory workload. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: Light lifting/carrying (under 15lbs), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking/standing, repeated bending, hearing (aid permitted).


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.