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Job Title: Medical Technologist-Laboratory Information Systems Manager (LIM)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: North Chicago, IL
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Computers, Software, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, and Security, Science, Executive Management, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Medical Technologist-Laboratory Information Systems Manager (LIM)

Serves as the Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) and Automated Data Processing Applications Coordinator (ADPAC) for Pathology and laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS) with responsibility for designing, reviewing and maintaining the laboratory information system and laboratory centric software to gather, record, process, analyze and report clinical data relating to all areas of the laboratory including microbiology, mycology, parasitology, infection control, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, molecular pathology, toxicology, serology/immunology, blood bank/transfusion medicine, cytology and anatomic pathology.

Is responsible for the implementation of the laboratory software modules of the hospital information system, VistA. This involves identification of problems in new software packages or functionality when they are installed, analysis of those problems and assisting in the determination of the appropriate corrective action. Using knowledge of medical technology, recommends modifications of the software either in the computer routines or in the work routines of the laboratory sections or users which ensure that the two parts of the overall system work well together and that clinical results are accurately reported and available in a timely manner.

Develops and provides initial computer orientation and training of new laboratory employees at the appropriate level of knowledge and skill to meet users' position requirements. Performs training at the local level, within the VISN or nationally.

Serves as the PLMS information security officer and provides guidance to resolve security issues. Trains all employees on the hospital, VISN and national computer security policies and procedures. Provides interpretation of existing hospital policies and procedures as they relate to the laboratory information system.

Provides computer advice, expertise and guidance to laboratory personnel. Provides advice and guidance to other clinical staff, support workers, business managers, service chiefs and service line managers on computer-related problems concerning data inputs, new procedures and software updates.Represents PLMS on hospital committees and task forces, and contributes to the development

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6:30-15:00, holidays or as required on weekends for updates/downtime
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:
  • A. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

    b. Education and/or Experience Combination. An associate's degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or an equivalent program composed of at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or (b) 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing. In addition to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

    c.Certification. All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

    AND

    GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

    d.Minimum Requirements: Appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level and above requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 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.

    AND

    TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-12 level, in addition to the above applicants must possess either the experience or additional higher level education listed below.

    e.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 professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*).

    Creditable Experience:

    Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements in paragraph 2.b. above. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to laboratory experience at the next lower level. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with active professional laboratory practice. (Active professional practice is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MT/CLS as defined by NAACLS.) This may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:

    1.The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice in medical technology/clinical laboratory science performing moderate and/or high complexity testing as a certified or certificate-eligible MT/CLS; or

    2.The equivalent of 1 year of professional practice in one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology/clinical laboratory science performing moderate and/or high complexity testing as a certified or
    certificate-eligible MT/CLS; or

    3.The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice in a field directly related and applicable to the position to be filled;
    or

    4.Academic coursework leading to an advanced degree in medical technology or a directly related health care field

    OR

    f. 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.

    * Demonstrate the following KSAs:

    1. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology sufficient to revise standard methods to improve or extend test systems; and evaluate, modify, or adapt new methods to meet the requirements of a particular testing situation.
    2. Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training, and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs, or functions.
    3. Knowledge of laboratory information systems and programming techniques sufficient to develop, ' adapt, and maintain computer systems for accomplishing diagnostic laboratory work and quality assurance.
    4. Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes. *
    5. Knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory functions.
    6. Knowledge of computer system analysis, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system. *


    References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, VA Qualification Standard

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.

    Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 20 lbs. Transporting some light items throughout the work unit.
    Working conditions: Work is performed in an environment in which regular and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases is possible. Gloves, gowns, or masks are required as safety precautions. This position requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods of time and be able to work at a computer.



None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Certification
  • Resume



VA Form 10-2850c can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. required.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

  • OF-306
  • Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • A. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

    b. Education and/or Experience Combination. An associate's degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or an equivalent program composed of at least 60 semester hours, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: (a) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or (b) 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry; 6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and have laboratory training that includes completion of a NAACLS approved clinical laboratory training program with at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty that the individual performs high complexity testing. In addition to the associate's degree, must possess at least 3 years of directly related, full time work experience.

    c.Certification. All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

    AND

    GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

    d.Minimum Requirements: Appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level and above requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 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.

    AND

    TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-12 level, in addition to the above applicants must possess either the experience or additional higher level education listed below.

    e.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 professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*).

    Creditable Experience:

    Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements in paragraph 2.b. above. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to laboratory experience at the next lower level. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with active professional laboratory practice. (Active professional practice is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MT/CLS as defined by NAACLS.) This may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:

    1.The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice in medical technology/clinical laboratory science performing moderate and/or high complexity testing as a certified or certificate-eligible MT/CLS; or

    2.The equivalent of 1 year of professional practice in one of the disciplines or specialized areas of medical technology/clinical laboratory science performing moderate and/or high complexity testing as a certified or
    certificate-eligible MT/CLS; or

    3.The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice in a field directly related and applicable to the position to be filled;
    or

    4.Academic coursework leading to an advanced degree in medical technology or a directly related health care field

    OR

    f. 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.

    * Demonstrate the following KSAs:

    1. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology sufficient to revise standard methods to improve or extend test systems; and evaluate, modify, or adapt new methods to meet the requirements of a particular testing situation.
    2. Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training, and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs, or functions.
    3. Knowledge of laboratory information systems and programming techniques sufficient to develop, ' adapt, and maintain computer systems for accomplishing diagnostic laboratory work and quality assurance.
    4. Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes. *
    5. Knowledge of compliance requirements for laboratory functions.
    6. Knowledge of computer system analysis, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system. *


    References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, VA Qualification Standard

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.

    Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 20 lbs. Transporting some light items throughout the work unit.
    Working conditions: Work is performed in an environment in which regular and recurring exposure to infectious and contagious diseases is possible. Gloves, gowns, or masks are required as safety precautions. This position requires the employee to sit for prolonged periods of time and be able to work at a computer.



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