Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST-LABORATORY MANAGER in Fargo, North Dakota

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1823773

If you're looking for a variety, North Dakota has it all! The state experiences all four of the breathtaking seasons, has a growing economy, rolling farmlands, and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. In the Fargo-Moorhead area we have three universities and one technical/community colleges as well as a thriving arts community. If you like sports, Fargo is home to the Redhawks Independent Baseball Organization, the FM Jets hockey team, and the Red River Valley Speedway. We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Sioux hockey games. The North Dakota State University Bison, a Division I team, had a winning football season in '11, '12, '13, '14 and '15. There is an assortment of outdoor activities from which to choose - snowmobiling, ice fishing, regular fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hunting, tubing, canoeing, hiking, camping, & biking to name a few. For more information about Fargo go to or the FM Chamber of Commerce

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.

** Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

** The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


Laboratory Manager share full responsibility for managing and supervising all phases of laboratory service operation with the Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Lab is a complexity index group 2 laboratory that performs less than 1 million Standard Billable Tests annually. Provides guidance and serves as an authority and subject matter expert on laboratory medicine, including research, agency policies, new techniques and procedures. Develops guidelines, assesses laboratory effectiveness, establishes and maintains quality assurance and quality management programs. Consults with or serves as a consultant for local, network, and national programs and/or officials. Manages regulatory affairs and compliance. Develops and manages program budget and resource utilization, inventory, acquisition, and contacting processes. Assists and participates in educational programs affiliated with institutions providing training for individuals in laboratory or other related medical field of study.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Functional Statement

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Trips to Community Based Clinics and Yearly Strategic Planning Session
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:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • English Language - spoken and written proficiency.

  • Certification - Must be ASCP certified Medical Technologist (MT) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)

  • Physical Requirements.

  • Education and/or Experience Combination basic requirements; GS-11 level experience in addition required as noted below:

Copies of Transcripts need to be included with application packet; originals will be requested at the time of selection.

(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.).


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. MEET AT THE TIME THE JOB CLOSES.


(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,


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,


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.

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; religions; 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.

Grade Determinations:

PREFERRED: Master's degree in Business Administration or Management

GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements listed above and at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-11) as a Technical Specialist, Laboratory Education Coordinator, Quality Management Technologist, Lead Medical Technologist, Supervisory Technologist, or equivalent. In addition you will need to be able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to balance the administrative and clinical functions in order to coordinate and manage programs and resources.

  • Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes strategic and tactical program planning, coordination, interpretation, supervision, consultation, negotiation, problem solving, formulation of policy and guidelines and monitoring of laboratory programs.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, on technical information with a wide variety of individuals including senior VHA managers in the medical center, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) level staff and VHA Central Office staff.

  • Skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to the measurement and improvement of program effectiveness and/or organizational productivity.

  • Skill to develop new or modified work methods, organizational structures, records and files, management processes, staffing patterns, etc.

  • Knowledge of regulatory, licensing, and accrediting agency requirements, and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations used in planning, implementing and monitoring laboratory programs and services.

  • Skill in administrative management (e.g., budgeting, contracting, procurement and property management) in accordance with VHA regulations.

References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist, dated May 12, 2014, 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: * Position is routinely sedentary and will require standing and sitting; utilizing computer.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. 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.

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: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453174200

Job Announcement Number: VQ-GS-17-007-BL-1823773