Lead Histotechnologist


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    The Lead Histotechnologist position is located in the Anatomic Pathology section of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service. The incumbent must possess professional knowledge of all theories and practical aspects of Anatomic Pathology and histotechniques to perform basic and specialized procedures in the areas of processing, microtomy, staining, immunohistochemistry and cryotomy. The Lead histotechnologist will have lead responsibilities.
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    Responsibilities

    Provides effective and professional training for newly hired personnel. Provides leadership for technician staff by assessing the technical competency of subordinates and provides specific instruction aimed at improving their expertise and efficiency. Establishes and monitors all quality assurance procedures, and establishes quality control criteria. Collects and monitors all anatomic pathology quality assurance data including turnaround times, malignancy notification documentation, and provider specific data utilized for focused and ongoing professional practice evaluation within the service. Independently develops policies and procedures that are consistent with accreditation requirements and establishes effective processes. The incumbent develops and implements the use of protocols for the performance of test procedures, monitors conformity to the protocols, and establishes the parameters for correlation of results, quality control procedures, and establishes troubleshooting procedures. Establishes an efficient supply and inventory system. Verifies the accuracy and completeness of processing surgical and autopsy specimens and proper sample collection, labeling, and transport requirements. Operates equipment such as microscopes, microtomes, tissue processor, cryostat, and embedding center. Calibrates, repairs, performs preventive maintenance, and records required function checks. Independently establishes deadlines and prioritizes assignments according to the needs of the section and provides advice on how to proceed when unusual problems or defects are encountered which cannot be corrected except by substantial modification or methods.

    Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday with possible weekends, holidays, nights and night call back
    Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: #7905-0
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    11

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    0601 General Health Science

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to background/security investigation
    • Must pass pre-employment physical

    Qualifications
    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/30/2018.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

    You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
    • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience for the performance of highly specialized work requiring advanced theoretical and scientific knowledge, unusual professional judgment, and insight in the field of anatomic pathology. Provides leadership for technician level staff, establishes and monitors all quality assurance procedures and establishes quality control criteria, develops operating procedures for the daily processes in anatomic pathology, and acquired skills for insight, analyzing ability, and knowledge of current and recent diagnostic techniques to independently promote efficiency of laboratory function. Knowledge of professional anatomic pathology principles in both cytology, histology practices, concepts, and theories. OR,
    • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD degree or PhD equivalent doctoral degree. OR,
    • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond 60 semester hours.
    You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

    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.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as use of microtome or cryostat and standing for long periods of time. Lifting five gallon reagent containers is required. Occasionally it is required to work longer than eight hours per day or duty may be assigned on weekends, holidays, nights, and night callback.

    The work involves regular and recurring exposure to infectious agents such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and viruses; handling and exposure to extremely sharp cutting instruments;and caustic, flammable, noxious, toxic and/or carcinogenic chemical reagents and solutions. Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 lbs.), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, cannot be colorblind, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors.

    The work involves regular and returning risks and discomforts associated with working in a histology laboratory, e.g., working with hazardous chemicals and hazardous biological substances. The histotechnologist wears protective clothing such as coats, eye protection, and gloves and uses safety precautions such as universal precautions and hoods. Work area includes solvents (degreasing agents) and working around machinery with moving parts.

    Education
    Preferred certification: Histotechnologist Certification

    Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD degree or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

    Additional information

    Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    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.

    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.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required
    No

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


    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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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    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 .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/30/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10289612 .
  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
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    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Agency contact information Stacie Bartlett

    Phone
    (217) 554-3202
    Email
    Stacie.Bartlett@va.gov

    Address

    Danville VA Medical Center
    1900 East Main Street
    Danville, IL 61832
    US

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    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/508523700 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Posted
09/19/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Danville, IL, US