Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST (Generalist) in Kansas City, Missouri

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**This is an Internalannouncementopen to current, permanent Facility, VA employees, or Federal employees. U.S. Citizens should apply under the external announcement # CBDA-18-SK-10210255-PLM-BU.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program based on the availability of funding. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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

A Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Scientist at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens using manual or automated techniques, and require a board exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), coagulation, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), serology and urinalysis. Technologist monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals and others in the medical center setting including the public. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. He/She also works offhour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. Serves as an independentduty medical technologist in the Clinical Laboratory of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service in this university affiliated Medical Center.

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The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks for the medical laboratory technician occupation and performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles

  • Participates in quality assurance programs, such as College of American Pathologist or other regulatory agencies to maintain accreditation, corrects deficiencies promptly and modifies instruments/methods to conform and keep laboratory standards at a high level

  • Prepares reagents, assembles equipment, identifies all operational problems and troubleshoots accordingly; performs daily, weekly and monthly maintenance; performs and calculates results for a variety of complex tests such as sterile fluid exams, buffy coat smears, Gram Stains, special tests for hemolytic anemia, special coagulations studies for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) work-ups and body fluid differentials

  • Performs a broad range of blood banking duties including obtaining blood and other components from outside sources; screens blood samples for irregular antibodies to determine if rare or unusual antibodies are present; types and crossmatches patient/donor for transfusion; prepares platelet and type specific plasma; solves antibody problems; investigates transfusion reactions and completes computer data entry

  • Performs ABO and RH typing of specimens; resolving discrepancies

  • Performs antibody screening; identifies any antibody detected in the screen by testing patient serum against appropriate panel of red cells

  • Thaws fresh frozen plasma; prepares other components when ordered

  • Investigates autoimmune hemolytic disease performing direct coombs test, using IgG, C3 poly specific reagents. When coombs test is positive, the sample is further evaluated determining if the antibody coating red cells is an auto-or allo-antibody

  • Selects appropriate donor blood to be transfused; performs crossmatching of the patient's serum and the donor's red blood cells; resolves compatibility problems.

  • Performs transfusion reaction investigations

  • Inspects donor units prior to issue

  • Monitors and evaluates requests for blood and blood products ensuring request meets VA blood usage criteria as established by the VA

Work Schedule: Rotating weekends and holidays 11:30pm - 7:30am Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0644 Medical Technologist

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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 a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

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. * Education: Must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited 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 : or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) OR bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with 1 course in in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with 1 course in organic or biochemistry) and 1 course in mathematics AND 2 years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.), within last 10 years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologist (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 bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with 1 course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with 1 course in organic or biochemistry) and 1 course in mathematics, AND 5 years of clinical laboratory experience within last 10 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. (Must submit a copy of transcripts). * English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English. * Preferred Experience: Bachelor Science degree or higher in Medical Laboratory Science; ASCP certified, at least 3 years of clinical experience in laboratory procedures. Must possess appropriate certification as listed in the certification area above. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:


(1) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. (2) Certification: At the full performance level (GS-9), candidates must currently possess certification. Exception: Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. Failure to Obtain Certification: In all cases, MTs must actively pursue meeting prerequisites for certification from the date of their appointment. Failure to become certified within one year from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS

GS-9 (Full Performance Level)

Experience: At least 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7), which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

Certification: Candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H,SH), blood bank (BB/SBB), etc. (Must submit copy of certification with application).

KSAs: In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of professional Medical Technologist principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work;

  • Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems;

  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation;

  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments;

  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results;

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions;

  • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes;

  • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix GS-24, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated May 12, 2014

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09.

Functional Statement Title:Medical Technologist Generalist GS-644-7 and 9

Physical Requirements:Incumbent must meet physical standards for the position. The work is normally completed in an indoor office setting. Incumbent is required to stand, bend, stoop, lift, and kneel for long periods of time. He/she must be able to see colors. He/she must also be able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and stairs, and maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations. Working in a clinical laboratory also involves regular and recurring risks to infectious substances and irritant reagents. Incumbent will be required to wear protective clothing and take safety precautions. A physical examination prior to placement is required.


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.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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.

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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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website on the Internet: In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

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.

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Required Documents

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

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search. Not required unless selected for the vacancy.

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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Certification
  • VA Benefit Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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

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


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full 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 06/01/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS 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.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details 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
Shannon Kennedy

(816) 861-4700 X53833



Kansas City VA Medical Center 4801 Linwood Boulevard Kansas City, MO US

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Next steps

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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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

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 For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/14/2018 to 06/01/2018

Salary: $44,219 to $66,194 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 7 - 9

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent