This position is located at the Kayenta Service Unit, Division
of Clinical Services, Laboratory Branch, Kayenta, AZ. This position
serves as Medical Technologist Department Head and technical
overseer of the Chemistry, Reference Laboratory, and Safety
sections of the Core Laboratory. The purpose for the position is to
provide a full range of accurate diagnosis, treatment and cost
effective laboratory testing of patients for optimal patient
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- Serves as the section expert on chemistry testing, reference
lab testing, patient safety, and trains or consults with laboratory
personnel and other core laboratory section heads. Advises medical
staff and other health professionals in the theories and principles
of Clinical Chemistry, Reference Laboratory testing, and Safety
- Writes and implements Quality Assurance (QA) and Performance
Improvement plans as needed. Organizes and maintains quality
assurance programs in their respective sections. Submits quality
assurance and performance improvement reports on a monthly
- Plans and leads a diagnostic testing program providing
chemistry, serology, reference laboratory, and Lab Safety services
in a clinical laboratory setting
- Identifies and resolves complex problems; documents,
implements, monitors and completes corrective action as assigned to
correct deficiencies in Proficiency Testing, Testing Personnel
technical performance issues, regulatory compliance deficiencies,
and Laboratory Safety deficiencies as needed.
- Introduces new test methods and modifies or revises standard
techniques to improve the quality and accuracy of testing services
as requirements change; performs New Test validations/verification
studies, summarizes the data for review by the supervisor
0644 Clinical Laboratory Science
Conditions of Employment
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630,
requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this
requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these
positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere
or guilty to certain crimes.
Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.
Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born
after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for
civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health
Service health care facilities.
The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain
medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure
requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during
employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to
and including removal from Federal service.
On-call hours or standby duty may be required. Incumbent may
have occasional or incidental use of a government owned or leased
vehicle and must maintain a valid state drivers license.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To
learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient
experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific
position for which you are applying.
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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will
receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer
and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and
responsibilities in each position held and the total number of
hours per week.
Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the
individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the
specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish
to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade
GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the table
on page IV-A-22, in addition to meeting the basic requirements.
The individual occupational requirements typically provide at
least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of
the occupations covered by this standard:
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an
accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher
degree that included a major field of study or specific course
requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in
paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a
major field of study is the amount specified by the college or
university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester
hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study.
The nature and quality of this required course work must have been
such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study
in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally
refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program
- Appropriate combination of education and experience that is
typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational
requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an
applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described
in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience.
The method of determining the number of semester hours required to
constitute a major field of study is the same as described in
The quality of the combination of education and experience must
be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the
occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the
successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major
in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and
related fields, a typical college degree would have included
courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking,
research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with
skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more
responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable
experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or
abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
The individual occupational requirements for some series make no
provision for combining experience and education. Therefore, they
do not include paragraph B provisions.
For a small number of occupations or positions covered by this
standard, applicants may possess certain kinds of experience in
lieu of education. In such cases, applicants may meet minimum
qualification requirements through experience equivalent to a
4-year degree. These situations are generally described in
paragraph C of the individual occupational requirements.
Applicants whose experience is used to meet the basic
requirements through a paragraph B or C provision may qualify for
grades above the entry level if that experience includes 1 year of
specialized experience. In such cases, the specialized experience
would have to be evaluated to determine if it is at the appropriate
grade level in the normal line of progression.
In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the
Minimum Qualifications stated below.
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or
public sector performing the following type of work and/or
GS-11: Perform a wide range clinical laboratory tests/exams,,
i.e., difficult and infrequent tests requiring special knowledge,
for use in clinical diagnosis, patient screening and other
authorized purposes. Communicate information to subordinates, such
as troubleshooting, and governs quality services; Assure optimal
performance of all instrument; determine procedures for chemistry
tests to be performed. Write and implement corrective actions plans
for any deficiencies and monitor these fallouts; Monitor Quality
Assurance/Quality Control indicators and Performance Improvement
protocols; Ensure testing processes adhere to acceptable levels of
performance based on quality management procedures and principles.
Review section work performed on a daily basis, correct errors, and
notify attending physicians as appropriate; Ensure staff are
trained in the blood gas, chemistry, and reference laboratory
sections and maintains regulatory compliance; Define reference
values/ranges using statistical methods, set up and monitor record
keeping systems and effective quality control procedures.
Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to
the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates
must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade
level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted
Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of
the closing date of the announcement.
For positions requiring positive education requirements, you
MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of
college courses which includes equivalent information from the
transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree
earned) in your resume.
When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using
education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts
(unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that
you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at
the following website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have
been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has
been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at
a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,