Supervisory Anatomic Pathology Specialist

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Full Time

The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.

About the Position:
This position is with the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Department of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, located in Fort Belvoir, VA. The The incumbent will be part of an integrated team of military and civilian professionals that provide a full range of technical and administrative support for surgical pathology and cytopathology services, primarily the provision of consultative services of the department.

The work requires long periods of standing, sitting, and intense concentration in noisy and congested areas, walking moderate distances between alternate work sites. Work occasionally involves moving human bodies and lifting objects up to 40 pounds. Performance of duty requires manual dexterity, good eye-to-hand coordination, and normal color vision.

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification as a Pathology Assistant (PA) is preferred.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

  • Not Required

  • Yes
  • Relocation costs may be paid if the selecting official determines the relocation is in the best interest of the government.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement:

Degree: Full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position such as pathology.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience includes instructing others on anatomic pathology procedures and techniques; maintaining or updating standard operating procedures in anatomic pathology; experience with laboratory regulatory guidelines such as Joint Commission or College of American Pathologists (CAP). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone -- no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Quality Management
  • Teaching Others
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
  • This position requires you to satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical examination.

Not Applicable


As a Supervisory Anatomic Pathology Specialist, you will plan and carry out duties, resolve administrative problems, and coordinate work with department physicians and other Department sections. You will direct day-to-day operations, manage and control section workload, establish production and quality control procedures, suspense dates, and priority of work. Develop performance plans and rate employees; interview candidates for subordinate positions; recommend hiring, promotion, and reassignment. Take disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands. Instruct pathology residents, interns, and medical/pathologist assistant students in the procedures and techniques used to examine, describe, and dissect organs and tissues removed during surgery. You will teach individuals to correlate the pathophysiology of disease processes, recognize and identify normal tissue, abnormalities and disease entities (both expected and unexpected); identify the type and purpose of surgery performed; and select samples for microscopic evaluation that enable the pathologist to provide complete staging information and an accurate diagnosis upon which therapeutic decisions are based. Teach the proper performance of post-mortem examinations (autopsies) to include external examination, removal, dissection and thorough examination of visceral organs, brain and spinal cord and assess the level of technical performance achieved by all trainees.

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