Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Specialized Experience: 6 months of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-03 or equivalent). Specialized experience must include (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled.
GS-05: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-04 or equivalent). Specialized experience must include to conduct test to identify a variety of commonly encountered or expected pathogenic bacteria and fungi for identification to genus and species. Selects methods for obtaining pure cultures of suspected pathogens found on preliminary culture. Selects basic tests to be used and determines need for additional tests to furnish positive identification. Writes report of findings and submits to supervisor.
GS-06: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-05 or equivalent). Specialized experience must include performing specimen collection and processing duties; receives specimens collected outside the lab and ensures appropriateness for tests required; and receives, orders, accessions, and prioritizes laboratory test requests.
GS-07: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-06 or equivalent). Specialized experience must include performing a variety of laboratory tests and examinations which are difficult and complex; completing tests using standard operating procedures or detailed instructions and guidelines; and preparing reports of findings.
GS-08: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-07 or equivalent). Specialized experience must include medical technicians perform difficult and complex laboratory tests and examinations for which procedures and instructions have not been standardized locally. There are typically very many extremely delicate and exacting steps, the instrumentation is elaborate and complex, and the settings and measurements are very fine; the work typically involves significant personal work contacts with pathologists, other physicians, and with patients.
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Ability to make adjustments in work assignments for the laboratory technicians based on established priorities.
2. Ability to train and instruct other laboratory personnel, medical staff, students, new employees, reservists and volunteers in proper phlebotomy procedures.
3. Knowledge of phlebotomy procedures for collecting blood samples by venipuncture or by capillary method, and for collecting body fluids, skin scrapings, throat or wound swabs, and specimens from patients of all ages including those with collapsed or small veins.
4. Skill in receiving patients; providing verbal instructions regarding sample collection process to be followed prior to, during, and after specimen collections; and preparing and reviewing; laboratory slips for required information.
5. Ability to recognize signs or symptoms of physiological reactions and act appropriately to prevent injury to and stabilize the patient.
6. Ability to think critically and interact with supervisors and employees. Must possess a high personal and ethical integrity to understand critical implications of the laboratory procedures performed and the severe legal consequences with results produced. Skill in effective oral and written communications to prepare correspondence and technical documentation for training and counseling employees.
7. Knowledge of computerized information management systems and data automation systems associated with laboratory instrumentation to enter, retrieve, and process available data using appropriate coding systems, formats, and reporting requirements. Knowledge to train others in data system operations, to coordinate requirements with computer specialists, and to interpret computer products.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Health Care Occupations for all grades. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint individuals to s certain health care occupations, or 'EHA Medical.' Positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level.
This public notice may be used to fill target grades (e.g. GS-04 Target GS 08). There may be promotion potential up to the GS-8 or equivalent.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
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Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.