Clinical Laboratory Scientist Job

Vacancy No. IHS-21-AQ-10995458-DE Department Indian Health Service
Salary $46,002.00 to $76,217.00 Grade 7 to 10
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/1/2021 Close Date 12/31/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
TOWAOC, COPUEBLO OF ACOMA, NMALBUQUERQUE, NMDULCE, NM
MESCALERO, NMSANTA FE, NMTAOS, NMZUNI, NM

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 01/01/2021 to 12/31/2021

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7 - 10

  • Salary

    $46,002 to $76,217 per year

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules

Locations
  • Towaoc, CO Few vacancies
  • Acomita, NM Few vacancies
  • Albuquerque, NM Few vacancies
  • Dulce, NM Few vacancies
  • Mescalero, NM Few vacancies
  • Santa Fe, NM Few vacancies
  • Taos, NM Few vacancies
  • Zuni, NM Few vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation Expenses may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the service agreement will result in full repayment of relocation expenses.

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Announcement number

IHS-21-AQ-10995458-DE

Control number

587942700

  • Videos
    Videos

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/7wF0MIKtYHU

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    This Open Continuous Announcement allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being referred for consideration when vacancies occur. Your resume and any documents submitted will be retained for three months and may be used at any time during this period. After 3 months, you must reapply to this announcement in order to be considered.

    Contact the Albuquerque Area IHS Recruiter:
    Michelle Aguilar Bowser
    Phone: 505-256-6731
    Email: Michelle.AguilarBowser@ihs.gov

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities

    These positions are located in one of the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service facilities, with duty locations varying across the state of New Mexico, and reports to the Supervisory Clinical Laboratory Scientist. The incumbent is responsible for the Pre-Analytical, Analytical, and Post-Analytical application of established laboratory procedures in accordance to regulatory guidelines for examinations of blood, and other body fluids in the clinical laboratory. Work assignments are in such specialization as chemistry, hematology, coagulation, serology, immunology, urinalysis, microbiology, and immunohematology.

    • Use appropriate functions of the laboratory package, including ordering patient tests and accessioning tests ordered by the provider.
    • Withdraws appropriate quantities of blood by venipuncture, capillary, and/or arterial puncture as required using appropriate age specific techniques.
    • Evaluates the specimen for integrity and analysis.
    • Analyzes quality control specimens, record results and determines report ability of results.
    • Follows accreditation standards, regulatory agency requirements and institutional policies regarding blood borne pathogen, internal/external disaster policy, infection control, chemical hygiene, fire and electrical safety.
    • Sets up, operates and/or utilizes appropriate equipment, instruments, containers and other devices and materials to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of substances.
    • Prepares solutions, stains, reagents and media required for the conduct of tests/examinations.
    • Interprets and evaluates results of tests/examinations in process and upon completion in order to recognize anticipated reactions and departures from the norm.
    • Exercises professional judgment and experience in determining the causes or possible significance of improper or imprecise outcomes and in repeating or altering procedures and techniques to correct abnormalities and deviations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    10

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    Selectee may be subject to a probationary period
    U.S. Citizenship is required
    Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

    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.

    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.

    On-call hours or standby duty may be required. Work schedules other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays may be required to provide continuity of service.

    You will be required to have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank account with a financial institution of your choice.

    A valid unrestricted state driver's license is required.

    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/.

    Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.

    Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation.

    Qualifications
    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.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):

    Education:

    1. A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from a regionally accredited college/university including courses in biological science, chemistry and mathematics, AND successful completion of a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. OR
    2. A full 4-year course of study that included 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post- bachelor's certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology. OR
    3. A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biological science (with one semester in microbiology), 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry (with one semester in organic or biochemistry), one semester (one quarter) of mathematics, AND five years of full time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in Blood Banking, Chemistry, Hematology, microbiology, Immunology and Urinalysis/Body Fluids. OR
    4. Current federal employee assigned to a position in this occupational series as of September 2017 will be considered having met the basic requirements for the position occupied.
    Acceptable experience is responsible professional experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.

    In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below:

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    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.

    GS-07 Grade Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level performing the following type of work: assisting Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist in preparing reagents; assisting with performance of routine laboratory tests; following procedures to ensure quality control; and using basic laboratory equipment and instruments.

    GS-09 Grade Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level performing the following type of work: performing procedures of a routine and complex nature in all clinical laboratory sections; standardizing and/or calibrating section instruments; preparing reagents and controls; maintaining quality control; performing analysis which is reviewed by Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Supervisor; performing electronic standardization procedures for laboratory instrumentation function.

    GS-10 Grade Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level performing the following type of work: processing patient samples and conducting analysis; performing instrument calibration standardization and preventive maintenance; maintaining section records; preparing reagents and verifying instruments are operating correctly; repeating unusual or unexpected test results; evaluating acceptable quality control means, standard deviation reference points and variation from the mean; and mentoring new graduates and/or intermediate clinical laboratory scientist co-workers.

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
    Education

    This position has positive education requirements, you MUST submit copies of your transcripts (Official or Unofficial).

    When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts 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, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

    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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous 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.

    This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

    Incentive: Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the service agreement will result in repayment of the incentive.

    Government Housing: Is subject to availability and approval.

    The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:
    For IHS - https://www.ihs.gov/loanrepayment/
    For NHSC - https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/
    For HRSA Nurse Corps - https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships/nursecorps

    This position has promotion potential to the GS-10 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If you meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position, your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your qualifications will be conducted to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles.

    Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following.

    • Administration and Management
    • Attention to Detail
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Medical Technology
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Technology Awareness


    The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance. CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a "well qualified" rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Workforce Restructuring Career Transition website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
    Click here to view vacancy questions: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10995458. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, 12/31/2021, to be considered.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.

    Required as applicable for the purposes of specific eligibility and appointment claim(s), and position requirements:

    • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. Refer to BIA-4432 link: https://www.bia.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/public/raca/online_forms/pdf/IndianPref_1076-0160_Exp3-31-21.pdf. When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans preference the rules regarding Veterans preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
    • Veterans Preference: If claiming Veteran's Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form (Member 4 copy). To claim 10-Point Veterans Preference, submit a SF-15 Application (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) along with the appropriate supporting documentation. For additional information regarding Veterans Preference visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov.
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf.
    • Transcripts: This position has positive education requirements, you MUST submit copies of your transcripts (Official or Unofficial).
    • Certifications: Copy of your professional certification as a clinical laboratory scientist or medical technologist is optional.
    You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 12/31/2021

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-21-AQ-10995457-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

    1. Click 'Apply' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    2. Follow the prompts to upload your resume and/or supporting documents.
    3. Read all Eligibility questions and respond accordingly.
    4. Complete the assessment questions.
    5. Verify all required documentation is included in your application package
    For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here: http://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=search&option=faq.

    Agency contact information Trudy Begay Trudy Begay
    Phone

    (505)256-6822

    Fax

    (505)256-6853

    Email

    Trudy.Begay@ihs.gov

    Address

    Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service
    4101 Indian School Rd NE, Suite 225
    Albuquerque, NM 87110
    US
    Learn more about this agency

    Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients. Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of over 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Indian Health Service, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.ihs.gov/

    Next steps

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

    If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    ~ ~ ~ Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer ~ ~ ~

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