This position is located at the San Francisco VA Health Care System, in the Anatomic Pathology Service. The Supervisory Pathology Specialist is under the supervision of a Pathologist, manages the operations of the Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology and Autopsy services, integrating and educating residents, and representing these services in a variety of interactions with clinical and non-clinical staff. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your education and experience as described below: Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of a Health Science Specialist (Pathology Specialist). NOTE: You must submit copies of transcripts at the time of application. Education will not be credited without documentation. Please ensure that your transcripts show that a degree was conferred. Display copies of degrees or course listings do not provide the information needed. AND Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: performing gross examination and sectioning of all types of surgical pathology specimens including intra-operative evaluation; performing accessioning of surgical pathology specimens; performing autopsies after review of the medical record, and correlating the gross pathology with the patient's clinical presentation; ordering and interpreting special studies (e.g., cultures, histochemical and immunohistochemical stains, electron microscopy; preparing diagnostic reports; evaluating and implementing new equipment; ordering supplies; maintaining regulatory compliance related to a laboratory; educating others about various aspects of Anatomic Pathology; Develop Anatomic Pathology protocols; data collection and interpretation; direct and implement quality improvement initiatives; supervise team of laboratory staff; and interview new candidates for vacancies. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: CommunicationsDiagnostic Medical TestingProject ManagementTechnical Competence 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires long period of standing while performing gross examinations and teaching others to do so, recurring bending when performing frozen sections and autopsies, occasional lifting of heavy items, recurrent rapid walking from building to building, pushing a moderately heavy cart, and above average dexterity in dissecting specimens and cutting frozen sections. The work involves regular and recurring exposures to irritating and volatile organic solutions, and potentially infectious material. Protective gear and special safety precautions are required. The Pathology Specialist uses protective agents such as a laboratory coat, gloves, mask, and eye protective devices as necessary For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tour of duty subject to change to meet the needs of the agency\nTelework: Partial telework may be authorized\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Supervisory Pathology Specialist/PD088270\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized; May qualify for incentives in accordance with agency policy.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorize\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required The Supervisory Pathology Specialist, GS-0601-12, under the supervision of a Pathologist, independently plans and carries out assignments in order to accomplish the goals of the service, plays a key role in the quality control process, and initiates and completes new projects which extend the applications of current technologies and incorporate new technological advances. The position will oversee the laboratory personnel and overall functioning of the anatomic pathology laboratory under the supervision of pathology section directors and chief of service. Duties for the position include but are not limited to: Provide technical and administrative supervision to the following positions: 1.0 FTEE Histology Technician, GS-0646-11 1.0 FTEE Histology Technician, GS-0646-07 1.0 FTEE Histology Technician, GS-0646-07 1.0 FTEE Cytotechnologist, GS-0646-11 1.0 FTEE Autopsy Technician, contract Coordinates the integration of new methodologies into the laboratory, and assists other employees in gaining familiarity with the new techniques and procedures. Serve as the laboratory safety officer and chemical hygiene officer, and ensure that agency policies and priorities are being followed. Use established performance standards and suggest changes as appropriate to evaluate work performance of the laboratory personnel. Resolve minor complaints from employees, approve leave, refer group grievances and more serious unresolved complaint to the section director or chief of service, affect minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands, and recommend action in more serious cases. Interview candidates for positions in the unit, recommend appointments, promotions, and reassignments of lab work; identify and provide for training needs, and find ways to improve efficiency or increase the quality of work within the area of authority. Play a central role in the education and training of residents in pathology, other medical specialties, regarding the practice of Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology and Autopsy. Instruction is provided at the bench and through discussions of relevant topics. All elements of gross examination and sectioning of all types of surgical pathology specimens. Requesting specialized tests including histochemical and immunohistochemical stains, flow cytometry, and genetic tests like mutation analysis and microsatellite analysis. Evaluating and implementing new equipment and ordering supplies. Staining and labeling of slides as needed. Photography of gross specimens and maintenance of a teaching collection of gross photographs. Investigation and resolution of problems related to Surgical Pathology. Responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance related to the anatomic pathology lab on a daily basis. Teach other health care workers including technicians, technologists, nurses, and administrative personnel, about various aspects of Anatomic Pathology. Anatomic Pathology protocol development. Under supervision of a Pathologist, develops or participates in the development of Anatomic Pathology protocols. Familiar with the requirements of accreditation agencies and works to ensure that Anatomic Pathology services are in compliance with same. Assists in the collection and interpretation of data for Anatomic Pathology QA programs, participates in the service QA committee, and Represents the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service on VAMC committees and task forces, and contributes to the development of new programs, resolution of problems, and institution of new initiatives involving the service. Participates in the orientation and training of new employees in Anatomic Pathology. Collects data and creates graphic representations of the data for presentation and publication. Supervise all activities related to the Autopsy and Cytopathology services. Other duties as assigned. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and may be posted up to September 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be February 9, 2022 with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st and 15th of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled."]
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