Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Health Technician in Cleveland, Ohio

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1986095

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply!

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

This position is currently open to permanent employees of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (CBOC's included), permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Lead Health Technician (Trainer). The Lead Health Technician (Trainer) will function in the Phlebotomy and Processing section of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The Lead Health Technician (Trainer) duties include:

  • Leading a team of employees performing work at the GS-04, GS-05 and GS-06 level
  • Developing and coordinating a comprehensive training and competency program for the phlebotomy and processing area of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service
  • Arranging and performing training, competencies and educational in-services for new and current staff, students and other health care professionals using phlebotomy and processing procedures, policies and protocols
  • Providing and maintain record keeping for training, competencies and educational in-services in accordance with guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies
  • Providing guidance and technical direction for accomplishing the work of the team by ensuring the work assignments of employees in the unit or team are carried out
  • Distributing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specialization
  • Reviewing completed work to determine if the supervisor's instructions on work priorities, methods, deadlines and qualities have been met
  • Identifying viable samples for the request and determining their suitability for requested testing
  • Locating and routing the specimen for the new test requested
  • Retrieving blood samples that lesser grade phlebotomist could not obtain due to the level of difficulty involved
  • Monitoring the status and progress of work and makes day-to-day adjustments in accordance with established work assignment protocols and priorities of the work area
  • Performing the add-on function for the clinical sections of the laboratory to include, but not limited to, Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Special Chemistry and Immunology; identifying viable samples for the request, determining the suitability for the test requested, and routing specimen to the testing area(s)

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with rotating weekends and holidays. The tour of duty for the rotating weekends and holidays will be 5:00 a.m. - 1:30p.m. or 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., depending on needs of the service.

Position Description (PD) number: 60805-A

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current, Permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements within 15 calendar days of the closing date listed on the announcement:

  • Time in grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a General Schedule (GS) grade at any point in the last 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 level.
  • Applicants must be eligible under the VA Interchange Agreement, having served continuously for at least one year in the other merit system under this interchange agreement. For more information regarding the VA Interchange Agreement please visit:
  • All Title 38 Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) employees must have served in their Excepted Service position for at least 90 days in order to be eligible for a position within the Competitive Service.
  • Applicants who were previously selected under a Competitive Delegating Examining Unit (DEU) announcement must have served in their position for at least 90 days prior to being eligible for other positions within the Competitive Service.

In addition to the qualifications above you must also have:


Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-6) to qualify at the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Lead Health Technician. Examples of specialized experience includes: evaluating laboratory samples for proper sample type, labeling, pH, lipemia, hemolysis and volume; performing advanced phlebotomy services; performing blood culture collection and on-demand collection; advising physicians on proper ordering protocols for patient care and fiscal efficiency based on established guidelines and experience; performing the add-on functions for the clinical sections of the laboratory to include, but not limited to, Chemistry, Immunology and Special Chemistry, Hematology and Microbiology; and assessing sample integrity by utilizing established evaluation techniques to ensure samples are suitable for laboratory testing.



Must possess one full year of graduate level education that is directly related to the position of Lead Health Technician. Education must include courses directly related to the specialized experience listed for this position. (One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.) Transcripts must be submitted.



Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level. This can be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level by dividing your total months of qualifying experience by 12; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level by dividing your semester hours of graduate education by 18; then add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Transcripts must be submitted.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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). 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. 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). 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: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and reoccurring walking, or bending; walking to observe, collect, or record date. Due to the work being located in a laboratory, agility and dexterity such as hand/eye coordination is required.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: .

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) - provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veteran preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligible is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website (

The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-12 to 2017-08-02

Salary: $42,328 to $55,031 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Series: 0640 Health Aid And Technician

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: FZ-17-CB-1986095-BU

Control number: 474218500