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Colorado Department of Human Services Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist - Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan in Denver County, Colorado

Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist - Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan

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Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist - Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan


$1,949.54 - $2,729.54 Biweekly


Denver County, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number

IIC 05898 03/17/2023


Colorado Department of Human Services



Opening Date


Closing Date



Determined by Position

Primary Physical Work Address

3525 W. Oxford Ave. Denver CO

FLSA Status

Non-Exempt; position is eligible for overtime compensation.

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Department Information

This position is open to current Colorado residents only.

Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

Most State of Colorado employees are eligible for a great benefit package! Please see the Supplemental Information section below for details! (https://dhr.colorado.gov/state-employees/state-of-colorado-employee-benefits)

About Fort Logan:

Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan (CMHHFL) is one of two state hospitals serving our community. The vision of CMHHFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons with complex, serious, and persistent mental health illness within the resources available. Our mission is to support those individuals in achieving their recovery goals and reaching their full potential. CMHHFL provides inpatient treatment to adult patients, generally between the ages of 18-49. The hospital has 94 adult inpatient beds, over four treatment units and opened an additional 44 beds (two units) in December 2022, with one unit currently occupied, the other unit awaiting occupancy. These two forensic units will be dedicated to providing psychiatric stabilization and restoration treatment to individuals opined incompetent to proceed as a result of their mental illness. Medical services, o ccupational therapy, neuropsychological-rehabilitation services, and trauma-informed care services are available for all patients throughout the hospital.

Through our core values, CMHHFL staff is committed to:

  • Individual dignity and respect

  • Person-centered, evidence-based care

  • Trauma-informed recovery

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Strong family and community partnerships

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Description of Job

This position will typically work early morning shifts, Monday - Friday.

Please note: These working arrangements are subject to change.

About this Position:

This position exists to provide professional laboratory services in Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine. The position is responsible for the pre-analytical and analytical waived testing phases of the laboratory and the future expansion of waived testing activities. The work supports laboratory initiatives by providing professional-level knowledge, skill, and testing services. In addition, the position is responsible for ensuring compliance with all accreditation standards; collection of blood and other specimens; analysis of specimen quality; clinical accession; specimen processing; education of clinical staff; record-keeping through manual and electronic methods; maintenance of internal quality control mechanisms, procurement of good and services; ordering of reagents and supplies; maintenance of equipment; and competency assessment of technical staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Special Qualifications

This position requires certification as a Medical Technologist (MT ASCP) or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/ Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS ASCP).

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the work assignment.

Two years of professional experience in a laboratory.


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years recent (within the past five years) working in a professional clinical laboratory as a Medical Technologist with experience in specimen processing and CLIA waived testing

  • Exceptional phlebotomy skills including experience with a “difficult stick” patient population

  • Demonstrated commitment to laboratory, phlebotomy, safety, and infection control practices

  • Supervisory experience

  • Experience working with psychiatric/behavioral health population

  • Solution-focused and collaborative spirit

  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills

  • Superior organizational skills

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Advanced computer skills

  • Critical thinking and decisive judgment

    Conditions of Employment:

The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:

  • Full background check.

  • The classification is shift differential eligible and this position must be able to work early morning shifts.

  • This classification is on-call eligible, though, this position is not on-call required.

  • This position may be required to use, handle or be exposed to hazardous materials, such as chemical reagents.

  • Due to the juvenile population served at this facility, incumbents of this position must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

    Appeal Rights:

    If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

    An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (dpa_state.personnelboard@state.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgment of the department’s action.

    For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#how-to-apply)

The Assessment Process

For additional recruiting questions, please contact stephanie.karle@state.co.us

About Us:

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs) (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high-quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

  • Remote work arrangements for eligible positions

    *Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

    information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs .

    Our Values:

    We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans .

    Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

    We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

    Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

    We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

    Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

    We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at cdhs_ada@state.co.us or call 1-800-929-0791.


    Toll Free Applicant Technical Support (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#technical-support)

The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information: www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/benefits

Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.


This position requires certification as a Medical Technologist (MT ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS ASCP). Please list your certification number below and/or attach your certification to your application, if possible.


As a condition of employment, the occupant of this position must be 21 years or older. Could you verify that you meet this age requirement?

  • Yes

  • No


    Describe your professional laboratory experience to include the roles you served, the number of years working in a laboratory, and the types of settings/environments (acute care facility, research facility, etc). Please also assure that this experience is listed in the work experience section of your application.


    Describe your experience working with electronic health record and laboratory information systems including the number of years, the name of the systems used, and your level of comfort in mastering a new system.


    Briefly describe your experience with CLIA waived testing to include the type of testing and number of years experience.


    The position will require performing venipuncture on mentally ill patients who can be challenging from both a physical standpoint (i.e., scarring, dehydration, etc.) and a social standpoint (i.e., cooperation and comprehension). Describe your experience in obtaining a blood draw from both a difficult (physical) stick patient and an uncooperative patient; include the techniques you used to obtain the specimens.


    CMHIFL is a locked and secured facility, and this position works with psychiatric/behavioral health/forensics patients. Do you have experience working with psychiatric/behavioral health/forensics patients? If yes, please describe employment experience.


    Are you willing and able to do all of the following: 1) Report to work during inclement weather? 2) Work with staff and clients of all social, economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds? 3) Follow prescribed procedures and policies even if they conflict with your personal preference? 4) Work with potentially dangerous clients in a locked setting?

  • Yes

  • No


    Are you able to arrive early in the morning (6am) and work a varied schedule M - F?

  • Yes

  • No


    Have you ever been written up and/or counseled for performance issues? If yes, please explain.


    Have you ever been terminated from any employer? If yes, please explain.


    Refusal of a job offer will remove your name from this eligible list. Once established, this eligible list is valid for 30 days. I understand that refusing a job will result in removal of my name from this eligible list and that this list may be used for up to 30 days to fill vacancies.

  • Yes

  • No


    If you are a current or former State of Colorado employee, please list your employee number and/or the years that you were employed with the State:


    Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application. In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


    The bottom of this job announcement provides links to additional information on how to apply, the assessment process, toll free applicant technical support, and about how the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. Please acknowledge below that you have read the information provided in these links.

  • This information is available to me and I have read this information.

  • I am unable to access the links with this information on the job posting. (If you select this option, please contact the recruiter, whose information is listed on this announcement, so that they can send this information directly to you.)


    If you were referred by a CDHS employee, please list their name:


    Your legal name is used in the hiring process for background checks. Did you use your full legal name in your application?

  • Yes

  • No

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