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Technical Specialist - Molecular & Cytogenetics

Location: Portland, OR Job Number: 897621 Date posted: 07/31/2020

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Under the direction of the Department Director or Manager, formulate, implement and direct programs, policies and procedures which assure the quality and standardization of molecular and genetic testing for our  Laboratories. Act as regional technical advisor for laboratory personnel and Northwest Permanente Clinicians. Coordinate vendor purchasing, negotiation, capital equipment acquisition functions, and direct the region-wide technical services of the specific departments.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a regional technical consultant for molecular, cytogenetic, and NGS testing for managers, supervisors, lab staff, physicians, and other health care professionals.. Discuss findings with clinicians, acting as a technical consultant. Advise and discuss additional testing where appropriate.
  • Evaluate and validate testing methods and instruments.  Analyze clinical and laboratory needs, direct the selection and evaluation of new methods and instruments.
  • Develop, coordinate, and standardize regional practices and procedures; direct implementations; ensure all standards are met as outlined by accrediting and regulating agencies including ISO, CAP, TJC , OSHA / WSHA and CMS.
  • Observing the principles of partnership management, collaborate with the Department Director (s) to formulate, plan and direct region-wide technical goals, policies
  • Oversee quality improvement for molecular testing; this includes instruction of lab staff and overseeing quality assurance and quality control records. appropriate level of proficiency testing for each laboratory. audit and review results of all proficiency programs.
  • Advise laboratory managers and supervisors on preparation of non-labor operating budgets in regards to technical area of expertise. Collaborate with directors, laboratory managers and supervisors to formulate and administer long term and short term Capital Equipment Budgets.
  • Coordinate inventory/purchasing/vendor policies for supplies: specify products used; forecast inventory based on workload, stability and product consumption; interact with vendors in collaboration with strategic sourcing as needed to maintain effective service involving individual supervisors as appropriate.
  • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of safety laws, regulations and standards; identify risks and hazards associated with departmental testing; communicate and enforce all state, federal and organizational rules. Evaluate continuing education needs, plan, coordinate, conduct and promote in service or other continuing education programs. Train and instruct staff as necessary to insure proper test performance and maximal quality of care.
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in a clinical laboratory.
  • Minimum one (1) year of supervisory/leadership experience or equivalent combination of experience in quality control review, purchasing, problem solving and personnel management.
  • Education
  • Bachelor's degree in medical technology or related science.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • Current Valid Drivers License required at time of hire/transfer
  • Current ASCP certification required at time of hire/transfer.

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Completion of approved structured program in medical technology or equivalent knowledge.
  • Thorough knowledge of routine departmental theory, equipment and technique.
  • Working knowledge of principles of quality control and quality assurance.
  • Demonstrates customer-focused service skills.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written command of the English language.
  • Proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven problem solving skills.
  • Adaptability and flexibility.
  • Ability to understand and operate multiple types of departmental equipment.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum six (6) years of departmental experience under a qualified director.
  • Minimum four (4) years of recent departmental experience.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in supervisory or leadership role.
  • Experience with Next-Generation Sequencing.
  • Advance study and knowledge of principles of departmental theory and practice.
  • Thorough knowledge of principles of quality control and quality assurance.
  • Demonstrates customer-focused services skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational prioritization skills.
  • Operational familiarity with wide range departmental analyzers and equipment.
  • Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Airport Way Regional Laboratory 13705 NE Airport W Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00AM Working Hours End: 5:00PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Team Leader/Supervisor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Laboratory Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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