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Director Clinical Diagnostic Molecular Genetics Lab

Location: San Jose, CA Job Number: 905018 Date posted: 09/21/2020

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Directs full service clinical/diagnostic molecular genetics laboratory for all Northern California providers and other facilities (inter-regional and non-Kaiser providers). Directs a laboratory performing mutation studies for an expanding list of genetic disorders. Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, quality of tests, and competency of staff. Ensures high-quality, accessible, cost effective and patient-focused services to members across the continuum. Develops and maintains laboratory practice standards, budgets, and staff development.

Essential Functions:

- Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and laws governing clinical molecular genetics testing.
- Ensures appropriate testing and proper reporting of all laboratory specimens.
- Directs, hires, and trains the laboratory staff, monitors competency and develops inservices for professional growth and certification.
- Develops, implements, maintains, and evaluates technical laboratory policies and procedures, quality control, and quality assurance programs.
- Performs case management and provides professional consultation.
- Assigns all cases, with instructions regarding testing process, reviews all test results, and interprets/reports results to providers.
- Develops, justifies, and assures efficient utilization of the laboratory budget.
- Identifies and implements measures to maintain the state of the art in molecular genetic testing in a cost effective manner, to increase accessibility, and to improve client and staff satisfaction, while improving quality of the tests.
- Researches, develops, and implements new laboratory procedures, techniques, diagnostic tests, and analytical methods for a variety of genetic disorders and sample types.
- Evaluates and recommends if new test/technique should become a laboratory standard.
- Tracks the trends and analyzes test results.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge in the field of genetics and provides expertise regarding changes in the area of molecular biology.
- Collaborates with providers regarding test results.
- Provides education to staff, residents, providers, and other students.
- Represents the organization in the national and international scientific community.
Basic Qualifications:


• Minimum two (2) years of postdoctoral laboratory experience in genetics or related field.

• Minimum four (4) years of laboratory experience in molecular genetics.

• Minimum two (2) years of experience in directing a clinical genetics laboratory.


• Ph.D. and/or MD in genetics or related field.

License, Certification, Registration

• Board eligibility or certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Molecular Genetics.

• Must meet all State of California requirements for Director and Technical Supervisor of a licensed diagnostic molecular genetics laboratory.


Additional Requirements:

• Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations required.

• Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Minimum four (4) peer-reviewed publications in genetics or a related field preferred.


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with NGS oncology testing and NIPT Preferred.


Primary Location: California,San Jose,NCAL Regional Genetics Laboratory 5755 Cottle Rd. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon- Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 4:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports Job Category: Laboratory Department: Regional Genetics Lab Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time 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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