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Director, HLA Laboratory

Company: Vitalant
Location: Spokane
Posted on: October 17, 2020

Job Description:

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

Under minimal direction, works with other HLA Laboratory Directors and Senior CMA leadership to plan, direct and coordinate the overall operation and administration of assigned Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Laboratories, as outlined by ASHI, including but not limited to being qualified to oversee each area of accreditation sought by the laboratory and each technology offered by the laboratory. This position promotes Vitalant's mission, vision, quality policy, and strategic initiatives to position Vitalant as a Center of Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy Excellence.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs all assigned duties in compliance with internal SOPs and external regulations. Brings compliance issues to the attention of management. Keeps up to date on all training assignments.

Assures quality customer service to all customers.

Must maintain active credentials, certifications and/or licenses, and associated continuing education, including any state-specific licenses and/or credentials or client (hospital) privileges, required to perform assigned duties per the Medical and Laboratory Director Responsibilities Policy and which are required for the performance of laboratory services in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursed transplantation programs.

Responsible for the overall operation and administration of assigned laboratories, including the employment of personnel who are competent to perform test procedures, record and report test results promptly, accurately and proficiently, and assure compliance with the applicable regulations. Mentors and trains staff as needed.

Supports the development, implementation and maintenance of the Quality Assurance Program to ensure high quality services to all customers and overall compliance with applicable regulations and policies. Brings compliance issues to the attention of management and works with them to address the issues promptly. Actively participates in internal and external Management and Quality meetings, including inspections and audits.

Accessible to the laboratory 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide on-site and remote direction as needed, telephone and electronic consultation commensurate with the workload. This includes being available for performing virtual crossmatches as necessary for the various solid organ programs. In instances when the Director cannot be available, they must provide a qualified designee. Supports other HLA laboratories as needed.

Responsible for the timely review and signing of reports of laboratory results for physicians, hospitals and laboratory quality control.

Directs the overall clinical, technical, and scientific aspects of assigned histocompatibility, immunogenetics and molecular testing laboratories including tests performed for bone marrow and solid organ transplantation.

Directs scientific development in molecular methodologies, conducting research as appropriate. Develops and validates new laboratory procedures as needed and publishes results in peer reviewed journals as appropriate.

Directs the evaluation, development, implementation and modification of existing and new laboratory testing services and related operating procedures; makes recommendations for improvement in the quality and analytical performance of testing services.

Uses various LIS/databases in a local and remote network clinical lab environment. Abides by HIPAA and other security expectations to protect patient and donor confidentiality in both client hospital and laboratory settings.

Works with other HLA Directors, Laboratory Directors, and Clinical Services leadership to standardize HLA laboratory and general laboratory processes as much as possible.

Interacts with and develops partnerships with external organizations to support the organization's strategic direction in molecular diagnosis.

Attends and participates in service meetings for those transplant programs actively utilizing the HLA laboratory, including their respective Quality Assurance programs.

Provides scientific and technical direction and consultation to external customers and Vitalant personnel in the areas of histocompatibility, immunogenetics, and molecular technology.

Plans and implements educational training programs for both internal and external audiences.

Helps develop and monitor operating budget for assigned area(s). Applies for grants to fund research and development projects as clinical responsibilities permit.

Remains abreast of changes and developments in the industry. Establishes and maintains a network of professional relationships both inside and outside the corporation. Represents the company through participation in national, regional and/or local professional organizations.

Performs all other duties, at the discretion of management, as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

Knowledge/Education

Doctoral degree in biological science or licensed physician required.

ASHI qualified director required.

Knowledge of the grant application process preferred.

Knowledge of management principles including human resource management, budget administration, financial analysis and business administration preferred.

Licenses/ Certifications

Appropriate state and board certification (e.g., American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, American Board of Bioanalysis, etc.) required.

ASHI certification preferred.

Experience

Four years post-graduate experience in immunology or cell biology, two of which were devoted to formal training in human histocompatibility testing in an ASHI accredited laboratory required.

Previous experience writing reports for scientific publications in peer reviewed journals preferred.

Previous experience supervising junior Directors preferred.

Skills/Abilities

Must possess the skills and abilities to successfully perform all assigned duties and responsibilities.

Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

Attention to detail.

Strong organizational skills.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrate proficient computer skills.

Ability to navigate electronic devices/equipment.

Ability to handle conflict and mitigate problems.

Interpersonal skills to interact effectively with internal and external customers.

Ability to read, write and speak fluent English.

Must be able to enter data into the computer.

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