The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Lead is responsible for leading Medical Laboratory Scientists, Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainees, Clinical Laboratory Technicians, and assigned staff. The MLS Lead performs at a technical level in a section or division and other laboratory work which supports the operation of a clinical laboratory. The MLS Lead also coordinates development and evaluation of new laboratory tests and procedures.
Perform duties of Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or Medical Laboratory Scientist 1
Review the work of staff to ensure reports are correct and clinically relevant. Ensure corrected reports are issued ASAP and timely corrective actions are taken and documented. Consult with healthcare providers concerning critical or abnormal findings
Utilize information management systems to accession, status, verify, and reject orders. Correctly input test results using the laboratory information system
Assure that critical values, STAT results, courtesy notifications, and routine results are reported according to established protocols, ensuring turn-around-times are consistently within guidelines and documentation is complete
Assure quality control standards and competencies are met and documented; assure preventative maintenance is performed according to established protocols assisting staff as needed. Troubleshoot methods and instrumentation.
Provide daily leadership
Oversee daily operations of staff to include: the management of workload, providing timely technical assistance to staff and clients, responding to inquiries and complaints, insuring safety compliance, minimizing overtime, etc.
Provide leadership in the instruction and training of employees, post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students, medical laboratory scientist students, etc. Recognize ineffectiveness or deficiencies in performance and provides fair and timely feedback to the individual in order to improve performance. Provide input on staff and student evaluations in a timely manner
Assist in the development and evaluation of new processes and/ or procedures and participates in improving current processes
Consult with Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Heath Services Manager and Faculty Director in matters related to purchasing, budgeting and cost analysis
Inform faculty of unusual technical problems and help establish laboratory policies
Coordinate efforts with Laboratory Safety Office in ensuring a safe working environment
Assure accreditation preparation and ongoing accreditation readiness
Provide administrative assistance to include: interviewing and selecting new employees, evaluating employees, documenting staff competencies, recommending cost containment strategies, etc.
Additional tasks that may be assigned include: scheduling, purchasing supplies, quality improvement projects, and others as needed
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care or other services based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patient
Continuing education: keep ASCP or other certifications up to date per guidelines of national organization
Performs related duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: Accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience AND Medical Laboratory Scientist certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, or certification with a specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division AND three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.