Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor - Pathology

    Job Title
    Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor - Pathology
    Job ID
    27427081
    Location
    Washington,  DC 20060
    Other Location
    Description

    Culture of Care Statement: In an effort to improve patient safety, Howard University Hospital (HUH) supports a Just Culture. This atmosphere of accountability promotes the identification of human error (mistake), at-risk behavior (behavioral choice that increases risk) and reckless behavior (disregard for risk). The goal is to maintain a culture for learning, safe systems and well managed behavioral choices.

    Purpose of the Job: 
    Provides daily management and technical direction for Microbiology Services (Bacteriology, Parasitology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Immunoserology, and Virology). Coordinates all Microbiology Service activities for a twenty-four (24/7) hour seven days per week operation. Contributes to providing laboratory services to patients of all ages.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Oversees the daily operations for the Microbiology Laboratory including testing workflows, logistics, staffing, workloads and supply inventories
    • Provides leadership to the Microbiology staff, creating and maintaining a climate of teamwork and efficient productivity
    • Acts as a role model to foster HUH’s mission and vision and to ensure department goals and that quality and productivity standards are met
    • Supervises staff to include, assessing personnel competency, monitoring and evaluating employee performance, and makes recommendations for hires and disciplinary actions as appropriate
    • Coordinates and performs the training of new Technologists, Technicians and other support staff in theories and techniques to ensure appropriate training for assigned tasks and duties
    • Maintains the Microbiology Laboratory standards in compliance with the College of American Pathologists accreditation and other regulatory agency requirements
    • Prepares the Core Laboratory for inspections by CAP and other regulatory agencies
    • Ensures that team members adhere to quality control policies and documents all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations, reagent preparation and testing, and instrument maintenance
    • Identifies problems that may adversely affect test performance, and takes authorized corrective actions 
    • Oversees coordination of tech schedules, distribution of work and usage of laboratory resources
    • Works closely with Infection Control and other departments to ensure the testing methodologies in the Microbiology Laboratory are up to date and meets the needs of the clinicians  
    • Develops and implements improvements to the lab workflow using LEAN methodology
    • Responsible for maintaining expenses within budgetary guidelines by establishing adequate supply chain, maintaining inventory, and controlling overtime within departmental and institutional parameters
    • Implements and monitors the preventive maintenance schedule for all instruments and equipment. Makes certain that documentation of preventive and corrective maintenance is complete and available to the Microbiology Laboratory staff and inspectors.  Ensures full operation of instruments and equipment in all areas of the Microbiology Laboratory

    Required Qualifications: 

    • BS in Medical Technology, life science or other related field
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in the laboratory as a Microbiology Technologist
    • At least one year of leadership experience
    • Current certification in good standing as a Medical Technologist (MT) by ASCP, CLS, or equivalent

     

    Required Skills

    Provides daily management and technical direction for Microbiology Services (Bacteriology, Parasitology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Immunoserology, and Virology). Coordinates all Microbiology Service activities for a twenty-four (24/7) hour seven days per week operation. Contributes to providing laboratory services to patients of all ages.

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