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 (100%), day shift, MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD. The person in this role will perform and/or provide high-level support for the education of students in the Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor of Science Program (MLSP). Independently coordinate and manage educational experiences of moderate to high complexity within a variety of disciplines of the clinical laboratory. Provide direction to students; develop and organize training laboratory and clinical rotation teaching programs; and perform administrative functions including but not limited to documentation of student outcomes, maintaining documentation for safety and accreditation purposes, and managing Canvas and Clinical Resources websites.The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Lead is responsible for daily operations in Medical Laboratory Scientist Program (MLSP) laboratory; regularly assign, instruct and check the work of students and MLS; lead the professional technical work performed by MLS I and II. In conjunction with director, provide direction, training and leadership for staff, fellows, and residents; develop and evaluate new methodologies and procedures; and write, review and revise technical procedures. Responsible for preparation of material for training and education of new MLS to the MLSP.Student Laboratory & Lecture Teaching Responsibilities:Manages a teaching load of undergraduate and graduate students in laboratory sections, classroom lectures, and clinical rotations.Teaches in assigned laboratory sections, to include laboratory demonstrations, lectures (in-lab and in-classroom), and case study discussions.Creates and assists in the review and grading of laboratory exercises submitted by the students.Grades lecture exams, laboratory practical exams, and/or final exam.Assists with student evaluations.Performs continuous updating, tracking and developing of methods and/or procedures to teach certain principals.Continuous evaluation on whether certain exercises are effective and/or require improvement, using independent judgment to revise the course.Assists with curriculum content revisions and attends annual curriculum review meetings in assigned disciplines.Serve as a resource for other personnel and students in investigating and solving problems.Provide fair, immediate and private feedback on technical performance issues to individuals. As needed, consult with MLSP director and/or Academic Services Manager concerning student or employee performance.Clinical Rotations Teaching Responsibilities:Directs clinical rotations for students in the assigned disciplines.Coordinates clinical rotation scheduling and communication with site trainers.Assigns, develops, evaluates, and grades rotation assignments and assessments.Assigns maintenance of Clinical Resources Website and Canvas.Assist Program Director regarding clinical sites where appropriate including site visits.Student Laboratory General Responsibilities:Responsible for laboratory preparations, to include laboratory setup/cleanup, specimen procurement and preparation, reagent, standard, and control sample preparation, and maintenance of bacterial stocks.Maintains a clean and functional laboratory environment that includes the routine organization of supplies and occasional surplus of excess materials.Performs or coordinates preventative maintenance of all instrumentation and equipment.Assists in the evaluation of new instrumentation or new methods.Validates and documents new laboratory equipment before use.Responsible for laboratory safety including student safety, annual safety inspection requirements, maintaining personal safety competency and following all safety requirements in regards to PPE, proper storage and disposal of chemicals and biohazardous wastes, trainings and ongoing changes to guidelines.MLSP General Duties:Communicate with Medical Laboratory Science Program faculty and other educational instructors as appropriate regarding the operation of the program.Serve on the student application committee.Assist in planning and attend program meetings and events including but not limited to: orientation, information session, graduation.In conjunction with director, be responsible for assessing, initiation, maintaining and monitoring compliance with NAACLS and University of WashingtonMaintains ASCP or other certification in accordance with the guidelines of the certifying national organization.Maintains MLS competency in all assigned disciplines.Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Program Director.Teamwork / Enable Laboratory Operations:Provide leadership and oversight to section.Demonstrate positive leadership skills such as empathy, creativity and fairness.Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of staff and students.Establish priorities in daily work to be done in section.Monitor workflow and distribute resources to meet the needs of the laboratory; consult with director about staffing requirements.Promote understanding and support for divisional and departmental policies.Display leadership and flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and schedules.Actively model and encourage staff participation in problem solving and quality improvement activities.Share responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime, on-call and call-back needs of the laboratory.Inventory supplies and consumables and submit orders for approval. May assist in negotiation of prices and arranging standing orders, service contracts and capital equipment purchases.Oversee new employee training activities and review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirements.Communication / Customer Service:Represent the department professionally when acting in the role of MLS Lead.Demonstrate strong communication and conflict resolution skills.Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writing.Communicate changes in procedures clearly to all staff and maintain documentation of changes and staff training.Facilitate open communication between staff, director, faculty and support staff.Maintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initials.Effectively utilize computer systems, including email and statistical software, to perform work duties and training activities.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSAccredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience, AND Medial Laboratory Science 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.DESIRABLES: Experience in MLS training and education.Experience as MLS Lead.Graduate degree, specialty certification, and/or work experience in three of more clinical disciplines.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Employees working in Laboratory Medicine may be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, i.e. UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Roosevelt, Rosen, etc.Laboratory Medicine staff are considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work in all weather conditions to support patient care activities.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.
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