The Laboratory Section Chief III directs and supervises diagnostic investigations and personnel in the parasitology section and provides high quality client service to the college community and external customers. Position promotes the advancement of the teaching, diagnostic and research missions of the laboratory by assuring appropriate staff training, resource management, equipment maintenance, financial oversight, scheduling and direct participation and promotion of said activities. Position collaborates with the section director on strategic planning, laboratory mission modification, staffing levels, test development, validation and introduction and troubleshooting as needed. Incumbent must stay informed of new information in veterinary parasitology by reading technical journals, attending scientific seminars and meetings, participating in professional organizations and making novel contributions to the field.
Oversees works in progress to ensure safety and quality control proficiencies for diagnostic and research projects. Traces and corrects faults in equipment and procedures through consultation with lab director, maintenance and manufacturers. Manages laboratory equipment calibration, repair, and maintenance. Hires, supervises and terminates as needed student and temporary employees. Schedules and verifies work hours and signs time sheets for employees and lab assistants. Coordinates personnel training for: Regulatory and institutional Biosafety Level-2 practice compliance, Occupational Safety Program, Chemical Hygiene Program and Shipping Requirements for hazardous materials. Reports workplace incidents, injuries and exposures, following institutional and state compliance measures for supervisors. Collaborates with lab director for hiring and providing work direction for permanent positions.
Diagnostic Testing and Research
Coordinates, collaborates and performs routine and specialized diagnostic tests. Advises internal and external submitters on sample collection, test selection, and results interpretation. Assures the accuracy and precision of diagnostic investigations performed by employees. Validates and implements new procedures after detailed analysis of functionality, quality, feasibility, efficiency, and cost effectiveness. Documents errors and corrections in testing and electronic medical records. Collaborates on research and development with other departments, universities, state and federal administrations, and private corporations. Manages project planning, design, staffing, delegation, and monitors quality, timelines, and reporting. Manages print and digital records and presents data generated by research projects. Authors and coauthors publications in referenced scientific journals.
Analyzes revenue and cost of labor, procedures, supplies, and equipment by evaluating and establishing fees for diagnostic services and research projects and by reviewing quarterly ledger. Verifies revenue accuracy by performing edits, corrections, adjustments, and approvals of diagnostic and research invoices. Verifies purchasing accuracy of procurement reconciliations and invoices for services and utilities, makes corrections and responds to treasury audits. Evaluates and justifies purchases of new equipment. Prepares monthly bills for laboratory services used by each department and referral clients. Writes, reviews, and updates Standard Operating Procedures for the Biosafety Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Regulatory Compliance and quality assurance. Reports annual hazardous chemicals inventory and maintains current Material Safety Data Sheets for regulatory and institutional policies.
Training, Teaching and Consulting
Coauthors, edits, and approves an annual revised copy of the Diagnostic Procedures in Veterinary Parasitology Handbook used in 4th year clinical rotations, parasitology laboratories, and research projects. Teaches and trains new employees and researchers in procedures and techniques. Teaches and trains sections of fourth year clinical rotations. Provides content expertise through instruction and materials in associated veterinary parasitology education by advising Open House student committee on design and presentation, elective education for large animal producers and owners, and veterinary student symposia. Develops materials, writes and provides content expertise and archived photo microscopy for use in teaching, research publications, books, diagnostics, and web and print advertisements. Supervises the preparation of parasitology teaching laboratories for veterinary student instruction.
Internal Number: 212247
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