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Histology Supervisor
Ref No.: 18-00359
Category: Biotechnology
Location: Aliso Viejo, California
The Histology Supervisor has the overall responsibility for the planning, coordination, evaluation, and supervision of all technical and/or operational activities and personnel in the Histology department. The Histology Supervisor is responsible for performing duties to meet quality assurance, safety and accreditation requirements in the laboratory. The Histology Supervisor also oversees a variety of projects that can be assigned by the Director of Laboratory Operations or Medical Laboratory Director.
Core Responsibilities
  • Provides oversight for routine histology functions inclusive of processing, embedding, microtomy, and staining
  • Monitors test analysis and specimen examination to ensure acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Histology laboratory and supervision of the technical and support staff
  • Presents data and/or information across all levels including the lab, department, division, and corporate, and proficiently answers questions from all groups of staff, managers, and clients
  • Recommends and endorses test methods to include validation, documentation and implementation of test systems
  • Initiates and monitors quality control and quality assurance programs for the laboratory; assures compliance with regulations; monitors all quality metrics and ensures that corrective actions are documented and implemented
  • Reports any problem cases and/or abnormal findings to the Medical Laboratory Director to ensure timely resolution and/or follow up
  • Ensures the quality of service provided by the department meets the requirements of both internal and external clients; ensures all internal and external inquiries are resolved or addressed
  • Reviews all patient case reports and images for accuracy prior to review by a Medical Laboratory Director. Makes corrections as necessary
  • Sets standards, policies, and guidelines for the efficient management of the Histology laboratory
  • Ensures that the Histology laboratory staff is trained and compliant with SOP's and competency checklists
  • Oversees, plans, and prepares for inspections
  • Ensures departmental SOP's accurately reflects the current process; updates SOP's as needed
  • Sets department objectives and performance goals; monitors personnel and resource utilization on an ongoing basis and makes adjustments in staffing to facilitate achievement of the goals and objectives
  • Drives personnel management activities for the department; selects and hires personnel; conducts selection interviews, hiring, motivating and training staff
  • Conducts performance appraisals, documenting deficiencies, developing plans for improvement and counseling employees
  • Monitors laboratory work performance to determine staff resources utilization; reviews monthly work statistics and budget reports; establishes work performance standards and adjusts staffing levels as needed
  • Evaluates and makes determinations on new laboratory equipment to stay abreast of new technology; assess and selects vendors for materials and services used by the department; evaluates various test methodology for use in the department
  • Ensures that a safe working environment is maintained and that safe work practices are employed
  • Maintains advanced knowledge of CAP/CLIA requirements and is knowledgeable with the specialty requirements within those organizations for assigned discipline
  • Accountable for the operation of a 24 hour function, including responding to emergencies, and attendance at meetings outside of working hours as needed

  • 3rd Shift: Monday - Friday 9 PM - 5:30 AM
  • Nationally: HT (ASCP) or HTL (ASCP)
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in one of the chemical, physical, or biological sciences with the addition of the successful completion of a course of at least 1 year experience/training/training course in assigned specialty.
  • 5+ years of pertinent Histology laboratory experience subsequent to qualifying with two of those years spent working in a clinical laboratory with a director at the doctoral level. (A minimum of two (2) year of internal experience at II or III level.)
  • 2+ years direct supervision and/or lead experience in a Histology laboratory for external candidates.
  • Advanced understanding of general laboratory techniques with emphasis on department specific techniques
  • Ability to make sound decisions under stressful situations
  • Proven leadership and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively communication with all employees and clients
  • Strong computer skills to accomplish tasks
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment and maintain production and quality standards
  • Must be able to work in a biohazard environment and comply with safety policies and standards outlined in the Safety ManualGood visual acuity including color perception required for certain departments