Laboratory Supervisor

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides 24/7 professional veterinary care to the public, communication with referring veterinarians and education to Professional Veterinary Medicine Students.

The mission of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every day. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital also strives to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University through service, outreach and education of professional veterinary medical students, residents and interns.

This work unit exists to produce requested laboratory data on blood and body fluids in a timely and efficient manner to support research, and to guide clinicians, referring veterinarians and students in diagnosis and treatment of varied and numerous species.

Position Summary

This is the Clinical Pathology Laboratory unit supervisor that oversees medical technologists, veterinary technologists and student hourly employees. This position will monitor the quality of work performed by others, make appropriate suggestions for improvement, and document corrective actions. This position generates schedules, schedules replacement workers for those who are taking leave, signs sick and annual leave forms, and is a spokesperson for the laboratory concerning work orders and doctor requests in the absence of the laboratory coordinator. This position insures timely renewal of instrument maintenance contract and reagent standing purchase orders. This position also provides clinical laboratory support to the VTH by operating and maintaining laboratory equipment, performing appropriate and necessary calibrations and quality control checks to insure accuracy of results, implementing manual methods, diagnosing and investigating errors and taking action to correct or refer, computing, recording and reporting results. The work involves the areas of Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Blood Banking, Fluids/Cytology/ICC and Chemistry. This position oversees Quality Assurance and/or places orders to maintain the inventory of reagents and supplies. This position will represent the laboratory at Veterinary Hospital Supervisor and Board meetings and it will conduct regular laboratory meetings with all available personnel.
The level of technical and physiologic understanding gained through a formal medical technology program is desired to appropriately evaluate patient results for validity and determine whether or not a corrective action is required prior to reporting the results. Routine testing, instrument evaluation, calibration, troubleshooting, reagent preparation, etc., are similar to other Laboratory Technologist II positions. Some responsibilities are at the level of a Laboratory Technology III position, such as being a primary instrument operator in one or more sections of the laboratory, developing and validating new tests, training others on the new procedures, and/or generating associated SOPs. Many responsibilities are above the level required for a Lab Technology III. Examples include scheduling work assignments, finding replacements for sick and vacation time taken, approving leave requests, determining the best source of supplies; monitoring quality of work on a day to day basis of others; providing feedback on work performance as needed and within formal evaluation system, determining if additional training or recommendation for termination is necessary, training and overseeing the training of new personnel. This position is responsible for recruiting and hiring student hourly personnel. This position is responsible for working with CSU Human Resources to recruit and hire state classified and/or administrative personnel. This position may be required to respond to calls during emergency hours and/or step into any laboratory testing situation and complete any laboratory task when regular staffing is not available.

Required Job Qualifications

• Knowledge of medical terminology
• Four years of college with a BS degree in appropriate science field, such as Biology, Chemistry, Zoology, etc. or a degree in veterinary medicine.
• Minimum of five years of human or veterinary clinical laboratory experience.
• Familiarity with hospital and/or laboratory information systems
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
• At least 4 years of veterinary clinical laboratory experience
• Supervisory experience

Diversity Statement

•Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Lab Testing, QC, Calibration and Results Duty/Responsibility

Perform routine and non-routine tests and procedures in the clinical pathology lab. Operate independently when performing the full scope of non-routine tests and procedures. Execute calibrations, quality control and/or routine maintenance as necessary to maintain instruments and prevent untimely instrument malfunction. Obtain and report laboratory results on specimens received for chemistry, hematology, urine, coagulation, fluid and/or other analyses by operating the appropriate lab instruments and/or testing by manual methods. Attend appropriate training necessary for ongoing competency. Verify test results by correlating with other laboratory patient and quality control data and by evaluating and reporting the specimen quality regarding test limitations, physical characteristics, age of sample, method utilized to obtain sample, etc. Resolve common instrument malfunctions by applying knowledge of specific instrumentation and/or methods and implementing troubleshooting procedures. Complete log forms to document activities within the department. Update or recommend updates to SOPs as needed. Modifies lab or testing procedures as necessary to obtain accurate results.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Supervisor Duty/Responsibility

Generates monthly schedules, finds sick and leave replacements, and determines if additional staff are needed to handle variations in workload. Recruits, interviews and selects student hourly employees for emergency tech positions. Works with HR to recruit, interview and select state classified and/or Administrative Professional employees. Trains and oversees training of new employees in all areas of the laboratory; insures training logs are maintained. Conducts regular lab meetings, monitors work performance and provides appropriate feedback. Oversees maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance for the laboratory. Generates SOPs and troubleshoots quality assurance issues as needed. Manages the laboratory information system (LIS) currently known as Polytech. Works with CSU IT staff as needed to keep system functional and communicating appropriately with the VTH Hospital Information System (HIS). Primary Hazardous Waste operator in charge of weekly, monthly satellite inspection areas for the laboratory. Specialized training and yearly certification required. Participate in appropriate professional organization(s) to maintain management

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Training Duty/Responsibility

Primary instrument and/or manual method operator. Performs non-routine maintenance and troubleshooting malfunctions or discrepant results. Calls for technical service assistance when necessary. Assist with staff training/SOP creation, and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment and methods. This is the primary resource person for managing the laboratory information system (LIS) known as Polytech. Assists with teaching clinical pathology residents, veterinary students and continuing education students (veterinarians, veterinary technicians, medical technologists, and residents) as needed.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Quality Assurance Duty/Responsibility

Oversees the laboratory quality assurance program. Assures appropriate corrective actions are reported, reviewed and acted upon.

Percentage Of Time 5% Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should address all minimum and preferred qualifications in the cover letter.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.