The Manager of Histopathology Laboratory reports to the Director of Pathology Laboratory and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the purpose built, state-of-the-art veterinary histology laboratory. The laboratory provides service for veterinary diagnostic pathology cases and teaching materials. In addition, the laboratory also provides histology/histopathology research support for the wider Midwestern University community. The Manager of Histopathology Laboratory must be flexible, capable of independent work, and demonstrate excellent team development skills. The incumbent will be expected to attend training sessions and other forms of continuing education to help facilitate laboratory development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Contribute to a collaborative, high-functioning team with an expanding caseload
Participate in and facilitate the management of operational, personnel, and financial activities, including management of invoices and billing
Establish and maintain laboratory SOP’s, QA/QC protocols, and risk assessments
Develop and maintain inventories of equipment and consumables and facilitate routine maintenance of instruments
Demonstrate a good working knowledge of standard histochemical staining techniques used in veterinary histopathology
Engage in all aspects of histology laboratory technical work including tissue trimming, embedding, operation of automated microtomes, slide and block labelers, histochemical and immunohistochemical stainers, and cover slippers
This position will have supervisor responsibility.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The individual must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Must have at least 3 years’ experience working in an accredited histopathology (i.e. veterinary, industry, or research) laboratory with at least one year in a supervisory or leadership role. Associates degree in biological sciences or medical related field required. Must be certified by the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology), or NSH (National Society for Histotechnology) as a Histotechnician (HT) or Histotechnologist (HTL). Graduate from a NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accredited program preferred.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). The job will require proficiency with an integrated hospital management system; previous experience desirable.
Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Basic skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to troubleshoot equipment problems and develop decision trees and protocols that other employees can understand.
Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to stand or sit for long periods. Repetitive tasks such as microtome sectioning have been minimized where possible with automated equipment. The employee must regularly use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand and walk.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee will work with chemicals that may be caustic, toxic, or harmful if inhaled. Part of the performance of this job includes development of appropriate protocols and operation of appropriate health and safety equipment to mitigate exposure for all laboratory personnel.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.
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