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Manager of Clinical Microbiology Department

Austin, TX, United States

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SHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)

SCHEDULE: Full-time

With more than 119 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization has been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 10,200 employees.

St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits— St. David's Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $425 million has been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of Central Texans.


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Laboratory Services, is responsible for daily operations of the laboratory for the St. David’s Medical Center.  These duties include, but are not limited to, maintenance of accreditation requirements, personnel activities and education, testing and transport of specimens, and policies and procedures.  This position requires in depth analysis and decision making.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES  (The essential responsibilities and accountabilities of this position including interactions with other departments and outside vendors, if applicable, in PRIORITY order.)


1.  Manages the daily operations of the laboratory.

a)          Supervises the shift supervisors, medical technologists, medical       lab technicians, lab assistants and phlebotomist.

b)          Coordinates and shares administrative and technical call duty.

c)          Coordinates orientation and training of  new employees.

d)          Performs employee scheduling for the medical technologists,           medical lab technicians, lab assistants and phlebotomist as               needed

e)          Oversees performance improvement activities of the Laboratory.

f)           Assists with orders and maintenance of sufficient levels of                 supplies for the laboratory


2.  Oversees the technical activities for the laboratory.

a)          Assists in coordination of quality control review for the technical         areas.

b)          Oversees intra-departmental policy and procedure development       and implementation.

c)          Coordinates a program of preventive maintenance and                       instrument performance checks for the analyzers.

d)          Assists in monitoring compliance with accreditation                           requirements.

e)          Ensures that the results of laboratory testing are readily legible         and are delivered in a speedy manner.


3.  Maintains competency in all areas of the laboratory.

a)          Demonstrates good knowledge concerning techniques and               theories of the laboratory.

b)          Performs tests accurately and precisely according to written             policies and procedures and established practices.

c)          Learns and adapts well to new instrumentation and techniques.

d)          Ensures that assay results are reported in a timely, legible, and         meaningful format with appropriate reference values and/or               interpretive comments, and delivered to the appropriate clinical         practitioner/clinical area.

e)          Ensures that test selection and reference ranges are appropriate       for the age of the patient.

f)          Performs duties with minimal supervision, showing appropriate          independent judgment.


4.  Ensures timely availability of results.

a)        Organizes work and work area for efficiency of performance.

b)        Performs work with sufficient speed to allow acceptable                     turnaround time of results.

c)        Demonstrates good productivity as judged by efficient use of             time and volume of testing and other duties performed.

d)        Prioritizes work appropriate to relative importance and critical           nature.

e)        Immediately reports and documents critical values and tests.


5.  Ensures the quality of analyses through quality control, quality assurance, and maintenance activity.

a)          Performs quality control activities appropriate to each assay/test       performed, and responds appropriately to outlier results.

b)          Successfully participates in proficiency testing activities in each         technical area for which the employee has responsibilities.

c)          Participates in preventive maintenance and repair of                           instrumentation.

d)          Participates in preparation of calibrators, reagents and other             materials.


6.  Assumes responsibility for ensuring that various functions are performed during the work period.

a)          Ensures that all QC functions needed for the shift are performed.

b)          Ensures that all preventive maintenance functions are                       performed during the shift worked.


7.  Demonstrate understanding of HCA’s and “Patients First” safety initiative by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures as well as the safety of self and co-workers.

a)          At least annually reviews all safety policies, procedures, and             materials to maintain current knowledge of safety issues.

b)          Practices safe work habits according to policies and standard           procedures.

c)          Maintains a clean and organized work area.


8.     Performs other duties as directed or required.






Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Biological, Medical Technology, or Physical Science 


Medical Technologist (ASCP) 


Microbiology Experience required;

1-3 years minimum; Two years previous supervisory experience


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St. David's Medical Center
Facility: St. David's Medical Center
Job ID: 06676-62972
Category: Directors and Managers
Contract: Full-time
Shift: Days (rotating weekends)
Job Class: Regular

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