The incumbent serves as a Lead Medical Technologist in charge of the Microbiology/Immunology Section for the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the Fargo VA Health Care System. In this capacity the incumbent directs and trains the medical technologists and technicians working in this section. The incumbent is responsible for overseeing quality control and quality management activities, inventory control, management data recording, workflow and accuracy of results in this section. The Lead Medical Technologist facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with other laboratory staff ensuring that tasks, priorities, goals, needs, and achievements are coordinated with management. The incumbent acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for this Section. Major Duties include but are not limited to: Directs the work performed and the activities of the Microbiology/Molecular Testing Section including the procedures, quality control and quality management programs, supply and equipment purchases, repair and maintenance of the equipment and the physical facility and in-service training. Coordinates and/or conducts the orientation and training of all employees assigned to or rotating through the Microbiology/Molecular Testing Section as well as students, residents, and others. Participates in in-service training for employees, residents and medical students. Makes recommendations for major decisions as to the basic long- term operations and organization of the Microbiology/Molecular Testing Section such as developing multi-year plans for instrument and staffing needs, deciding whether to perform various tests within the laboratory or to refer them to reference laboratories, performing cost evaluations for alternative procedures and equipment, etc. Recommends appointment, plans and assigns work, gives advice and counsel and evaluates work of technical and nontechnical staff as it pertains to the Microbiology/Molecular Testing Section. Plans and schedules on-going work. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures. Unprompted, identifies manpower demands within the service and makes oneself available to help mitigate that need. Provides day-to-day technical oversight of highly complex test performance. Implements and monitors quality management activities. Develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures of the Microbiology/Molecular Testing Section. Provides information to attending physicians on possibilities and scope of testing, evaluation of test results, possible technical and clinical interferences with the various laboratory tests within the Microbiology/Molecular Testing Section. Responsible for the maintenance of adequate supplies to keep all units functioning properly, monitoring section budget sub-accounts, keeping laboratory procedures up to date, and maintaining laboratory equipment for maximum production. Evaluates laboratory effectiveness and checks the technical accuracy of final results by reviewing completed reports and other data. Responsible for initiating, coordinating and improving automated data and handling procedures in the section including reports, statistical data, and workload recording data and other required data. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. with alternating weekends and holidays. It will also include intermittent coverage for PM and Night shift as needed. Additional information may be provided during the interview process. Telework: Not Eligible Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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