American Red Cross Histocompatibility Laboratory Director (HLA) in Dedham, Massachusetts
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The Histocompatibility Director will provide general direction, technical supervision and clinical consultation involving activities in the Clinical Histocompatibility Laboratory in support of hematopoietic stem cell transplant programs and hospital transfusion services. Researches and determines guidelines and best practice methodologies. Ensures system wide areas are following regulatory, accrediting, and advisory body requirements. Provides general direction, technical direction, and clinical consultation for the Clinical Histocompatibility Laboratory. Must be accessible to the laboratory and clinical staff to provide consultation.
The successful applicant will interpret and sign out histocompatibility testing results and work closely with the transplant clinicians and other clinical services.
Oversee the strategic planning process to ensure that long range goals are established for the Dedham Histocompatibility Laboratory and are aligned with national initiatives. Participate in budget planning and cost-effective analysis. Assist in managing the business plans, budgets and goals.
Oversee the supervision of laboratory management staff including, but not limited to, scheduling, training, coaching, and performance evaluations. Interview and evaluate candidates. Assist in the training, retraining and competency assessment. May sign-off on proficiency testing reports.
Manage contracts, grants, trials and research projects as directed.
Oversee the implementation/validation of new testing procedures and equipment. Responsible for implementing process improvements.
Monitor critical quality indicators to assure products and processes meet all regulatory requirements. Assist in compliance, quality improvement activities and inspection management. Monitor customer satisfaction feedback. Monitor discrepancy occurrences and resolutions to assure appropriate decisions, product dispositions and documentation of problems. Assure records are reviewed, managed and archived according to requirements. May compile and report monthly testing statistics.
Represent the American Red Cross in a professional manner when giving outside presentations. Perform internal and external customer education. Prepare and present case studies and educational reviews, as requested. Attend continuing education programs. Assist in preparing and presenting clinical or technical reports at national or American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) meetings; and assist in publishing manuscripts in scientific journals as needed or directed.
Provide support, development and/or serve as a technical resource to internal or external customers. Communicate with hospital or transfusion facility personnel to report patient findings and resolve problems. Communicate and collaborate with internal customers in other Histocompatibility laboratories and regions regarding testing schedules, coordination of the receipt of test results and hand-offs to improve quality and efficiency.
Scope Establishes operating policies and procedures that affect departments and subordinate sections and work units. Interprets company-wide policies and procedures. Develops budgets, schedules, and performance standards.
Education: Requires a M.D./D.O. or Ph.D. degree. Must be board certified and accredited by ASHI as a Laboratory Director in the areas of HSC/BM Transplantation: Related Donor and HSC/BM Transplantation: Unrelated Donor and have a willingness to become accredited in other areas.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years of post ASHI accreditation experience in all phases of histocompatibility and immunogenetics testing. This
position requires an extensive working knowledge of a broad range of testing categories, test systems and test methods. Testing categories
include immunogenetics (typing for HLA, MICA, KIR, HPA), crossmatching and antibody testing (HLA, HPA, MICA, etc.) and 'other' testing
systems. Test methods include, but are not limited to molecular (SSO, SSP, SBT, NGS) and serologic typing, flow cytometry, cellular
methods and complement dependent cytotoxicity..
Management Experience: Minimum of 5 years of management experience required. Experience post-doctoral training leading, directing or supervising high complexity testing in human histocompatibility and immunogenetics in an ASHI-accredited or approved laboratory preferred.
Skills/Abilities: Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work on a team and independently, without direct supervision. Ability to prioritize tasks appropriately and have multiple tasks in progress at the same time. Ability to supervise others. Ability to be a lead in high-pressure situations, including staff conflicts and problems. Ability to communicate and provide advice to hospital personnel in routine and crisis situations. Ability to communicate in a calm, controlled, and professional manner with clients, patients and family, hospital personnel and the medical/legal community. Ability to speak in front of groups, both small and large.
Skills/Abilities: Scientific HLA knowledge and technical skills in the following areas preferred: HLA serology and molecular genetics, platelet serology, HLA antibody screening /identification of HLA antibody specificity, cross matching techniques to support stem cell transplantation programs and platelet transfusion therapy and other areas in the field of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills. Ability to work on a team.
Status: Onsite work w/ up to 50% travel required.
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