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Tanana Chiefs Conference
Fairbanks, AK, United States
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Tanana Chiefs Conference
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
30+ days ago


This position functions as Laboratory Director for Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC).  The purpose of this position is to provide overall operational and administrational oversight of the laboratory, including the employment of personnel who are competent to perform test procedures and record and report test results promptly, accurately and proficiently; and for assuring compliance with all applicable regulations. 

 Laboratory Services provide laboratory diagnostic support to health care providers at Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, sub-regional clinics, and village clinics under the supervision of TCC.  Laboratory Services consist of Clinical Laboratory Services, PPMP and POC.  Clinical Laboratory Services provide testing and diagnosis in the areas of chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, serology, and other services as deemed appropriate by the medical staff of TCC with endorsement of the Senior Management Team. 

Adhere to the TCC  Ch’eghwtsen’ model of service and guiding principle which requires providing timely and effective service along with the ability to interact with others in a way that inspires trust and demonstrates respect, compassion and empathy.

Essential Functions:  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbent(s). 

Representative Duties: Under general supervision of the Allied Health Services Director incumbent will:

1. Ensure that testing systems developed and used for each of the tests performed in the laboratory provide quality laboratory        services for all aspects of test performance, which includes the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases of testing.

2. Ensure that the physical plan and environmental conditions of the laboratory are appropriate for the testing performed and       provide a safe environment in which employees are protected from physical, chemical, and biological hazards.

3.  Ensure that the test methodologies selected have the capability of providing the quality of results required for patient care;        verification procedures used are adequate to determine the accuracy, precision, and other pertinent performance                        characteristics of the method; and that laboratory personnel are performing the test methods as required for accurate and          reliable results.

4.  Ensure that the laboratory is enrolled in a proficiency testing program approved by Health and Human Services for the               testing performed and that the proficiency testing samples are tested as required under applicable regulations; the results         are returned within the timeframes established by the proficiency testing program; all proficiency testing reports received           are reviewed by the appropriate staff to evaluate the laboratory’s performance and to identify any problems that require             corrective action; and an approved corrective action plan is followed when any proficiency testing result is found to be               unacceptable or unsatisfactory.

5.  Ensure that the quality control and quality assessment programs are established and maintained to assure the quality of             laboratory services provided and to identify failures in quality as they occur.

6.  Ensure the establishment and maintenance of acceptable levels of analytical performance for each test system.

7.  Ensure that all necessary remedial actions are taken and documented whenever significant deviations from the laboratory’s         established performance characteristics are identified, and that patient test results are reported only when the system is             functioning properly.

8.  Ensure that reports of test results include pertinent information required for interpretation.

9.  Ensure that consultation is available to the laboratory’s clients in matters relating to the quality of the test results reported           and their interpretation concerning specific patient conditions, whether via onsite or telephone or electronic consultation as       needed.

10.  Act as a general supervisor providing appropriate supervision of moderate complexity test performance by testing                      personnel qualified under applicable regulations. This includes off-site moderately complex lab testing in sub-regional                clinics.

11.  Employ a sufficient number of laboratory personnel with the appropriate education and either experience or training to               provide appropriate consultation, properly supervise and accurately perform tests and report test results in accordance               with applicable regulations.

12.  Ensure that prior to testing patients’ specimens, all personnel have the appropriate education and experience, receive the           appropriate training for the type and complexity of the services offered, and have demonstrated that they can perform all           testing operations reliably to provide and report accurate results.

13.  Ensure that policies and procedures are established for monitoring individuals who conduct pre-analytical, analytical, and          post-analytical phases of testing to assure that they are competent and maintain their competency to process specimens,            perform test procedures and report test results promptly and proficiently, and whenever necessary, identify needs for                  remedial training or continuing education to improve skills.

14.  Ensure that an approved procedure manual is available to all personnel responsible for any aspect of the testing process.

15.  Specify, in writing, the responsibilities and duties of each consultant as well as each person engaged in the performance of        the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases of testing, that identifies which examinations and procedures each                  individual is authorized to perform, whether supervision is required for specimen processing, test performance or result              reporting and whether supervisory or director review is required prior to reporting patient test results.

16.  Develop budgets, service goals, objectives, and improvement priorities collaboratively with the Allied Health Director, and           with the Medical Staff and other service line leaders, as needed, based upon TCC’s strategic initiatives, organization-wide             improvement aims and other relevant improvement aims.

17.  Regularly review all service improvement activities with, and communicate status of these activities to, the organization.

18.  Serve as member of various clinical committees as designated by the quality management council and participate in other           such meetings and conferences as deemed necessary.

19.  Manage all aspects of the EHR laboratory package and ensure compliance with regulations, or designate this to a qualified         laboratory staff.

20.  Establish a process by which reports of all lab test results are in the electronic health record regardless of where the testing         is performed.

Other Responsibilities:

21.  Perform other job related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

 Must possess a current license as a laboratory director issued by the State in which the laboratory is located, if such licensing is required and a Medical Technologist (MT)/Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or equivalent. 


  • Be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State in which the laboratory is located and certified in anatomic or clinical pathology, or both by the American Board of Pathology or the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology or possess qualifications that are equivalent.


  • Be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy or doctor of podiatric medicine licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy or podiatry in the State in which the laboratory is located and have laboratory training or experience consisting of:
    • At least one year of directing or supervising non-waived laboratory testing, or
    • Have at least twenty continuing medical education credit hours, commensurate with the director responsibilities, or
    • Have laboratory training equivalent to twenty continuing medical education credit hours, commensurate with the director responsibilities, obtained during medical residency.


  • Hold an earned doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and:
    • Be certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology, the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, the American Board of Bioanalysts or the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, or
    • Have at least one year experience directing or supervising non-waived testing.


  • Have earned a master’s degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution and:
    • Have at least one year of laboratory training or experience or both in non-waived testing, and
    • In addition, have at least one year of supervisory laboratory experience in non-waived testing.


  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical or biological science or medical technology from an accredited institution and:
    • Have at least two years of laboratory training or experience or both in non-waived, and
    • In addition, have a least two years of supervisory laboratory experience in non-waived testing.


  • Be serving as a laboratory director and must have previously qualified or could have qualified as a laboratory director on or before February 28, 1998.


  • Qualified under State law to direct a laboratory in the state in which the laboratory is located (on or before February 28, 1992).
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Seven years clinical laboratory experience as a lab manager/director preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.  Seven years clinical laboratory experience as a lab manager/director preferred. Master’s Degree preferred (MBA, Healthcare         Administration, Medical Laboratory Science).

2.  Ability to work in high volume clinic with proven skills in workload prioritization.

3.  Knowledge and understanding of Lab Information Systems.

Supervision: This position supervises the laboratory staff.

Physical demands:  Job incumbent must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds in support of equipment and supplies. Position requires recurring bending, stooping, kneeling, reading, handling, speaking, hearing, and seeing. Position may require extended periods of standing.  Periodic travel to TCC region villages is required. Job incumbent may be subject to harsh environmental conditions while traveling. The conditions include but are not limited to: travel by small, unpressurized aircraft, 4WD suburban or van, lack of running water and poor heat. Incumbent must be able to work accurately, effectively and independently in a busy and sometimes stressful environment.

Work Environment:  May be exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials, which may result in possible exposure to blood borne pathogens.

This job description is not an employee agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58666586
  • Location:
    Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Position Title: Laboratory Director
  • Company Name: Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Job Function: Allied Health
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite

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