COVID-19 Laboratory Director

George Washington University

Job Description

Job Description Summary

The George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health is looking to fill an COVID-19 Lab Director position of its CLIA Laboratory ("GWU Public Health Laboratory"; GWU PHL). The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team to lead a CLIA laboratory. The laboratory will perform both molecular and serological testing to ensure the health and safety of the George Washington University community. The laboratory is planned to perform regular molecular and serological testing for ~ 30,000 members of the GWU community and may participate in externally-funded research studies. The GWU PHL is expected to be a highly dynamic, fast paced work environment that requires on a daily basis to overcome ongoing challenges with critical supplies shortages and rapidly growing demand for the Coronavirus diagnostic testing.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience with laboratory research or testing and management, preferably with experience in the setting of a CLIA laboratory or the setup of a CLIA laboratory, particularly for a High-Complexity CLIA laboratory.

Responsibilities of the Position include:

  • Work closely designated managers for each analytic area and the Laboratory Director (if applicable) to ensure that:
  • Policies and procedures are established for monitoring individuals who conduct pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing to verify that they maintain competency
  • All personnel have the appropriate education and experience prior to testing patient specimens; receive appropriate training for the type and complexity of services offered; and have demonstrated that they can perform all testing operations reliably to provide and report accurate results
  • Laboratory is staffed with a sufficient number of personnel with appropriate education, experience and/or training to provide appropriate consultation, properly supervise, and accurately perform tests and report test results
  • Ensure that laboratory personnel are performing the test methods as required to obtain accurate and reliable results
  • An approved procedure manual is available to all personnel
  • Consultation is available to the laboratory's clients on matters relating to the quality of the test results reported and their interpretation concerning specific patient conditions
  • Ensure testing systems provide quality laboratory services across the path of workflow (for all phases of testing: pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases)
  • Verify that all delegated duties are properly performed
  • To process specimens
  • Perform test procedures
  • Report test results promptly and proficiently
  • Whenever necessary, identify remedial training and/or continuing education needs to improve skills
  • Have a written list of responsibilities of each individual in the laboratory that specifies:
  • The level of activity each is authorized to perform,
  • Whether supervision is required for specimen processing, test performance or results reporting
  • Whether consultant or director review is required prior to reporting patient test result.
  • Ensure that quality control and quality assessment programs are established and maintained to identify failures in quality as they occur
  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of acceptable levels of analytical performance for each test
  • Ensure that corrective actions are taken and documented, whenever significant deviations from the laboratory's established performance characteristics are identified, and patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly

Additional responsibilities can include:

  • Test result reports include pertinent information required for interpretation
  • Verification procedures are adequate to determine accuracy, precision, and other pertinent performance characteristics of the method
  • Ensure test methods selected have the capability of providing quality results
  • Ensure that the physical plant and environmental conditions are appropriate for the testing performed and provide a safe environment, free of physical, chemical, and biological hazards
  • Ensure that the laboratory is enrolled in an approved proficiency testing (PT) program and ensure that PT program is

    Must be accessible to the laboratory to provide onsite, telephone, or electronic consultation as needed

This is a management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs.

The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position. This position reports to a credentialed GW clinical faculty. This is a limited term position for up to 1 year.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a Masters/PhD in a related discipline, plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Licensed MD/DO with at least 1 year of research training OR Doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or laboratory science with at least 2 years of laboratory management experience
  • Experience in a management position within a CLIA laboratory, particularly for a High-Complexity CLIA laboratory.
  • Experience in the setup of a new CLIA laboratory, particularly for a High-Complexity CLIA laboratory.
Typical Hiring Range
$94776 - $139956 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)

Family: Research and Labs

Sub-Family: Laboratory Support

Stream: Management

Level: Level 3

Hours Per Week: 40

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00, schedule may vary as needed

Position Designation
Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.

Required Background Check
Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No

Posting Number: R001057

Job Open Date: 07/11/2020

Background Screening
Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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