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UnitedHealth Group Histology Supervisor in Everett, Washington

$15,000 Sign-on Bonus for External Candidates

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The Histology Supervisor, in collaboration with the Laboratory Medical and Administrative Directors, oversees and directs the activities of the histology department, ensuring quality control and regulatory compliance in accordance with College of American Pathologists (CAP) standards. Based in Everett, Washington, this role also oversees the histology department in Seattle, Washington. Responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the histology laboratory, including immunohistochemistry (IHC), and providing direct supervision to a team of.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that could be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all operations, including IHC, within the histology department ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. Ability to travel to another location 25-50% of the time for meetings, training sessions, or to oversee multiple laboratory sites

  • Supervises and provides leadership to histotechnologists, histotechnicians, grossing technicians, and processing staff, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation

  • Performs and oversees various histology tasks, from routine to complex procedures. Handles specimen processing, embedding, cutting, staining, and accessioning

  • Ensures that laboratory operations meet quality standards and regulatory requirements, including maintaining compliance with CLIA, CAP, and other accrediting agencies. Maintains knowledge of current laboratory practices, procedures, and technologies, and keeps up-to-date with changes in regulatory requirements and industry standardsDevelops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures for histology laboratory operations, including quality control, quality assurance, and safety

  • Demonstrates solid problem-solving skills and analytical abilities. Identifies and troubleshoots technical issues, implementing quality control measures as needed

  • Maintains instruments, verifies functionality, and documents maintenance activities

  • Monitors and evaluates laboratory test systems to ensure the accuracy and precision of test results and develops corrective action plans as needed

  • Coordinates and ensures participation in proficiency testing programs, including ordering and distributing samples, monitoring and evaluating results, and implementing corrective action plans as neededAddresses and investigates safety event reports in a timely and appropriate manner and takes corrective action as needed

  • Actively participates in meetings and committees, contributing insights and collaborating with team members to achieve organizational and departmental goals

  • Collaborates with other departments, including physicians, nurses, and administration, to ensure timely and accurate test results and to provide consultation on histology laboratory testing and results interpretation

  • Maintains inventory and orders supplies, equipment, and reagents as needed

  • Maintains records and prepares reports related to operations, including quality control, proficiency testing, and instrument maintenance

  • Note: This is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be assigned as needed

Duties integrated into all job functions:

  • All staff members are to promote a positive and productive work environment by acting maturely and responsibly, satisfactorily performing job responsibilities, and conducting themselves professionally, courteously, and respectfully toward fellow employees, physicians, and patients

  • Must relate to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions: (a) get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extreme; (b) perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading, or speaking with others; and (c) respond openly and appropriately to feedback regarding performance from a supervisor

  • Performs all duties in a manner that promotes and supports the core values of the organizationIntegrates Lean principles, practices, and tools to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction

  • Must follow written and oral instructions and complete routine tasks independently

  • Complete all compliance training, including but not limited to HIPAA/Privacy/Confidentiality/Non Discrimination/Harassment/Integrity Statement and signed Agreements

  • Ensures confidentiality of patient information by following HIPAA guidelines and policies

  • Attends training to meet job position requirements and as needed or mandated by the organization's policies, Div. of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH), OSHA, L&I, and other state/federal regulations

  • Have regular and predictable attendance

Non-Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs other duties as assigned

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university in histology, biology or having emphasized anatomical, biological, and chemical sciences

  • A minimum of 4 years of Histology experience

  • Histotechnologist (HTL) Certificate from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or another national accrediting agency is required or able to be obtained within 12 months of employment.

  • BLS certification is required or obtained within the first 30 days of employment

  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Note that these requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to perform this job

  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of histology laboratory operations, including tissue processing, embedding, cutting, staining, and quality control procedures. Demonstrate a deep understanding of regulatory requirements, such as CAP standards, ensuring compliance in all aspects of laboratory operations. Familiarity with pathological and physiological conditions that may affect test results and tissue staining. Knowledge extends to instrument maintenance and troubleshooting, ensuring the smooth functioning of equipment within the laboratory. Remain updated on advancements in the field of histology through continuing education and professional development activities. Familiarity with laboratory information systems (LIS) and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications

  • Exhibits solid leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills essential for effectively managing a histology laboratory. Possessing excellent organizational abilities, enabling them to oversee day-to-day operations efficiently and prioritize tasks as needed. Their technical proficiency allows for the performance of a wide range of histology tasks, from routine to complex procedures, with precision and accuracy. Demonstrate proficiency in computer systems. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with laboratory staff, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders

  • Ability to lead and supervise a team effectively, fostering a collaborative and productive work environment. Demonstrating adaptability and resilience in a fast-changing environment, efficiently addressing challenges, balancing competing priorities, and implementing necessary changes to enhance laboratory operations. Problem-solving abilities that enable identification of process improvement opportunities and implementation of effective solutions. Effective communication with staff, management, and external stakeholders, facilitating seamless coordination and collaboration. Their commitment to upholding safety standards and adhering to policies reflects a solid sense of responsibility and professionalism in their role. Ability to perform laboratory tests and procedures, including standing for extended periods and, rarely, lifting up to 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One (1) year of leadership experience

Physical And Mental Demands:

  • Employees must meet the physical and mental demands described here to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

Physical Demands:

  • Handling laboratory equipment, including microtomes and tissue processors, requires dexterity and precision. Lifting and transporting specimens, reagents, and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs may be necessary. May spend extended periods standing or sitting while performing laboratory procedures and administrative tasks. Ensuring compliance with safety protocols involves the proper handling and disposal of biohazardous and chemically hazardous materials, necessitating attention to detail and adherence to established procedures. Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, lab coats, and goggles

Mental Demands:

  • Requires critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Analyzing laboratory results, troubleshooting technical issues, and identifying process improvement opportunities require attention to detail and analytical acumen. The supervisor must effectively manage competing priorities, such as supervisory responsibilities, administrative duties, and laboratory operations while maintaining accuracy and efficiency. Additionally, staying updated on advancements in histology practices and regulatory requirements necessitates continuous learning and adaptation to changes in the field.

Typical Working Conditions:

  • The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the job's essential functions.

Work is performed in a laboratory setting, which provides a clean and controlled environment with appropriate safety measures and equipment for handling hazardous materials and biological specimens. The working environment is typically temperature-controlled, ensuring comfort for the technicians. Proper ventilation systems are in place to maintain air quality and safety. The role involves exposure to various chemicals and reagents used in specimen processing, such as fixatives and stains. Adhering to safety protocols and using personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial to mitigate any potential risks. The work requires close attention to detail and accuracy, as laboratory results may have a significant impact on patient care. The work may involve periods of standing or sitting for extended periods. Collaboration with pathologists, laboratory personnel, and other healthcare professionals is common, necessitating effective communication and teamwork skills. Travel to different locations for oversight or collaborative purposes is expected.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Washington Residents Only: The salary range for this role is $70,200 to $137,800 annually. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to local labor markets, education, work experience, certifications, etc. UnitedHealth Group complies with all minimum wage laws as applicable. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

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