This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed.
The Technical Supervisor is responsible for providing technical and scientific guidance and support to the Laboratory Director. The incumbent ensures that all duties are properly performed and applicable CLIA regulations are met.
Acts independently to provide technical guidance and/or counseling, as needed, to the Laboratory Director and/or supporting diagnostic personnel.
Typical responsibilities of the Technical Supervisor are listed. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring:
- Appropriate test method selection.
- Adequate method verification in order to determine the accuracy and precision of the test.
- Enrollment of the laboratory in a CMS-approved proficiency testing (PT) program for the test performed.
- PT samples are tested in accordance with CLIA and New York State regulations.
- PT results are returned within the time frames established by the PT program.
- PT reports are reviewed by the appropriate staff.
- Corrective action plans are followed when PT results are found to be unacceptable or unsatisfactory.
- Quality assessment and quality control programs are established and maintained.
- Acceptable analytical test performance are established and maintained for each test system.
- Remedial actions are taken and documented when significant deviations from the laboratory’s established performance characteristics are identified, and patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly.
- Personnel have been appropriately trained and demonstrate competency prior to testing patient specimens.
- Policies and procedures are established for monitoring personnel competency in all phases (preanalytic, analytic, and postanalytic) of testing to assure the ongoing competency of all individuals who perform testing.
- Remedial training or continuing education needs are identified and training provided.
- An approved procedure manual is available to all personnel.
Education, must meet one of the following:
- Earned doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution; certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by Health and Human Services. Minimally, 1 year of training and/or experienced in high complexity testing in the designated specialty/subspecialty of responsibility.
- Earned masters or Ph.D. in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution. Minimally, 1 year of training and/or experienced in high complexity testing in the designated specialty/subspecialty of responsibility.
- Earned bachelors in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution. Minimally, 2 years of training and/or experienced in high complexity testing in the designated specialty/subspecialty of responsibility.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Principles of analytical & organic chemistry, HPLC separation & instrumental analysis, mass spectrometry, bioanalytical techniques.
- Diverse scientific calculation procedures and statistics.
- Excellent knowledge of CLIA Policies and Regulations.
- Technical writing, Word/Excel/Power Point.
- Familiarity with current industry trends and expectations relating to Bioanalytical Issues.
- Strong problem solving skills with respect to laboratory systems and procedures.
- Communication, team building, and management.
CLIA, Health & Human Services
Environment and Protective Equipment:
The employee will be required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for specific job duties to be performed. This typically includes goggles, lab coats, gloves and various types of face mask.
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