Under direction, responsible for the overall operation of the Automated Services (Chemistry/Hematology/Immunology) of a highly specialized nature, providing technical and administrative supervision and direction to a large or highly specialized contingent of professional staff and participates as necessary in clinical tests and procedures requiring advanced skills and knowledge. May oversee other supervisory personnel, and may assume primary responsibility for special tasks and projects as assigned. Intervenes on behalf of upper management in a variety of matters as directed. Is responsible to work proactively with Division Chairmen and Pathologists to maintain operational quality. Is responsible for overall planning, operations and personnel issues, including training and development of staff. Ensures fiscal responsibility with area of control.
This position is exempt from Career Service under the CCHHS Personnel Rules.
Must qualify as a Medical Technologist as defined by the Illinois Clinical Laboratories Code. ( Must provide proof of certification at time of interview)
Bachelor's degree in a scientific field that qualifies to clinical laboratory studies. ( Must provide original copy of college or university transcript at time of interview)
Must have a minimum of six (6) years, full time professional work experience as a generalist with clinical expertise in hematology or chemistry, with at least two years of which must include administrative, technical and/or supervisory oversight for the delivery of clinical laboratory services of a highly complex or specialized nature, or as otherwise related to area of assignment.
ASCP Certification as a Medical Technologist (ASCP-MT) or other nationally recognized certification is mandatory. ( Must provide proof of certification at time of interview)
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Exemplary knowledge and skills necessary to perform the essential tasks of the position.
A thorough and extensive knowledge of professional, safety, governmental and other regulatory requirements applicable to the clinical laboratories.
Skill in assisting at a highly responsible level with preparation for various regulatory agencies and in meeting prescribed standards associated therewith.
Ability to write policies/procedures, developing quality monitors and the ability to operate equipment and train staff.
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with and in the supervision of others.
Ability to supervise and direct professional and support staff engaged in the performance of highly complex laboratory tests and procedures requiring a thorough and extensive knowledge specific to chemistry, and immunology.
Ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of chemistry, and/or immunology principles, practices and methodology involved and a mastery of subject matter sufficient to effectively provide testimony or other expert opinion under a variety of circumstances.
Ability to oversee a large or complex laboratory operation by assuming responsibility for addressing unknown conditions, resolving critical problems, formulating standards and writing procedures for the section;
Ability to calibrate and maintain highly complex and new equipment and explain same to others.
Ability to work within broad guidelines requiring independent decision-making, complimented by sound judgment in determining when to bring difficult or unsolvable problems to other senior staff or supervisors as necessary.
Ability to perform effectively in carrying out duties of a predominantly administrative and supervisory nature on behalf of the Cook County Health and Hospital System Laboratory Director, where applicable, or other senior management. Ability to preside over operations, services, and activities of a critical nature and exercise skill and professional discretion in resolving problems and contingencies which may arise. Ability to intervene as necessary in a variety of matters and take charge as circumstances require.
Ability to investigate and render opinions in disciplinary matters and represent the Department in disciplinary or grievance hearings. Ability to understand and apply hospital policy and contact language as may apply to the laboratory.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with supervisors, medical staff and other personnel within, as well as outside laboratories; ability to discuss in technical terms, new approaches to common needs and interests concerning delivery of services to patients and other departments.
Ability to maintain the confidentiality of patient related materials in compliance with HIPPA requirements.
Ability to supervise and coordinate laboratory information systems services, or the use of personal computers and other devices as needed.
This position occasionally requires various types of physical exertion including, but not limited to climbing, lifting, pulling, pushing, prolonged standing, operating laboratory equipment and other devised, or moving moderate to heavy weight.
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service.
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must :
Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question,
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County. CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.