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Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Seattle, WA

Organization: UW Medical Center - Northwest
Category: Supervisor
Location: Seattle, WA
Date Job Posted: September 24, 2020
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Req #: 180859
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Northwest
Job Location Detail: UW Medical Center- NORTHWEST CAMPUS LABORATORY
Posting Date: 09/15/2020
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: $6,617--$9,465 monthly
Shift: First Shift

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. UW Medicine - Northwest is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are: The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award; The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award; The Stroke Care Excellence Award; Winner of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, we’re also one of the safest places to get care among the top 5% in the country.

UW Medical Center - Northwest has an outstanding opportunity for a FULLTIME DAYS CLINICAL LABORATORY SUPERVISOR. Supervises a shift (such as Evening or Night) or one or more technical departments of the Laboratory (such as Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology). Organizes workflow and manages personnel and supplies to ensure efficient functioning and cost effectiveness of the laboratory.

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


1. Leading, includes:

  • Effectively delegates,
  • Manages change,
  • Sets expectations and goals,
  • Makes decisions and solves problems,
  • Models fairness and respect.

2. Standards & Accountability, includes:

  • Identifies quality benchmarks, assesses departmental performance and designs improvement plans,
  • Models accountability, integrity, ethics, and honesty,
  • Promotes safety and security,
  • Assures compliance with regulations and rules,
  • Promotes excellent customer service.

3. Planning & Decision Making, includes:

  • Develops goals and objectives in support of Hospital’s mission,
  • Develops and maintains policies and procedures,
  • Resolves complex problems,
  • Develops budget and monitors/controls expenses to fit budget expectations,
  • Improves department cost efficiency and productivity.

4. Building Relationships, includes:

  • Fosters teamwork and collaboration to accomplish organization’s goals,
  • Inspires trust,
  • Deals effectively with conflict.

5. Developing and Retaining Talent, includes:

  • Interviews and selects staff, hires, and promotes,
  • Evaluates staff performance and competency;
  • Coaches/disciplines/discharges to improve individual and departmental performance,
  • Motivates and develops competent staff,
  • Facilitates continuous learning and development,
  • Monitors staff retention and satisfaction,
  • Designs succession plans.

6. Communications, includes:

  • Facilitates open communications and joint decision making with staff,
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, verbal, writing, listening, and presentation skills.

7. Professional Growth & Development, includes:

  • Strives to expand own knowledge and skills,
  • Monitors trends in healthcare industry, and adapts to changes and new developments.

8. Clinical/Operations/Technical Coordination, includes:

  • Directing daily work activities: Prepares employee schedules and prioritizes daily work activities. Assigns and checks work; assists staff with problems and questions. Acts as expert technical resource. Ensures prompt and accurate reporting of patient laboratory results, responses to client questions and requests, and notification of stats and panic values.
  • Staff supervision: Forms, manages, and maintains an effective team of employees. Trains, develops skills and manages performance. Presents in-service education programs. Monitors compliance with all laboratory and hospital safety procedures, competency and educational requirements.
  • Quality Control and Accreditation: Maintains appropriate documentation and records necessary for CAP/Joint Commission accreditation and CLIA licensure. Ensures that all department procedures and policies are in compliance with CAP and regulatory agencies’ requirements. Monitors Quality Control and takes prompt action when a problem occurs. Notifies director, manager or pathologist in a timely manner of issues that supervisor cannot resolve.
  • Optimizes Productivity: Maintains a cost effective department through the proper selection of supplies/reagents and by maintaining appropriate levels of inventory. Monitors FTEs and workload volume by shift or department as applicable. Optimizes production, increases efficiency, reduces costs, and maintains harmony between shifts.
  • Provides bench coverage: Performs technologist bench duties during short staffing or to maintain skill levels, as needed.
  • Equipment: Schedules and performs maintenance on instruments. Troubleshoots instrumentation and resolves problems. Recognizes serious or uncorrectable problems and contacts vendors in timely manner.
  • R&D: Performs and demonstrates proficiency in research and development of new procedures; collects and analyzes data, both statistically and technically.

9. Driving, includes:

  • May be required to drive an automobile (or other vehicle) as a function of job. If so required, completes all NWH driver clearance procedures and paperwork. Drives carefully and in accordance with the law and NWH driving standards. Respects and protects NWH property (vehicle) from damage. Promptly reports any accidents, tickets, citations, moving violations, vehicle damage, or suspension/revocation of license. Maintains a valid Washington Driver’s License and a clean driving record.


  • Education Background
    1. Baccalaureate degree in medical technology; or
    2. Baccalaureate degree in science plus completion of a accredited or approved school of medical technology ; or
    3. At the discretion of the Lab Director, alternative routes that combine education, training and experience may be considered, if the combination satisfies requirements as a “technical supervisor” (as applicable to the individual’s job responsibilities) under State of Washington and Federal regulations.
  • Licensure, Registration, Certification
    1. Current technologist–level certification with ASCP or equivalent ; or
    2. Satisfies requirements as a “technical supervisor” (as applicable to the individual’s job responsibilities) under State of Washington and Federal regulations.
    3. Maintains a valid Washington Driver’s License and clean record if required to drive.
  • Special Training/Skills
    1. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and condition of the patients served on assigned unit/department.
  • Work Experience
    1. Individuals with bachelor degree in medical technology (or bachelor degree in science plus completion of accredited school of medical technology): Minimum of four years previous laboratory experience required.
    2. Individuals without a bachelor degree in medical technology: At the discretion of the Lab Director, alternative routes that combine education, training and experience may be considered, if the combination satisfies requirements as “general supervisor” (as applicable to the individual’s job responsibilities) under State of Washington and Federal regulations.
    3. At least one year of previous supervisory or lead experience is strongly preferred.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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