Our client, a large hospital located in Western MD, near Bethesda, MD and only 15 miles from DC, has a need for a Lab Manager to join their team. Candidates MUST have Generalist MT certification -cannot have a specialized certification Experience. They must have a Minimum four (4) years of experience in high complexity testing, a Minimum three (3) years of leadership experience in a clinical laboratory setting.

Job description

Plan, manage, organize and coordinate Laboratory services. Subject matter expert and the technical resource for the region in designated specialized area. Responsible for the design and oversight of highly reliable laboratory operations including accountabilities for quality of care, member experience, affordability, standard work and employee experience and competence.

Essential Responsibilities:

Exceptional Care and Service. Lead and manage technical, clinical, and operational aspects of the laboratory and pathology services. Monitor test results, equipment, and laboratory information systems. Perform, assist and support functions within laboratory as needed. Promote an organizational culture of safety and ensure appropriate patient safety. Design/evaluate processes to ensure high reliable standard laboratory services across continuum of care. Build strong performance-based, collaborative relationships with local and regional leadership fostered by frequent communication and interaction to identify and resolve problems/issues and improve delivery of laboratory services. Maintain a productive partnership with pathologists and laboratory staff. Represent the laboratory in Medical Operations Building and Regional facilities functions and committees. Participate in on call responsibility to include, not limited to, Lab Manager and/or Manager of the Day programs. Develop, implement, and monitor laboratory policies and procedures. Oversee regulatory and accreditation requirements to ensure departmental technical, quality, and administrative activities are compliant with all regulatory requirements including, but not limited to CAP, COLA, OSHA and CMS. Establish, implement, and maintain service standards to meet member and internal client expectations. Implements and monitors new service offerings to meet changing business needs.

Employee Experience. Manages departmental human resources. Ensures on-going staff development. Develops and presents in-service programs to medical center and regional staff. Designs and implements the laboratory safety program, including hazardous waste management, chemical hygiene plan, and injury prevention program. Hire, develop and retain competent and professional staff. Evaluate performance, recognize achievements and, when necessary, initiate corrective action in accordance with Kaiser policy and state and federal law. Provide and oversee training and competency as well as teaching, promoting and modeling effective communication for staff. Ensure employee experience activities incorporate all applicable KP policies, regulations and accreditation standards. Ensures technical and support staff provide the highest quality of care and comply with CLIA, CAP, COLA, Joint Commission, AABB, NCQA, federal, state, and local requirements. Accountable to deliver an environment and culture of employee safety.

Grow Sustainably. Administer staffing, materials and capital equipment budget for the assigned laboratories. Perform financial planning; review budget preparation and justification of labor and non-labor expenditures. Maintain an ongoing process to identify and evaluate cost restructuring activities that achieve gainful results for the laboratory and organization. Ensures compliance with clinical practice standards, staffing, payroll, budgets, fiscal management, and quality improvement activities. Participates in the development of and implements and monitors strategic plans/initiatives that are aligned with organizational strategy and operating plans, improves Member and Employee Experience, and reduces the overall cost of medical care. Creates staff alignment on regional and national strategies, goals, and priorities. Leads overall operations of laboratory services and all employees engaged in providing those services. Collaborates with inter/intra-regional clinical lab facilities to ensure an integrated laboratory delivery system. Leads and manages complex and diverse projects that have region-wide impact. Provides technical and business analysis using quantitative, scientific and economic methods. Participates in feasibility assessment and business case justification(s).

Upholds and models Kaiser Permanente’s Policies and Procedures and Principles of Responsibilities. Responsible for and monitors lab’s performance on key indicators to include affordability, quality and service. Completes 24 CEUs (12 technical and 12 leadership) per year. Maintains current information and knowledge of all applicable KP policies, local, and state and federal laws and regulations. Performs other related duties as directed and assigned.

This is a management position with need to work multiple days/shifts to ensure covering 24 hours of operations. Includes weekend, holiday and on call rotations.

Basic Qualifications:


Minimum four (4) years of experience in high complexity testing.

Minimum three (3) years of leadership experience in a clinical laboratory setting.


Bachelor’s degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical or biological science from an accredited institution. Proper documentation for applicable degree is required (i.e. copies of diplomas, transcripts, and/or U.S Equivalency Degree Report if needed). Major must be clearly stated on the document. If diploma does not indicate the major, an additional document that states major is required. Degree must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology OR 6 hours chemistry and 6 hours of biology and 12 hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination AND completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by an organization approve by HHS and at least three (3) months documented laboratory training in each specialty the individual will supervise.

License, Certification, Registration

For Regional Laboratory, MT(ASCP) or MLS(ASCP) for the core laboratory.

Lean and/or Six Sigma Yellow Belt required within twelve (12) months of hire/transfer.

Preferred Qualifications:

Behavioral interviewing experience.

Experience in Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Master’s degree in clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical, biological, business administration, health care administration, public health, or related field from an accredited institution.

Lean and/or Six Sigma Green Belt.

Continued involvement in national, state and local professional organization(s).

Proven ability to organize and manage laboratory operations.

Demonstrated strengths in decision making in a consensus environment and collaborative management style.

Laboratory Manager with strong service, leadership, and business skills.

Essential attributes include team player, owner and innovator.

This city is regarded as one of America’s leading small cities for work, for play and for life. It is the vibrant, highly educated, business-friendly home to some of the nation’s and the world’s most prominent biomed and technology companies and is adjacent to the world’s most powerful city, Washington, D.C. This is a city that remembers and reveres its roots, its commitment to citizen-centric public service, to the planet and to the connectivity of its neighborhoods and residents. This is a place one can truly and proudly call “my hometown.” It is a place that looks and feels like home, where people and government work to maintain the intimacy and warmth that “hometown” connotes. A place where, despite our differences, neighbors know and care about each other and the community they share.Tracking

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