Cord Blood Search Coordinator

Aurora, CO
Jul 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Cord Blood Search Coordinator

Technician III

Position #: 00663626

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Technician III position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

The Department of Clinical Immunology has an opening for one (1) full-time Cord Blood Search Coordinator to work at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This position is in support of the Coordinator of Cellular Therapy and works directly with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) to process search and shipment requests of cord blood units to domestic and international hematopoietic stem cell transplant centers. This position is responsible for following complex guidelines when validating, verifying and completing cord blood eligibility, matches, and releases. This position will utilize specific scientific criteria to complete match searches and for sending samples for confirmatory HLA testing. This position must be familiar with State and University regulatory compliance related to the Cord Blood Bank, in addition to determining how to apply new and changing regulations on an on-going basis.

This position requires a high level of detail orientation. Negligence when handling, processing and sending out cord blood could have a detrimental effect on patients. This position will deal with patient records of all ages, including infancy, therefore requiring a high level of sensitivity, compassion and confidentiality. At times, this position will be required to be on the Oncology floor of Children's hospital.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Process search requests through the NMDP database system. Retrieve and upload data, lab results and other notes associated with cord blood client characteristics.
  • Work with University Hospital and other outside labs.
  • Ship samples for HLA testing (CT)
  • Review HLA CT results, infectious disease testing results, cell counts and viabilities
  • Review cord blood donor history/eligibility
  • Process requests for cord blood, check inventory for match, send out data confirming that a match is in stock, prepare packet with test results and deliver the packet to the executive director for review/approval.
  • Notify medical director of medical issues with cord blood units
  • Coordinate shipments of cord blood units domestically and internationally.
  • Prepare release reports for medical director, executive director and quality unit review
  • Remove products from freezer and ship to transplant centers
  • Interpret search related data to determine if test results do not meet the minimum standards. Draft occurrence/incident reports as necessary, based on interpretation of search related data that represent the cord blood bank to NMDP and transplant centers.

Salary and Benefits

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Three years of experience working within a healthcare setting, to include patient records and results.

Substitution: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in medical technology, chemistry, biological science or in a related scientific field may substitute for the experience on a year-for-year basis.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to push, pull, lift and move up to 40 pounds or more.
  • Must be willing and able to wear safety equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, aprons etc.
  • Must be willing and able to work with blood borne pathogens.

NOTE: Applicants may be required to submit a copy of their "Unofficial Transcripts".

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) credential is preferred but not required.
  • A strong grasp of lab protocols and procedures is preferred.
  • Experience utilizing an electronic database to enter, maintain, and compile data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form, which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical, and spelling errors.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities:

  • The successful candidate must have the ability to manage detail-oriented tasks and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • The successful candidate must be self-motivated and a fast learner with excellent time management, organizational, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency with MS Office including Excel, Outlook, Word, and database systems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of HIPPA rules and regulations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Tate Hermanson at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 3-5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Professional Support Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20174 - SOM-MED-Clinical Immunology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 15, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Tate Hermanson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00733587