Histology Supervisor

Job description

*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers.*

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Pathology

Histology Supervisor (Health Care Principal Professional)

Position #684955 - Requisition 13622

The Department of Pathology has an opening for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Histology Supervisor (Health Care Principal Professional) position.

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. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Job Summary:
The Histology Supervisor is responsible for the management of operations within the histology section under the supervision of the Surgical Pathology Medical Director. Knowledge of financial management, LEAN laboratory concepts, CAP compliance, quality/risk management programs and conflict resolution methods are required in combination with an exceptional level of technical experience. This position requires knowledge of published standard histology protocols and the ability to validate new methodologies as standards change in the field. The applicant must have expert knowledge of frozen sectioning, tissue processing/embedding, microtomy, routine H&E stain, special staining, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and in-situ hybridization procedures.

This position will manage equipment maintenance, tracking and ordering supplies, cleaning and organizing of work stations, disposal of biological/chemical waste. This role must adhere to all departmental and regulatory policies and procedures, as well as establish and maintain positive relationships with vendors to negotiate competitive pricing for reagent and equipment purchases. This Histology Supervisor will be responsible for the recruitment of highly qualified histology staff and all subsequent training and ongoing performance evaluation.

This position is directly responsible for the supervision, training, recruitment and mentoring of all Histology staff (3 Senior Histotechnologist, 6 Histologists, 1 Lab Technician).

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Manages the day to day operations of the histology laboratories for clinical, research, and esoteric work.
  • Directs and supervises the accurate and timely preparation of histology slides.
  • Define work priorities, staff schedules, assures coverage for laboratory procedures, provides periodic review and training on new techniques and assesses efficiencies of staff productiveness.
  • Formulates and maintains the laboratory quality management procedures.
  • Implements and instructs all staff in quality improvement initiatives and procedures.
  • Prepares for accreditation and licensing agency inspections.
  • Maintains quality of laboratory work complying with University, State, and Federal and accreditation (i.e. CAP) standards.
  • Insures that all staff receives required training and certifications as required.
  • Identifies areas of risk given regulatory requirements and works towards compliance.
  • Supervises and coordinates personnel matters for Histology. Includes position establishment, recruitment, affirmative action, hiring, termination processes and annual staff performance evaluations.
  • Facilitates and promotes staff development and training.
  • Supervises and/or provides recommendations for unit purchasing activities, including capital purchases, building renovation and space acquisition.
  • Works with laboratory personnel to develop, revise and implement new preparatory and staining techniques.
  • Updates policy and procedures under the direction of the Medical Director. Benchmarks the work performance of laboratory.
  • Troubleshoots problem areas and works to maintain high quality in all facets of the laboratory production.
  • Works with pathologists to assure quality and usefulness of preparations for use by other technicians and professional in the laboratory.
  • Perform administrative clerical functions related to histology, including quarterly and annual reports.
  • Maintain communication with Medical and Administrative Directors Ensure all histology staff have all required laboratory training.
  • Provide continuing education for all histology personnel.
  • Work the hours needed to maintain lab quality.
  • Maintain positive working relationships and lab harmony.
  • Trains lab assistants and mentors them into becoming histologists. Coordinates resolution of laboratory issues.
  • Complete all UCD required training and compliance courses.
  • Makes tissue processing decisions in the course of a power outage or mechanical breakdown of equipment. This position must also make decisions about who and when to call in the event of mechanical malfunction or maintenance.
  • Provides direct patient care support and positive actions result in correct and timely information to the attending clinic physician for patient treatment. The Histology lab must run under all regulatory and safety guidelines. If it does not then patient care could be compromised which could result in a misdiagnosis, mistreatment, and/or law suit. If incorrect or improper equipment is purchased then the histology lab may not operate effectively or efficiently. Errors are potentially devastating to the patient as a lost specimen, mix up of specimens, incorrect specimen sampling or any number of other errors may result in inability to provide diagnostic information for patients or an inaccurate diagnosis. In some case this may be life threatening. Injury could also occur to the individual and/or others working in the histology due to negligence of protocol.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

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:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the Biological Sciences or related field.
  • Four (4) years' of experience in Histology and Immunohistochemistry Supervision.

Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis, but not the specific experience.

Special Necessary Qualification: Valid HTL and QIHC ASCP certificates.

Conditions of Employment: Must be willing and able to...
  • Lift/push/pull up to 50 lbs.
  • Work in an environment that may expose you to fumes, chemicals, liquid nitrogen, extreme cold, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease.
  • Frequently wash hands, as biohazardous materials may be present.
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time, frequently walk, and bend/stoop, as well as execute repetitive motions.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment when handling biological samples and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work with complex and sharp laboratory equipment, and various chemical and biological solutions.
  • Work within a high-level secured facility.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Seven (7) or more years of experience in Histology and Immunohistochemistry Supervision.
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Sciences or other related field.
  • Teaching experience (Histology, Professional training Medical Students, Residents).

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of all Histologist and Histology Laboratory Assistant duties.
  • Ability to make personnel, processing and policy decisions and communicate those decisions effectively to both superiors and employees.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding contacting clinicians, pathologists and residents if problems occur which require escalation.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding the tissue processing of all specimens, including assessing the quality of slides and stains for pathologist review.
  • Ability to troubleshoot tissue processing and tissue staining irregularities.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding specimens which were not processed in a timely manner and advise clinicians of issues.
  • Ability to make appropriate decisions on what procedures and protocols to use for all specimens received and who to consult when this is not clear.
  • Internal/external communications are frequent among coworkers, and various Pathology staff (doctors, residents, clinicians, nurses, transcriptionist, etc.). Specimens are received from internal and external sources, so both types of communication occur often. The purpose is to discuss policies, procedures, problems, upgrades, etc... with internal staff members.
  • External communication would occur with referring physicians, vendors and potential clients. The Histology environment is potentially hazardous and precautions must be taken while in the lab. The activity within the room is at a high level with as many as 6-8 individuals working in the same general area simultaneously. Great attention to detail is needed as specimens arrive constantly and cannot be mixed up, misplaced, or un-necessarily delayed.
  • Knowledgeable and proficient in the use of routine and advanced histological equipment.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate equipment purchases and material contracts.
  • Solid computer skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching, communication and working well with others.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover 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 Matt Bilby at [email protected]

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 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: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20112 - SOM-Pathology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 16, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Matt Bilby

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00684955





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 5/17/2018
Application Due: 7/16/2018
Work Type: