This position assists with the direction of laboratory operations in two major offices of the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory (ASPHL). These offices are comprised of the Office of Microbiology and Advanced Molecular Diagnostics consisting of the Virology, Serology, TB, Bacteriology, and Advanced Molecular Diagnostics laboratory sections, and the Office of Laboratory Support Services consisting of the BioWatch program, BioSafety and Training Programs, Select Agent Program, Analytical Preparation section, and Laboratory Receiving section. This position works closely with the Microbiology and Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Office Chief and the Laboratory Support Services Office Chief to oversee these areas. This position also serves as an Alternate Responsible Official for the Select Agent Program. This position will need to be familiar with all components of the above laboratory programs including multiple existing federal grants and state contracts.
This position will also play a key role in the successful implementation of upgrades to the LIMS in Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and Laboratory Support Services. This includes the deployment of Electronic Test Order and Results Reporting (ETOR), HL7 messaging, Instrument Integration, Electronic Notebook, and other LIMS enhancements. This position will need to have a working knowledge of the federal regulatory agencies that certify both the Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and Laboratory Support offices i.e. CMS, ISO, CDC Select Agent Program, etc. This position will also serve as a Technical Supervisor under CMS CLIA regulations for the Microbiological Subspecialties.
This position will work closely with the HS Bureau Chief of ASPHL and will serve in an advisory role for activities within the Offices of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and Laboratory Support Services.
- Assists in directing, leading, planning, organizing, and coordinating the resources within the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of State Laboratory Services. Management duties include developing laboratory policies and work programs, developing new testing methods to meet needs, and assisting to develop the annual budget.
- Manages the operations and provides supervision for the Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and Laboratory Support Services Offices. Plans and evaluates personnel performance. Manages resources for the operation of LIMS for Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and Laboratory Support Services Monitors and ensures reporting for multiple Federal and State grants.
- Works with Office Chiefs to implement appropriate policies and procedures. Reviews and updates policies and procedures. Acts as a CLIA Technical Supervisor and Alternate Responsible Official. Provides written reports when necessary.
- Plans and integrates laboratory activities with other ADHS programs and those in other state and federal agencies, and universities. Consult with the department, state and federal agencies, legislative, local health officials, health providers, and the public about public health problems. Performs internal investigations if significant issues are identified by internal audits, complaints, or QA reviews.
- Represents the ASPHL and ADHS in interactions with other federal and state agencies, officials, and individuals by providing technical consultation, including travel when the HS Lab Bureau Chief is unable to attend.
- Assists in the development of Agency policies and procedures, strategic planning, and other activities as required by the Agency Director, Deputy Director, or Assistant Director of the Division of Public Health Services. other activities required by the Director, Deputy Director, and Assistant Director of ADHS and the Division of Public Health Services as assigned; and other duties as assigned.
- Required to know epidemiology, infectious/communicable diseases, diseases caused by environmental contamination, and environmental health risk assessment techniques.
- Microbiological, immunological, and chemical laboratory methodology.
- Quality assurance principles and practices.
- Statistical analysis.
- Principles and methodology of scientific research.
- Budgetary and personnel techniques.
- Public health law.
- Legislative processes.
- Requires knowledge of Federal Regulations (FDA/EPA/CUA/ISO) and Arizona Revised Statutes pertaining to quality and methodologies.
- Must be able to manage people to accomplish the prescribed objectives.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
- Administrative and management skills.
- Must have strong leadership skills.
- Organizational skills for developing and implementing plans for an organization.
- Needs scientific and medical skills to consult with physicians, legislators, and the general public.
- Communication skills include writing and public speaking to communicate plans, budgets, and public health ideas.
- Requires medical, epidemiologic, and scientific ability to analyze medical and public health problems interpret results and data, and organize responses to the State's public health policy, plans, and actions.
- Multi-task and change priorities as issues arise.
- Problem solve.
- Work independently with minimal supervision and/or work in a team.
- Able to see the big picture and not center on minor details.
- Determines use and distribution of program budgets, personnel, and equipment.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.
Bachelor's Degree in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related laboratory degree and 5 years of professional work experience in progressive program management or a related field. A Master's Degree may substitute for 2 years of related experience. Qualifies as a Technical Supervisor for Microbiology under CLIA regulations.
Candidate must meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CUA) minimum requirements for the performance of high complexity testing as defined in the CUA regulations subpart D6171 493.1489(b)(2)(i). See the following link: http://www. ems. hhs.gov/CLIA/03 _Interpretive_ Guidelines _for _Laboratories.asp#TopOfPage
Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).
The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award-winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.
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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
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