Histocompatibility Lab Supervisor HLA/CLS

  • American Red Cross
  • pomona, California
  • Mar 11, 2022

Job Description

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Job Description:

Supervise and assure the smooth daily operation of the HLA laboratory. Assist with maintaining the department’s goals and budget operations. Assist in managing and participating in internal (blood center and HLA laboratory), external (federal, state, local, AABB, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), etc.) quality control, documentation, proficiency and inspection programs.


  • Supervise the daily operation of the HLA laboratory. Assign laboratory tasks to staff and schedule testing in accordance with the laboratory manager’s instructions to achieve organizational and daily production goals and to ensure the timely and accurate completion of test results and issuing of testing reports to clients.
  • Supervise laboratory staff including, but not limited to, scheduling, training, coaching, and contributing input to performance evaluations. Assist in the evaluation, discipline, transfer and discharge of staff; and the interviewing and evaluation of candidates.
  • May perform testing as appropriate.
  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of all laboratory equipment and software. Communicate with vendors; perform emergency equipment service or troubleshooting, when needed. Oversee the execution of prescribed validation plans for processes and equipment.
  • Evaluate, prepare, validate and implement new laboratory techniques, procedures, and the quality assurance program. Assist in compliance, quality improvement activities and, inspection management.
  • Review quality control results and other compliance tasks such as change control. Review and interpret final results; prepare and review final reports, written or electronic. May compile and report monthly HLA testing statistics. Coordinate periodic laboratory proficiency testing and reporting. May sign-off on proficiency testing reports.  Demonstrate test procedures to visiting scientists, physicians, and colleagues. Maintain an orderly workspace.
  • Oversee the ordering, receiving, inspection and preparation of supplies and reagents.  Oversee the receipt, coordination, shipment and transport of donor and patient blood samples.
  • Monitor adherence to standard operating procedures and interpret test results in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements. Assure records are reviewed, managed and archived according to requirements. Monitor discrepancy occurrences and resolutions to assure appropriate decisions, product dispositions and documentation of problems. Take remedial actions and document when deviations occur from laboratory’s established performance specifications. Ensure patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly.
  • Communicate with hospital or transfusion facility personnel to report patient findings, resolve problems, provide units to recipients and/or receive orders. Provide reference and consultation services to hospitals and transfusion services. Communicate and collaborate with internal customers in other departments and regions regarding testing schedules, coordination of the receipt of test results and hand-offs to improve quality and efficiency.  Perform internal and external customer education. Prepare and present case studies and educational reviews, as requested.


Must be Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)

Education: Bachelor's degree in a biological science or chemistry.

Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Medical Technologist (MT), CHT(ABHI) or CHS(ABHI) certification or in the process of pursuing preferred. Licensure if required by state.

Experience: Minimum 3 years of experience in an ASHI accredited histocompatibility laboratory.

Management Experience: Minimum 1 year of lead or supervisory experience. Supervisory experience in a clinical histocompatibility testing laboratory preferred.

Travel: May involve variable locations and some travel.

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