General Microbiology Manager and Responsible Official

  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Jun 10, 2024
Full time Public Health Government Health Care Strategic Planning

Job Description

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD) Oregon State Public Health Laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon has a career opportunity for a General Microbiology Manager and Responsible Official (Science Chemistry Lab Manager 3) to serve as the Section Manager for the Microbiology Section, as well as the Responsible Official (RO) for our Select Agent Program.

The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) has been actively protecting the public's health since 1903 by supporting state and local infectious disease control efforts, preventing metabolic disorders detectable at birth, and assuring the quality of testing in clinical and environmental laboratories.

This is a full-time, permanent, management service position and is not represented by a union. This recruitment may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current or future vacancies.

What will you do?

As the General Microbiology Manager and Responsible Official, you will provide administrative and managerial oversight of analytical and specialized testing for infectious diseases and agents of public health interest in the General Microbiology section of the Public Health Laboratory and be responsible for the effective day-to-day operations. You will provide scientific and technical expertise and management to ensure that the laboratory is in compliance and quality standards are met and have overall responsibility for the planning, coordination, evaluation, and supervision of all technical and/or operational activities and staff members in the laboratory and the undertaking of complex management tasks within the subject area. In addition, you will ensure that work conforms to standard procedures and related federal and state laws; integrate and coordinate laboratory activities with other departments, bureaus, and clients; develop recommend, and maintain a budget; authorize expenditures and write specifications for instrumentation acquisition including new technology. Responsible for providing strategic direction for short and long-term goals and technical projects.

What's in it for you? The Public Health Division is a team of passionate individuals working to promote health across the lifespan of individuals, families, and communities. We value and support unique perspectives using a trauma-informed approach and aim to reflect these values in our hiring practices, professional development, and workplace. We are committed to racial equity as a driving factor to improve health outcomes for all communities that experience inequities.

  • We offer exceptional medical, vision and dental benefit packages for you and your qualified family members with minimal out-of-pocket costs (member cost share is as low as 1% - 5%). Try this free virtual benefits counselor by clicking here: 
  • Paid Leave Days:
    • 11 paid holidays each year.
    • 3 additional paid personal business days each year.
    • 8 hours of paid sick leave accrued each month.
    • 10 hours of vacation leave accrued each month with increases every 5 years.
  • Pension and Retirement plans. After six months of service, you may qualify for the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). New employees may be enrolled in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).
  • Student Loan Forgiveness; Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity. The PSLF program may forgive student loan balances after you’ve made the equivalent of 120 qualifying monthly payments. 
  • Optional benefits include short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities.
  • Click here to learn more and access a summary of State of Oregon benefits.

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to: 

  • Eliminating health inequities in Oregon by 2030
  • Becoming an anti-racist organization
  • Developing and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate programs, and
  • Developing and retaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce that represents the diversity, cultures, strengths, and values of the people of Oregon.

Minimum Qualifications:

A master’s degree in laboratory science, clinical microbiology, public health or in a closely related degree and a minimum of three years of supervisory or management experience in a public health laboratory;


A bachelor’s degree in laboratory science, clinical microbiology, public health, or in a closely related degree, and a minimum of four years of supervisory or management experience in a public health laboratory;


Seven years of supervision or management experience in a public health laboratory.

Desired Attributes:

  1. Management experience that includes overseeing compliance and responsibility for planning, coordination, and evaluation of technical and operational activities in a laboratory.
  2. Must possess in-depth knowledge of quality systems for laboratories.
  3. Advanced degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in microbiology, public health, public policy, public administration or other closely related disciplines.
  4. Personnel management experience related to the motivation, management, direction, coordination, and review of the work of professional, technical, and clerical personnel.
  5. Experience establishing program goals, objectives, and priorities.
  6. Experience in planning, directing, and coordinating difficult and complex programs.
  7. Experience providing leadership to direct and evaluate program performance, prioritize among responsibilities and coordinate activities of supervisory, professional and administrative staff.
  8. Ability to analyze, apply and explain laws, rules, policies and procedures.
  9. Excellent communication, training, team building and interpersonal skills are required to communicate with highly trained professionals across multiple disciplines of microbiology and laboratory science.
  10. Experience in budgeting, contracting, and financial management processes.
  11. Ability to facilitate Public Health’s emerging role in achieving health equity. 12. Experience working with confidential information in public health or health care settings.
  12. Experience working with diverse partners, incorporating community input, and implementing programs and policies that further health equity.

Working Conditions: The work of this role will be performed on-site at the Oregon State Public Laboratory located at 7202 NE Evergreen Pkwy Ste 100, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Frequent travel is required. Working conditions may change at any time at the discretion of the manager.

Close Date: 7/7/2024

Monthly Salary: $7,599 - $11,752


How to Apply:

Apply at using job number REQ-158693



$7,599 - $11,752