As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. At the American Red Cross, you will enjoy a collaborative work culture committed to the diversity of our people, programs, and services. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity.
Seeking a Genomics Laboratory Director for a busy CLIA-licensed, AABB-accredited molecular testing laboratory. Laboratory performs FDA-approved, commercial "research use only" and in-house developed genotyping tests to predict red blood cell and platelet antigen expression of patients and blood donors. Testing platforms include single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) panels involving end-point detection of SSP-PCR, bead-based extension reactions, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and Sanger sequence analysis of genomic and cDNA. Accountable and responsible for laboratory operations and development and implementation of new tests or test platforms including Next Generation Sequencing for research and clinical use. Prepares scientific papers for publication and presents clinical testing services and scientific findings at regional and national transfusion medicine related meetings.
Ensures that laboratory operations are consistent with good manufacturing practices and are in compliance with American Red Cross, AABB, state and federal regulations -- including the CFR and local standard operating procedures.
Oversees development, validation and implementation of new test procedures.
Provides input to Senior Director, National Molecular Laboratory for strategic planning regarding molecular testing for red cell and platelet antigens.
Works with American Rare Donor Program staff to identify red cell donors with rare and Rh variant phenotypes for matching to alloimmunized patients.
Participates in teaching and education responsibilities for the American Red Cross staff and customers. Keeps abreast of the latest developments in the field of molecular biology and blood group antigen genomics. Maintains national leadership role in molecular immunohematology field. Publishes and presents data at regional and national venues.
Advises physicians and other relevant personnel concerning laboratory results. Fields technical and clinical questions from technical and medical staff; provides consultation on a national basis.
Provides effective leadership including performance management, staff development and salary administration. Actively works to develop all staff to the highest level of their potential; mentors possible successors.
Education: Doctoral degree in biological, clinical sciences, genetics or medicine.
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in molecular testing.
Management Experience: Minimum of 5 years management experience.
* Combination of candidate’s education and general experience satisfies requirements so long as the total years equate to description’s minimum education and general experience years combined (Management experience cannot be substituted).
Skills & Abilities
Ability to work with and lead a team.
Comprehensive knowledge of scientific issues related to molecular testing.
Strong communication and customer service skills
Ability to develop cost estimates, evaluate projects and submit business proposals for funding.
Ability to develop operating and project budgets and monitor and direct budget expenses.
Working knowledge of data management and processing for reporting and retrieval.
Must be able to motivate staff to achieve goals.
Expected to travel to meetings and regional/national transfusion medicine related symposia.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The work environment will consist of moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phones and printers, light traffic). The employee must have the ability to work in a small cubicle and have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee’s professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment. To be considered for this position, please visit www.redcross.org/jobs to apply.
The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.