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The Director of Laboratory Services provides operational management for all areas of the laboratory to ensure superior proficiency in test results, analysis, quality control, performance improvement and compliance with pertinent regulatory agencies. Receives or obtains specimens for analysis and applies techniques used in fields of bacteriology, parasitology, hematology, serology, chemical and morphological examinations and procedures and provides accurate, reliable, reproducible and timely test results utilizing the best technology available to provide our physicians with the means to treat our patients, from newborn to elderly, in a manner consistent with quality healthcare. Records test results in accordance with laboratory policies and procedures and regulatory agency requirements (FDA, AABB, CLIA, etc.) to achieve the best quality patient care in accordance with the philosophy, goals and objectives of Haxtun Hospital District.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and four (4) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous management experience or participation in management training program is preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Certification as a Medical Technologist or in their specialty, under ASCP, NCA or equivalent as defined under CLIA ’88 regulations

General Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the general knowledge, skill and / or ability required:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10s and 100s.
  • Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume and distance.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Equipment, Tools and Materials

  • Calculator
  • Fax, scanner and copy machine
  • General office materials/supplies
  • Information Systems
  • Telephone systems
  • Lab Equipment

Security and Access

Will have access to confidential information and abides by the organization’s privacy policies and regulations concerning this information.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Oversees all aspects of department operations effectively and efficiently.
  • Oversees day-to-day operations, which includes problem-solving issues and ensuring effective processing.
  • Develops and documents department procedures to ensure consistent and accurate processing.
  • Works with other departments in providing services and resources.
  • Monitors workflow and departmental processes.
  • Develops and maintains department policies.
  • Sets and achieves department goals and objectives.
  1. Assists in planning, directing, monitoring and evaluating laboratory services as well as provides significant direct patient care (i.e. lab draws and running the lab work).
  • Supervises workflow and department quality control.
  • Ensures adequate staffing levels based on service demands.
  • Establishes priorities, workloads, schedules, controls, work procedures and day-to-day problem resolution and troubleshooting, including equipment maintenance.
  • Functions as Medical Laboratory Technician: for patient draws, running laboratory specimens and reporting results.
  • Addresses complaints and resolves issues.
  • Ensures areas of responsibility are maintained in accreditation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and licensing for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
  • Complies with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  1. Supervises all employees in the Laboratory Department (Phlebotomists, Medical Laboratory Technicians).
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Develops and monitors performance to ensure quality patient care.
  • Conducts performance evaluations.
  1. Consults with physicians/ Chief of Staff for provision of Laboratory Services.
  • Establishes professional relationships with the clinicians who order laboratory tests.
  • Serves as clinical consultant for appropriate test ordering and interpretation and for point of care testing. 
  1. Oversees and performs employee relations functions effectively to promote a positive work environment, influence retention and enhance communication.
  • Works with department management to ensure effectiveness in the application of employee relations within their areas of accountability.
  • Develops, supports and actively seeks activities and establishes an environment that promotes recognition and retention for employees.
  • Communicates effectively and provides feedback to staff which may include department meetings, individual employee meetings, rounding, etc.
  • Addresses employee issues in an effective and timely manner.
  • Communicates with Administrator and HR regarding employee issues appropriately in an effort to obtain guidance and reduce potential organizational liability.
  • Enforces and interprets policies and procedures with employees, as necessary.
  • Administers annual performance appraisal process for staff, with feedback for positive reinforcement of strengths and opportunities for growth/improvement. 
  1. Recruits and develops a qualified and productive workforce.
  • Maintains and creates reporting job descriptions.
  • Recruits effectively for department positions by following established hiring practices and guidelines.
  • Orients new employees in a thorough manner to department and organizational operations and procedures.
  • Provides training to department staff in an appropriate and thorough manner.
  • Offers opportunity for continuing education by sharing own knowledge, accessing internal opportunities, and considering external opportunities to support the continued development of department staff.
  • Monitors and verifies the compliance of staff in regard to maintaining required licenses and certifications, as applicable.
  1. Oversees departmental financial operations.
  • Maintains, develops, monitors and reports budgets, expenses, variances and strategic planning for department.
  • Maintains timekeeping records and updates appropriately and accurately for department staff.
  • Works with vendors and management, as appropriate, to negotiate best value purchases.
  • Guides and participates in annual budgeting planning process for areas of responsibility.
  1. Performs other duties as assigned.

Department: Laboratory
Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Base Wage: $74,214.40/annual (additional salary commensurate with education and experience)
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Retirement offered with Employer Contribution. Additional Voluntary Benefits offered for Full Time position.