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Lab Safety and Quality Assurance Coordinator

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division (PHD), Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) in Hillsboro OR is recruiting for a Lab Safety and Quality Assurance Coordinator (Operations & Policy Analyst 2) to support the Oregon State Public Health Lab quality management and safety programs.
 
The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory supports state and local infectious disease control efforts, screens newborns for heritable disorders detectable at birth, and assures the quality of testing in clinical and environmental laboratories.
 
This is a full-time, limited duration, classified position which is represented by a union. Limited duration positions are benefit eligible. The duration of this position is expected to last 18 months. This recruitment may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current and future vacancies.
 
What will you do?
As the Lab Safety and Quality Assurance Coordinator, you will ensure compliance with regulatory standards and policies to support OSPHL quality management and laboratory safety programs. You will provide support for trainings and assist laboratorians with COVID-19 test method implementation, quality control, safe laboratory practices, and result reporting. In addition, you will work with state and local health and clinical laboratory professionals to disseminate guidance and other communications to ensure a coordinated response to COVID-19. You will also assist in coordinating validations of new COVID-19 assays with external laboratories and laboratory proficiency testing of existing test platforms. 
 
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.
 
Benefits:
  • Excellent medical, vision and dental benefits package for you and your qualified family members with very low monthly out-of-pocket cost. Try this free virtual benefits counselor by clicking here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pebb/pages/alex.aspx 
  • Paid Leave:
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" per year
  • 8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month
  • Progressive vacation leave accrual with increases every 5 years
  • Pension and Retirement
  • In addition to medical benefits and employee leave, the state provides optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.
  • Click here to learn more about 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.
 
What we are looking for:
Minimum Requirements
A bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science, biology, microbiology, or a related field AND at least two years of experience in a clinical laboratory which included working with laboratory safety and quality management systems,
OR;
A combination of experience and education equivalent to five years of experience in a clinical laboratory which included working with laboratory safety and quality management systems.
Requested Skills
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience in clinical laboratory safety, quality assurance and regulatory compliance.
  • Experience advising and consulting with laboratory partners and state public health officials.
  • Experience evaluating operational procedures and collaborating with partners on system improvements.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting national standards, guidelines, regulations, and laws pertaining to clinical laboratory quality management and safety.
  • Related certification (biosafety, safety, quality management) is preferred.
  • Must be an effective communicator capable of interacting with a diverse range of people in the performance of job duties.
  • Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.
 
Working Conditions:
The work in this role will be performed at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory, located at 7202 NE Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124.