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Orange County: Assistant Laboratory Director (Health Service Manager)

Orange County Public Health Laboratory

Department: Health Care Agency

Open date: March 15, 2024

Application Deadline: Continuous


Health Care Agency, Public Health Services is recruiting for an experienced Assistant Laboratory Director to assist in the overall operation and administration of the public health laboratory including management of the laboratory quality assurance program, personnel training and competency evaluation and technical and scientific oversight.

The first round of considerations will be on Friday, March 29, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Applications received after this date will be processed in the next round.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately


The ideal candidate will have five (5) years of laboratory experience, in high complexity testing within the specialty of microbiology with a minimum of 6 months experience in high complexity testing within the subspecialties of bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, mycobacteriology, virology, syphilis serology, general immunology and urinalysis. Additionally, the experience will include one (1) year of lead/supervisory experience.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate will meet the qualifications of CLIA technical supervisor (TS) (42 CFR 493.1449) and have the ability to perform the CLIA TS responsibilities as described in 42 CFR 493.1451.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:

Technical Knowledge | Experience

  • PHL operations experience

  • State and Federal laws and regulations to assist in the operation of the laboratory in compliance with those laws and regulations

  • Advanced knowledge of microbiological concepts, principles, and techniques that can be applied to public health laboratory testing

  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory quality assurance and safety principles and procedures

Problem Solving | Critical Thinking

  • Setting objectives and goals to achieve maximum productivity

  • Working independently and adapting to varied work settings

  • Developing and maintaining effective systems to manage multiple tasks and track information

  • Contributing to strategic plan development and working with supervisors and staff to execute the strategic plan

Supervision | Managing Performance

  • Supporting the efforts of the Laboratory Director to guide and sustain the organization

  • Communicating with employees and encouraging high performance

  • Working daily with supervisors and staff to develop future leaders for the organization

  • Demonstrating leadership/management skills to direct and ensure delivery of efficient high-quality services

  • Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace

  • Demonstrating cooperation and teamwork while working within and across divisions and teams

  • Identifying performance capabilities and potential of others

Writing l Oral Communication

  • Communicating clearly when issuing regular updates to the Laboratory Director and staff

  • Writing standard operating procedures or policies for departmental tests or methods as needed

  • Effectively communicates, both verbally and in writing, with department staff, clients, and vendors to accurately convey both substance and intent

  • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders including local, state and federal PHLs to achieve short and long term goals

  • Presents ideas and complex materials clearly, concisely, logically, and persuasively

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