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Clinical Laboratory Director Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75491
  • Pay Grade: P14
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: Health Services
  • Function: Clinical


The purpose of the Clinical Laboratory Director/Principal Research Scholar within Public Health is to lead and streamline the highly specialized and multifaceted operations of the Genetics and Infectious Disease laboratory with testing center services with the goal of improving integration and coordination between units. The position may lead the submission of proposals for external sponsored funding and may serve as principal investigators on sponsored projects. The position ensures a streamlined and positive patient experience in order to remain relevant and competitive in the market.

Level Scope

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 8 years experience including 5 years managerial experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent program, time management, and communication skills
  • Ability to organize work, delegate, and achieve goals and objectives
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple service lines
  • Good knowledge of: quality assurance process and best practices in clinical laboratory operations and models and the concept of public health; integrated and coordinated service delivery models.
  • Experience: supervising employees in a laboratory and/or healthcare setting
  • Demonstrated expertise in business and management practices
  • Experienced professional researcher who conducts significant original research
  • Ability to serve as a lead investigator on multi-researcher initiatives
  • Ability to oversee the development and execution of complex experimental and analytical designs that may involve multiple researchers or even multiple disciplines
  • Experience presenting research results in meetings, conferences, and seminars

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Clinical Laboratory Director must:

  • Effectively articulate a shared vision, mission, and strategic plan in conjunction with the Vice President and university public health leadership.
  • Serve as a leader and build staff consensus to ensure coordination and integration of research and direct care across units with a focus on population health.
  • Provide oversight and management of all clinical laboratory and testing services functions, equipment, and vendor relations for the clinical laboratory and testing center.
  • Ensure safe, timely, and appropriate care for all laboratory and testing center personnel/clinicians and patients.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with campus partners and serve on various committees and task forces across campus.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with state and local laboratory directors, and identify opportunities to effectively serve the broader community alongside public health officials, school districts and local businesses and organizations

35% of Time the Clinical Laboratory Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Clinical Laboratory Director

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and requiring wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Clinical Laboratory Director

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.