Clinical Laboratory Director

Organization: 
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Job Location: 
Farmington, CT
Job Description: 

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT is seeking a Clinical Laboratory Director to be responsible for the overall operation, leadership, direction, and administration of JAX’s Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in accordance with Federal, State Regulations governing clinical laboratories, and the requirements for accreditation by the College of American Pathologists. The Clinical Laboratory Director will partner with internal operations team members, internal stakeholders and members of the external clinician community.
Responsibilities:
• Ensure CLIA compliance through CAP accreditation by ensuring appropriate systems and infrastructure are in place and utilized including, but not limited to: conditions of the laboratory are appropriate for the testing performed and provide a safe environment in which employees are protected from physical, chemical and biological hazards; methodologies are correct and accurate with respect to clinical options for patient care; verification procedures are adequate to determine the accuracy, precision and other pertinent performance characteristics of the method are achieved; laboratory personnel are performing the test methods in accordance with documented standard operating procedures; quality processes, and procedure manuals are established and implemented for all pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases of testing; continued enrollment in an approved proficiency testing program with results reviewed by the appropriate staff to evaluate and determine and execute corrective action.
• Build a quality centric service that ensures that the quality control and assurance programs are established and maintained to assure the clinical assay integrity and to identify process or assay failures as they occur. They will also ensure that staff maintains their competency to process specimens, perform test procedures and report test results promptly and proficiently, and identify needs for remedial training or continuing education to improve skills when necessary.
• Foster a unified culture and promotes a process for collaboration, cooperation, sharing of information and mutual teamwork. Establish and maintain lines of communication with internal and external customers in order to ensure a timely response to new clinical service trends and program planning. Provide consultation to the laboratory clients on matters relating to the quality of the test results reported and their interpretation concerning specific patient conditions.
• Lead and direct the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes including bringing new items to the clinical pipeline through the review of strategies and feasibility behind implementation of novel research methodologies in the clinical setting and working with marketing and opportunity development to ensure the service meets client needs.
• Work with JAX field based personnel to interaction with external clinician customers on questions and feedback related to the JAX clinical services. Present findings of the JAX clinical services behalf of the institution at key medical and scientific venues.

Requirements: 

• Ph.D. with ABMG certification in Clinical Molecular Genetics or M.D. with ABP certification in Molecular Genetic Pathology (required) or dual certification in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics (preferred)
• M.D. or Ph.D. with a minimum of 3+years of experience in the management of clinical laboratory operations, molecular genetic assay validation, and reporting, including supervision of staff in a CLIA compliant environment.
• Experience in oncology required, as is familiarity with next-generation sequencing technologies. Additional experience with constitutional disorders is desirable.
• Strong track record of leadership and collaboration in deploying clinical genomics applications with latest sequencing and informatics methodologies.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with employees at all levels within the organization to achieve strategic, tactical and operational goals.
• Record of developing and maintaining industry relationships in advanced technology related to genomics and/or clinical applications is desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to articulate a compelling vision and associated strategy for clinical operations in a complex research organization and to direct multi-disciplinary teams.

Contact Information: 

All interested individuals should apply on-line at www.jax.org, Career Opportunities, referring to job requisition #4033. Applications should include a Cover Letter and CV. When candidates are otherwise equally qualified, JAX will give preference to the Connecticut resident. The Jackson Laboratory is an EOE/AA employer.

About Our Organization: 

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. We employ more than 200 Ph.D. scientists and a total of more than 1,400 employees. In 2011 and 2012, researchers voted The Jackson Laboratory among the world’s top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in a poll conducted by The Scientist, a magazine for people working in the life sciences. The Laboratory draws on an 83-year reputation for excellence in mammalian genetics, built on the groundbreaking discoveries of its own researchers and on the development and global distribution of the most diverse collection of genetically unique mouse strains in the world. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute – designated cancer center. Our research covers a broad range of genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, and conditions related to reproduction, development and aging. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.