Cell Therapy Lab Assistant Supervisor

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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SCCA "The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance", located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education. Join us and make a difference!

The Cellular Therapy Lab (CTL) at SCCA is one of the largest cell therapy facilities in the United States and is on the cutting edge of new technologies for cancer therapy, including cell-based immunotherapy. We are committed to advancing treatment options for our patients through the translation of innovative research into clinical practice. We collaborate with our Alliance members (University of Washington, FHCRC and Seattle Children's Hospital) as well as corporate entities.

CTL is responsible for all minimally manipulated therapeutic cell processing occurring at the SCCA. Procedures range from cryopreservation and flow cytometric enumeration of cell proportions to more complex procedures such as cell selection, enrichment, and depletion. The laboratory is regulated by the FDA cGTP/cGMP standards, maintains CAP certification, and is accredited by the Joint Commission and FACT.

The CTL Assistant Supervisor is a key position, responsible for the oversight of cell processing and staff within the CTL. The position collaborates with the CTL Supervisor and CTL Technical Specialist and reports to the Assistant Manager. Regular interactions with medical, scientific and quality staff provide a stimulating and diverse environment.

The nature of this work is challenging and we are seeking a highly motivated individual with initiative, subject matter expertise, leadership and team work experience. The work requires mature judgment, decision-making capability and outstanding communication skills. Effective cross-functional collaboration with other departments at the SCCA, FHCRC and with external organizations is necessary to the position. This includes being comfortable and conversant with clinical issues: able to interact with clinical peers/counterparts. Flexibility in scheduling is required. Some patient contact is required when assisting with thawing and infusion of cryopreserved cells.

- Assign tasks to CTL Technologists, and adjust as needed, to ensure that all required lab functions are being performed.
- Monitor staff to ensure they are adhering to regulatory and operational procedures.
- Address and resolve technical or procedural problems and advise technologists on the proper course of action.
- Perform technologist and coordinator duties, as needed.
- Orient, train, and mentor laboratory personnel.
- Evaluate laboratory personnel for continued competency.
- Conduct staff performance reviews. Implement, monitor, and manage performance improvement plans as required.
- Assist in recruiting and hiring of laboratory personnel.
- Perform chart review and facilitate chart discussions between lab staff and the Quality Assurance (QA) Department.
- Enter and review variances and execute corrective and preventative actions in collaboration with the QA Department.
- Write new, and revise existing, standard operating procedures.
- Assist in the development of new lab processes and the selection of new laboratory equipment and materials.
- Lead validations and qualifications for equipment, materials and processes.
- Take ownership for the coordination and execution of projects that support Continuous Process Improvement (CPI).
- Interact and communicate effectively with the Medical Director and Scientific Director to assist in non-standard processes.
- Represent the CTL at departmental and organizational meetings.
- Serve as Supervisor On-call, on a rotating basis, for issues that arise after-hour.
- Critical Attributes

- Exemplary communication skills
- Mature judgment with strong decision making skills
- Strong work ethic with the ability to take initiative and multi-task
- Strong leadership skills
- Ability to alternate between being a leader and a team player
- Ability to collaborate, communicate and be accountable
- Comfortable working and leading in a changing environment
- Ability to identify and communicate priorities
- Ability to navigate through, but not avoid, conflict
- Ability to deal with complex problems and propose creative solutions
- Desire to continually learn and to teach those around you
- Flexibility in scheduling

- Baccalaureate degree in biological science or medical technology with three years of experience in cell processing, or five years of experience in a clinical lab, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of FDA, cGMP, cGTP requirements, CAP, FACT standards for cellular therapy.
- Supervisory or lead tech experience.

- A minimum of three years' experience in a Cellular Therapy Laboratory.
- Biotechnology or other industry scientific laboratory experience.
- Certified Medical Technologist.
- A minimum of two years' supervisory experience in a complex laboratory setting.
- Hematology, oncology and/or immunology knowledge.

Please include a cover letter when applying for this job that includes your specific interest in the Cell Therapy Lab Assistant Supervisor position and working for SCCA (either as an additional attachment on your profile or merged into the file that contains your resume).

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