Director, Clinical Laboratory

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Decatur, Illinois


Plan, organize and direct the administrative and clinical operations of the Laboratory departments including budget preparation, personnel, delivery of services, quality improvement and regulatory compliance programs, outreach and pathology.  Coordinates the delivery of laboratory services with the consultation of the Medical Director.

Required Skills

  1. Directs the department’s strategic planning and program development efforts through collaboration with the Medical Director and senior management.
  1. Provides overall management of the department through the appropriate clinical supervisors.
  1. Coordinates the development, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of quality and safety standards and activities of the department. Assures compliance with all local, state, federal and national regulatory and accrediting agencies or organizations.
  1. Coordinates the delivery of effective laboratory services through the appropriate clinical supervisors and with the consultation of the Medical Director.
  1. Embodies the Memorial Health Values of Safety, Integrity, Quality, and Stewardship that support our mission and vision.
  1. Develops and implements annual and long-range strategic planning goals in concert with section supervisors, administrative staff and the Medical Director.
  1. Monitors and develops new programs and testing to assure cost effective delivery of “state of the art” laboratory services.
  1. Responsible for developing and implementing departmental policies and procedures which support the provision of laboratory services within the organization.
  1. Maintains communication and cooperation with members of the medical staff in coordinating their needs within the realm of the Department of Laboratory Medicine.
  1. Interacts with the administrative staff of the physician group providing professional laboratory medicine services to the organization to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of professional laboratory services provided within the department.
  1. Collaborates and consults with all Memorial Health System affiliates providing laboratory and pathology services.
  1. Prepares the department’s operational and capital equipment budgets and manages expenditures. Analyzes budget variances and initiates action to manage fluctuations.
  1. Directs the business related processes relating to purchasing, inventory, invoices, charging, reimbursements, disbursements and payroll within area of responsibility.
  1. Coordinates and directs all facility planning and remodeling activities for the department.
  1. Evaluates, selects, recommends and maintains all equipment related to the laboratory operation, including all point of care testing in conjunction with the section supervisors.
  1. Administers all aspects of employee relations program within area of responsibility. Consistently and fairly interprets and enforces human resource policies of the organization.  Effectively conducts employee disciplinary procedures with appropriate documentation according to current organizational policy and employee relations law and guidelines. 
  1. Establishes effective communications throughout the department by conducting routine staff meetings, advising and discussing issues relative to the operation and advancement of the department.
  1. Responsible for the development of programs that provide the recruitment, retention, development and continuing education of staff members.
  1. Guides supervisory staff in the management of situations relating to staffing, morale, work methods, procedures, and transfers and recommends action in all personnel matters.
  1. Provides feedback, support and mentoring to front-line supervisors to stimulate development of management competencies and promote professional growth.
  1. Works with clinical supervisors to develop appropriate staffing patterns to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations.
  1. As a member of the organization’s management team, interfaces with other management personnel to enhance the overall relationship of the laboratory with other organizational departments and functions. Solves interdepartmental problems and facilitates communications.  Participates on various organizational committees and task forces as assigned.
  1. Assists and participates in educational programs affiliated with universities, colleges, and technical schools that provide educational programs for individuals undergoing clinical training in the laboratory.
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.





Required Experience


  • BS or BA in Medical Technology or related field.  Master’s degree in Business/Health Administration or related field preferred.


  • Certification as a medical technologist, MT (ASCP) or equivalent required.


  • Ten or more years working experience in all phases of laboratory medicine with at least five years supervisory/management experience in a highly complex laboratory required.

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent communication/guest relation skills.
  • Working knowledge of laboratory information systems required.