The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), 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.
The Cytotechnologist III :
Performs genetic procedures related to diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment follow-up of disease, or uses similar techniques to monitor study participants. Involves operating scientific equipment, microscope analysis and image analysis, compiling and verifying the accuracy of clinical data; performing calculations, preparing charts, graphs, summaries and patient reports.
As a senior technologist, this incumbent contributes significantly to the lab operation beyond standard case work, typically with complex assignments supporting major lab initiatives.
Works independently under the guidance of and in conjunction with the Laboratory Directors, Manager and Supervisors, in accomplishing the goals of the laboratory.
Perform the sample prep and analysis duties of a Clinical Cytogenetics Technologist position as needed. Perform benchwork, analysis, and reporting of genetic assays consistently with a high level of accuracy and efficiency
Maintain lab areas and equipment including QC and validation documentation. Contribute to design of new or improved processes
Perform pre-director tech checking of cases and report in areas of high competency
May include training and documentation of techs and assist in competency assessments to assure all are properly trained and perform to a consistent standard
Contribute significantly to operations beyond routine testing (quality management, methods development, revising or writing SOPs, variance review). May organize and provide initial oversight in certain areas
Troubleshoot equipment or assays issues with minimal assistance
Be a resource for complicated issues within area of expertise; be able to offer guidance to proceed. For areas outside personal expertise, provide general guidance and identify additional resources
Help with daily planning to handle workload according to available resources; make solid decisions regarding workflow in the absence of lead
Work with other members of lab management to improve operations, investigate and implement new technologies, streamline workflow strategies, organize and evaluate QM records
With minimal assistance, may help gather and analyze data for potential publication; often as co-author or author
May be involved in interview process for job applicants and provide input
May represent the lab at SCCA meetings to address interdepartmental issues, especially technical issues
Contribute to the continuing education of staff either through directly presenting material or investigating other resources. May organize CE programs.
Be able to instruct clinicians and staff in cytogenetic techniques, history and clinical relevance, and the genetic and chemical basis for lab procedures
May review specimen preparation and testing plans, communicate with clinicians regarding testing recommendation and determine compliance with Pathways algorithms. Determine case priority, and assign work
Maintain routine, reliable schedule to provide adequate coverage to perform duties
May provide input on performance reviews and timing of staff promotions and development.
May assist with administrative responsibilities of personnel management, including scheduling and payroll in absence of regular delegates
Be familiar with SCCA policies and uphold self as an example of compliance
Assist with implementation of process improvement
Bachelor's degree in related scientific field
Advanced knowledge of Cytogenetics of hematological disorders
Senior level position typically with at least 8 years' experience in a Cytogenetics lab OR completion of a formal certified training program in Cytogenetics and 6 years work experience
Strong knowledge of related diagnostic testing and of the biology of cancer
Working knowledge of CAP guidelines
Strong background knowledge of all areas of the lab (though may not have advanced technical proficiency in all areas)
Working knowledge of and the appropriate application of techniques required for translational clinical assay development
Working knowledge of SCCA/FHCRC resources and operations
Basic knowledge of CPI principles and CPI project experience
Works Independently on routine and non-routine tasks
Strict Attention to Detail
Advanced Troubleshooting Skills
Strong Communication Skills, including Presentation Skills
Ability to inspect/critique other's work
Advanced ability to apply general guidelines and knowledge to unique situations to make sound decisions
Demonstrates initiative and motivates others to take initiative
Strong mentoring skills
Ability to deliver effective feedback
Ability to identify, triage, and escalate issues appropriately
Ability to work well under pressure with shifting priorities
Master's degree in related field beneficial
SCCA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to SCCA facilities.
Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.
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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.