Laboratory Medical Director

Job Description

Laboratory Medical Director
Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
Program Domestic Operations ID 2024-4221 Category Scientific/Lab Position Type Regular Part-Time Travel None Work Arrangements 100% on site

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HJF is seeking a Laboratory Medical Director who will work part-time as a director of clinical research laboratory. Oversees all Laboratory activities. This includes overall management of the facility. Directs the management team that performs all activities and maintains its operations at the highest level of quality and efficiency. Ensures staff are trained and compliant with all safety, regulatory (CAP/CLIA, GCLP) and protocol requirements, all policies and procedures are followed, and reviews operations on a regular basis to implement and improve quality systems, implement efficient workflows and budget efficiencies throughout the facility. Supports the needs of clinical research center. Supervises Lab managers and lab staff junior laboratory members.

This position will be in support of Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), Operational Infectious Diseases (OID). OID conducts on-going, laboratory-based surveillance of US military populations in unique environments to quantify and study the etiology of infectious illnesses. Test specimens are collected from ongoing surveillance programs and from special investigations of febrile illnesses and pneumonia among military personnel or civilians (recruits, forces afloat, deployed forces, outbreaks of concern, and border populations). In addition to the utilization of portable, rapid assay technologies to identify pathogens in the field, test specimens and limited epidemiologic data, when approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), are provided to the NHRC laboratory where diagnostics and, in some instances, in-depth pathogen characterization is conducted. Results are provided to sponsors, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, local investigators and collaborators and, when applicable, county health units in order to guide proper responses that ultimately affect both the readiness of US forces and the safety of public health.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing military medicine. We serve military, medical, academic and government clients by administering, managing and supporting preeminent scientific programs that benefit members of the armed forces and civilians alike. Since its founding in 1983, HJF has served as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF's support and administrative capabilities allow military medical researchers and clinicians to maintain their scientific focus and accomplish their research goals.

    Responsible for fiscal management which includes the development adherence of the annual budget. Responsible for the development and execution of protocol specific budgets ensuring all aspects of the budgets are executed while keeping expenditures within approved levels.
  • Oversees the coordination and implementation of all clinical trial activities within the laboratory.
  • Ensures all activities and processes within guidelines are followed. Oversees management of the SPL/BioR supplies/materials/reagents inventory ensuring no work stoppage occurs due to lack of abundant and appropriate supplies.
  • Responsible for preparation and hosting of any inspections, audits or visits as required.
  • Review and update all SOP's on an Annual basis and work with the Laboratory Manager and Supervisors in the timely implementation/staff training of any new procedures into the laboratory in support of clinical and research programs.
  • Ensures adequacy of facilities, equipment and software for reliable Specimen Processing and Repository Operations, including equipment. preventative maintenance and replacement schedules, rigorous backup systems, upgrades to current software systems, and recommendations for continual improvement. Works with Operations and IT staff to customize Q- Pulse and maintain database with upgrades as needed for efficient tracking of laboratory documentation and specimens.
  • Oversees the Management Team in the hiring, training and performance of unit. Reviews protocol/project workload requirements to ensure the laboratory is adequately staffed and trained. Mentors personnel to implement protocol activities and ensures all protocol and regulatory requirements are implemented and followed.
  • May include budgetary responsibility to include preparing and approving.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Direct Supervisor: Direct authority to make decisions on the following: employee hiring, disciplinary action, starting salaries and merit increases; conduct employee performance evaluations and directs work activities.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Master's Degree. Preferred: Doctorate of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, or Physical Medicine with:Licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the laboratory is located (if required), and have one of the following:
    Licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the laboratory is located (if required), and have one of the following: Certification in anatomic or clinical pathology, or both, by the American Board of Pathology or American Osteopathic Board of Pathology, or possess qualifications equivalent to those required for certification OR
    Have at least one year of laboratory training during residency/fellowship OR
    Have at least two years of experience supervising high complexity testing;
    OR Doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution AND have current certification by a board approved by HHS.
  • More than 10 years of experience

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience overseeing Operations of a large group, facility or laboratory.
  • Prior experience as an Associate Lab Director or Manager that includes implementation of sponsored clinical trials.
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory and BioRepository operations to include specimen processing, shipping, and archival storage to protect sample integrity and to meet all regulatory and protocol requirements.
  • In-depth knowledge of all aspects of processing blood and conforming to pre-analytical test requirements for serum, plasma, whole blood, PBMC and other clinical specimens.
  • Good knowledge of GCLP, IATA, CAP and CLIA requirements.
  • Excellent laboratory, technical and management skills
  • US Citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a T3/Secret Clearance

Physical Capabilities

  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods

Work Environment

  • This position will take place primarily in a laboratory setting.


  • The likely salary range for this position is $48.32 - $88.16 hourly. This is not, however, a guarantee of compensation or salary. Final salary will be determined based on market analysis, experience, and education.

Some positions or sites may require that the incumbent be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination may be required.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, education and credentials, a criminal background check, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check if applicable. Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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