Pathology Supervisor

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $95,225.16 - $115,746.84 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position


Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Supervisory Management

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is offering an excellent career opportunity for qualified individuals interested in the Pathology Supervisor position. The department currently has one (1) vacancy in the Pathology Laboratory located at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) located in Martinez, CA. The incumbent may occasionally be required to travel to various locations within Contra Costa County.

Under general direction, the Pathology Supervisor supervises, and trains staff assigned to the Pathology Laboratory, and coordinates the operation of the pathology program services at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center; performs related duties as required.

We are looking for someone who:
  • Has extensive experience in Histology
  • Can communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Highly reliable and hardworking
  • Has effective management skills
  • Is capable of reviewing and modifying histology procedures

What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Supervising Histotechnicians, Laboratory Technicians, and Cytotechnologists
  • Monitoring laboratory processes and workflows to ensure quality control and quality assurance
  • Overseeing proficiency testing and proctoring CAP Pap proficiency testing
  • Assisting Laboratory Director in validating new tests and new laboratory equipment
  • Involvement in training and orienting new lab technicians, Histotechnicians, and cytotechnologists

A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will work in an engaging and fast paced environment
  • Friendly and cooperative environment with a supportive administration
  • Opportunity to work in a hospital-based lab and gain experience in a wide variety of lab tests
  • Health plan and retirement benefits

A few challenges you might face:
  • Working in a laboratory with limited space
  • Managing multiple assignments
  • Government bureaucracy

Core Competencies Required:
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Establishing Credibility: Doing what he/she commits to doing and respecting the confidentiality of information and concerns shared by others
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Informing: Proactively obtaining and sharing information
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding and using written information
  • Customer Service: Attending to the needs and expectations of customers
  • Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Listening: Fully comprehending spoken communication

To read the complete job description, please visit the website: . The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.

Tentative Training and Experience Evaluation: Periodically Until Filled

Typical Tasks
  • Completes monthly schedule and supervises daily assignments of pathology laboratory staff
  • Plans, assigns, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of Senior Cytotechnologists, Cytotechnologists, Histotechnicians, Pathology Technicians, and Laboratory Technicians
  • Updates the Pathology Manual annually
  • Establishes and maintains an ongoing quality assurance program
  • Establishes and audits appropriate pathology laboratory monitors
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual quality assurance reports
  • Maintains quality control policies and procedure manuals for all equipment and tests
  • Coordinates and monitors pathology laboratory quality control and proficiency testing programs
  • Maintains quality control files and peer group comparison programs
  • Revises laboratory reports for accuracy and completeness
  • Monitors cancellation and result editing for compliance
  • Assists in solving quality control problems
  • Troubleshoots equipment problems
  • Coordinates equipment maintenance and service contracts
  • Reviews and maintains equipment maintenance records
  • Performs work as a general Histotechnician as assigned
  • Orders and processes invoices for supplies, reagents, and minor equipment
  • Develops and tracks orientation programs for new Cytotechnologists, Histotechnicians, Pathology Technicians, and Laboratory Technicians
  • Develops and administers periodic competency evaluations for Senior Cytotechnologists, Cytotechnologists, Histotechnicians, Pathology Technicians, and Laboratory Technicians
  • Develops, monitors, and provides in-service training for Senior Cytotechnologists, Cytotechnologists, Histotechnicians, Pathology Technicians, Laboratory Technicians and staff as required
  • Ensures that all staff has adequate and specific training according to State of California and The Joint Commission regulations
  • Performs related work as required

Minimum Qualifications

Certificate Required: Possession and maintenance of a valid Histotechnician certificate issued by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Experience: Five (5) years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience as a Histotechnician

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation/fingerprint and/or physical exam may be required prior to the start of employment.


Selection Process
1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. A completed supplemental questionnaire is required.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Training and Experience Evaluation: Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. (Weighted 100%)

4. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the employment list.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Job Address

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