Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Cell Therapy Lab Supervisor

Job ID
22427
Type
Regular Full-Time
Company
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Location
US-WA-Seattle

Overview

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

 

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 Supervisor is a key position, responsible for the oversight of cell processing and staff within the CTL. The position collaborates with other department supervisors 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.

 

Responsibilities

  • 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-hours and on weekends 
  • Serves as interim Manager, when needed.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological science or medical technology
  • 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
  • A minimum of two years' supervisory experience in a complex laboratory setting.
  • Knowledge of FDA, FACT and CAP regulations.

Preferred:

 

  • Master's degree in biological science or medical technology
  • Certified Medical Technologist
  • Experience with laboratory information systems, specifically LabWare
  • Advanced proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Biotechnology or other industry scientific laboratory experience.
  • Hematology, oncology and/or immunology knowledge.
  • At least five years' supervisory experience in a complex laboratory setting

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.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.

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