Director, Cytogenetics

Provide direction and leadership for the administrative, fiscal, technical and scientific responsibilities of the Department of Cytogenetics. Ensure the safe and efficient operation of the department’s major focus: clinical diagnostic services, as well as participating in laboratory research and development projects, translational research, and the cytogenetics core laboratory. Provide consultative services at an institutional level to departments, divisions, committees, and cancer center (scientific staff within Medical Center and BRI) scientists. Provide analysis, testing recommendations to aid in diagnoses (patient management). Provide project management details relating to work flow, facilities, publishing, regulatory and grant information needs. Will work in conjunction with the senior director and shares ultimate authority and responsibility for the Cytogenetics Department. This position is directly accountable to the Chair of Pathology and the Senior Director of Pathology Laboratories within the Medical Center.

Major responsibilities include:

1) Reviews, writes and interprets cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic laboratory results; communicates final report to medical staff.

2) Selects, implements, and/or develops departmental procedures; maintains licensure and constant state of readiness for all unannounced State, CAP, JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

3) Maintain and fosters fiscal strength of the department by improving efficiency, developing new clinical assays and increasing revenue-producing tests.

4) Initiates and oversees validation studies for new cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic laboratory testing options.

5) Participates in a productive translational research program within the department of Pathology and provides cytogenetic services for cancer center scientists via the cytogenetics core facility.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • M.D. or Ph.D required
  • Clinical cytogeneticist, preferably with previous experience as a Director of a full service Cytogenetics laboratory, and a minimum of five years experience as a Director of Clinical Cancer Cytogenetics.
  • Must be currently boarded by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Cytogenetics and hold a State of California Clinical Cytogeneticist license in good standing.
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills, including proven management, presentation, negotiation, team facilitation and written communication.
  • Thorough knowledge of ISCN guidelines for conventional and molecular cytogenetics (international nomenclature) and excellent detail-oriented work habits.
  • Thorough knowledge of State, CAP, JCAHO, and institutional policies and procedures for directing a clinical laboratory.
  • Possess knowledge of institutional and regulatory policies, technical procedures, project and time management aspects of new test development and validation, and institutional (cancer center) best practices.

Relocation assistance may apply for this opportunity.

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability. #LI-RA #CB-RA


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