County of Alameda

Clinical Laboratory Operations Scientist (#5594)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$53.00-$64.45 Hourly / $4,240.00-$5,156.00 BiWeekly /
$9,186.67-$11,171.33 Monthly / $110,240.00-$134,056.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to supervise and be responsible for the operation of major sections of the Clinical Laboratory; and to perform related work as required.


The Clinical Laboratory Operations Scientist supervises major laboratory sections such as hematology, blood banking and chemistry through subordinate lead and supervising laboratory scientists. This class is distinguished from the next lower level of Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist in that the latter are section supervisors, while the Clinical Laboratory Operations Scientist is a second-line supervisor and has responsibility for the coordination and administration of overall laboratory operations and reports directly to the Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Schedules, trains, supervises, counsels, recommends disciplinary action, and assists in hiring employees for the clinical laboratory.

2. Evaluates and recommends those procedures, equipment and products that are cost effective, efficient, and will provide quality testing; initiates and implements approved changes in policies, procedures, and methods to comply with State and Federal laws, regulations and standards.

3. Prepares and justifies equipment and personnel budgets; monitors level of all reagents and supplies for the department; monitors operating efficiency of laboratory equipment and instruments.

4. Completes and reviews the CAP workload report for sections supervised; collects and compiles statistics needed for reports.

5. Advises employees, residents and interns on procedures, techniques, and difficult determinations; checks employee reports, records, and work to assure proper testing procedures; investigates questionable test results; acts as a liaison with other hospital personnel answering questions and resolving problems raised in regards to service or test results.

6. May act for the Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientist in his/her absence; chairs or attends as hospital/departmental representative on various staff and committee meetings.

Either I

The equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the class of Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in the class of Clinical Laboratory Scientist III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of five years’ full-time experience as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in a licensed clinical laboratory of which at least the equivalent of one-year full-time experience shall have been in a supervisory capacity. (A master's degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field may substitute for one year of full-time experience. A Ph.D. in Biology, Chemistry or related field may substitute for an additional two years’ full-time experience.)


Possession of a valid license as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Clinical Laboratory Bioanalyst in the State of California.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· Microbiology, hematology, chemistry, serology, mycology, parasitology, blood banking and laboratory information systems.
· Principles of personnel management and laboratory operations.
· Technical knowledge to implement and upgrade ongoing quality control procedures and preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment.
· Modern clinical laboratory principles, practices and procedures; techniques in test interpretations; normal and abnormal test results with reference to the reliability of test used; possible technical errors of collecting, handling or processing specimens.
· Manual and automated clinical laboratory equipment.


· Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
· Decision making, judgment.
· Analysis and problem solving.
· Planning and organization.
· Budget analysis.
· Management control.
· Leadership.
· Interpersonal sensitivity.
· Resolve ambiguous test results and make test determinations.

Revised: 6/19/86
Formerly 1026h
Retitled/revised 6/97
Old document: 5594h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/5594
CSC Date: 7/9/97


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.