General Laboratory Supervisor

Recruitment #220315-X14D-01


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service.

OSDH is seeking a full time General Laboratory Supervisor providing support to the Public Health Laboratory. This is a state employee position 34004324 governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Stillwater, Oklahoma. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position is up to $77,000.00, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
This position is responsible for assisting the laboratory director and the technical supervisor in the oversight and management of a comprehensive laboratory system and for the supervision of a team of laboratory scientists. Under the direction of the laboratory director and supervision of the technical supervisor, this individual provides day-to-day supervision of testing personnel and reporting of test results. In the absence of the director and technical supervisor, the general supervisor must be responsible for the proper performance of all laboratory procedures and reporting of test results. They are also responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.

Position Responsibilities/Essential Functions
•Coordination of standard operations of state-wide clinical diagnostic, epidemiologic and/or analytic laboratory services for infectious disease diagnostics.
•Development and implementation of policies, procedures, budgets, and performance standards designed to ensure accurate, efficient and safe laboratory operations specific to infectious disease.
•Appraisal of needs for laboratory services and development of new laboratory tests, algorithms, and technologies accordingly.
•Coordination and integration of laboratory services with the needs and activities of other intra- and inter-agency (state and federal) programs.
•Preparation of reports that summarize laboratory activities, revenue flows, goals, accomplishments and needs.
•Cooperation with local, state and national agencies and organizations for the standardization and improvement of laboratory services.
•Provision of intra- and inter-agency training to laboratory personnel, healthcare professionals, field personnel and first responders on specimen handling procedures. Coordination of standard operations of state-wide clinical diagnostic, epidemiologic and/or laboratory service.
•Assist with laboratory personnel, including decisions for hiring, training, continuing education, competency assessment, and remediation.
•Assist with the implementation and maintenance of the PHL document control system, inventory system and provide guidance through the development and maintenance of the laboratory LIMS.
•Other Duties: Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Knowledge of the advanced principles of chemistry, biochemistry, immunology and/or microbiology; of chemical, biochemical, immunological, and/or microbiological laboratory techniques and procedures; of the hazards of laboratory activities and safety procedures; of principles and methods of supervision; and of the business requirements of the agency. Ability is required to manage the financial aspects of a unit, including budgeting and cost-benefit analyses; to collaborate with intra- and inter-agency programs and technical managers in decision making processes; to manage and supervise technical and/or administrative support staff to maintain effective working relationships; and to exercise initiative and independent judgment. Knowledge of laboratory principles and techniques in parasitology, serology, and/or mass spectrometry; of the organization and function of state laboratories and their role in national programs; of the principles and methods of supervision; of the state and federal laws and regulations that pertain to laboratory analysis and accreditation; and of budget preparation and revenue management. Ability is required to plan and coordinate the work of a laboratory with other services and programs within the agency and between (state and federal) agencies; to establish and maintain professional working relationships with others; and to plan staffing needs.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
•This position is set in a laboratory environment. While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach while wearing appropriate PPE.


•Requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in biological or physical sciences plus six years of experience performing clinical and/or analytic laboratory testing, including 3 years of laboratory supervision or equivalent; or a master’s degree in biological or physical sciences or a closely related field plus two years of laboratory supervision or equivalent;  or a doctoral degree in biological or physical sciences or a closely related field plus certification by the American Board of Medical Microbiology, the American Board of Clinical Chemistry or the American Board of Bioanalysis and one year of laboratory supervision experience in a public health, hospital, or medical research laboratory or equivalent setting.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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