Laboratory Assistant Supervisor (#RH4903)
$21.48-$26.12 Hourly / $3,723.20-$4,527.47 Monthly / $44,678.40-$54,329.60 Yearly


Under direction, performs responsible supervisory activities in the San Joaquin General Hospital Laboratory Department; assists in developing and coordinating the implementation and maintenance of the Laboratory information systems functions and activities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An incumbent of this class supervises hospital-based clinical laboratory assistant staff. Direction is received from the Manager of Clinical Laboratory Operations and/or administrative staff.


  • Selects, trains, assigns, schedules, supervises, and evaluates work performance of assigned staff.
  • Trains staff in procedures and guidelines for phlebotomy and specimen processing including reference testing; creates, modifies and maintains send-out (reference) procedures when needed to include supervising processes for Mental Health and Integrated Laboratory services collection and handling.
  • Formulates and coordinates instructional aids and information for training purposes; trains staff in all aspects of the Laboratory Information Systems relative to their scope of work; develops work projects by shift and directs staff for on the job training.
  • Documents, reports and troubleshoots problems to programmer support personnel including testing and evaluating new programs and releases modifications when necessary; makes recommendations on Laboratory computer issues relative to the interface with HCS information systems; maintains incomplete reports, logs computer error message and edits file maintenance, and merges patient file records for medical records.
  • Develops, creates and formulates qualitative policies and procedures to meet established standards and regulations under supervision of the Laboratory Manager; develops new strategies for processing laboratory specimens, including creating forms and documents, relative to testing and printing reports; formulates work sheets and creates collection guidelines for Public Health specimens; documents and maintains specimen processing records and reports all reference tests into the laboratory database.
  • Assists in development of policies and procedures for the Laboratory Information System with respect to security maintenance and procedures for periodic review testing and structure.
  • Participates on committees as assigned.


    Education:  Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences or related field. 


    Experience:  Two years performing duties equivalent to a Laboratory Assistant II in San Joaquin County.    



    Experience:  Four years experience performing duties equivalent to a Laboratory Assistant II in San Joaquin County. 


    Certification:  Possession of a State of California Phlebotomy Certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.


    NOTE: Any phlebotomist who has on-the-job experience as of April 19, 2003 has until April 9, 2006 to meet the California requirements of forty (40) hours lecture/practical draws and exam for California certificate prior to hire. Current employees must meet the same criteria as of April 9, 2006 and provide evidence of Certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.


    Laboratory methods and procedures, fundamentals of physical and life sciences; the principles of supervision; materials used in a medical or science laboratory; established laboratory standards and regulations; basic laboratory testing procedures; methods and techniques used in venipuncture and skin puncture; the use and care of laboratory equipment; laboratory information systems and databases.


    Plan and organize the activities of laboratory assistants; supervise and participate in the performance of clinical laboratory tests and procedures with skill and accuracy; operate computer, associated software and peripheral equipment; assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; evaluate the work of others; operate and maintain complex laboratory equipment; read and interpret job related materials; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; maintain safe working conditions by complying to established safety policies and procedures.


    Mobility-Frequent operating keyboard, standing for long periods, walking; occasional sitting for long periods, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, driving, climbing stairs; Lifting-Frequent lifting 5 pounds or less; occasional lifting 5 to 30 pounds, lifting 30-70 pounds; Vision-Frequent overall vision, eye/hand coordination, reading/close-up work, field of vision/peripheral; occasional color perception, depth perception; Dexterity-Frequent reaching, grasping, repetitive motion, writing; occasional holding; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech; frequent hearing on the telephone, talking in person, talking on the telephone; occasional hearing faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Constant decision-making, concentration; frequent public contact; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, death, exposure to hazardous materials; Special Requirements-May require working weekends/nights; working alone; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold, heat (indoor), hazardous materials.

    CLASS: RH4903; EST: 10/16/2001; REV: 3/9/2005;