Lead Histologist

Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | Lab Histopathology
Category: Laboratory/Pathology
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 786317
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

This position is a lead role for the Histology Laboratory in the Pathology Department and is responsible for staff work flow, quality control, equipment, inventory, and procedural oversight in the Histology area. This position performs general, routine, highly complex histologic functions and immunohistochemical testing, as well as advanced genetic and molecular assays according to clearly prescribed procedures and laboratory techniques or developmental methods. This position receives general supervision of work activities from the department supervisor or manager.

Position Duties

  1. Oversees and assists with work activities of assigned staff to ensure achievement of established goals, objectives, and outcomes; provides guidance, mentoring, and direction, as appropriate for ongoing staff development.
  2. Oversees the adequate maintenance of inventory levels and orders supplies as appropriate.
  3. Able to work independently and perform general, complex, highly complex and advanced histology functions (small tissue grossing, tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, routine H&E staining, coverslipping, special stains, histochemical stains, immunohistochemistry, IHC antibody titration and optimization, protocol troubleshooting, histochemical test development, immunofluorescence, and in situ hybridization).
  4. Processes and prepares cytologic specimens for evaluation.
  5. Responsible for the maintenance and working condition of equipment and instruments within the area.
  6. Participates in the evaluation and/or development of new procedures, instrumentation, assays, and quality improvement initiatives. Proactively evaluates practices and assists to create and implement changes to increase and enhance the effectiveness of methods.
  7. Performs, reviews, and maintains Quality Control testing, records, departmental procedures and files for the area to ensure ongoing compliance with policies, regulations, and safety guidelines for safe work practices.
  8. Participates in, generates reports, and maintains Quality Assurance data, files, and reports.
  9. Maintains professional and technical competency through constantly pursuing knowledge and self-improvement by remaining apprised of current literature, practices and, new developments in the field of histology. This includes participation in continuing education opportunities to maintain certification.
  10. Assembles and delivers patient case slides and reports to pathologists.
  11. Files and maintains storage of tissues blocks, glass slides, tissue controls.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Phoenix Children's Mission, Vision, & Values


To advance hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families


Phoenix Children's will be the leading pediatric health system in the Southwest, nationally recognized for exceptional care, innovative research and advanced medical education.

We realize this vision by:

  • Offering the most comprehensive care across ages, communities and specialties
  • Investing in innovative research, including emerging treatments, tools and technologies
  • Advancing education and training to shape the next generation of clinical leaders
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of children and families
  • We place children and families at the center of all we do
  • We deliver exceptional care, every day and in every way
  • We collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to amplify our impact
  • We set the standards of pediatric healthcare today, and innovate for the future
  • We are accountable for making the highest quality care accessible and affordable

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Associate degree in Histology or equivalent training per CLIA standards for high complexity testing.
2. Bachelor Degree in Histology, Biology, or closely related field
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Three years of histology experience for candidate with Histotechnologist (HTL) certification, or five years of histology experience for candidate with Histotechnician (HT) certification.
2. Experience with Laboratory Regulations and Regulatory agencies (TJC, CAP, CLIA etc.)
3. Previous supervisory or lead experience
4. Experience in a hospital laboratory setting
Certifications / Licenses / Registries
Do you meet this requirement?
1. ASCP Certification (or equivalent) as a Histotechnician (HT) or Histotechnologist (HTL)
2. Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC)
Special Skills
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Exhibits leadership skills to effectively oversee histology laboratory processes, procedures and employees.
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) - Constantly
2. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) - Constantly
3. Physical Requirement - Hearing - Frequently
4. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling - Occasionally
5. Physical Requirement - Reaching - Frequently
6. Physical Requirement - Sitting - Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Standing - Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling - Occasionally
9. Physical Requirement - Talking - Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling - Occasionally
11. Physical Requirement - Walking - Frequently
12. Physical Requirement - Near Vision - Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Far Vision - Occasionally
14. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination - Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment - Frequently
16. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance - Frequently
17. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment - Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Extreme temperatures - Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases - Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid - Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles - Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure - Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals - Applicable
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