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Title Senior Laboratory Lead – Environmental Bacteriology
Program Toronto Public Health Laboratory
Job ID -0147
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario ("PHO"/"Agency") is a Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.

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Position Details Position Title: Senior Laboratory Lead – Environmental Bacteriology
Department: Clinical and Environmental Bacteriology
Duration: Permanent
Location: 81 Resources Road, Etobicoke
Compensation Group: OPSEU
Position Status: Internal – OPEN TO PHO EMPLOYEES ONLY
Salary: $32.65 – $39.31 per hour
Posting Date: March 7, 2013
Closing Date: March 21, 2013

The Senior Laboratory Lead will co-ordinate and provide oversight to laboratory diagnostic services in the Public Health Laboratory – Toronto, Clinical and Environmental Bacteriology department, Environmental laboratory section. The Senior Laboratory Lead will provide timely and quality testing in support of the isolation and identification of human microbial pathogens and toxins from a variety of environmental samples, primarily food and water; initiate and participate in the development/ improvement of laboratory methods and techniques and is responsible for implementation and maintenance of the public health laboratory Quality Management System.

Key Responsibilities • Maintaining accurate and cost effective environmental laboratory services.
• Providing technical consultation and advice to staff, physicians, health units, public health inspectors and other health care providers on the application of methodologies and the interpretation of environmental laboratory analyses primarily related to food and water testing including Legionella.
• Recommending laboratory budget requirements to manager and assisting the manager in administering the budget; ensuring the maintenance, security and efficient utilization of all laboratory technical and office equipment; recommending the purchase of replacement or new equipment.
• Organize and oversee the activities of the environmental laboratory, ensuring the highest quality of diagnostic services. Prepare administrative and statistical reports on laboratory activities/issues, e.g. workload, costs. Perform/oversee highly specialized tests, as required.
• Implement all new policies and processes related to the quality system as they are developed. Ensure all staff members are familiar with and adhere to the policies and content therein. Monitor documentation required by the quality policy such as records associated with, training and validation of equipment and reagents. Provide input on quality policies when circulated for feedback and identify implementation issues when necessary.
• Provide technical and administrative guidance to laboratory staff including establishing work schedules, assigning and monitoring work of staff, dealing with work quality problems, providing technical guidance and training. Refer disciplinary and labour relations issues to manager in a timely manner.
• In consultation with manager, initiate and conduct projects to assess new/improved methods or techniques to enhance the accuracy, speed or economy of tests. Oversees the implementation of approved new/modified tests and procedures, prepare and update laboratory manuals. Prepare or assist in preparation of scientific papers based on research performed.
• Prepare requests for tender, for kit and reagent or supply contracts for approval by manager. Carry out evaluations for products submitted by proponents, analyses results, prepares recommendations regarding selection for approval by manager.
• Provide consultative services to physicians, hospital and private laboratories, Medical Officers of Health, Public Health Inspectors, health units and regional laboratories (as appropriate) concerning the identification of organisms and the interpretation of laboratory results. Identify matters of potential public health importance, e.g. unusual or emerging pathogens and reporting them to supervisor.
• Present demonstrations/lectures at seminars/workshops for branch staff, visiting professionals, hospitals, colleges and universities, as requested and act as a technical resource to branch laboratory staff in area of expertise and the use/interpretation of related tests.
• Assist Manager with recruitment process, e.g. preparing draft job ad, position selection criteria etc. Act as a technical expert on interview panel as required.
• Provide assistance to Manager with Performance Management by providing input into performance appraisals and merit increases etc.
• Ensure compliance with Laboratory Safety and Quality Policies.
• Oversee Quality Control, sign-off of QC and problem solving.
• Responsible for maintaining the laboratory to ensure compliance with laboratory accreditation requirements for water and food testing as well as laboratory audits required to maintain laboratory license to perform testing.

Knowledge and Skills • Broad current knowledge of the principles and best practices in the environmental laboratory with emphasis on microbiological water and food testing.
• Knowledge of quality control /quality assurance principles and processes to ensure the reliability of specialized test methods and test results.
• Knowledge of computer applications used for environmental diagnostic testing and processing technical data; as well as knowledge of PC software such as word-processing, databases and spreadsheet packages to prepare technical and administrative reports, e.g. volume of work, cost analysis.
• Knowledge of group leadership techniques in order to oversee, organize, assign and distribute workload among technical staff to ensure the efficient operation of the laboratory and techniques to control workflow, monitor work quality and provide guidance to staff.
• Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations that apply to the work, and knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace to ensure compliance when performing group leadership responsibilities.
• Organizational skills to prioritize, assign and monitor work to ensure accurate and timely testing of specimens.
• Analytical and evaluative skills in order to set up product evaluations and analyze results and reach logical conclusions.
• Strong interpersonal, verbal communication and listening skills to work effectively with other laboratory staff including the research operations and to interact with all clients using a high degree of discretion and diplomacy.

Education and Experience • Minimum requirement include a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on food, water and environmental microbiology testing.
• Active registration with the College of Medical Technologists of Ontario would be an asset.
• Experience applying relevant laboratory diagnostic methods and biosafety procedures in order to coordinate an effective diagnostic/reference laboratory and provide guidance and consultation to staff, physicians, private laboratories and other health care professionals.
• Demonstrated administrative experience, including the preparation of spreadsheets, documents and presentations.
• A minimum of one year of experience in a role providing technical and administrative oversight.

Posting date 3/7/2013
Closing date 3/21/2013
Street Address 80 Resources Road
City Etobicoke
Province Ontario [ON]
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