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Genetics - Sr Dir, PGX - San Juan Capistrano, CA in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 3/14/2019

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Job Description

Job Summary

The Senior Director (Licensed) is responsible for providing technical interpretation of genetics test results, signing reports, providing consultations with physicians regarding technical aspects of assays, implementing new assays, assay troubleshooting, participation in QA responsibilities, providing technical support to operations staff, and reviewing and approval of SOPs. This position requires knowledge of all areas of molecular genetics, with a primary focus in Pharmacogenomics.  The Senior Director reports to either the Chief Director, Senior Scientific Director or Medical Director as appropriate and  may assume Clinical Consultant or Technical Supervisor responsibilities as assigned by the Medical Director.


Job Accountabilities


1.   Interpret results for of clinical genetic testing, with an emphasis on pharmacogenomics..

2.  Assist in assay trouble-shooting and implementation of new assays.

3.   Monitor compliance in regards to a safe working environment.

4.   Assist, as needed, in the training of technologists.

5.   Observe compliance with regulatory agencies, including inspections.

6.   Monitor of quality assurance at all levels of practice.

7.      Participate in working groups of related or associated professional societies and regulatory agencies.

8.      Represent Quest Diagnostics at professional meetings and sales functions.

9.      Technical consultation with operations staff.

10.  Address inquiries/technical (clinical when appropriate) support questions from health care professionals for all pharmacogenomics test offerings.

11.  When delegated, respond to inquiries from HCPs, provide lectures, lead discussion groups, and to educate physicians, other health care professionals, and the sales team (via phone, internet and other means), using relevant approved materials about pharmacogenomics and therapeutic areas relevant to the company’s test.

12.  Assist with writing or providing educational materials as pertains to Pharmacogenomics, in coordination with the Medical liaison designee.

Assume Clinical Consultant or Technical Supervisor responsibilities in Specialty as delegated by the “Laboratory Director Responsibilities” Policy:

  1. Approve of the test method selection and validation.
  2. Ensure that the proficiency testing program is conducted in a timely manner, reviewed by appropriate staff, and approve of corrective action when a proficiency testing result is found to be unsatisfactory.
  3. Establish and monitor quality control to ensure that acceptable levels of analytical performance are maintained for each test system.  Ensure that patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly. 
  4. Approve all corrective action and preventative action plans and procedure.
  5. Approve Job Assignments and Authorization Matrix (JAAM) and annual Performance and Development Review (PDR) to ensure that all personnel have the appropriate training and demonstrated performance for the type of testing offered.
  6. Annually review/approve Standard Operating Procedures for test systems.


Job Requirements


  1.  MD, Ph.D, or equivalent. PharmD preferred.
  2. Board certified in appropriate genetic subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Genetics

or equivalent certification.

  1. State Licensure, if appropriate. CA and NYS licensing preferred.
  2. 3-5 years related experience in molecular genetics/pharmacogenomics.
  3. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Demonstrate good decision-making and organizational skills.
  5. The capability of being continuously updated in the literature in regards to its medical applications.

[All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  All duties and requirements are essential job functions.]