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Toxicology Laboratory Director

Cincinnati, OH · Job ID: 9888 · · Industry: CLIA Laboratory Director

Clinical toxicology laboratory in the greater Cincinnati, OH area is seeking a Laboratory Director or Toxicologist to oversee all operations of their growing lab.  This individual needs to have experience with urine drug testing using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry for quantitative review and release.  Experience with method development and validation is  strongly preferred.  Must have good people management skills and understand laboratory operation efficiency.  Must meet CLIA requirements as a high-complexity laboratory director.  

Salary:   $100,000 – $150,000 

Relocation Assistance: Case-by-case basis



The Laboratory Director is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the lab, and must ensure the competency of all laboratory personnel. Specific Lab Director responsibilities include:


  • Verify that all delegated duties are properly performed.

  • Must be accessible to the laboratory to provide onsite, telephone, or electronic consultation as needed.

  • May direct no more than five labs.

  • Ensure that the physical plant and environmental conditions are appropriate for the testing performed and provide a safe environment, free of physical, chemical, and biological hazards.

  • Ensure testing systems provide quality laboratory services across the path of work-flow (for all phases of testing: pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases).

  • Ensure test methods selected have the capability of providing quality results.

  • Ensure verification procedures are adequate to determine accuracy, precision, and other pertinent performance characteristics of the method.

  • Ensure that test result reports include pertinent information required for interpretation.

  • Ensure that consultation is available to the laboratory’s clients on matters relating to the quality of the test results reported and their interpretation concerning specific patient conditions.

  • Ensure that an approved procedure manual is available to all personnel.

  • Ensure that laboratory personnel are performing the test methods as required to obtain accurate and reliable results.

  • Employ a sufficient number of laboratory personnel with appropriate education, experience and/or training to provide appropriate consultation, properly supervise, and accurately perform tests and report test results.

  • Ensure that all personnel have the appropriate education and experience prior to testing patient specimens; receive appropriate training for the type and complexity of services offered; and have demonstrated that they can perform all testing operations reliably to provide and report accurate results.

  • Ensure that policies and procedures are established for monitoring individuals who conduct pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing to verify that they maintain competency: To process specimens, Perform test procedures, Report test results promptly and proficiently, and whenever necessary, Identify remedial training and/or continuing education needs to improve skills.

  • Have a written list of responsibilities of each individual in the laboratory that specifies: 1) the level of activity each is authorized to perform, 2) whether supervision is required for specimen processing, test performance or results reporting, and 3) whether consultant or director review is required prior to reporting patient test results.

  • Ensure that a general supervisor provides on-site supervision of certain testing personnel who perform high complexity testing.

  • Ensure that the laboratory is enrolled in an approved proficiency testing (PT) program.

  • Ensure that PT samples are tested in the same manner as patient samples.

  • Ensure that PT samples are tested in compliance with regulations that prohibit referral of specimens and sharing of or communication about results.

  • Ensure that PT results are returned on time to the PT program.

  • Ensure that PT results are reviewed by the appropriate staff, and the corrective action plan is followed when PT results are found to be unsatisfactory.

  • Ensure that quality control and quality assessment programs are established and maintained to identify failures in quality as they occur.

  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of acceptable levels of analytical performance for each test system.

  • Ensure that corrective actions are taken and documented, whenever significant deviations from the laboratory’s established performance characteristics are identified, and patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly.



  • Certification by a board approved by HHS 

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience as Laboratory Director of a CAP-accredited laboratory with subspecialty in toxicology

  • Must have experience with regulatory and accreditation of laboratory operations (CAP, CLIA), and have participated in at least three successful inspections


For PhDs:

The qualification for a laboratory director of high complexity testing is that the laboratory director must hold an earned doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and be certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by HHS.  The current approved boards are the following:

1.      ABB – American Board of Bioanalysis 

2.      ABB public health microbiology certification

3.      ABCC – American Board of Clinical Chemistry

4.      ABCC 24-month Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (COMACC)

5.      ABFT – American Board of Forensic Toxicology

6.      ABHI – American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics

7.      ABMG – American Board of Medical Genetics

8.      ABMLI – American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology

9.      ABMM – American Board of Medical Microbiology

10.  NRCC – National Registry of Certified Chemists


For MDs:

Must be certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology (ABP)


Lighthouse Lab Services specializes in recruiting Clinical Laboratory Professionals. We have over 10 years of proven success placing job seekers in positions ranging from entry level Medical Technologists to seasoned Laboratory Directors. We recruit nationwide, with clients ranging from small hospitals in rural Maine to large reference laboratories on the shores of Hawaii and everything in between.

It is the policy of Lighthouse Recruiting to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Lighthouse Recruiting will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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