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Cytotechnologist Lead - Anatomic Pathology OC

City of Hope
Irvine, California
Closing date
Jul 20, 2022

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Health Sciences, Pathology
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Assumes duties as delegated by the Laboratory Director under CLIA regulations. Performs duties of cytotechnologist, performing cytopathologic procedures leading to diagnosis of benign and malignant conditions and a full range of quantitative and qualitative cytologic tests on variety of samples for presence or absence of disease or cellular abnormalities. Also assumes other administrative duties and responsibilities, as delegated by director or supervisor, such as: statistical report maintenance, proficiency survey activities, lab accreditation inspection preparations, Quality Assurance and Quality Control maintenance and reporting activities. Also acts as technical resource for staff, assisting in training, test troubleshooting and competency assessments. Also works with pathologists on special projects. Ensures efficiency and effectiveness of laboratory operations enabling ability of the laboratory to meet the needs of patients as determined by the medical staff.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Assumes responsibility for important and required laboratory processes and procedures, such as but not limited to: proficiency testing, quality assurance monitoring and quality control activities. Helps prepare the laboratory for validation and accreditation inspections, developing new procedures special projects and computer applications. Also assists and conducts staff training and competency assessments.
  • Performs cytodiagnosis of benign and malignant conditions with pathologist.
  • Classifies slides, records classification, and presents slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologist for further examination.
  • Stains and mounts slides and examines human body cells to detect evidence of cancer or other diseased conditions.
  • Compiles listing of patients for follow up analysis of specimens; prepares and analyzes the new specimens for cell changes and reports findings to pathologist.
  • Prepares written cytopathologic diagnostic reports using recognized terminology, and makes recommendations for further evaluation or treatment.
  • Maintains cytotechnologist's screening workload statistics and other related data as required by regulatory agencies and laboratory manager.
  • Develops, maintains and participates in staff educational programs. Provides technical instruction to other departments. Maintains laboratory procedures and policies.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to maintain certification/licensure, and/or keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.
  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, quality assurance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Identifies need for and acquires a variety of related material for addition to the teaching collection.
  • Performs detailed accuracy analysis of department projects on a semi-annual basis.
  • Develops, recommends and coordinates implementation of new procedures.
  • Interfaces closely with personnel in other departments on a frequent basis.
  • Maintains required records, reports, and statistics as directed.
  • Participates in research.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

Minimum Education:
  • Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience:
  • 3-5 years in a cytology lab as a certified Cytotechnologist. Proven interpretive and laboratory skills.

Required Certification/Licensure/Training:
  • Graduate of ASCP approved cytotechnologist school
  • CT(ASCP) and current California DHS Cytotechnologist License

Additional Information:

As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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