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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 315I
Category: Health Care


Supervise anatomic pathology staff who prepare specimens for examination by microscope, instrumentation, computer, and current methodology; evaluate quality of work performed by the service(s); develop and monitor budget(s).

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants, conduct training, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary actions; orient residents in pathological procedures and coordinate training of other laboratory personnel; develop and monitor budget(s).

Typical Work

Implement and monitor quality assurance programs for the service(s); establish quality control standards; identify problems and take corrective action; monitor workload recording and prepare other reports as necessary; implement and evaluate the requirements to comply with CAP (College of American Pathologists) standards;

Develop and monitor budget(s); 

Assist department manager in establishing appropriate patient fees; review and respond to patient inquiries about billing;

Train laboratory personnel in safe handling of biological specimens and chemicals; ensure compliance with all safety regulations;

Develop and evaluate new laboratory procedures; 

Evaluate and select instrumentation for purchase; order and oversee utilization of supplies; 

Ensure all maintenance on instruments and equipment is completed; establish and renew maintenance contracts; 

Develop and maintain procedure manuals, job descriptions and performance criteria; 

Perform the work of Anatomic Pathology Technicians or Technologists; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with coursework in chemistry, biology and other biological sciences including microscopy 


Four years clinical anatomic laboratory experience including experience in directing or leading work teams 


Certification at the Technologist by a nationally recognized certifying agency such as the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists or the Microscopy Society of America 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class:  11-12-93
Revise Class/MQ: 7-9-99
Revised new class code:  (formerly  6328)  effective July 1, 2007

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.