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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 510R
Category: Science & Engineering


Supervise and coordinate all of the functions of the Specimen Processing Services Area in a Clinical Medical Laboratory.

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 action.

Positions in this class are distinguished by the responsibility to supervise personnel in a Specimen Processing Services Area (SPSA) and coordinate all functions within the SPSA and between the SPSA and other laboratory divisions as well as between the laboratory and clinical services.

Typical Work

Interviews, selects, and trains new employees; evaluates employee performance and plans additional/remedial training;

Schedules and supervises the overall operation of a 7 day/week, 24 hour/day SPSA; maintains employee time cards and supervises detection and correction of errors;

Coordinates activities between the SPSA and all other divisions of the Department of Laboratory Medicine involved in analysis of patient specimens;

Authorizes addition or deletion of patient charges; maintains current information such as normal values, specimen requirements, and special specimen handling problems;

Maintains appropriate inventories and establishes levels of all SPSA supplies; responsible for preventive maintenance on SPSA equipment;

Performs 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.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of college-level science in an applicable field AND one year of experience as a Specimen Processing Technician Lead


High School graduation or GED Certification AND two years of clinical laboratory experience in a Clinical or Public Health Laboratory


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted October 12, 1973.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises title and general revision; adopted May 14, 2004.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 6047); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.