Vanderbilt University Medical Center Lead Cage Wash Tech in Nashville, Tennessee

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JOB SUMMARY:

Operate cage wash machinery in order to sanitize primary animal holding cages, support equipment and general access areas, independently.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervises and participates in the cleaning, maintenance, and decontamination of cage wash facility and other assigned areas. Coordinates the microbiological monitoring of cages and equipment. Reports results to leadership.

  • Coordinates transportation and storage of equipment to new locations.

  • Assesses information in accordance with outlined procedures. Initiates action to resolve discrepancies in logs in consultation with leadership.

  • Takes inventory of necessary supplies for cage wash facility and other assigned areas. Makes recommendation for stock of supplies.

  • Operates equipment and ensures it is functioning properly and in accordance with equipment manuals. Coordinates equipment maintenance.

  • Coordinates caging and support equipment through wash room to meet departmental need.

  • Trains staff and functions as a resource for operational questions and minor problems, offering guidance for improving performance.

  • Ensures compliance with operating and regulatory requirements related to care of laboratory animals.

TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES:

COMMUNICATION (ADVANCED): - Clearly, effectively and respectfully communicates to employees or customers.

CUSTOMER SERVICE (ADVANCED): - A continuing focus on the needs and requirements of customers, anticipating their needs, remaining sensitive to customers while performing services for them, responsive to customer needs.

JUDGEMENT AND DECISION-MAKING (ADVANCED): Able to make decisions effectively and accurately in an environment which may be fast-paced or changing. Considers a wide range of alternatives, including those which may fall outside of the scope of the task at hand, before making a decision.

PLANNING (ADVANCED): - Plans work to complete projects on time. Competently handles multiple assignments simultaneously. Able to be flexible to meet changing customer needs with minimal disruption and loss of productivity. Uses time efficiently.

MATERIAL PROCESSING (ADVANCED): Efficiency in working a series of steps to complete a process. Understanding what it takes to run machinery and the parameters for washing and sterilizing equipment.

QUALITY ASSURANCE (ADVANCED): - Understands the goal of increasing organizational productivity and individual performance by making the products and services within your work assignments more efficient and more effective.

CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Organizational Impact: Independently performs non-routine tasks that significantly impact team and other related teams.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Gathers and analyzes data to solve problems that arise with little or no precedent.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Applies advanced job knowledge and has developed a breadth of skills in other areas.

  • Team Interaction: Serves as a lead for the team by providing expertise and guidance to team members.

CORE CAPABILITIES:

SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (S4):

    • Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
    • Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
    • Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.

DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (S4):

    • Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
    • Solves Complex Problems Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
    • Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.

ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (S4):

    • Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
    • Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
    • Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.

MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (S4):

    • Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
    • Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
    • Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.

FOSTERING INNOVATION (S4):

    • Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
    • Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges
    • Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.

High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) and 5 years relevant experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.

Movement

  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Occasional: Carrying over 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Occasional: Crawling:Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • Frequent: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Frequent: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Continuous: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Continuous: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Continuous: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Continuous: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Continuous: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Continuous: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Continuous: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Continuous: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Continuous: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Continuous: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.

Sensory

  • Occasional: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

  • Continuous: Feeling: Ability to perceive size, shape, temperature, texture by touch with fingertips.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Occasional: Climate: Ability to withstand exposure to atmospheric extremes including heat, cold, humidity, and barometric pressure changes.

  • Continuous: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

Job Research

Organization: DAC - Equipment Processing 104091

Title: Lead Cage Wash Tech

Location: TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Requisition ID: 1806484

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