Job Information

University of Utah St. George Tissue Recovery Specialist in St. George, Utah

Open Date 04/28/2021

Requisition Number PRN11136N

Job Title PS Eye Bank Technician

Working Title St. George Tissue Recovery Specialist

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 2

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Summary

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00267 - Ophthalmology-Services

Location Other

City St. George, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $12.02 to $19.22

Close Date

Job Summary

The St. George Tissue Recovery Specialist is a Per Diem, non-benefited position, and is responsible for recovering corneal eye tissues in southern Utah needed for transplant; performing and documenting a donor physical and ocular assessment; obtaining an adequate blood specimen for serological testing; and conducting professional interactions with hospital staff, OPO and tissue bank staff, coroner’s office, and funeral directors.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at St. George Moran Clinic if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


The St. George Tissue Recovery Specialist will be responsible for the following:

-Know and follow current hospital procedures regarding organ/tissue donation in accordance with current FDA / EBAA / OME / ULEB Policies and Procedures.

-Perform surgical excision of corneas, corneoscleral rim excision and aseptic preservation.

-Perform a physical inspection of the donor and recognize and document any signs of high risk behavior on ULEB Donor Worksheet.

-Perform an ocular assessment of the donor’s eyes and document any findings on ULEB Donor Worksheet.

-Observe AORN sterile & aseptic techniques with universal precautions during eye recovery procedures.

-Draw cadaveric blood and/or obtain a pre-transfusion/pre-mortem blood sample, if necessary.

-Process each donor appropriately including data entry, charting, and follow-up.

-Conduct professional interactions with Eye Bank Donor Coordinators and other staff to facilitate timely procurement of donor eye tissue.

-Label, package, and ship ocular tissue per FDA / EBAA / ULEB Policies and Procedures.

-Obtain a copy of the hospital chart for the donor’s current admission, if applicable.

-Adhere to University Hospitals & Clinics Behavioral Standards.

-Know and utilize OSHA standards when handling tissue and disposable hazardous materials and participate in annual bloodborne pathogen training.

-Maintain excellent customer service relations with referring hospitals, funeral directors, and OPO’s.

-Assist in education and training of technical staff.

-Maintain compliance with Federal HIPAA regulations and complete annual HIPAA training as required by the University of Utah – School of Medicine.

-Attend Monthly Technical Staff Meetings.

-Participate and comply with established Quality Assurance policies and assist with routine monitoring upon request.

-Accomplish special projects and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

-Possess knowledge of all ULEB recovery procedures, EBAA Medical Standards, and technical/medical terminology.

-Possess skills in aseptic technique and manual dexterity.

-Strong communication skills with excellent telephone and electronic etiquette.

-Ability to prioritize procurement of donors to maintain efficiency in tissue recovery with minimum supervision.

-Exercise good judgment and initiative, keep confidences, be honest and discreet.

-Cooperate and communicate clearly with doctors and other professionals in the healthcare field.

-Respect patient confidentiality, honesty, and integrity.

-Maintain an excellent attendance record.

-Interact with all others in a professional and customer-friendly manner.

-Ability to be a supportive team member.

-Background in medical/laboratory fields.

-Must have own car with a valid Idaho driver’s license.

-Travel required within service area of the ULEB ; may include flights on single engine aircraft.

-Prefer one year experience in eye, organ, and tissue banking.

-Must be able to take call as assigned.

-Optional: Certification as an Eye Bank Technician by the Eye Bank Association of America.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific disciplines in a related field or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Certification as an Eye Bank Technician, Ophthalmic Technician or Tissue Bank Specialist is preferred. Experience with aseptic technique and medical terminology also preferred.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.