The Harvard Dental Center (HDC) is a state-of-the art comprehensive dental care facility located adjacent to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The HDC operates two dental entities which includes our Teaching Practices, where treatment is delivered by pre-doctoral dental students and advanced graduate dental students under the direction of our world renowned faculty. The second entity encompasses a Faculty Group Practice, with care provided by Harvard faculty members. A full service, multi-specialty dental practice, the Faculty Group Practice combines general dentistry along with specialists in areas of dental medicine, and dental hygienists.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Sterilization Technician Lead, working in partnership with management, coordinates the work of three sterilization technicians ensuring adequate staffing, inventory, and workflow to meet the day-to day instrumentation needs of the Harvard Dental Center. This person will work as part of the team to rotate between both the Washing and the Assembly/Sterilizing sides and service the two floors of the Harvard Dental Center—the Teaching Practices and the Faculty Group Practice. They act as a visible staff member, monitoring productivity and workload of the sterilization process and the dispensing of cassettes and instruments. The ideal candidate will take the lead and ensure staff are working staggered schedules, all while ensuring a smooth operation and business continuity of the sterilization unit. The Lead and the Manager will encourage Sterilization Technicians to conduct quality control on each other's tasks and provide constructive, real-time feedback to ensure all is handled to the utmost standards.
In addition, the incumbent in this role partners with their immediate Manager and the Environmental Health and Safety & Infection Control Administrator—ensuring compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Department of Public Health (DPH)—and addressing issues as needed.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate competency in industrial/stationary and portable equipment oversight, medical emergency scenarios, patient confidentiality, and have the ability to consistently interact with faculty, staff, and students in a professional and courteous manner and have demonstrated flexibility working in an evolving workplace, improving oneself, and performing new duties as needed.
All staff in the HDC are required to complete required immunization verification as part of their employment at HSDM.
In compliance with federal law, chosen candidate is required to complete the federal E-verify I-9 employment eligibility verification before starting work at HSDM.
Located in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical Area, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine ranks as one of the preeminent dental schools in the country. Established in 1867, HSDM was the first dental school in the United States to be connected with a university and coordinated with its medical school. HSDM is the only school within Harvard University that has its own clinical facility and provides direct patient care. HSDM's vision is to set the standard of excellence in and to define the future of interdisciplinary dental education, state-of-the-art clinical practice, and cutting-edge basic, clinical, and translational research. With this vision as our guide, the School is dedicated to developing and fostering a community of global leaders advancing oral and systemic health. For more information about the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, please visit: http://hsdm.harvard.edu/.
Salary Grade: 050
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
High School Diploma or equivalent. CRCST (Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician) or IAHCSMM certification required; or willingness to acquire certification within first 12 months as a condition of employment. 2+ years experience in a sterile processing role; knowledge of decontamination, assembly, packaging and sterilization procedures.
Proficiency using computers, MS Word and Excel, EHR database (such as axiUm), and electronic folder and record organization. Background working/assisting in an academic institution/dental clinic along with understanding of dental instrumentation, and/or dental assisting is preferred. Strong written and verbal communications in English. Ability to complete multiple, concurrent tasks, be organized, and plan ahead for upcoming events. Some experience leading a team. Must be teamwork oriented, a self-starting individual with good judgment and maturity. Must be comfortable delegating to staff. Must see oneself as a positive partner to all members of HSDM/HDC as well as to visitors, vendor contacts, etc.
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for extended periods, to move among multiple work stations as needed, to move sterilization racks between stations, to dispense and restock sterilization materials and supplies as needed, and ability to lift up to and no more than 50 lbs. worth of weight and push no more than 200 lbs. of weight.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 46568BR
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