Manager, Tissue Recovery

LifeLink Foundation, Inc. Published: February 21, 2019
Tampa, Florida
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LifeLink Foundation has been named one of Tampa Bay’s Top 100 Work Places 2016 by the Tampa Bay Times.

Located at the LifeLink Tissue Bank, Tampa. Primary responsibility is to work within established LifeLink Foundation and Tissue Bank policies and protocols to train, assist with and ensure that the Tissue Recovery Staff applies the principles of sterile technique and demonstrates surgical expertise in the tissue recovery for transplantation. This position will take direction from, provide backup to, and maintain an ongoing open line of communication with the Director, Foundation Tissue Recovery Services. Fiscal and ongoing responsibilities include departmental input to budgetary guidelines, contributing to the overall cost-effectiveness of the division.


  • Overall staff management to include interviewing, hiring, evaluating, coaching, monitoring, mentoring, disciplining, and counseling staff.
  • Ensure that all surgical recoveries of cadaveric human bone/tissue for transplantation and research include application of the principles of aseptic/sterile technique consistent with approved protocols.
  • Oversee training activities evaluating progress and effectiveness of staff regarding the application of tissue donor criteria, suitability and physical evaluation, to include the issues of authorization, hospital-specific dynamics, transportation, OR scheduling, autopsy requirements, technical recovery techniques and protocols, documentation, and other logistical aspects of the organ/tissue recovery process.
  • Ensure that appropriate inspection, maintenance, cleaning and monitoring of the recovery suite, equipment, supplies, and procurement instrumentation occurs on a regular basis and repairs and upgrades are made as required.
  • Work closely with the Director, Donor Services to help facilitate timely donor eligibility determination.
  •  Evaluate SOP’s and BTM Recovery screens on a regular basis and assist in the update and revision as needed.
  •  Ensure all required training is performed as required and accurate training records are maintained.
  •  Monitor performance and efficiency of vendors providing support service to the Recovery department and recommend changes as required.
  •  Maintain current certifications through continuing education courses and seminars to obtain appropriate CEUs. Encourage ongoing staff development and upgrading of skill levels, providing resources when appropriate.
  • Implement, schedule, and facilitate staff meetings and workshops on a regular basis.
  • Monitor and analyze reports regarding tissue recovery performance metrics, daily recovery activity and personnel training progress and initiate performance improvement projects as indicated.
  • Participate in and encourage staff to support hospital development initiatives, participation in management conference calls and meetings, special projects, relationship building with external agency personnel and other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors’ Degree in Life Science field or licensure as a Registered Nurse, Physicians Assistant or Medical Technologist and, four years experience in Tissue Banking and hold a certificate as an AATB certified Tissue Bank Specialist; or
  • Associates Degree in Allied Science (ORT, EMT, or CST); and a minimum of four years experience in any one of these fields, and hold a certificate as an AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist; or
  • Successful completion of an accredited surgical technology program or its equivalent and, a minimum of four years of experience in sterile tissue recovery/primary and certification by AATB as Tissue Bank Specialist; or
  • Five years experience in Tissue Banking and hold a certificate as an AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist; or
  • A minimum of five years’ experience, meeting all of the requirements of and gaining proficiency in the position of a LifeLink Tissue Recovery Coordinator, demonstrating strong leadership and staff management skills and adherence to the LifeLink policies and protocols for tissue procurement, with a demonstrated understanding of the consent process.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail regarding implementation of policies and protocols.
  • Manual dexterity to demonstrate proper surgical technique in the procurement of bone and tissue for transplant.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to lift, carry and/or move equipment of varying weight from 1 to 30 pounds for 10% of the work time and to stand for 90% of the work time.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle 24/7 call-rotation responsibilities and respond to emergency situations with availability to take call a minimum of 33% of the work month.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and professional attitude necessary to interact and communicate effectively with other members of the tissue team and with hospital and other external agency personnel.
  • Good driving record and current state driver license.
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