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American Red Cross Laboratory Specialist in Dedham, Massachusetts

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By joining the American Red Cross you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best. Are you ready to be part of the world's largest humanitarian network?

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Job Description:


As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. When you join our team, you have a direct impact on a meaningful mission, and you can help save lives every day. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. Work where your career is a force for good.

We are committed to the diversity of our workforce and to delivering our programs and services in a culturally competent manner reflecting the communities we serve. Our work environment is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive with a focus on building allyship and a culture of belonging that empowers all team members. Come to learn, grow, and succeed while sharing your passion for making a difference.

The Red Cross supports a variety of cultural and community resource groups for employees and volunteers. From the Ability Network, our Asian American & Pacific Islander Resource Group, the Latino Resource Group, and Red Cross PRIDE, to the Umoja African American Resource Group, our Veterans+ Resource Group, and the Women’s Resource Group, these networks provide connections, mentoring and help give voice to important concerns and opinions.

At the American Red Cross, your uniqueness can shine!


Perform high complexity testing on donor and patient samples. Resolve histocompatibility problems; provide intermediate reference and consultation services to hospitals and transfusion services. Perform automated and manual HLA testing procedures on donor and/or patient samples. Adhere to explicit standard operating procedures and interpret test results in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements. Fully proficient, skilled and trained in all HLA Technologist responsibilities with ability to work independently meeting performance and productivity standards. Provide support, development and/or technical resource to internal or external customers. Perform on-call duties as required. Must maintain state or board certification, if applicable, and attend continuing education programs. Performs work in compliance with accrediting agency standards. Provide support, development and/or leadership guidance to all volunteers. Perform all duties and responsibilities in compliance with standard operating procedures and other applicable Federal, State and local regulations. Provides support, development and/or leadership guidance to all volunteers.


  • Perform serologic, molecular and immunologic procedures that may include, but are not limited to, DNA extraction, PCR amplification, sequence-based typing, STR analysis, probe hybridization/detection, cytotoxic crossmatching, antibody screening/identification by Luminex and/or ELISA assays and other procedures as defined. Recognize testing irregularities, identify the cause, determine the solution and resolve the problem or refer it to the appropriate level. May perform special testing. Perform and review quality control as directed.

  • Review and interpret final results; prepare and may review final reports, written or electronic. Maintain, edit and review computer and manual records to assure accurate record keeping. Maintain accurate, legible and complete records. Maintain an orderly workspace.

  • Evaluate, validate and implement new laboratory techniques and/or procedures. Assist in writing new procedures. Train, retrain and contribute input into competency assessments of staff.

  • Participate in working on special projects assigned and be responsible to analyze and summarize testing data.

  • Communicate with hospital or transfusion facility personnel to report patient findings and/or receive orders. May consult and communicate with personnel at other medical facilities to facilitate resolutions to problems and address the needs of customers both internal and external.

  • Perform duties associated with receipt, coordination, shipment and transport of donor and patient blood samples to include ordering, receiving, inspection and preparation of supplies and reagents.

  • Perform daily equipment maintenance checks as directed. Perform routine maintenance, troubleshooting, repair/vendor communication and validation of laboratory equipment and software maintenance.

•Pay Information: starting at $34/hr depending on experience

  • Shift Information: Tuesday - Saturday 7am -3:30pm

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED (Minimum Qualifications):

Bachelor’s degree and one (1) year of previous HLA experience or molecular genetics laboratory experience, preferably including DNA extractions, PCR amplification, probe hybridization/detection or DNA sequencing.


Bachelor’s degree and certification as Molecular Diagnostic Specialist from the National Creditation Agency (NCA) certification.


We take care of you, while you take care of others. As a mission-based organization, we believe our team needs great support to do great work. Our comprehensive benefits help you in balancing home and work. With our resources and perks, you have amazing possibilities at the American Red Cross to advance the learn.

• Medical, Dental Vision plans

• Health Spending Accounts & Flexible Spending Accounts

• PTO + Holidays

• 401K with 4% match

• Paid Family Leave

• Employee Assistance

• Disability and Insurance: Short + Long Term

• Service Awards and recognition

Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Interested in Volunteering?

Life’s emergencies don’t stop, and neither do American Red Cross volunteers, who represent more than 90 percent of our workforce to help prevent and alleviate human suffering. You can make a difference by volunteering in a position that appeals to you and allows you to use your unique skills and talents. The Red Cross relies on generous volunteers who give their time and talent to help fulfill our lifesaving mission.

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