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The BC Cancer Agency is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia in partnership with regional health authorities to deliver a range of cancer services, which include prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. It operates six regional cancer centres in Surrey, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Prince George, along with two research centres that conduct research into the causes and cures for cancer. 



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BC Cancer Agency

Genome Sciences Centre

Laboratory Coordinator

Reference #64263

Regular Full-time (1.00 FTE)

Start Date: December 11, 2017

Vancouver, BC


In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. 

Reporting to the Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) Operations Leader or designate and working within the context of a research culture and in accordance with established policies and procedures, vision and values of the Genome Sciences Centre (GSC), the Laboratory Coordinator coordinates a variety of activities within the GSC Laboratory, including maintaining and implementing safety and security policies and procedures and purchasing all laboratory and bioinformatic materials, supplies, equipment and services, supervising staff and ensuring compliance with health and safety regulatory standards. 

The Laboratory Coordinator reports to the Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) Operations Leader and has between 1 and 5 direct reports including purchasing staff, clerical staff and media preparation staff working in support of the laboratory functions.


1. Participates in the formulation of goals and objectives and the setting of policies and procedures for the Laboratory as a key member of the management team.  Upon approval implements approved policies and procedures. 

2. Implements safety and security policies and procedures in accordance with current regulations regarding laboratory working conditions and the use of biological, radioactive and chemical materials.  Communicates safety information to staff and maintains related records. 

3. Oversees the day to day operation of the laboratory.  Establishes priorities and provides guidance and technical advice by facilitating resolutions to work issues and by monitoring work activities to ensure the standards of the area are maintained.  Monitors the work of the area to ensure the quality and quantity of services are being provided.  Reviews workload assignments and makes recommendations regarding revised staffing levels and procedure improvements to the Operations Leader. 

4. Provides leadership and direct supervision to staff.  Responsibilities include supporting staff as a mentor and facilitator, establishing clear definitions of responsibilities for each employee, identifying staff education/development needs and developing, implementing and evaluating orientation, training and education programs.  Monitors performance, provides ongoing feedback and completes staff reviews to encourage continuous improvement and increased staff morale. 

5. Recruits staff through methods such as identifying vacancies, interviewing internal and external applicants, making hiring decisions and processing required documentation. 

6. Investigates work and staff issues and where necessary initiates disciplinary action up to and including termination.  Participates in the management of grievances and labour relations matters in conjunction with the Manager and Human Resources. 

7. Develops and provides orientation to new GSC staff regarding the safety policies of the laboratory. 

8. Ensures compliance with health & safety regulatory standards.  Coordinates disposal of biological and chemical waste products in accordance with BC Cancer Agency and WCB regulations.  

9. Maintains policies and procedures for purchasing equipment and supplies for the GSC in accordance with BCCA policies, including initiating new policies and procedures for approval and revising existing policies and procedures.  Liaises with purchasing staff of the BCCA to complete orders.  Maintains documentation for equipment inventory through methods such as updating computer databases. 

10. Participates in re-modelling projects or space issues within the Laboratory in coordination with the Leader. 

11. Negotiates with suppliers and vendors for financially optimal purchases, equipment leasing and consumable supply contracts.  Monitors cost, schedule and scope of contracts to ensure quality and quantity at best value.  Develops new supply sources where vendor and suppliers do not meet the needs of the GSC. 

12. Responds to requests for maintenance and repair of equipment by reviewing the work needed and arranging for the appropriate repair person to complete the work by completing a repair requisition and calling the service department of the appropriate company.  At completion, ensures the work has been completed satisfactorily 

13. Participates in a variety of committees including the safety committee. 

14. Performs other related duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in Science or Business Administration plus three (3) years of leadership experience in a research or laboratory environment with an emphasis on accounting, purchasing and materials management or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent organization and project management skills.  Advanced knowledge of laboratory products and equipment. Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrable judgement and discretion.  Ability to prioritize and exercise initiative.  Ability to work under pressure with a diverse group of persons, policies and procedures. 


Knowledge of a variety of computerized software products such as word processing, spreadsheet, database applications, scheduling, e-mail and internet.  Ability to work as a team member while  supervising and leading team.  Detail oriented.  Demonstrated knowledge of WHMIS guidelines and Occupational Health and Safety standards.  Demonstrated knowledge of sterile techniques for the preparation of glassware and use of laboratory equipment.  Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.


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