Tissue Recovery Coordinator I

Arora   Little Rock, AR   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on January 12, 2023
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Department:      Clinical/Tissue

Reports To:        Manager of Tissue Recovery

FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt

Direct Reports:  None

Safety Sensitive Position

OSHA Risk Category:      1


COVID Vaccination Mandatory

ARORA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective September 7, 2021 requiring COVID‐19 vaccination(s) for all employees. In accordance with ARORA's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations. In making this decision, we have reviewed recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and legal counsel.


Job Summary/Scope

The primary duty of the Tissue Recovery Coordinator I (TRC I) is to assist in the aseptic recovery of human tissue for transplantation and to do so in accordance with ARORA’s policies and procedures for such tissue recoveries.  Must achieve the primary objectives of (1) maximizing donation (2) providing the utmost care and concern for the deceased and (3) fostering a learning atmosphere through education and communication of donation information.  


Requires proficiency in computer skills, aseptic/sterile technique, excellent surgical skills, and knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology. 


Essential Functions


  1. Recover and package authorized donor tissue and testing samples according to ARORA, AATB, FDA, and tissue partner guidelines.
  2. Restores and prepares donor after tissue recovery.
  3. Properly dispose of waste and sharp materials.
  4. Cleaning and sterilization of recovery suites and materials.
  5. Participate in training sessions provided by ARORA to learn the policies, procedures and protocols established by ARORA for the recovery services.
  6. May be asked to travel to hospitals in our service area to perform recoveries via car (company or personal vehicle) or small aircraft.


Secondary Functions


  1. Stock and rotate supplies.
  2. Seek the advice of ARORA’s Medical Director, or his or her designee, with regard to Recovery Services if and when appropriate.


Organizational Expectations

  1. Maintains regular and punctual attendance at assigned work location.
    1. Accurately document timekeeping records
  2. Completes and maintains appropriate documentation in a timely and thorough manner including activities. Examples include: training documentation, mileage, expenses, electronic schedule of ARORA events, and other forms.
    1. Proofs work for accuracy and completeness.
  3. Exhibits and models ARORA’s conduct standards, mission, and organizational clarity (core purpose, core values, business definition, and strategic anchors) in all job functions and interactions both internal and external to ARORA.
    1. Utilize the ARORA strategic anchors: Creating a Culture of Donation, Financially Sound and Quality during work activities and in the decision-making process.
  4. Attendance at staff meetings, training programs, and/or in-services meetings, as required.
  5. Demonstrates professional appearance, behavior and standards in all business dealings and interactions.
  6. Demonstrates professional conduct and behavior reflective of ARORA’s respect, honor, admiration and reverence for the donor and donor family.
  7. Fosters effective relationships with client representatives.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


Potential Risk Factors:

  1. Risk Exposure to Blood/Body Fluids:  While performing some essential functions of your position, you may be exposed to blood or body fluids.  Established procedures identify the appropriate personal protective measures that you should use when performing essential functions of your position.  The ARORA Safety program will provide you with the appropriate procedures and guidelines in which you should perform the essential duties of your job.  If you need additional training or resources, please see your supervisor or the ARORA Safety Officer.
  2. Repetitive Motion:  While performing some essential functions of your position, you may be required to perform some functions repeatedly.  When such tasks are not performed properly, injury can result.
  3. Minimum Weightlifting Requirement:  While performing some essential functions of your position, you may be required to do some lifting, moving, pushing, or pulling.  When such tasks are not performed properly, injury can result.  Must have the ability to lift minimum weight of 55 lbs.
  4. Prolonged Sitting, Standing, and Bending:  While performing some essential functions of your position, you may be required to sit, stand, or bend for an extended period of time.  When such tasks are not performed properly, injury can result.  Precautions and/or equipment should be used when performing this task.
  5. Competency Evaluation:  Competency evaluations are required for this position.  Your supervisor will notify you when your evaluation is to be conducted.
  6. Training:  You may need additional training to better understand the performance requirements of your essential job functions.  Training classes are available and can be requested and/or assigned.  Your attendance at such classes is mandatory.


Work Environment

  1. Works in various locations, including normal office environment, operating room, hospital environment, and other locations as essential and secondary functions necessitates.
  2. Required to travel by personal vehicle to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  3. Required to carry a cellular telephone for business purposes.  
  4. May require travel by commercial or chartered aircraft.
  5. Non-smoking office.
  6. Drug Free Workplace.


Work Hours

ARORA is a 24/7 operation and will require this position to work various shifts 12-hour day and/or evening shifts. TRC I employees may be required to work evenings, holidays, weekends, and mandatory overtime as required.


Minimum Job Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent with EMT, Paramedic, CST, CFA, SA, ST, or Autopsy Tech.
  2. Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) certification recommended. 
  3. Associate degree in life science, allied health, or mortuary science preferred.
  4. 2 years of work experience in a related field may be substituted for educational requirement.
  5. Maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable automobile, and proof of automobile insurance.
  6. Must maintain required vaccination and/or health screenings to minimize the potential for disease transmission.
  7. Consistent demonstration of attention to detail, precision, accuracy, and customer satisfaction.
  8. Possess strong prioritization skills and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects and tasks.
  9. Excellent problem solving, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills (i.e. has the ability to make decisions based on situational circumstance, company policy and customer relations). 
  10. Ability to utilize general office equipment, software, and must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Associate or Bachelor’s degree, completion of surgical technology program or emergency medical services program or previous Tissue Recovery experience.


Security Requirements

This position is responsible for acquiring and managing confidential records and ensuring that information is protected according to the recognized standards, regulations, and standards for maintaining patient records.


Little Rock , AR