Laboratory Director

Aliso Viejo, CA

Compensation: $160,000 - $198,000 per year.


At Ambry you will be learning, challenging yourself, and having fun while collaborating with teammates through the open exchange of ideas. Our outstanding benefits program includes medical, dental, vision, 401k with a 4% employer match, FSA, paid sick leave, and generous paid time off (PTO) program. You can learn more about the benefits here. You are eligible to a Short-Term Incentive/Sales Incentive Plan] with the target at 20% of your annual earnings, terms and conditions apply.

Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.

This role is onsite or hybrid (min. on-site 3 days a week)

The Laboratory Director is the highest-ranking laboratory technical leader of the laboratory and serves as a clinical voice and operational mind in cross-departmental workgroup settings across the organization. This role participates collaboratively with key internal stakeholders such as those in Clinical Operations, Commercial, Marketing, Medical Affairs, PMO, Quality, and R&D teams at developing testing portfolio strategies. Additional functions include results interpretation, variant assessment, and report sign out for different clinical specialties on the product menu. Technical and clinical consultation with external clients and clinicians regarding test ordering and results can be expected.

The Laboratory Director role is equivalent to that of a CLIA technical director and performs the responsibilities delegated by the CLIA Laboratory Director. This position requires ABMGG-board certification, or equivalent, as well as a CGMBS license. Preferred to have a NY COQ.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical oversight to drive quality of testing and alignment to clinical laboratory goals
  • Maintains understanding of Ambry’s scientific and clinical lab workflows and conducts technical troubleshooting
  • Participates in product portfolio and medical science discussions in optimizing test offerings
  • Reviews and participates in the execution of quality improvement strategies to optimize performance
  • Reviews and signs out Quality Event Reporting events and communicates verbally or in writing, when appropriate, with external stakeholders
  • Reviews and signs out routine and complex clinical test reports, including and not limited to variant classification and approval of complex alterations
  • Speaks with clients, when appropriate, or as requested by the field teams
  • Completes required competencies and proficiencies
  • Fulfills other regulatory responsibilities as delegated by CLIA Laboratory Director
  • Participates in special projects and other duties as assigned by the Vice President

Education and Knowledge:

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a field relating to genetics required 
  • Board certification from the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG), or equivalent
  • Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist (CGMBS) license from the California Department of Public Health
  • Optional California Medical License in lieu of CGMBS
  • Preferred Certificate of Qualification, in Genetic Testing and/or Oncology, from New York State Department of Health

Technical Competencies (Skill, Abilities and Capabilities):

General: Excellent telephone and communication skills. Technical knowledge of laboratory testing and terminology is required. Capable of excelling within a team environment. Capable of accomplishing workload and additional projects with no supervision. Ability to communicate effectively, attention to detail, ability to cross reference information, ability to prioritize work, telephone skills, computer skills, working knowledge of standard office equipment (computers, printers fax machines, phone systems, office software and internet). Flexibility regarding job assignments.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents and Ambry Genetics test requisition forms, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively one-to-one, in a group setting, with clients, vendors and employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. General knowledge of bioinformatics and biostatistics.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Responsible in maintaining any required certificates, licenses, and/or registrations that are required for the position.


This position requires 3-5 years prior experience interpreting and reporting genetic test results in a CLIA laboratory, including experience in the roll-out of technical workflows and troubleshooting when appropriate.


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About Us: 

Ambry Genetics Corporation is a CAP-accredited and CLIA-licensed molecular genetics laboratory based in Aliso Viejo, California. We are a genetics-based healthcare company that is dedicated to open scientific exchange so we can work together to understand and treat all human disease faster.

A career at Ambry Genetics is a chance to be part of a dynamic company that aims to improve health by understanding the relationships between genetics and human disease. We earned our reputation as industry leaders by responsibly introducing cutting-edge genetic testing solutions and continually sharing what we learn with the global scientific community.

Ambry Genetics is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We maintain a drug-free work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to actual or perceived race (and traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, creed, religion, citizenship status, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (including transgender status), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances.

Ambry does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters, third party recruiting agencies, outside recruiters or firms without an executed contract in place. We are not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received by Ambry. Such resumes will be deemed the sole property of Ambry and will be processed accordingly.

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