Job Description

Job Title: Chief Radiation Therapist
Job ID: 734534
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday thru Friday daylight positions
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: ERIE0 Affiliation
Location: 2500 W 12th St, Erie PA 16505

Description

Purpose:
Direct the daily operations of the department and to fill in as needed clinically to simulate and treat patients. The Chief Radiation Therapist reports directly to the manager concerning any departmental issues including, but not limited to, patients, staff, budgetary items, and operations.

Responsibilities:
  • Clinical Operations: Provides direct supervision of the Radiation Therapists and associated Clinical Staff. Ensures technical performance is accurate and in accordance to the written prescription and treatment plan. Validates the quality of radiation treatment delivery through a systematic program of process measurement. Investigates and reports non-conformance of establish treatment standards to appropriate departmental personnel. Collaborates with the physician and other departmental personnel to plan and implement quality initiatives in order to improve treatment delivery standards. Assists in the development and implementation of new programs/services, and monitors the efficacy of these implementations. Coordinates IP and OP scheduling for treatment planning and daily treatment visits. Establishes work schedules and assignments for the technical staff. Supervises students during clinical rotations and functions as the Clinical Coordinator for affiliated schools. Evaluates student's performance as required. Under the direction of the Radiation Oncology Manager provides on-call coverage as needed.
  • Clinical Operations: (cont.) Serves as a role model of excellent customer service by responding constructively (i.e.: with courtesy, respect and a positive approach that reflects the goals of the organization) to the needs of all those that they interact with on a daily basis (patients/families, medical staff, co-workers and supervisors). Works together with Manager to establish/accomplish goals within the Cancer Center, and assumes Manager's responsibilities whenever they are absent. Works in conjunction with joint venture partners and associated administrators when applicable. Completes clinical competencies annually as required. Remains HIPAA compliant at all times. Has a good understanding of information systems and is fluent in all computer applications necessary to perform their job. Maintains professional report with technologists, nurses, and all other personnel assigned to the department.
  • Collaborate with the physicians and other departmental personnel to plan and implement corrective action(s) in order to improve treatment delivery standards. Assist in the development and implementation of new programs/services, and monitor the efficacy of the program/service from a technical perspective. Collaborate with the physician(s), physics, and others towards successful implementation of the program/service. Coordinate inpatient and outpatient scheduling for treatment planning and daily treatment visits. Maintain treatment, fabrication, and tumor localization activities at an efficient level. Establish work schedules and assignments for the technical staff.
  • Continuing Education: Participates in training programs required to maintain ARRT certification. Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors. Attend all required developmental courses as directed by site manager.
  • Fiscal Responsibilities: Ensures charge captivity activities are accurate prior to completion of patient's chart. Performs Kronos approvals' and final sign off in the manager's absence. Manages the approval of supply orders via ePro if delegated to by the manager and approves orders in a timely fashion. Ensures that ePro orders are coded to the correct business unit, cost center and expense code. Responsible for daily reconciliation of all charges and ensures billing is complete and accurate prior to submission.
  • Inform the Physicist of potential and actual problems concerning equipment. Evaluate technical performance of the Radiation Therapists. In conjunction with the Manager, conduct formal performance appraisal of the therapists. Perform external beam treatment, simulation, fabrication, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy procedures according to written prescription and treatment plan.
  • Provide direct supervision of the Radiation Therapists. Ensure technical performance is accurate, precise, and in conformance with the prescribed plan of treatment. Orient staff to the scope of technical procedures provided by Radiation Oncology. Validate the quality of radiation treatment delivery through a systematic program of process measurement. Investigate and report non-conformance to established treatment standards to appropriate Departmental personnel. Ensure compliance to all regulatory and safety standards (departmental, institutional, NRC, DER, OSHA).
  • Quality Assurance / CQI Program Management: Evaluates the technical performance of the Radiation Therapists. Works in conjunction with the Manager to conduct annual reviews. Engages in the establishment of CQI projects and participates as an active member of CQI Team. Works collaboratively with the manager to develop flowcharts and utilize established flowcharts to ensure standardization of care. Works in conjunction with the manager/administration to help develop measurable competencies and ensures that these competencies are completed by established deadlines. Helps maintain SharePoint information and uploads information as needed. Assists manager in training employees in SharePoint as needed. Collaborates with the Physicist and other technical team members regarding the performance and potential problems concerning equipment. Responsible for scheduling the evaluation, maintenance and repair for all assigned equipment Responsible for equipment quality assurance, downtime and equipment report logs. Maintains treatment, fabrication and tumor localization activities at an established efficient level. Maintains a systematic QA program for all radiation therapy delivery processes.
  • Regularly attend all management meetings/seminars. Provide weekday on-call coverage for the treatment of patients in emergency situations. Serve as a role model of excellent customer service by responding constructively to the needs of all those she/he interacts with on a daily basis (patients/families, medical staff, co-workers, and supervisors). Responding constructively means with courtesy, respect, and a positive outlook that reflects the goals of the organization. Licensure/Certification: OH and PA
  • Regulatory Affairs Management: Champions and participates in regulatory compliance activities and maintains continuous departmental readiness for inspections and surveys. Works in conjunction with the site safety coordinator to ensure regulatory readiness. Regularly attends all monthly department meetings, and provides meaningful insight and feedback to ensure compliance with all regulatory groups. Facilitate CPR recertification for staff. Risk Master reporting as per department procedure/flow chart. Ensures compliance to all regulatory and safety standards (departmental, institutional, NRC, DEP & OSHA). Works in conjunction with site manager to ensure current staff licensure.

Qualifications

  • Completion of an accredited radiation therapy technology program required.
  • Five years experience in Radiation Therapy.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills necessary.
  • Management or supervisory experience preferred.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    ARRT Registration in good standing or Board Eligibility within six months of hire. Must maintain 24 CEU's per Biennium as required for ARRT Certification and Licensure. CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • American Registered Radiologic Technologists
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $30.79 to $49.91

Union Position: No

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