Oregon Health & Science University

Specimen Processing Specialist 2

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Temporary Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Dermatology (Dermatopathology)
Salary Range
$23.44 - $31.69 per hour
7:30am - 4:00pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Come work at Oregon's #1 ranked hospital!

OHSU is more than Oregon's only comprehensive academic health center. It’s an entire community of people dedicated to a single cause. Each of us are here to improve the health and well-being of people in Oregon, and beyond. Our core values of quality, service, transparency and diversity are essential in what we do, but ultimately important because of why we are here. We are here to serve. We are here to innovate. We are here to lead. We are looking forward to the dynamic impact you will make by joining OHSU.


OHSU Dermatology is located in the Center for Health & Healing on the South Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. The Department of Dermatology is dedicated to providing our patients the best and most innovative dermatologic care for the broad range of skin, hair, nail, and mucous membrane disorders. The department recognized the need for balance in applying core values to everything we do.


We value the balance of: individual autonomy with the wisdom of the group, mastery of current knowledge with continuous exploration and improvement, optimism with pragmatism, fun with accountability, integrity with tactful honesty, and quality and excellence with efficiency.

Function/Duties of Position

  • The purpose of this position is to be responsible for the specimen receipt and accessioning aspects of a commercial laboratory.
  • Duties include order entry, verification of specimens, coordination of specimen pick-up and delivery, and specimen tracking.
  • This position also provides customer supplies, requisitions, and reports, and participates in troubleshooting and process improvement.
  • The Specimen Processing Specialist 2 provides specific customer services that include: registration and accessioning using LIS and Epic, transcription using word processing and speech dictation applications, coordination of authorizations for care with managed care, maintain materials control system in Dermatopathology custody, and assisting patients and referring physicians in the office of Dermatopathology. This position is responsible for technical (ICD-10 and CPT coding) and administrative work (transcription and data entry) and training other Specimen Processing Specialists.


Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma and at least four years of college lab science courses, plus one year of college math or computer courses OR
  • High school diploma and four years of clinical lab experienceOR
  • High school diploma and successful completion of a Lab Assistant Training program including two years clinical lab experience
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some College / Professional School
  • 3 years customer service in health care / university setting
  • Familiarity with managed care authorization process / OHSU computer systems
  • Knowledge of PowerPath (Tamtron) and Epic software a plus
  • Working knowledge and understanding of medical and insurance terminology
  • Strong relationship building skills with patients, care plans, providers, clinic staff, management, OHSU and community partners
  • Exceptional customer service skills - both in-person and on the telephone
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills-able to resolve conflicts and problem solve between parties
  • Demonstrates active listening skills and supportive, professional behavior
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, prioritize workload, meet deadlines and meet urgent patient, physician and system needs
  • Ability to work accurately and without constant supervision.

Additional Details

  • Some limited exposure to human tissues and hazardous chemicals.
  • This is a temporary position
Generous Benefits Package Including:
• Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans. Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
• $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
• Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
• Vacation - Up to 200 hors per year depending on length of service
• Sick Leave - Up to 96 hours per year
• 8 paid holidays per year
• Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
• Tuition Reimbursement 
• Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Cutting edge Wellness Platform 
• Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
• Employee Discounts
• …and much more

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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