University of Utah Job Description
Working in conjunction with Body Donor Program Manager and staff, procures, prepares and distributes human anatomic material to educational and research entities in the Intermountain West. Interacts with and disseminates information to potential and at need body donors and their families. Promotes body donation to the public, professional groups, and various media outlets and balances the supply of donors with client demand. Attends to the cremation of and proper disposition of human cremains. Maintains records and supervises program staff, lab staff, and contracted service providers. Orders and maintains operational supplies and equipment and attends to the proper payment of vendors. Monitors the program budget and preserves the program’s financial viability.
Graduation from an accredited college of mortuary science or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); certification with the National Board of Funeral Service Education; a current Funeral Service Directors license in the State of Utah; AND 6 years of experience handling deceased bodies with three of those years being supervisory in a mortuary or associated donor program. Fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and demonstrated knowledge of human relations and effective communication skills are also required.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
The Body Donor Program has written guidelines, and Federal, State, and local mandates that the incumbent must be aware of and follow. A major challenge for the incumbent is resolving unique situations, most of which stem from the survivors lack of understanding about the donor’s wishes and the Body Donor Program’s operation. These problems are generally resolved through mediation, which requires a working knowledge of grief psychology. A clear understanding of the need to balance the number of bodies received with the number of bodies needed to satisfy the requirements of educators, researchers and commercial entities, while assuring the donor bodies are placed in the most beneficial environment. All problems not immediately resolved by the incumbent must be referred to the Manager of the Body Donor Program.
The incumbent inherently works with a) copious amounts of blood, body fluids and body tissues known to be pathogenic, and b) caustic and corrosive chemicals known to cause injury, disease and death.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Often: Infectious disease, oils (there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids), hazards (includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals).
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
250 East 200 South, Suite 125,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.581.2169 Email: AskHR@utah.edu
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