University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
8 days ago
Job Type
Other / Please Specify
Job Function
Administrative Staff


Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) Body Donor Program is looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented person to fill the position of Laboratory Manager. The UW SMPH Body Donor Program is an academic, human body donation program. The study of human anatomy is an essential component of medical education. The UW-Madison and partner institutions within the State of Wisconsin depend heavily on donors in order to continue to provide advanced anatomy education to students entering the health professions (medical, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant students, as well as residents-in-training and practicing physicians).

The best qualified applicants for the Laboratory Manager will be enthusiastic and detail-oriented and have excellent communication and organizational skills. The Body Donor Program Laboratory Manager will supervise and manage the day-to-day administration of the Body Donor Program. The Laboratory Manager will coordinate and oversee anatomy lab and mortuary maintenance, purchases, safety and environmental compliance and security of the mortuary and anatomy lab spaces. The Laboratory Manger will report directly to the Director of the UW SMPH Body Donor program and will supervise two full-time morticians.

The Laboratory Manager will develop and maintain the body donor registration records/database and oversee all donor loan requests and loan agreements at UW-Madison and partner institutions. The Laboratory Manager will be expected to remain current with national, state, and local body donation related laws and standards and will maintain high privacy standards related to HIPAA and death certificates. The Laboratory Manger will communicate with professional societies and the public to inform them about body donation options and policies through the UW SMPH Body Donor Program.

The Laboratory Manager will also answer general questions for members of the public who are interested in donating to the UW SMPH Body Donor Program. Applicants must be skilled communicating with prospective donors and families of donors with care, kindness, and empathy. The UW SMPH Body Donor Program works closely with anatomy teaching faculty at the UW-Madison and partner institutions, and the Laboratory Manager must be comfortable interacting closely with whole body cadaver donations.

SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.


Directs the technical activities, operations, planning, and policy development of a lab, including coordinating the activities of multiple, complex projects and staff to ensure quality control and compliance with regulations.

  • 20% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures in alignment with strategic initiatives and objectives
  • 20% Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing information, making recommendations to leadership, and representing the interests of the unit
  • 20% Directs and supervises the day-to-day laboratory operations, quality control programs, and/or staff of a work unit to ensure compliance with organization and regulatory agency standards
  • 5% Monitors program budgets and expenditures
  • 10% May exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 FTE or equivalent employees
  • 5% Develops and facilitates trainings regarding scientific experimentation, technical procedures, and equipment operations to various audiences
  • 10% Develops and maintains Body Donor Program registration records and database
  • 10% Oversees coordination of all donor loan requests and loan agreements at UW-Madison and partner institutions


  • Annual and semi-annual performance reviews and biweekly timesheet approval of two morticians
  • Purchasing supplies, overseeing safety compliance, overseeing setting up lab spaces for classes, working with access control to maintain lab security
  • Development and maintenance of the donor registration database, entering registrations into donor database, sending donor registration letters and cards
  • Oversight of all donor loans at UW-Madison and partner institutions, communication with partner institutions to relay policy and procedure expectations
  • Answering general questions from public on phone about registration of prospective donation
  • Answering questions from donor families about current donor status
  • Assist Director of Body Donor Program and student volunteers with planning and set up of Annual Body Donor Ceremony
  • Outreach to professional societies and public about body donation options and policy at UW SMPH Body Donor Program
  • Overseeing updates to UW SMPH Body Donor Program website

To Apply:



Bachelor's Degree in anatomy, biology, biomedical, or forensic science related field or Associate's degree in mortuary science with active Wisconsin Funeral Director license


1. at least two years working in anatomy, biology, biomedical or mortuary science related work experience
2. one or more years of management experience
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills

1. Two or more years of management experience, including people management
2. Experience working with human body donors/cadavers

Job ID: 72400251

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