Surgical Techs, and Paramedics encouraged to apply!
Put your skills to work in a field that profoundly impacts many lives: Organ and Tissue Donation.
At Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, we’re dedicated to coordinating organ and tissue donation in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and NW Indiana. Our goal is to provide the highest quality service to families and hospitals as we strive to fulfill our mission of saving and enhancing the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.
Tissue Recovery Technician uses surgical instruments to recover tissue from deceased donor body during a tissue recovery case; precepts new employees and displays respect for donor during each case.
The following essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation
Support Gift of Hope’s mission, vision, and values; adhere to its policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position
Work a 12 hour night shift rotation with need for flexibility as there is high potential of shift extending beyond schedule hours. Attend organizational and/or department events such as staff meeting and/or training outside of regularly scheduled hours.
Use surgical instruments, such as scalpels and saws to recover authorized donor tissue
Participate in all aspects of tissue recovery
Work a rotating 12 hour night shift schedule to respond to tissue referrals throughout Gift of Hope’s Service area
Typical shift hours are 12 hours but can be as long as 18 hours
Ability to be flexible with shift schedule and work beyond scheduled shift to meet the demands of organ and/or tissue donation
Work 2-3 weekends per month while on the call schedule
Work in recovery suites/OR’s at Gift of Hope, hospitals, coroner, and medical examiner’s offices in designated service area
Possible exposure to communicable diseases, hazardous materials, pharmacological agents, with little likelihood of harm if established health precautions are followed
Use surgical equipment such as needles and scalpels without causing injury to self or others
Travel by personal car within Gift of Hope’s Service area
Respond timely to Gift of Hope’s pages through designated paging system
Ability to travel overnight for up to 4 nights to conferences, learning events and or company events outside of normal working hours 1-2 times a year
The following identifies the minimum education and training required to perform the essential functions of the job.
EMT - P (paramedic) CST or ORT, or High School Diploma with 6 months tissue banking experience or 18 months of related experience.
Ability to work in in-house and hospital operating room suites
Ability to drive personal auto to hospitals and other locations to perform job functions
Ability to work outside normal business hours including nights, weekends and holidays
Ability to attend monthly staff meetings that may be outside of regularly scheduled working hours
Ability to walk, stand, bend, stoop, and kneel to perform job functions
Ability to use personal cell phone to call, page, text to communicate about the status of a case
Ability to hear and speak to convey information to co-workers
Ability to stand for up to 6 consecutive hours to complete a case
Ability to see to conduct donor assessment
Fine motor skills to package and label recovered tissue
Ability to arrive at tissue recovery site within 1 hour after being dispatched if not already on-site at a Gift of Hope office
Ability to move up to 50-75 lbs.
Ability to move and turn donors of a maximum of 400 lbs. with assistance, and move them from cart to cart, or cart to table
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. As one of 58 OPOs that make up the nation’s donation system, we work with 180 hospitals and serve 12 million people in our donation service area. Since 1986, we have saved the lives of more than 23,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients through our efforts.