Tissue Recovery Field Trainer

Bay Area, CA
Tissue Recovery Operations /
Full Time Non-Exempt /
Donor Network West’s mission is to save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research.
At Donor Network West, we're looking for people who embody our core values: passion, excellence, equity and inclusion, and relationships. We welcome diverse perspectives and foster an environment of collaboration and service.

The Tissue Recovery Field Trainer responds to tissue recovery cases and provides technical support for all aspects of tissue recovery for transplant and research. The Tissue Recovery Field Trainer is responsible for the intraoperative leadership of the recovery team and communication to a team of other medical professional, including hospital personnel, funeral home staff, coroner, or medical examiner professionals. To this audience they are the operative expert for the tissue recovery process. The Tissue Recovery Field Trainer performs other clinical support related responsibilities during their scheduled shift on an as needed basis. 


    • Arrives to work and is clocked in ready to go at the start of assigned shift. Required to have a sense of urgency for a clinical event and evaluate timeframes of recovery needs.
    • Responsible for accurately and thoroughly reviewing donor authorization and ensuring proper identification of the donor and tissue(s) authorized to recovery. Additionally able to review the donor medical history to the same standard as documented in the hospital chart, electronic donor record and the Uniform Donor Risk Assessment Interview (UDRAI). Obtains medical records and/or diagnostic samples from the hospital for clinical events as needed by management.
    • Assembles required supplies for tissue recovery and effectively utilizes the material management inventory system maintaining accurate levels of inventory. Responsible for duties associated with maintaining the Recovery Suite including, but not limited to: cleaning, inventory control, receiving deliveries, etc.
    • Performs blood draw and preparation steps for surgical dissection of tissue(s). Effectively performs all aspects of tissue and cornea recovery including Musculoskeletal, Skin, cornea, and cardiovascular recovery. Demonstrates annually proficiency of those recovery skills. Performs a thorough reconstruction of donor following the recovery of tissue.
    • Performs and verifies packaging and labeling of specimens and tissues recovered for testing, research, and/or transplant. Facilitates and coordinates the timely shipping of diagnostic samples, tissues, and medical records to appropriate laboratories and processors.
    • Appropriately coordinates time management on the tissue recovery donor event with assigned tissue recovery coordinator peers. Consistently demonstrates a strong attention to details, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to read and comprehend patient charts.
    • Sets and meets realistic goals and deadlines.
    • May function as a surgical first assistant to transplant surgery personnel on organ donor recoveries. May function as a surgical scrub for organ recovery cases.
    • Maintains professionalism and poise in stressful, complex, and continuously changing situations. Consistently exhibits a high standard of integrity and ethical behavior, resolving conflicts in an open, direct and appropriate manner.
    • Obtains a minimum of 6 CEUs/CEPT per year. CTBS certification requires 40 CEUs every three years.

As a Tissue Recovery Field Trainer, the employee has the following additional job duties and responsibilities:

    • Required to establish and maintain an advanced knowledge of medical terminology, general anatomy, and disease processes. Reviews policies, procedures and trainings as directed to aid in the learning process prior to effective/due dates. Attends and actively participates in departmental and organization meetings.
    • Required to learn and maintain an advanced knowledge of federal, state, and industry laws/regulations related to tissue practices including those of all tissue processors, AATB, OSHA, EBAA, and FDA.
    • Leads the training of staff in tissue recovery techniques including ability to explain anatomical and technical concepts/terms. Completes DNWest Preceptor training and functions in that capacity. Creates an environment that promotes continuous learning in conjunction with Tissue Recovery Management and Educator.
    • In conjunction with Tissue Recovery Services Management, takes the lead in orientation, training, and on-going educational initiatives.
    • Leads departmental growth and improvement activities. Ability to serve as a resource to other departments.
    • Functions in the capacity of a leader of the team, appropriately overseeing and directing team coordination, and time management on the tissue recovery donor event. Consistently demonstrates a strong attention to details, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Develops and implements training of Tissue Recovery staff including but not limited to wet labs, and didactic classroom programs.
    • Coordinates and monitors training needs of staff with the Educator, TRC II/III preceptors, and Tissue Recovery Management.
    • In conjunction with Tissue Recovery Management, review individual team member performance metrics, provide insight into remedial training if required and executes said training.
    • Adjusts schedule as needed to provide in field, hands on training of Tissue Recovery Staff, participate and lead external partner trainings, and fill in for the Shift Lead role as needed.


    • Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to function independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated problem-solving and creative thinking skill and well-developed personal stress management skills.
    •  Ability to operate telephones, computers, and surgical equipment.
    •  Ability to clearly and effectively speak and communicate to accurately convey information to internal DNWest staff, hospital staff, processing partners, and others involved in the donation process. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with these individuals.
    •  Ability to handle exposure to emotionally intense situations like death, grief and the death process on a regular basis that includes pediatric and adult donors. Some scenarios surrounding death and donation may be of traumatic nature.
    • Must maintain a valid driver’s license in accordance with DNWest motor vehicle policy. Must have reliable personal automobile transportation to be used with company reimbursement using IRS guidelines. Employee may be required to drive personal vehicle while functioning in the role. Must be able to travel within the service area by ground or air. Travel to regional offices required. 
    •  Ability to work minimum of a 12 hour shift, with the requirement of staying past shift when required by donor volume and staffing, with few breaks. The department schedule may change over time to meet staffing needs for tissue recovery. The schedule includes 7, 12-hr shifts per pay period, however the Field Trainer will have a flexible schedule to meet staff training needs. The employee may be required to work weekends (defined as Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), nights and holidays. Holiday requirement includes work on 3 holiday shifts per calendar year.
    •  Ability to handle confidentiality of all donor/recipient information.
    •  Maintains recovery performance metrics that are consistent with department goals for low contamination, high yield, and low error rates in tissue recovery. 


    • Associates degree in biological sciences/allied healthcare/ mortuary science, or completion of a surgical technology program, or an emergency medical services program.
    • 2 years of work experience in a related field may be substituted for educational requirement
    • Must maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license and current vehicle insurance based on applicable state minimum insurance coverage standards.
    • Four years of experience as a Tissue Recovery Coordinator I or four years equivalent OPO/Industry experience required. CTBS certification required.
    • Hospital/clinical experience: previous experience with sterile technique and surgical procedures preferred.
$33.56 - $37.29 an hour
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