Manager, Sterile Processing

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7116759 (Ref:10018802)

Posted: November 24, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution.  AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities.  Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding.  We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The Manager, in collaboration with and direction from the Director of PeriOperative Services, is responsible for the management of day-to-day operation of the Sterile Processing Department. The Manager facilitates ordering and receiving instrumentation, record keeping, and instrument processing and case cart preparation and delivery. The position also requires assisting in developing, updating and maintaining policies and procedures in accordance with the Joint Commission, AAMI, AORN, and OSHA guidelines to ensure proper cleaning, preparation, sterilization and distribution of surgical instrumentation and SPD supplies. The Manager supervises the CSSR staff. The Manager reports to the Director of PeriOperative Services.

Key Responsibilities include:

Customer Service

  • On-going communication with medical center staff to adjust or add supplies for equipment to areas, address patient transports issues.

Instrument Processing

The Manager ensures the timely processing and delivery of sterile instrumentation to the Operating Room and other Clinic areas. This is evidence by:

  • Ensuring instruments are cleaned, assembled, sterilized, stored, and distributed according to departmental policies and procedures that support regulatory agencies.
  • Notifying OR Nurse Manager of potential instrument and supply shortages, and works with Materials Management to obtain alternative products as needed.
  • Investigating, reporting and resolving case cart instrument and supply variances.
  • Supervising daily activities of Sterile Processing Lead Technicians, and Technicians.
  • Establishing routine instrument maintenance schedules; ensuring routine maintenance of prime department equipment including sterilizers, instrument washers, ultrasonic cleaner and cart washer.
  • Arranging for instrument and equipment repair.

Human Resource Management

The Manager is responsible for facilitating, stimulating and evaluating human resources to provide quality, cost efficient processing and supply service to the Operating Rooms and ancillary services as evidenced by:

  • Staffing the department to meet operational requirements based on resources available and the daily OR schedule.
  • Documentation and communications of staff performance with recommendations for quality, growth and development of goals.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration to foster staff development.
  • Development of the Sterile Processing staffing schedule to provide a fiscally sound and safe staffing pattern, which meets department needs. Analyzes trends and identifies problems.
  • Conducting informational staff meetings to provide a positive environment conducive to change in instrument processing technology.
  • Identifying staff educational needs and working with the appropriate Educator to coordinate training.
  • Identifying and resolving service-related issues.
  • Promote staff certification within first year of employment and assist with compliance of processing standards.
  • Respect for policies and procedures including union contracts and standards of practice.
  • Participates in staff recruitment and retention.
  • Conducting disciplinary action with respect to personnel, and policies and procedures.
  • Reviews employee performance and attendance on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintaining department records on staff orientation, training, annual performance evaluations, tardiness, attendance, meetings and SPD reports.

Financial Management

  • The Manager effectively utilizes resources to develop cost efficient delivery of high quality service as evidenced by:
  • Provide high quality service to the OR through cost effective management of department staffing, instrumentation and supplies
  • Encourage staff to participate in development of cost-effective ideas and plans.
  • Develops Sterile Processing capital and operational budget with oversight from Director of PeriOperative Services.
  • Develops Sterile Processing staffing and scheduling to maximize personnel talent and potential.

Administrative Functions

  • Collaborating with OR Nurse Manager and Service Line Leaders to update procedure-specific pick lists and tray lists used to prepare for scheduled surgical procedures.
  • Standardizes terminology to increase case pull accuracy.
  • Working collaboratively with Materials Management staff to contact vendors, as needed, to check status of open instrument/equipment orders, pricing and new product information.
  • Arranging in-services and provides training for staff development.
  • Responsible for entering employee payroll with accuracy.
  • Creates and processes instrument orders.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required. Experience may substitute.
  • Must have 5-7 years of current experience working in a Central/Sterile Processing Sterilization or Operating Room environment. Certification as a Certified in Healthcare Leadership (CHL) supervisor/ manager is a plus.

Required Certification/Licensure:

  • Must have (or obtain within 90 days of hire) a certification as a Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST) by the International Association for Central Sterile Healthcare Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), or, as a Central Sterile Professional Department Technician (CSPDT) by the American Society of Healthcare Central Sterile Professionals (ASHCSP). Certifications need to be maintained by obtaining the required CEU's each year through the certifying agency.

Preferred education experience and skills:

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Formal training in health care, business, or materials management obtained through college credits

Additional Information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.


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