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Lead Surgical Tissue Recovery Specialist 

About the Organization

LifeSource is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest. It's our privilege to serve the 7 million people who live in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin.

We're dedicated to working with our hospital and community partners to support donor families, manage the donation process and educate our communities to create a culture of donation. We're a passionate and committed cross-functional team who believe in our vision that everyone shares the gift of life. Each of our team members plays an integral role in our life-saving work, using their unique talents and contributions to further our mission.  


The Tissue Recovery Coordinator (TRC) provides leadership and guidance to the tissue recovery team during case activities, while also participating in the recovery of tissue using surgical technique expertise. Exhibits in-depth knowledge and understanding of tissue and eye recovery to execute the evaluation of potential tissue donors. Coordinates all case details for recovery across the donor service area, and communicates plans and expectations to on-call tissue recovery team members. Ensures accuracy of packaging, transportation and documentation of recovered tissue.


  • Coordinates all details of a recovery event across the donor service area (DSA), including engaging professionally with all partners, ensuring leadership, communication and expectations are established with on-call recovery team.
  • Manages clinical resources to support the donation process internally by participating in the assessment, planning, evaluation and management of the entire donation process.
  • Participates in the procurement of tissue (including skin, cardiac, vascular, musculoskeletal, and ocular) from incision to reconstruction using established surgical and sterile technique protocols in an operating room or similar environment.
  • Identifies and meets internal and external process excellence, training and other responsibilities in accordance with tissue and ocular recovery subject matter expert.

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This position will remain open for 30 days or until filled; however, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible as the review process will begin right away.

Position Requirements


  1. Requires an Associate degree in Health Sciences, specifically advanced education in biology, chemistry, nursing or surgical environment, and 1-year experience in a medical/surgical environment or equivalent education and experience. Prefer Bachelor’s Degree and prior experience in tissue recovery, surgery or similar job function.
  2. Requires previous proven practiced knowledge of human anatomy and aseptic/sterile technique.
  3. Prefer demonstrated formal and/or informal leadership capabilities.
  4. Must obtain Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) within two (2) years of entry in the position. Once certified, you must obtain the required continuing education or recertification credits/process.
  5. Ability to function in all roles of a Tissue Recovery Specialist during a recovery.
  6. Performing recoveries requires attention to detail, hand-eye coordination, a steady hand, effective fine motor skills, occasionally exerting necessary force and ability to manipulate tools accurately to execute trained techniques.
  7. Ability to push/pull up to 150 pounds with assistance and frequently lift objects up to 50 pounds, carrying short distances. Heavier objects should be lifted and transferred using team help.
  8. Stamina for the ability to stand 100% of the time during recovery.
  9. Demonstrated ability to provide a high level of customer service to internal and external customers with proficiency in the ability to develop and connect with people quickly.
  10. Proven self-directed, motivated contributor with a strong initiative and ability to function autonomously, establish priorities and work effectively within a team environment.
  11. Strong communication skills with ability to motivate peers, problem-solve and achieve cooperation effectively and efficiently.
  12. Must be organized, detail oriented, and have excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.
  13. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  14. Demonstrated ability to exhibit a high degree of quality, integrity, and honor confidentiality of appropriate information including, but not limited to, personal team member data, organizational operations or work processes, donor and donor family information, contributor details, any financial information and medical or protected health information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA.
  15. Proven skilled and competent in using technology-based devices and mobile tools such as personal computers and related software, electronic medical record systems, mobile phones, and mobile printing devices.


  1. Requires a variable on-call and in-office blended schedule to ensure 24-hour coverage which includes weekdays, weekends, nights and holidays. Must be able to adjust schedule to accommodate organizational needs including times of clinical high volume.
  2. Environmental influences may include unpleasant odors, slippery surfaces, work in operating rooms/morgues at hospitals/funeral homes/medical examiners offices, temperature variations, exposure to human tissue and associated hazards and biohazards.
  3. Must maintain a valid driver license and have reliable personal automobile to be used with company reimbursement using IRS guidelines. Able to travel within the service area (MN, ND, SD) by ground or air.
  4. Affected team member in Category I are regularly exposed to bloodborne pathogens and have a potential for this exposure or handle materials that could spread infection (one or more potential opportunities per month). Additionally, they have regular interaction with staff in patient or donor areas in a hospital or clinic setting while performing their assigned job duties.
  5. Must be able to follow and successfully complete category immunization, health screening and background check requirements.


Shift Various Shifts  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Minneapolis, MN - LifeSource  
Open Date 4/16/2020  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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