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Organ Utilization Coordinator I

Job Details

Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Full Time
$66,122.00 - $95,904.00 Salary

Description and Qualifications

The Organ Utilization Coordinator (OUC) is accountable for all activities related to the allocation and utilization of organs from donors. This includes, but is not limited to, organ allocation for transplant and research, OR timing, travel logistics, communication, and documentation.


Clinical Responsibilities

  • Analyzes clinical information and provides data-driven guidance to Organ Donation Services (ODS) regarding organ suitability.
  • Serves as the organ allocation expert and provides critical thinking and decision-making regarding allocation strategy to prevent organ loss.
  • Effectively and transparently communicates pertinent donor information to transplant programs to protect patient safety and maximize organ utilization.
  • Responsible for abdominal organ allocation in accordance with organizational policies and national regulations. Serves as the principal source of donor information throughout the allocation and procurement process.
  • Responsible for all research allocation. Coordinates with ODS and recovery teams to promote research recovery.  
  • Arranges ground and air transportation for recovery teams and oversees chain of custody for organs. Develops case-specific transportation strategies to minimize organ ischemia time.
  • Dispatches Surgical Recovery staff for organ recovery activities.  
  • Proactively identifies and addresses barriers to organ utilization.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to mitigate risks to organ utilization and patient safety. Escalates high-risk situations as needed.
  • Applies sound clinical judgment to authorize financial agreements with transplant centers,  regarding waivers and logistics, as needed to optimize organ utilization.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of Organ Procurement & Transplant Network (OPTN) policy and provides guidance to the ODS team to ensure compliance.
  • Contributes to case reviews and process improvement programs with the goal of increasing organ utilization



  • A proactive team player who must uphold the core values of the organization; these include integrity, respect, honoring diversity, personal accountability, teamwork, and professional behavior.
  • Actively fosters an organizational culture based on collaboration, support and constructive communication.
  • Must be able to analyze and assess situations, create solutions to solve problems and motivate others to continually improve the processes necessary to meet organizational deliverables.
  • Ability to identify problems and collaborate with others to solve the problems in a timely and professional fashion.
  • Ability to learn new tools, applications, and technologies quickly, easily, and independently.
  • This individual must demonstrate operating knowledge of computers and smart phones with a demonstrable, intermediate level skill (at a minimum) with email, Word, Excel, and other comparable software programs.
  • Must be compassionate, conscientious, ethical, and possess effective interpersonal skills that allow him/her/them to have effective communication with health care professionals and donor families.
  • Must have the ability to keep accurate records, perform calculations, and follow written SOP’s, WI, and guidelines.



The employee in this position must uphold the core values of LifeCenter; these include:

  • Integrity: We are trustworthy, reliable, respectful, and accountable.
  • Collaboration: We work in partnership with others, seeking to understand and be understood, and finding common ground and shared goals to build upon together.
  • Courage: We take personal responsibility and face challenges head-on.
  • Service: Through professionalism and dedication, we honor our commitment to serve others and our obligation to be good stewards of the gift of life.



  • 4-year degree in biology or allied health field. Work experience may substitute for education.
  • 1-year OPO or transplantation experience preferred
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or applicable medical or religious exemption will be required as a condition of employment upon offer. For those that need to complete the vaccination series, start dates will be adjusted

Benefits and Compensation

LifeCenter Northwest offers medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, long-term disability insurance, and travel accident insurance. Employees have the option of enrolling in the following supplemental or voluntary plans: life insurance, short-term disability, accident insurance, hospital indemnity, critical illness coverage and pet insurance. Employees enrolled in our 403(b) program will receive an employer match of up to 7% after one year, employees are auto enrolled at 3% and may change their enrollment at any time. LifeCenter encourages all employees to find balance and well-being and provides all employees access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and provides a quarterly Wellness Reimbursement. Employees enjoy paid holidays throughout the calendar year and earn 119 hours of PTO annually (to start) as well as Health Time Off hours that is earned 1 hour per 30 worked, paid living donor leave, two weeks paid jury duty leave after 6 months of service, and three weeks of paid parental leave after one year of service is complete. A comprehensive review of benefits can be found at


The pay range for this role is provided below. Where a candidate’s compensation falls within this range is based on several bona fide factors such as experience, tenure, and other specialized knowledge. LifeCenter Northwest is committed to providing its employees equitable and competitive compensation.

  • OUC I: $66,122 - $95,904
  • OUC II: $71,020 - $103,008
  • OUC III: $77,551 - $112,480


This position is eligible for additional compensation to the base pay rate, in the form of Extra Call Pay, Extra Call Worked, and Holiday Stipend Pay. 


LifeCenter is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.